Johannesburg, South Africa (June 15, 2015)—A new studio build-out gave South Africa’s Adam Howard an opportunity to upgrade his converters to Metric Halo.
Howard, a South African composer, producer, arranger, audio engineer and sound designer, was the principal trumpet player for the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra before devoting all of his time to his business, Howard Audio. His advertising work has earned him Clio and Silver Loerie Awards. His work with South African artists runs the spectrum from performing musician to producer, and everything in between.
When the lease came up on his long-time studio space, Howard hired Jacob van der Westhuizen, CEO of South African pro-audio dealer Benjamin Pro Audio, to design and coordinate the construction of a new studio. In the process, Howard had the opportunity to select new equipment, which included new converters.
“Jacob and I listened carefully to all of the big-name, high-end converters,” Howard said. “Metric Halo’s LIO-8’s AD and DA converters, as well as its optional preamps, came out on top. The preamps are amazing, and although I have plenty of vintage outboard preamps, I’ve found that I commonly opt for the Metric Halo preamps. They have a very flat, very real sound. In fact, with good mic placement and the clean Metric Halo signal path, I can often capture voice and guitar tracks that require absolutely no subsequent equalization.”
Howard is energized by the new studio’s layout and capabilities. “I count Metric Halo’s preamps and conversion as among the most important improvements to my sound in the new studio,” he said. “My old interface is well-respected in the industry, but the LIO-8 blows it away. In addition to the sound quality, I love the flexible routing that the Metric Halo MIO Console software gives me. It’s so powerful and so easy to use. I’m able to give the musicians six headphone mixes, each totally customized.”