New York (October 11, 2004)–What do Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, 98 Degrees and Jessica Simpson have in common? Probably big fat wallets, but they also have all depended on veteran freelance FOH engineer Sean Sullivan to mix them live. Sullivan, in turn, has depended on his laptop computer and the Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882 setup which he carries on the road, providing signal analysis and metering tools via its SpectraFoo software, and signal routing abilities via the MIO.
Sullivan uses SpectraFoo to provide the metering and analysis tools that he generally cannot find on the road. “Typically a touring vendor might send out an LED analyzer with not many features or functions–such as memory slots,” said Sullivan. “Say you want to measure the room in twenty different spots and save twenty different presets of what the room looks like. With ‘Foo being software-based, you can memorize as many snapshots as you want to take.”
Meanwhile, he noted, “There’s really no great way to get in and out of a laptop and run SpectraFoo. There’s a line input, which is fine, but there’s no multiple input. The Mobile I/O turns your laptop into a miniature console, with eight analog ins and outs, AES in and out, and S/PDIF in and out. With that setup, you have a little matrix mixer and everything a console would have, except there’s no surface. So that’s how I interface my touring console with my laptop.”