Description

Metric Halo LIO-8 Line-level Digital Audio Processor

Metric Halo LIO-8 Line-level Digital Audio Processor. When we introduced the ULN-8, people raved about the sonic quality, the features, and the power of our architecture. We also heard from the people that have their own “go to” mic pres, people that use analog consoles, and those that edit but don’t record. They love the ULN-8 too, but didn’t need the mic pres.

We heard you. For you, we have the LIO-8.

The LIO-8 incorporates the same Metric Halo Audio technologies in the ULN-8 including:

* 192k sample rate support for both Analog and AES Inputs and Outputs
* New DC-coupled, zero phase distortion, servo balanced Line Inputs and Outputs
* Fully clickless remote controlled Monitor outputs. All LIO-8 analog outputs
incorporate Metric Halo clickless remote technology allowing for flexible monitoring applications from stereo to 7.1 surround.

Expandability

As with all Metric Halo products, the LIO-8 features an upgrade path. Or two.

While the base configuration of the LIO-8 doesn’t include mic pres, you can opt to have 4 or 8 channels of the same ULN-R mic pres as the ULN-8 included in your unit. The LIO can be ordered this way from the factory, or the pres can be installed later.

You can also choose to upgrade your processing by adding the +DSP license, which adds over 100 plug-ins to your LIO and gives you the ability to create and save complex processing “graphs” as well as access to factory supplied “macros” including processors, amp simulators and more. You can find out more about +DSP here. Adding +DSP to your LIO is easy, just put the software license code into MIO Console and your box is unlocked.

LIO-8 Key Benefits at a Glance

* Exceptional, Best–In–World, Archival Grade Converter Quality
* Flexible, Integrated Analog-Domain Monitor Controller
* Universal Sample Rate Support
* Analog, AES and Firewire Interfacing
* Rock Solid Stability: Mature, Real-World-Tested Firmware, Software and Drivers * Instant Access to Tactile Controls
* Fully digital control for total recall, remote control and control surface support
* Comprehensive Precision Metering — so you always know what is going on
* Works with or without a Computer
* Metric Halo’s Exclusive Per-channel selectable Character — from ultra clean to nice and gooey
* Integrated ultra-low-latency instantiable processing with plenty of DSP power to run it
* Most Compact, Lowest Weight, Lowest Power and Lowest Price in its Class

Suite Solution

With everything you need to record, mix, process, and master audio (just add your DAW of choice, analog front end and transducers), the LIO-8 is your one-stop solution for recording, edit, mix and mastering suites. Even if you are using a DAW or recording system that does not support the LIO-8 Firewire interface, the unit’s standalone operation and standard AES and analog interface allow you to use it as the Audio Front End and Monitor Controller for Pro Tools, standalone and PC based recording systems.

The Ultimate Digital Upgrade

The LIO-8 is a great way to upgrade your audio system. Put it between your existing gear and your DAW to get all of the benefits of our analog design, conversion technology and DSP without ripping your room apart. Adding a LIO to an analog console is like buying new converters and getting a digital mixer with total recall for free. Using our ConsoleConnect technology you can insert EQs, compressors, gates, reverbs and more into our v.5 Mixer and have all your routing and settings recalled with your DAW session.

Rails

Analog Rails (low power) ±9.9 Volts
Analog Rails (high power) ±12.6 Volts
Maximum I/O Levels (Balanced)
Peak Line Output @ 0 dBFS (no jumper/low power) +18.5 dBu
Peak Line Output @ 0 dBFS (output jumper/low power) +22.0 dBu
Peak Line Output @ 0 dBFS (output jumper/high power) +24.5 dBu
Analog Send Max Output +21.5 dBu
Line In Max Input +24.5 dBu
Output Impedance 5 Ω
Monitor Controller
Nominal FS output (Balanced) Output Jumper Off -19.0 dBu
Nominal FS output (Balanced) Output Jumper On -12.0 dBu
Maximum Output Same as Line
Gain Range -96 dB to +30 dB
Gain Precision ±0.05 dB
Gain Step 0.5 dB
Line Input + ADC
Input Impedance 10 kΩ
Dynamic Range (-60 dB, flat 0-22.05 kHz, typ) 115 dB
Dynamic Range (-60 dB, A-weighted, typ) 118 dB
Noise Floor (flat 0-22.05 kHz, typ) 115 dB
Noise Floor (A-weighted, typ) 117.9 dB
THD D/A/A/D loop @ -12 dBFS 0.0005 %
THD D/A/A/D loop @ -0 dBFS 0.0015 %
Crosstalk @ 1kHz -127 dB
IMD 1k component (19 kHz/20kHz @ +8dBu) -104 dBu
Gain Range -12 dB to +31.5 dB
Gain Precision ±0.05 dB
Gain Step 0.5 dB
Line Input + ADC Frequency Response
+0/-0.1dB @ fs = 44100 Hz 5.7 Hz – 20.5 kHz
+0/-1.0dB @ fs = 44100 Hz 1.8 Hz – 21.0 kHz
+0/-0.1dB @ fs = 96000 Hz 5.7 Hz – 43.9 kHz
+0/-1.0dB @ fs = 96000 Hz 1.8 Hz – 45.4 kHz
+0/-0.1dB @ fs = 192000 Hz 5.7 Hz – 42.1 kHz
+0/-1.0dB @ fs = 192000 Hz 1.8 Hz – 64.7 kHz
5° low-end in-channel phase deviation point 10.7 Hz
Interchannel phase 0 Hz – 20 kHz < ±0.05°
Crosstalk from SMPTE Input < -142 dB
Input Processing
M/S Decode Instantiable
Parameteric EQ Instantiable
Dynamics Instantiable
Character Instantiable
Reverb Instantiable
Delay Instantiable
Output Processing
M/S Encode Instantiable
Parameteric EQ Instantiable
Dynamics Instantiable
Character Instantiable
Reverb Instantiable
Dither Instantiable
Mix Foldown Instantiable
Front Panel
Indicator LEDs (Bicolor) 495
Meters 16
Segments per Meter 15
Channel Encoder Knobs 8
Encoders Have Shaft Push Buttoms Yes
Monitor Controller Encoder Knobs 1
Monitor Controller Mute Yes
Monitor Controller Dim Yes
Indicators Per Encoder 16
Sample Rate Indicators 6
Clock Source Indicators 4
AES Clock Source Indicators 4
AES Lock Indicators 4
AES Input Signal Indicators 4
AES Output Signal Indicators 4
System Lock Indicator 1
Firewire Indicator 1
Front Panel Modes 14
Headphone Output (Dedicated DAC) TRS Stereo
DI Inputs (2) TRS Balanced
DI Input Impedance 10 MΩ
DI Input Fixed Gain (Jumper Selectable) 0/10/20 dB
DI Input Variable Gain -12 dB to 31.5 dB
Power Switch (Jumper Defeatable) Toggle
Back Panel
MIDI Connectors (In and Out) 5-Pin DIN
SMPTE Connectors (In and Out) Balanced TRS
Word Clock Connectors (In and Out) 75Ω BNC
AES Connector (8 Channels In and Out) DB-25
AES Connector Pinout Tascam/Digidesign Digital
Line Input Connector (8 Channels) DB-25
Line Input Pinout Tascam/Digidesign Analog
Send Output Connector (8 Channels) DB-25
Send Output Pinout Tascam/Digidesign Analog
Line/Monitor Output Connector (8 Channels) DB-25
Line/Monitor Output Pinout Tascam/Digidesign Analog
Line/Monitor Mult Output Connectors (Analog 1/2) TRS Balanced
FireWire Connectors (2) 1394a 6-Pin
Power (Unswitched) 2.1mm Coaxial
Power (Switched) 4-Pin XLR
Security Slot Kensignton
Software
Driver CoreAudio Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer
Architectures PPC, Intel
MIO Console Included
Record Panel Included
LTC Decoder Included
Mixer Included
+DSP License Optional
Power
Voltage 14v – 28v
Power 24 Watts
FireWire Bus Powerable No
Passes FireWire Bus Power Yes
Supplies FireWire Bus Power No
External Supply (Input) I00-240VAC
External Supply (Max Input Current) 1.2 A
External Supply (Output) 24 VDC
External Supply (Max Output Current) 2.0 A
External Supply Connector 4-Pin XLR
Case
Material Powder Coated Aluminum
Fasteners 3mm Phillips Head
Weight 6 lbs
Weight 2.7 kg
Dimensions 17″ x 13″ x 1.72″
Dimensions 432 x 330 x 44 mm
Rack Ears (included) Powder Coated Steel
Rear Rack Mounts Available