New York, NY (January 12, 2017)—Rob Caggiano uses his Metric Halo ULN-8 interface when recording with Volbeat, with whom he also plays, and other projects.
Caggiano upgraded to the ULN-8 from his two-channel Metric Halo ULN-2 six years ago to get more channels. “The Metric Halo preamps and converters are absolutely amazing,” he said. “I’ve tried out a million converters, and these are at the top of the heap and they sound killer. I’ve also shot out tons of mic pres, and there are plenty of occasions when I choose the Metric Halo pres over APIs and Neves—it’s in that class.
“They can be totally transparent if that’s what I need, or I can use Metric Halo’s Character settings to add grit and personality. I have Character on more often than not; it’s really one of my favorite things about my Metric Halo interface. While I use the ULN-8 on everything, I think it really shines on vocals. It does something I can’t really describe to vocals that I really love.”
After leaving Anthrax in 2013 to focus on producing, Caggiano joined the Danish heavy metal behemoth Volbeat, also taking the engineer and producer chairs with the band. He recently wrote songs with comedian Jim Breuer and recorded them, with his Metric Halo ULN-8, at a friend’s private studio.
Caggiano has his ULN-8 set up in a four-space portable rack along with a few other choice pieces of gear. “The ULN-8 is really a complete recording studio in a box,” he said. “Although I don’t try to make a habit of it, I can record guitar solos in hotel rooms by going direct in and then re-amping the signal later. It’s an uncompromising combination of high-quality audio, flexibility, and portability.”