Paris, France (November 1, 2013)—Metric Halo hardware and software figures prominently in the sound of Fumuj, a French band that describes its music as “somewhere between Mogwai, Helmet and Bill Laswell.”
Fumuj blends elements of hip-hop, dub, electronica and, in the words of co-founder, sound designer, engineer and drummer Romain Pasquier, “loud music,” on its fourth studio effort, FUMUJ – Eponym Album.
“In anticipation of our recording sessions, a friend lent us some high-end, customized preamps and some crazy mics,” said Pasquier. “They were fun to use, but at some point in the first day, I decided to use the ULN-8 preamps because I wasn’t feeling very happy or confident about the sound we were getting. It was like I turned to the ULN-8 because I wanted to know what was actually going on in the new room we were using. I realized I just wanted that Metric Halo transparency!
“I can trust what I hear from the ULN-8, ULN-2, or 2882. There’s no compromise. The preamps are great, the converters are great, the DSP—including the 80-bit summing mixer—is great, and it all fits in one rack unit! We can recall the MIO Console for each song, which makes the workflow easy.”
Pasquier used Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip 3 plug-in extensively on the album. “I love ChannelStrip because the equalization and compression can be so subtle,” he said. “It’s very painless to use, and the newly-integrated spectrum analyzer makes it easy to see where adjustments will be most effective.” Pasquier also uses ChannelStrip and his Metric Halo hardware to do freelance work in Paris.
Fumuj’s FOH engineer, Alain Lesparat, recently purchased two Metric Halo 2882 interfaces and is now using them with Apple MainStage as a virtual effects rack and as an archive recorder for all shows. Although Pasquier has used his ULN-8 together with Ableton Live and the band’s hardware synthesizers, he looks forward to acquiring another 2882 or LIO-8 to dedicate to the live rig.