(l-r) Singer-songwriter, Ben Arthur, producer Al Houghton, guitarist John Wesley Harding
Hopewell Junction, NY (March 9, 2011)–Metric Halo is an integral part of Dubway Days, a web-TV show hosted by singer-songwriter Ben Arthur, where guests write and record a song in a day.
The tagline for Dubway Days–“Two Artists… One Day… One Song”–sums up the mechanics of the show, but its drama hinges on the immensity of that task. Arthur and a guest begin a day of taping in the morning with absolutely no preconceived ideas for a song. Once the song is written, producers Mike Crehore and Al Houghton take the lead to engineer and orchestrate a polished, radio-ready recording of the song using the tools of Dubway Studios, which is tucked away on the 22nd floor of an office building on Wall Street. The charismatic Arthur has released four critically lauded albums and opened for such acts as Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, and the Dave Matthews Band.
“The thing I love most about the Metric Halo ULN-8 combination mic pre and converter is that it produces excellent recordings, independent of the expertise of the user,” said Arthur, an ardent Metric Halo user. “For example, I can use it in my living room as a technological noob and still get professional results for my own artistic work or for the commercial work I do for AT&T and Blackberry. But a technological guru like Al [Houghton] can go so deep, especially in combination with Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in software. Basically, you start with a base level of pristine, beautiful clarity, and it only gets better from there.”
“The whole process is thrilling and scary, with the potential for huge payoffs or embarrassing letdowns,” said Arthur. “The shows that have been taped so far with fellow artists Ollabelle, Vienna Teng, John Wesley Harding, and Balthrop, Alabama have generated some amazing songs.” Dubway Days aired its pilot episode on February 14, 2011 at www.breakthruradio.com.