Published On March 29, 2019 | News, Recording/Mixing

Antelope Audio announces availability of Orion 32+ | Gen 3, boasting brand-new AD/DA converters capable of achieving up to 129 dB dynamic range alongside Antelope Audio’s next-generation 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) technology and jitter management algorithm and a rich collection of circuit-level gear emulations running in real-time on an integrated FPGA FX platform.

Offering low-latency recording and playback of up to 64 simultaneous 24-bit/192kHz audio channels via Thunderbolt and up to 32 audio channels over USB, Antelope Audio’s latest addition to its interface range connects seamlessly with any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) on a Mac or PC. Signal flow management is made easier thanks to the colour-coded software routing matrix with four separate mixers, effects chaining, and zero-latency monitoring capabilities all residing within an easy-to-use application for macOS and Windows. With all selections viewable in the centre of the routing matrix when hovering over a connection, colour-challenged users are also well catered for.

Fortunately for all comers, Orion 32+ | Gen 3 comes complete with a complimentary suite of outstanding effects essentials, each running in real- time on an ultra-fast FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) platform. Put it this way: with Antelope Audio having selected six effects from its library, they collectively cover a wide variety of tracking and mixing uses. Each effect brings mastering-grade precision and clarity to the production table — traversing all essential mixing and mastering needs, from the Clear Q linear EQ to the spacious-sounding, advanced AuraVerb. Also included is Master De-Esser, Antelope Audio’s long-anticipated debut de-esser effect plug-in; PowerEX, Antelope Audio’s in-house expander featured in all its interfaces; PowerFFC, a feed-forward compressor — also featured in all Antelope Audio’s interfaces; plus PowerGate, Antelope Audio’s first noise gate tool. Additional effects can be purchased from Antelope Audio’s library of FPGA FX.

Not to be left wanting in the clock department, a pair of Word Clock outputs (WC OUT) turn the Orion32+ | Gen 3 into a world-class master clock fit for any user’s studio setup, while a 10MHz input (10M IN) allows it to be used with supreme stability using Antelope Audio’s 10MX Rubidium Atomic Clock — itself really representing Antelope’s more than 20 years’ worth of expertise in the digital audio world, making analogue’s clarity, depth, width, and distinctly three-dimensional traits sound so vividly real.

Orion32+ | Gen 3 advances Antelope Audio’s reputation for great conversion quality, thanks to its brand-new AD/DA converters achieving up to 129 dB dynamic range (at the Monitor output stage). Simply speaking, Orion32+ | Gen 3 allows anyone to hear the true sound of their music with both digital clarity and analogue warmth.

While consummate clocking and conversion are hallmarks of any Antelope Audio interface, it is the fact that Orion32+ | Gen 3 delivers sub-millisecond round-trip latency for both AD and DA conversion that also distinguishes it from the (sound of the) crowd. Round-trip latency times measured between line inputs and outputs are as low as 0.904ms (64 samples at 192kHz) and line inputs and monitoring outputs as low as 1.155ms (64 samples at 192kHz). Considering AD/DA conversion’s inherent latency and the technical state-of-the- art in the pro audio industry, it is currently impossible to achieve sub-millisecond latency under each and every recording and playback scenario. Saying that, the latency achieved in those quoted measurement examples are low enough as to be practically imperceptible.

Interfacing is — by its very nature — all about connecting to the outside world. Within the confines of its single rack space-occupying rear panel, Orion32+ | Gen 3 packs a lot of connectivity courtesy of 8x DB25 connectors for analogue I/O alongside 2x ADAT, 1x MADI, and 1x S/PDIF digital connections.

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