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Metric Halo Mobile I/O's a No Brainer

Known for his past work with Primus, as well as the current line-up of Guns n' Roses, drummer Bryan Mantia (aka, Brain) holds a second career in computer music and beat programming, and uses two port 4/20/2004 8:00 AM Eastern

Known for his past work with Primus, as well as the current line-upof Guns n' Roses, drummer Bryan Mantia (aka, Brain, pictured right)holds a second career in computer music and beat programming, and usestwo portable Metric Halo setups to work on multiple projectssimultaneously.

"I do a lot of programming for albums," Brain acknowledges. "I justdid a load of stuff for the new Vanessa Carlton album. I also just didan album with Buckethead, the guitarist from Guns n' Roses. His newalbum has a lot of programming."

Upon recommendation by several producers, the Bay Area residentchose a pair of Apple G4 Titanium laptops and the Metric Halo MobileI/O, among other items. "I purchased the ULN-2, so I have two portableunits and two separate systems. So if I'm working in two separatestudios, I can have one at one and one at the other.

"The system is basically in a backpack, so I'm totally portable,"Brain continues. "I show up with my backpack with a MIDI interface, alittle keyboard and the MIO. My FireWire cable is four inches long. Iput my laptop on top of the MIO—it fits perfectly.”

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