Metric Halo LIO-8 3d USB Type-C Line-Level Audio Interface with DSP

BH #MELIO83D • MFR #000-50022
Metric Halo LIO-8 3d USB Type-C Line-Level Audio Interface with DSP
Key Features
  • USB Type-C Computer Interface
  • Integrated DSP with Over 100 Plug-Ins
  • Software Mixing, Recording & Monitoring
  • Up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz Resolution
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The Metric Halo LIO-8 3d is a 24-bit / 192 kHz USB Type-C audio interface offering eight line-level inputs and insert sends, multichannel digital I/O, DSP-powered mixing, and software control for musicians, engineers, and producers in studios and mobile setups. Its integrated dual-core DSP powers a variety of plug-ins—the included DSP+ license unlocks over 100 of them—without burdening your computer's CPU. Robust software ensures easy access to multi-track recording, mixing, monitoring, and more.
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Metric Halo LIO-8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 23d Card Features
  • 3Analog I/O
  • 4Digital I/O
  • 5Informative Front Panel
  • 6Included Accessories

The Metric Halo LIO-8 3d is a 24-bit / 192 kHz USB Type-C audio interface offering eight line-level inputs and insert sends, multichannel digital I/O, DSP-powered mixing, and software control for musicians, engineers, and producers in studios and mobile setups. Its integrated dual-core DSP powers a variety of plug-ins—the included DSP+ license unlocks over 100 of them—without burdening your computer's CPU. Robust software ensures easy access to multi-track recording, mixing, monitoring, and more.

The LIO-8 3d's high-resolution converters are fed by DB25 line inputs and two 1/4" Hi-Z DI inputs; all eight inputs feature up to 31.5 dB of gain, informative metering, and front-panel gain controls. Analog outputs include eight line outs via DB25, and a 1/4" headphone jack, which can be affected by the front-panel volume, mute, and dim functions. The LIO-8 3d also mirrors its line inputs to eight insert sends for efficiently splitting to a mixing console or summing bus.

Properly synchronize with other equipment through the BNC word clock jacks and 1/4" SMPTE I/O. The 5-pin DIN connectors allow hookup to a MIDI control surface. Consolidate audio, clock, and data I/O with other 3d-equipped Metric Halo interfaces via the RJ45 MH Link ports. The LIO-8 3d connects to a compatible Mac, Windows, iOS, or Linux device via the supplied USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable. Power it with the included power supply or via a 4-pin XLR power system (available separately).

3d Card Features

  • MH Link: Low-latency, high-bandwidth audio, clock, and data connections via Gigabit Ethernet
  • MH Link Audio: Direct Ethernet Core Audio driver (with support for up to 128 channels of I/O at 192 kHz)
  • MH EdgeBus: A high-bandwidth, programmable, and pluggable audio expansion slot that accommodates a range of I/O expansion cards
  • MH Console: A 64-bit application to control your entire system with a simple, efficient, and flexible routing model (macOS only for Early Access versions)
  • MH Mixer: 128-input / 64-bus unified zero-latency mixer
  • MH MonitorControl: Integrated surround-capable monitor controller with system processing capability
  • MH Record: 128-input multitrack recorder with deep hardware integration
  • MH DSP Engine: Dual-core processing power and 1GB memory in the hardware, plus the +DSP license providing over a hundred plug-ins and the Metric Halo Graph environment

Analog I/O

  • Third-generation analog technology
  • Eight line inputs via DB25 connector
  • Two instrument DI inputs via front-panel 1/4" jacks
  • Eight balanced line-level sends via DB25 connector
  • Sends mirror analog signal present at line inputs 
  • Eight line outputs via DB25 connector with channels 1-2 multed to 1/4" outputs
  • 1/4" stereo headphone output with dedicated DAC
  • Up to 24-bit / 192 kHz conversion

Digital I/O

  • Eight channels of single-wire AES3 (AES/EBU) digital I/O at up to 24-bit / 192 kHz via DB25 connector
  • Word clock I/O via BNC jacks for proper clocking of multiple digital devices using word clock or SuperClock
  • 5-pin MIDI input and output jacks allow integration of a control surface
  • 1/4" SMPTE input and output for timecode synchronization

Informative Front Panel

  • Eight multifunction controls with bicolor LED rings
  • Eight 15-segment LED input meters with programmable color
  • Eight 15-segment LED output meters with programmable color
  • LED indicators for sample rate, clock source/status, power, and more
  • Dim and mute buttons with dedicated LED indicators
  • Front-panel volume control with push-to-toggle function for switching between sources

Included Accessories

  • IEC power cable and external power supply
  • USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable
  • 1' Cat5e patch cable for MH Link between interfaces
  • Two rack ears with fasteners
  • Four rubber feet
  • 12 configuration jumpers
  • MIO software CD-ROM
UPC: 832081000507

Metric Halo LIO-8 Specs

Form FactorTabletop (Rack-Mountable with Included Hardware)
Display24 x Multi-Segment LED Meter
Channels of I/OAnalog:
8 Input / 8 Output at 192 kHz
Digital:
8 Input / 8 Output at 192 kHz
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic PreampsNone
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O1 x DB-25 25-Pin Balanced Line Input
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Hi-Z Input
1 x DB-25 25-Pin Balanced Line Output
1 x DB-25 25-Pin Balanced Insert Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom PowerNone
Digital Audio I/O1 x DB-25 AES3 In/Out
Host Connection / USB1 x USB Type-C
Sync I/O1 x 1/4" TRS SMPTE/LTC Input
1 x 1/4" TRS SMPTE/LTC Output
1 x BNC Word Clock Input
1 x BNC Word Clock Output
Network I/O2 x RJ45 MH Link
MIDI I/O1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Memory Card SlotNone
Performance
Frequency ResponseLine Inputs:
6 Hz to 20.5 kHz -0.1 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
2 Hz to 21 kHz -1 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
6 Hz to 43.9 kHz -0.1 dB (at 96 kHz)
2 Hz to 45.4 kHz -1 dB (at 96 kHz)
6 Hz to 42.1 kHz -0.1 dB (at 192 kHz)
2 Hz to 64.7 kHz -1 dB (at 192 kHz)
Gain/Trim RangeLine/Hi-Z Inputs:
-12 dB to +31.5 dB
Monitor Outputs:
-96 dB to +30 dB
Max Input LevelLine Inputs:
+24.5 dBu (Balanced)
Max Output LevelLine/Monitor Outputs:
+24.5 dBu at 0 dBFS (High Gain)
+18.5 dBu at 0 dBFS (Low Gain)
Insert Outputs:
+21.5 dBu at 0 dBFS
ImpedanceLine Inputs:
10 Kilohms (Balanced)
Hi-Z Inputs:
10 Megohms (Balanced)
Outputs:
5 Ohms (Balanced)
Dynamic RangeA/D Converters:
115 dB
D/A Converters:
120 dB
SNRLine Inputs:
115 dB
Line Outputs:
120 dB
THDLine Inputs:
0.0015%
CrosstalkLine Inputs:
-127 dB
Digital Audio
Sample RatesUp to 192 kHz (AD/DA Conversion)
Bit DepthsUp to 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
Latency107 Samples at 44.1 kHz (Input to Output)
107 Samples at 48 kHz (Input to Output)
107 Samples at 88.2 kHz (Input to Output)
107 Samples at 96 kHz (Input to Output)
107 Samples at 176.4 kHz (Input to Output)
107 Samples at 192 kHz (Input to Output)
Sync SourcesAES3, Internal, MH Link via Ethernet, Word Clock
ClockingWord Clock:
Input Termination: 75 Ohms
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS
Windows 10
Linux
iOS
Required HardwareUSB 2.0 Port
Power
Power RequirementsAC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
AC/DC Power Adapter24 VDC at 2 A, Center-Positive (Included)
Power Consumption32 W
Physical
Rackmount Size1 RU (with Included Hardware)
Anti-Theft FeaturesKensington Security Slot
Dimensions17.01 x 12.99 x 1.73" / 43.21 x 32.99 x 4.39 cm
Weight6.0 lb / 2.7 kg (Without Accessories)
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