Daniel Rowland, Adrian BelewHopewell Junction, NY (March 31, 2011)–Guitar virtuoso Adrian Belew recently completed a home studio that features a pair of 8-channel Metric Halo ULN-8 interfaces.
Daniel Rowland, who obtained his Masters of Fine Arts in Music Recording & Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and currently teaches at The Art Institute of Tennessee and at The Online Audio School, designed and installed Belew’s new studio. He previously designed the guitarist’s rig; the two hit it off, and Rowland is now Belew’s engineer and technical guru.
“Belew’s bass player, Julie Slick, has long sung the praises of Metric Halo,” explained Rowland. “She has the ULN-2, and she loves how flexible it is and the quality of the preamps and conversion. I came into this project dead set on buying converters and outboard preamps, and meshing that with Adrian’s 48-channel console. However, much as with his new guitar rig, Belew wanted his studio to have a smaller footprint, without sacrificing quality, power or flexibility. So I checked out the Metric Halo ULN-8.”
Belew, best known for his work with Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, David Bowie and an ongoing 30-year stint performing with King Crimson, in addition to his solo projects, is currently recording his forthcoming album at the studio.
“After putting the ULN-8 through the paces, it became clear that a pair of them would serve Adrian’s vision for his studio much better than would the usual hodgepodge of mix ‘n match gear,” said Rowland. “That said, we still added some additional outboard gear, mostly to dirty-up the ULN-8’s very clean inputs.” A modest rack houses dbx, Summit Audio and Tube-Tech hardware.
Rowland used Logic to record some early takes, but with Pro Tools 9 now released, Metric Halo hardware is fully supported. “I was kind of flying by the seat of my pants at the first Pro Tools session,” laughed Rowland. “I was booting up for the very first time using the program and the ULN-8s. To my relief, they worked flawlessly together.”