Antelope Audio Announces Orion Studio Synergy Core Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface and Effects Processor

August 15 2019, 00:10
Antelope Audio announced it is taking pre-orders for its latest Orion Studio Synergy Core Thunderbolt 3 audio interface, advancing its series’ workhorse with a new hardware configuration that uses six ARM-based DSP (Digital Signal Processing) processors paired with two proprietary FPGA chips to free resources on the host DAW computer. The upgraded version also adds upgraded D/A converters, and discrete transistor mic preamps.

As implied by the Synergy Core wording on the front panel, the new Orion Studio Synergy Core 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 that perfect pairing of six ARM-based DSP processors and two proprietary FPGA chips creating Antelope Audio’s state-of-the-art Synergy Core effects processing platform. 

With such processing potential onboard, the Orion Studio Synergy Core can comfortably accommodate any growing studio setup with effects processing capabilities now 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, the Orion Studio Synergy Core comes bundled with 50 of Antelope Audio’s real-time effects, including perfect emulations of the most popular analog and digital studio compressors, equalizers, tube mic preamps, reverb, de-esser, expander, gate and even tube guitar and bass amp emulations with configurable cabinet models.

And apart from Thunderbolt 3, the new Orion Studio Synergy Core also adds a USB 2.0 interface, complete with custom high-performance, low-latency drivers for both Mac and Windows. With Thunderbolt 3, it is even possible to power/charge an Apple MacBook directly from the audio interface itself.

More important, the new Orion Studio Synergy Core features 12 mic preamps based on Antelope Audio’s Discrete MP circuits - a Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp - while the Accusonic 3D modeling engine adds support for Antelope Audio’s acclaimed Edge and Verge modeling condenser microphones. And anyone recording line-level signals can use the Direct In function that hard-bypasses the mic preamps themselves, so signals are sent straight into the A/D converters with 124dB DNR. The digital to analog converters deliver 130dB DNR on both pairs of monitor outs (Monitor A and Monitor B), which can run simultaneously or in A/B mode.

And that’s not all. The Orion Studio Synergy Core also provides flexible tools for routing and monitoring, so sending audio anywhere with the digital patch bay and latency-free mixer made easily accessible via its software control panel is a given. And of course the interface features a Word Clock input and output ti sync studio setups with the company’s 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking technology, employing 64-bit DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis) to keep audio in lockstep at up to 192 kHz.

The Orion Studio Synergy Core is available at an RRP of $2,795.00 USD through Antelope Audio’s global network of authorized dealers or online directly from Antelope Audio.
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