New Antelope Interface a ‘Hot Rod’

Antelope Audio announces it is taking preorders on Orion Studio Synergy Core — advancing its acclaimed audio interface series’ workhorse with ‘hot-rodded’ hardware.


19 August 2019

Antelope Audio announces it is taking preorders on Orion Studio Synergy Core — advancing its acclaimed audio interface series’ workhorse with ‘hot-rodded’ hardware. It’s updated from the ground up to include six ARM-based DSP processors paired with two proprietary FPGA chips, facilitating Antelope Audio’s state-of-the-art Synergy Core effects processing platform (onboard computing power to free up host computers from running Antelope effects); upgraded D/A (digital-to-analogue) converters (capable of delivering 130dB dynamic range on both pairs of monitor outs) and discrete transistor mic preamps; along with access to today’s fastest, most versatile data connection, Thunderbolt 3 (with custom high-performance, low-latency drivers for Mac and Windows).

Orion Studio Synergy Core cleverly lets users offload Antelope Audio effects to the audio interface itself; in turn, this frees up the host Mac or PC to record and play back more tracks, and run CPU-hungry virtual instruments and native time-based effects. Ultimately, users of Orion Studio Synergy Core can take on big projects, build intricate mixes, reduce latency, and keep their system stable — all thanks to the pairing of six DSPs and two FPGAs creating Antelope Audio’s Synergy Core effects processing platform. Put it this way: with such processing potential onboard, Orion Studio Synergy Core can comfortably accommodate any growing studio setup; after all, its effects processing capabilities have been doubled to 32 channels strips, each of which are able to host up to eight effects slots, potentially allowing for 256 effects instances in any given session!

Speaking of processing potential, Orion Studio Synergy Core comes complete with 50 of Antelope Audio’s real-time effects on tap – a sizeable collection of top-tier compressors, EQs, and mic preamp emulations, plus guitar amp and cabinet models, and more with which to bring tracks to life! Let it be said: since Synergy Core architecture allows access to all the processing muscle power users could want to run real-time effects that their sessions could ever need, heavy lifting clearly comes naturally to Orion Studio Synergy Core!

Connectivity is taken care of by either Thunderbolt 3 and USB 2.0 connections to the DAW host computer — complete with custom high-performance, low-latency drivers for both Mac and Windows. With Thunderbolt 3, it is even possible to power an Apple MacBook directly from the audio interface itself!

When it comes to working with Orion Studio Synergy Core – hearing is believing. After all, those 12 mic preamps are based on Antelope Audio’s Discrete MP, a Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp, while Orion Studio Synergy Core’s Accusonic 3D modelling engine lets users transform Antelope Audio’s Edge modelling condenser microphones into expensive-sounding replicas. Anyone recording line-level signals need not fret for Orion Studio Synergy Core’s Direct In function hard-bypasses the mic preamps themselves, so signals sail straight into the A/D converters with 124dB DNR. Orion Studio Synergy Core far from disappoints in the D/A department, delivering 130dB DNR on both pairs of monitor outs, which can run simultaneously or in A/B mode.

Orion Studio Synergy Core provides robust, flexible tools for routing and monitoring, with its software control panel allowing audio to be sent anywhere via the digital patch bay and latency-free mixer. It also includes Antelope’s famously rock solid World Clock, employing 64-bit DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis) to keep audio in lockstep at up to 192 kHz.

Antelope Audio: en.antelopeaudio.com

Australian Distributor: www.turramusic.com.au


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