Italy (January 29, 2015)—Composer and multi-instrumentalist Stefano Lentini’s recorded and mixed his latest work, for Nicola Campiotti’s new documentary, Sarà Un Paese, using a pair of Metric Halo LIO-8 converters and a host of Metric Halo plug-ins.
At the front end, Lentini, based in his native Italy, has a Neumann TLM49 and a small collection of other specialty mics that feed into a handmade Arrel Audio AL121 quad microphone preamplifier. From there, a pair of Metric Halo LIO-8 converters input and output audio between Apple Logic Pro, hardware, and an Arrel Audio AL-266 16-channel summing mixer. He monitors through a passive Dynaudio M1.
Lentini uses Metric Halo plug-ins in two ways. First, he uses them in Logic as channel inserts. Second, he uses them during mastering via Metric Halo’s proprietary routing software—MIO Console. During mastering, he splits his LIO-8s as well, using one for playback conversion and the second for recording conversion at 44.1 kHz/16-bit.
Without telling Lentini what he was up to, Lentini’s assistant swapped out the LIO-8s for other converters one day. “It was a kind of blind test he was putting me up to without my knowledge,” Lentini laughed. “But I passed! Without knowing what he was up to, I said, dismayed, ‘Good grief, my tweeters are out of order.’ He let me in on the joke and put things right. It was a good testament to the LIO-8, which is, in my opinion, after listening to many, many converters, the absolute champion of transparency. I think that goes back to Metric Halo founders Joe and B.J. Buchalter’s quest for scientifically-grounded audio magic. It’s not just a business for them, it’s a passion. I like to think that I can ‘hear’ it in the LIO-8.”