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Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882 Expanded - FireWire Digital Audio Interface

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Product Highlights
  • 18 Input/20 Output
  • 8 Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • 24-Bit/96kHz
  • v.5 MIO Control Console
  • Mac OS X

The Mobile I/O 2882 from Metric Halo is a portable, high quality FireWire based, multi-format audio converter and interface. Housed in a single space rack-mount chassis, the unit provides 18 inputs and 20 outputs of simultaneous I/O, while having the ability to be powered entirely from the FireWire bus of a laptop computer or from an appropriate DC power source.

The unit is equipped with 8 microphone/balanced analog inputs, 2 channels of digital I/O (AES/EBU and S/PDIF), 8 channels of ADAT optical I/O and 8 balanced analog outputs. The first 4 microphone/line inputs are on XLR connectors, but all 8 inputs can provide +48V phantom power for condenser microphone use. Wordclock in/out and dual FireWire connectors, along with 24-bit, 96kHz converters on all channels, make this the perfect tool for digital recording.

On-board DSP powers the v.5 MIO Console that can function as a mixer, router and control application. The software can be used to route any input to any output, providing powerful and flexible mixing possibilities. A "Record Panel" allows for straight forward recording of incoming audio without the need for additional DAW software. This is particularly useful in situations where immediate editing is not required, but stable, fool-proof recording is.

The 2882 Expanded will function at a high level in a variety of applications. For studio recording, it offers sound processing or simple file transfer between workstations. For broadcast applications it offers instant playback of 2 individual stereo sends for music cues or sound effects. For live performance, in addition to operating as a remote recorder, or to play out backing tracks and musical cues, the interface provides live engineers a simple and efficient tool for analysis and system venue tuning using optional SpectraFoo software.

Hardware

Fully portable FireWire audio interface and format converter
Bus powered or use with external adapter that provides sufficient power for other peripherals
18 simultaneous input channels and 20 simultaneous output channels, all with full 24-bit/96kHz resolution
8 microphone preamplifiers (4 with XLR connectors) with switchable 48V phantom power
Selectable stereo AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital inputs and outputs
8 channels of ADAT Lightpipe I/O (switchable to TOSlink)
Wordclock I/O on BNC connectors
Sample rate conversion (SRC) on digital AES or S/PDIF digital I/O
Headphone amplifier with front panel mute/dim
Stand-alone operation
Front panel metering for analog inputs and outputs
OS X drivers with multi-interface support

MIO Software Console

v.5 Configurable mixer for near-zero latency mixing and routing
Completely customizable mixing engine can be created from scratch or with any of the templates included
Record Panel provides no-frills, but very stable recoding feature for all inputs
A single input can be multi-ed and given various levels of DSP processing and then recorded as separate tracks
An arbitrary number of busses can be created (limited only by the capabilities of the hardware), each of which can be used as a master bus (routed to an output) or an auxiliary bus (routed to other busses), with bus able to be dynamically adjustable from mono to 7.1 surround
Integrated surround monitor controller/switcher
"Character" slot available on all channels provides analog modeling of various circuit types, including tube based electronics, etc.
Full console metering of every channel and mix bus
Total recall of every console parameter
Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
Analog Input 4 x XLR Microphone/Line
4 x 1/4" TRS phone Microphone/Line
Analog Output 8 x 1/4" TRS phone
Digital Input 1 x XLR AES/EBU
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
1 x ADAT Lightpipe
Digital Output 1 x XLR AES/EBU
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
1 x ADAT Lightpipe
MIDI In/Out No
Sync In/Out 2 x BNC Wordclock I/O
Headphone Output 1 x 1/4" TRS phone
THD + N Not specified by manufacturer
Dynamic Range A/D: 110dB
D/A: 120dB
Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
Power Requirements FireWire bus
Included 9 to 30V DC, center post positive (+) power adapter
System Requirements PowerPC or Intel Mac
OS X 10.3.9 or better
512MB RAM
Monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution or better
ASIO 2 compatible host (Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Audio, Digital Performer, Deck or Peak)
Application that supports ASIO direct monitoring for direct monitoring-based fold-back and overdubbing
Specialties Sample rate conversion (SRC) on digital I/O
Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882 Expanded - FireWire Digital Audio Interface
  • Universal External Power Supply
  • Power Cable
  • 0.5m IEEE 1394 6-Pin FireWire Cable
  • 4.5m IEEE 1394 6-Pin FireWire Cable
  • Rack Ears with Fasteners
  • MIO Software CD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Metric HaloMobile I/O 2882 Expanded - FireWire Digital Audio Interface
     
    5.0

    (based on 1 review)

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    5.0

    Best interface around

    By Volstag

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882 Expanded - FireWire Digital Audio Interface:

      Every time I use the MIO 2882 I love it more.

      I use this in a professional capacity for studio recording and mixing. But this would be great for live use, taking the place of racks of gear.

      The sound quality is amazing, about as good as it gets. The internal mixer is fully configurable however you need it. There are multiple gain stages, so, once you really figure it out, you shouldn't have any trouble driving whatever output level you need. The effects are incredible, and genuinely useful. The preamps stand up well, not as good as my John Hardy M-1's, I wouldn't expect them to be, but, again, genuinely useful.

      There are numerous other great things. I actually haven't even tried some things like the built in recorder, but it looks very promising.

      The not so great things are few, and rather insignificant: The manual is now improved, but still not quite as good as I'd like, it's in HTML, which makes searching impossible. Initial Set-up is a bit time consuming, you have to watch the tutorial videos, and scour the manual, I'd suggest getting the older PDF manual for version 4, as it has mostly the same info in a better format. Also, you have to create the internal routing, though there are templates that are useful. This goes fast once you figure it out.

      The headphone level control is very noisy past 14dB. So, older cans like AKG 240M's which at 600 ohms are not going to get as loud as they need to be, well, not without a lot of hiss. This isn't as big an issue as it sounds, as there are numerous gain stages and things can be routed so that you get more gain to the cans without going the direct route.

      The clock is really pretty great, but my Lucid GENx192 beats it by quite a lot.

      There are a few other quirks, which are generally documented at Metric Halo's site.

      If you're serious about recording, this is the direction to take.

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