Priory, an up-and-coming band from Portland, Oregon recently signed to Warner Bros
USA - "These days, I feel like the only way for a band to succeed is to be self-contained - the band has to be able to take care of everything for itself. The Metric Halo ULN-8 contains mic pre's, converters, routing logic, and DSP, and it's absolutely world-class." So says producer/engineer/musician Brandon Rush, who, together with longtime friend Kyle Sears, fronts Priory, an up-and-coming band from Portland, Oregon that recently signed to Warner Bros.

"Electropop" aptly describes Priory. Rush and Sears fuse hard-hitting electronic elements that are larger than life with organic-sounding acoustic elements that bring an appropriate measure of warmth and personality to the band's wickedly catchy tunes. The duo, that studied audio engineering in college, self-recorded their Warner Bros. debut in a converted studio space, relying on the Metric Halo ULN-8 at almost every turn. An EP, Weekend preceded the release of the full-length, Need to Know. The band tours with two Metric Halo ULN-8s, which together act as a self-contained, plug-and-play in-ear monitoring system.

"Even though we have a nice collection of outboard gear at this point, the Metric Halo ULN-8 played a big role in almost every track we laid down for Weekend and Need to Know, Rush said. "Kyle and I are both gear nerds, and we've each owned plenty of other converters at various points. The ULN-8 is special in its ability to stack track after track after track without losing any of the clarity or distinction when all those tracks are mixed together. Plus, we're able to use Metric Halo's fantastic plug-ins."

With plenty of touring experience to draw on from their previous bands, Rush and Sears wanted to avoid the nerve-racking uncertainty of traditional monitoring. Instead, they employed two Metric Halo ULN-8s, together with Metric Halo MIO Console, to build a self-contained, plug-and-play in-ear monitoring system.

(Jim Evans)

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