Lynn, MA (November 13, 2015)—Hiroaki Honshuku is melding improvisational jazz with Brazilian grooves in a band called Racha Fora, whose latest release, Racha S’Miles, was captured through a collection of Metric Halo interfaces.
In addition to being a wind instrumentalist, Honshuku, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, is a technophile and intuitive recording and mixing engineer. The band rented Dreamworld Studios in Lynn, MA to record Racha S’Miles, and Honshuku brought in his Metric Halo interfaces to handle the pre-amplification and conversion. “No other equipment records as cleanly as Metric Halo,” he said.
Honshuku was originally introduced to Metric Halo and the company’s founders BJ and Joe Buchalter when he was recording student recitals at the New England Conservatory. “I was using Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo sound analysis software, and I was so impressed by the brilliance of Joe and BJ,” he said. “They told me about their first FireWire interface in 2000, and I just jumped on it.”
Today, Honshuku has two 2882 interfaces, including his original, that he uses for large recording projects like Racha S’Miles. Both have been updated several times by Metric Halo. In addition, he has Metric Halo’s flagship unit, the ULN-8, that he uses for his daily recording and audio tasks, and a Metric Halo ULN-2 that serves as the nexus in his elaborate live performance rig.