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Antelope Zen Studio Audio Interface

Antelope Zen Studio
Antelope Zen Studio
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List Price: $2,295.00
Our Price: $1,795.00

Availability: Discontinued
Product Code: 9999-15884

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Antelope Zen Studio

The Antelope Audio Zen Studio is the first professional portable interface solution with 12 mic pres, 20 analog ins and 14 outs, DSP effects and 24 channel low-latency PC & Mac connectivity.

Zen Studio provides studio quality and functionality in a sleek easy to carry box and is THE professional, portable audio interface with the most competitive analog and digital connectivity.

The 12 world-class mic pres, Antelope's signature clocking, the on-board DSP effects with multiple monitor mixers and the proprietary low-latency USB connectivity make Zen a world-class mobile recording system, that can easily fit inside a backpack or gear bag. Zen Studio is designed to meet the needs of the modern day producer or engineer on-the-go, as well as location sound engineers, sound designers, independent bands and musicians in search of greater sound quality and flexibility.

Proven technologies for supreme audio

Antelope Audio Acoustically Focused Clocking provides the most authentic analog sounding A/D & D/A conversion on the market. Antelope's clocking and conversion along with the custom USB technology implemented in Zen are identical to the ones in the top-selling 32-channel Orion interface which is a centerpiece in the playback rigs for artists such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, and inside the mixing and mastering studios of engineers like Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman), Brian Vibberts, Howie Weinberg or electronic music producers like Robert Babicz and Dusty Kid.

Intuitive control and signal routing bringing unique versatility

Zen Studio is fully controllable using an intuitive desktop application on both PC and Mac, offering flexible signal routing and DSP-based effects alongside custom presets. Users can create up to four independent, zero-latency mixes assignable to any outputs, including the two independent headphone outputs and monitor outputs. All audio I/O is available simultaneously for a total of 38 possible input and 32 output channels, plus 24 simultaneous I/O channels via custom USB, supporting 24-bit, 192 kHz audio.

DSP effects and flexibility to enable creative audio production

In addition to proven sound quality, Zen Studio offers an extremely powerful DSP, based on a custom FPGA device with massive parallel processing capabilities. The proprietary FPGA makes the DSP chip in Zen Studio eight times more powerful than the ones used in similar devices. This allows fast and easy simultaneous processing of multiple effects, enhancing the workflow like no other device on the market.

Antelope Interfaces include a download license for Presonus Studio One Artist
Presonus Studio One Artist is easy to learn and easy to set up, making it the first choice for anyone who wants to spend more time making music with amazing sound quality. Loaded with new virtual instruments, intuitive mixing features, and many more improvements, Studio One Artist makes it faster and easier than ever before to record and mix your music. Looking to upgrade to Pro? Front End Audio offers that option at the time of purchase.

Antelope Zen Studio Features

  • The most analog-sounding A/D & D/A conversion
  • Comprehensive mic pres, HiZ instrument and line inputs
  • Massive parallel DSP and effects processing
  • Battle-tested zero-latency USB audio interface
  • Extremely flexible routing and mixing capabilities
  • The most acclaimed clocking technology

Antelope Zen Studio Connectivity

  • 12 Class A mic preamps, with phantom power
    • 8 mic/line inputs
    • 4 mic/line/instrument inputs
  • 2 Independently assignable headphone outputs
  • 2 DSUB-25 connector (8 channels I/O)
  • 1 Stereo monitor out
  • 4 ADAT connectors (up to 16 channels I/O)
  • 2 SPDIF RCA connectors (I/O)
  • 2 Inserts over TRS
  • 2 Word Clock BNC connectors (I/O)
  • 1 Low-latency high-bandwidth USB 2.0

Antelope Zen Studio Includes

  • Zen Studio Portable Audio Interface
  • Presonus Studio One Artist
  • DC Power Supply
  • USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty card

Antelope Zen Studio Specifications

  • Inputs
    • Analog Inputs
      • 4 x Mic / Line Instrument on XLR combos on the front
      • 8 x Mic / Line on XLR combos on the rear
      • 8 x Lines on DB25 (8 channels)
    • Analog Inserts
      • 2 x Inserts on TRS (inputs 1,2)
    • Digital Inputs
      • 2 x ADAT (up to 16)
      • 1 x S/PDIF
    • World Clock Input
      • 1 x Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 - 192kHz
  • Outputs
    • Analog Outputs
      • 8 x Lines on DB25 (8 channels)
      • 1 x Monitor out on TRS (2 channels)
      • 2 x Stereo Headphone outs on TRS (4 channels)
    • Digital Outputs
      • 2 x ADAT
      • 1 x S/PDIF
    • Word Clock Output
      • 1 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 - 192kHz
  • USB I/O
    • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; Data stream up to 480 Mbits/192kHz, 24 channels I/O, Type B
  • D/A Converter
    • Dynamic Range: 118dB
    • THD + N: -98 dB
  • A/D Converter
    • Dynamic Range: 118dB
    • THD + N: -105 dB
  • Mic Preamp
    • Gain: 0,10 - 65 dB
    • THD + N -108 dB
  • Clock Specs
    • Clocking System: 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
    • 64-bit DDS
    • Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator
    • Clocking Stability: <+/-0.02 ppm, oven controlled at at 64.5C/ 148.1F
    • Clock Aging: < 1 ppm per year
    • Clock Calibration: <+/-0.001 ppm
    • Sample Rates (kHz): 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
  • Additional Information
    • Operating Temperature: 0-50C/32- 122F
    • Weight: 2 kg / 4.41 lb approx.
    • Dimensions (approx.):
      • Width: 418 mm / 16.8"
      • Height: 45 mm / 1.8"
      • Depth: 145 mm / 5.8"
    • Power Supply: DC Universal Input 18V
    • Power Consumption: 25 Watts Max

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Kills February 29, 2016
Reviewer: Jordan Voth from Winnipeg, MB Canada  
I've done live records with this and a laptop. I've stuffed it in my backpack and gone to other provinces and made records with it. The pres are neutral, clear and quiet. Having the digitally controlled mic amps is a god send for recalling gain structures, having 12 mic pres allows me do so much more than the usual 8. Very good buy.

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It Ain't Subtle November 13, 2015
Reviewer: Mojo Bone from Lafayette, IN United States  
Normally, swapping in a preamp/clock/converter buys a subtle improvement over prosumer gear, starting at about $1K/channel, but in upgrading all 3 with Antelope's Zen Studio, I'm thrilled at the improvement in my tracks/ability to hear them. The focus, clarity and detail is stunning. Then, consider that the Zen has 12 preamps and up to 24 simultaneous channels; at $100/channel, it may seem foolish to buy anything else, but there are caveats. You can't rackmount it without a kit, taking up TWO rackspaces, cuz the unit runs hot, and some features are frustratingly difficult to access-a digital mixer with compression, EQ and reverb, which SO far can only be controlled with...a mouse. There is also no manual; just a quick start guide on the website and mention of a DAW plugin that will allow access to the goodies from within your DAW, at some point. There is also no provision for a control surface; a shame, cuz the unit itself provides a total of three buttons and one knob.

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