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Metric Halo 2882 3d w/ DSP

Model: 000-50020

Metric Halo 2882 3d w/ DSP
Metric Halo 2882 3d w/ DSP
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About: Metric Halo 2882 3d w/ DSP

Originally released in 2001, the 2882 was the first the first digitally controlled FireWire interface designed specifically for the Macintosh.

The Granddaddy of them all, the 2882 just keeps getting better. A seminal piece of gear, the feature set of the 2882 represents a list of firsts in the industry. The 2882 was the first Mac-only FireWire interface on the market and was the first bus-powerable FireWire interface ever. It was also the first (and only) FireWire interface to offer onboard fully instantiable DSP processing with our unique +DSP processing environment. The first 96k FireWire interface, and the first to feature digitally controlled analog stages, the 2882 has inspired an entire genre of gear.

Take a look at some other products on the market and you are sure to find numerous features and approaches originally invented by Metric Halo. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and as we look around the now-crowded interface market, we’re happy to say that we’re truly flattered!

Updated with 3d, 2882 3d jumps ahead of its competition again.

The 2882 3d is a portable, high–quality, modular multi-format audio converter, interface, and processor.

Each 2882 3d integrates:

  • 8 Mic/Line/Instrument analog inputs
  • 8 analog outputs on balanced TRS connectors
  • 24/96k converters on all channels
  • Headphone amp with dedicated D/A and front panel mute/dim
  • Full front-panel metering
  • Remote gain control on all channels
  • AES I/O (2 Channels)
  • SPDIF I/O (2 Channels)
  • ADAT I/O (8 Channels)
  • All Analog I/O supports 96k
  • All Digital I/O supports 192k
  • 128 Channel x 64 bus mixer (up to 192k)
  • Instantiable DSP processing with over 100 plugins
  • Integrated surround-capable Monitor Controller
  • Incredibly accurate DPLL clock with ultra-low jitter
  • Seamless hardware multi-unit unification over MHLink (mixer, routing and transport)
  • MH EdgeBus Card slot with support for AES/SPDIF/MADI/ADAT/TOSLINK/MIDI (depending on card)
  • SMUX support for ADAT and MADI
  • Front panel metering and control with dedicated gain knobs
  • Bullet-proof recording with the integrated Record Panel
  • MIO Console 3d
  • MHLink Ethernet connectivity
  • USB-C connectivity

At Home in Any Situation

2882 3d is the perfect tool for capturing audio wherever inspiration hits, in the studio or on the road. Well suited to any recording situation, you can record and edit on the road, in the hotel, on the airplane, or wherever you find yourself. Use 3x 2882s chained together for 24 tracks of live concert recording with processing on all channels in 3 rack spaces. Location sound engineers can now capture the moment — anywhere, anytime.

When you’re done recording, use the 2882 in the studio as an extremely high quality audio interface to transfer your tracks into a DAW. You’ll be amazed at the sound of this little box! And weighing only 5 pounds, and about the size of a laptop, you can be the first one out of the gig, with no hassle, just throw the Mobile I/O into your computer bag, and you’re done!

The 2882’s pristine inputs and outputs, coupled with Metric Halo’s exclusive Character processing, provide flexibility and sound quality unavailable on any other interface. You can transition from a wire-with-gain to a gooey tube pre with one click of the mouse, and every input can have the right character for the material you are recording.

The 2882 3d provides an on-board processing engine that supports fully instantiable processing, allowing you to use Metric Halo’s world-renowned signal processing effects without sacrificing your computer’s processing power or introducing any additional latency in your monitor path. From MIOStrip to HaloVerb, the 2882 3d comes with all the basic production processing you need. And remember, this one rack space audio interface has the ability to run from any DC power source (9V-30V), making it truly and completely mobile.

A/D/A Conversion

Audio converters stand at the heart of every digital audio product. If the conversion is not up to snuff, you might as well toss the product out the window -- as the best you can hope for is that it doesn’t damage your precious audio (or reputation) too much. No matter how good the DSP is, if your converters don’t capture (or render) your audio accurately you are starting at a deficit.

Audio conversion is something that is more than the sum of its parts. You can’t simply look at the converter chip and determine how something is going to sound. Excellent audio conversion requires careful attention to detail and the tuning of every element of the entire conversion system; this includes the analog front end, the power system, the clock and the converter chip itself. As all of these interact with each other in nonlinear ways, it is the system that determines the performance, and not any of the individual parts. As any system can be no better than it’s weakest link, it is vitally important that the component you use to capture and render all of your audio is not the weakest link in your system.

The analog converters in the 2882 provide exceptional conversion that also has a “Sound”. The 2882 has subtle FET distortion in it’s input that gives your signal some additional analog warmth. Since this warmth is captured, you can rely on the fact that you are hearing what you are delivering. If you are looking for absolute pristine conversion, check out the other products in the 3d family: ULN-2 3d, LIO-8 3d, and ULN-8 3d.

Since the 2882 3d connects seamlessly with other members of the 3d family, you can get accurate conversion and monitoring with another 3d product while taking advantage of the “sound” of the 2882 and the low cost per channel that it provides.


Monitoring is critical to the production process at every stage; you need to be able hear exactly what you are working on. Your monitor chain will be limited by the weakest link in the chain.

The 2882 3d integrates a transparent digital Monitor Controller to ensure that you can use with the line output paths or via external converters or digitally connected speakers.

The Monitor Controller in the 2882 3d provides sophisticated monitor control features that are only available in dedicated monitor controllers that paradoxically cost far more than the 2882 3d. These features include:

  • Multiple source selection
  • Multiple speaker output selection
  • Shared speaker set support
  • Per speaker gain and delay
  • Per speaker solo/mute control
  • Output path calibration support
  • Multichannel support from Stereo up to 7.1.4 Surround (Dolby Atmos®) with external converters
  • Mono fold-down
  • Mute and Dim
  • Analog domain gain control
  • Talkback
  • Listenback
  • Multiple cue output support
  • PFL/AFL integration with the mixer

In addition to all these high-end features, the MH Monitor Controller provides unique support for per-output-path configurable signal processing including EQ, Bass Management and protective limiting. Each output path can have its own signal processing, even if the paths share speakers. This allows you to configure alternate monitoring setups with one monitoring system (for example, you could configure the signal processing to provide a band-limited monitoring path or a path that lacks subwoofer reinforcement).

Each 2882 3d includes a high quality headphone amplifier fed by the monitor path D/A conversion with independent analog domain gain control. So you don’t need to add a headphone amp to your system.

Cue Control

In addition to monitoring the mix in your control room, multitrack production requires providing multiple output cues to performers and other stakeholders (such as producers and/or broadcast feeds).

The Monitor Control in 3d is enhanced by a sophisticated Output Cue section that provides you with an arbitrary number of output controls. Each cue can be driven from any of the busses in the system, or it can be set to derive its input from the currently selected source in the Monitor Controller (MC).

Since each Cue can be driven by a separate mix bus from the mixer, they are perfect for routing and controlling independent headphone mixes for individual performers.

Cues can be configured to listen to PFL/AFL (or not). So for producers and engineers, the cue can follow PFL/AFL Solo in the mixer while performer and broadcast cues are unaffected by soloing.

Each cue has an independent output path which can be set to any of the MC supported output types. Each cue controller uses the MC engine for its control of routing, gain, delay and output graph processing, so it can do all the things the MC can do.

Cues are not Mixes. Cues are output points with gain and routing controls that can be fed by specific mixes, the current monitor controller source, or a mix of a source and the talkback signal. They serve as named output mults with direct access to associated output gain controls.

Cues form the basis of the routing points for Talkback and Listenback.

Talkback provides the ability to route a specific input to any sub-set of the cues in the system; it also allows you to control the amount that the Cue source signal is dimmed when talkback is active. The Talkback signal is mixed with the selected source.

Listenback provides the ability to route the source that the engineer is currently monitoring through the MC to any sub-set of the cues in the system. This allows playing back a mix of the take to any or all of the monitoring cues in the system without having to re-patch.


2882 3d includes sophisticated digital signal processing engine that is only limited by your imagination. The mixing engine and audio router built into each unit is capable of mixing 128 inputs to 64 busses at all sample rates (up to 192k) with every gain interpolated on a sample-by-sample basis. This custom dedicated mix engine utilizes the equivalent DSP power of 30 of the SHARC DSPs that were used in our previous generation product.

Each 2882 3d also includes a programmable DSP that supports the instantiation of arbitrary DSP processing plug-ins; this is used for insert processing in the mixer and for output processing in the Monitor Controller. 2882 3d includes over 100 plugins that you can use for low-latency monitoring, live mixing or in production. The DSP in 3d has 1GB of DDR3 RAM available so long delays and multiple reverbs are not a problem.

The +DSP license included with every unit provides Metric Halo’s unique Graph insert which allows you to build your own signal chains with arbitrary phase compensated routing between plugins. You can insert a Graph in any insert slot in the mixer and as output processors in the Monitor Controller.

The 3d system enhances the processing engine included in each unit by routing between multiple units and utilizing the resources of all units attached via MHLink as one unified system. Your DSP and mixing resources are pooled. This allows you to seamlessly grow your system one unit at a time - all the way up to 128 channels of simultaneous input and output! All your inputs (including inputs from the computer) are available as sources in the mixer and monitor controller. All your outputs (including returns to the computer) are available as destinations for the mixer, monitor controller, cue system and direct outs.

Features in Detail

  • 8 Channels of Fantastic 96k A/D converters
  • 8 Channels of Fantastic 96k D/A converters (line-level)
  • 2 Channels of Fantastic 96k D/A converters with integrated headphone amp/monitor amp
  • 8 Channels of Utility Preamps with up to 42 dB of gain and Phantom Power
  • Integrated Surround Monitor Controller
    • Provides switching between any set of user specified sources (Host, USB, AES, Analog, ADAT, MADI or Mix)
    • Digital domain gain control
    • Supports input and monitor paths from Mono to 7.1.4 (with external converters)
  • 4 Channels of 192k capable AES/SPDIF Inputs and Outputs
    • Available as computer I/O or direct routed I/O for converters
    • Support full channel count at all sample rates
    • Professional interfacing
  • 8 Channels of SMUX capable ADAT Inputs and Outputs
  • Comprehensive Front Panel Controls
    • Full support for standalone converter and preamp operation
      • Gain selection
      • Phantom power selection
      • Input source selection
      • Phantom power control
    • Comprehensive, High Resolution 10 Segment Precision Front Panel Metering
      • Real, functional metering for analog inputs and outputs
    • Comprehensive Clocking (Internal, Word Clock, AES, SPDIF, ADAT, MADI, MHLink)
    • Dedicated internal clock sources for all rates
    • Optional MIDI I/O (with EdgeCard)
      • MIDI Input and Output on standard DIN connectors
      • MIDI transported to computer
    • Rock-solid, time-tested fifth-generation software and drivers
    • Integrated Mixing and Deep Instantiable DSP Processing (Includes Full +DSP License)
      • Fully configurable multibus mixer with surround support (up to 7.1)
      • Full Send/Return architecture
      • Ultra-low latency, on-the-metal monitoring
      • Insert model for inserting zero-latency plugins
      • Insertable +DSP plugin graphs for configurable processing
      • Insertable graph macros for complex, pre-configured processing
      • Includes over 100 high-quality processing plugins, including:
        • MIOStrip — channel strip processing
        • Dynamics (Compressor and Limiter)
        • Transient Controller
        • EQ (6 band and 12 band)
        • HaloVerb
        • Signal Processing primitives
        • Crossovers
        • and much more…
      • Per-channel and Per-bus Insertable Character™
    • MHLink Interfacing between boxes
    • Ethernet Interfacing to computer with MHLink Audio
      • Supports Mac OS X v. 10.8.5 and newer
    • Bidirectional Control Surface Support
      • Eucon Control Surfaces
      • Mackie Control Protocol Control Surfaces
    • Integrated Multichannel Recorder (Record Panel)
      • Multichannel, multi-box tape-style high-performance recorder
      • Exceptional Stability and Sound Quality
      • Realtime waveform display
      • Extensive File Format support (BWF, WAVE, CAF, AIFF, SD2)
      • BWF time-stamping from TOD or LTC (any input channel or dedicated SMPTE input)
      • Support for basic BWF metadata
      • Support for limiting record file size and seamless file breaking
      • Seamless manual file breaking (with time-stamping)
      • Support for mirrored recording (recording to multiple drives at once)
      • Pre-roll/Pre-record
      • Dreamcatcher™ Level Based trigger
      • Timecode based trigger
      • Monophonic and polyphonic recording (determined by source strip width)
  • DC-Powerable
  • High quality, custom designed formed powder-coated aluminum case
    • Strong
    • Light weight
    • Scratch and fingerprint resistant
    • Smooth contours for snag-free transportation in a gig-bag
    • Rack-mountable with included rack-ear kit
  • Exceptional Power Performance (only 8 Watts)
  • Low mass (4 lbs / 1.8 kg)
  • Extremely Compact (everything in 1 RU)
  • Future Proof, Expandable, and software-enhanceable

What’s Included in the Package

Each 2882 includes the following items:

  • One 2882 unit
  • One IEC Power Cord appropriate for your area
  • One 18-volt 60-watt world-ready external power supply
  • One 12” CAT5e Ethernet Cable
  • One 14’ CAT5e Ethernet Cable
  • One USB-A to USB-C Cable
  • Two Rack Ears w/ fasteners
  • Rubber feet
  • Warranty/Registration Card

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