Metric Halo Mobile I/O's a No Brainer

Apr 20, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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

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

Upon recommendation by several producers, the Bay Area resident chose a pair of Apple G4 Titanium laptops and the Metric Halo Mobile I/O, among other items. "I purchased the ULN-2, so I have two portable units and two separate systems. So if I'm working in two separate studios, 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, a little keyboard and the MIO. My FireWire cable is four inches long. I put my laptop on top of the MIO—it fits perfectly.”

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