Antelope Orion Studio Synergy Core Audio Interface
The Antelope Orion Studio Synergy Core Audio Interface is a major step forward for Antelope's workhorse Orion series of audio interfaces, designed to be the heart of your professional recording studio for years to come.
Hot-rodded with Antelope Audio's future-proof Synergy Core FX processing platform, this updated Orion Studio is loaded with 2 FPGA and 6 DSP chips working in harmony to run Antelope's vast library of effects plug-ins. You get 50 of Antelope's top FX bundled with the hardware, including spot-on models of vintage analog gear and a killer collection of guitar amp and cabinet emulations.
With Thunderbolt 3 and USB connectivity, 12 of Antelope's Discrete microphone preamps, extensive analog and digital I/O, upgraded digital-to-analog converters with dynamic range up to 130 dB, and unprecedented FX processing power on board, the Orion Studio Synergy Core is a well-oiled machine -- up for any recording or mixing project your studio throws its way.
Synergy Core: FPGA + DSP = Future-Proof Effects Processing
With 6 DSP + 2 FPGA chips under the hood running a massive effects library by Antelope Audio and platform partners, the Orion Studio Synergy Core frees up your host Mac or PC to record and play back more tracks strapped with CPU-hungry virtual instruments and effects. Take on big projects, build intricate mixes, reduce latency, shorten buffer size, and keep your system stable -- all thanks to Antelope's state-of-the-art Synergy Core dedicated FX processors. With massive processing potential on board, this Orion can grow with your studio.
50 Antelope FX Included
The Orion Studio Synergy Core unlocks 50 of Antelope's top real-time effects plug-ins. Right out of the box you get mic preamp emulations, compressors, EQs, reverb, and guitar amp and cabinet models to bring your tracks to life. And thanks to Synergy Core architecture, you've got the processing muscle to run all the simultaneous FX your sessions need.
Thunderbolt 3 + USB Connectivity
A cross-platform audio interface for Windows or Mac, Orion Studio Synergy Core offers both USB and Thunderbolt 3 connection to your DAW host computer. You can even power/charge your MacBook from the Orion Studio Synergy Core.
130 dB Dynamic Range D/A for Critical Listening
Why trust your projects to anything less than the best D/A converters? The Antelope Orion Studio Synergy Core delivers 130 dB dynamic range on both pairs of monitor outs -- which can run simultaneously, or in A/B mode.
12 Discrete Microphone Preamps + Direct Inputs
The Orion Studio Synergy Core gives you 12 mic preamps based on Antelope's ultra-linear Discrete MP standalone preamplifier, with 75 dB of pristine gain. Recording line-level signals? The Orion Studio Synergy Core's Direct In hard-bypasses the mic pres, directly sailing into the A/D converters with 124 dB dynamic range. Get ready to hear the truth.
Digital Patch Bay for Pro Studios
Send audio anywhere you need it with the digital patch bay and latency-free mixer in your Orion Studio Synergy Core's software control panel. As the "brain" of your pro studio, this interface gives you robust, flexible tools for routing and monitoring.
Antelope's 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
Antelope Audio is renowned for building rock-solid digital audio clocks found in top recording studios and broadcast facilities around the globe. The Orion Studio Synergy Core wouldn't be an Antelope interface if it didn't deliver world-class clocking. With Word Clock I/O, the Orion Studio Synergy Core syncs up your studio with Antelope's 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking, employing 64-bit DDS to keep your audio in lockstep at up to 192 kHz.
Antelope Orion Studio Synergy Core Audio Interface Features
- Rackmount Thunderbolt 3 & USB audio interface with 12 Discrete mic preamps
- Synergy Core processing platform with 2 FPGA + 6 DSP chips
- 2 pairs of monitor outputs run concurrently or in A/B mode with 130 dB dynamic range
- 30 simultaneous inputs x 22 simultaneous outputs
- DC-coupled I/O for CV control of analog modular synths
- Hand-built in Europe to be your pro studio's centerpiece for years to come
Antelope Orion Studio Synergy Core Audio Interface Includes
- Orion Studio Synergy Core
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
- 1 In-Line DC Power supply
- 1 USB Cable
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Like the Orion 32+ third generation interface, I believe I was one of the first North American purchasers of this unit. While not inexpensive, the combination of excellent (clean) preamps, superb inter-connectivity options, and future-proofing with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity provided a compelling enough reason to upgrade. Perhaps even more significantly, the inclusion of 6 separate effects processors (in addition to 2 FPGA chips) makes this a true competitor to UAD in the field of "printing" effects while tracking. It natively supports Edge microphone modeling emulations, of course, and clocking is superb (as always for Antelope).
Where I think this box will truly shine is in the role of a "one stop shopping" mobile recording studio solution. Sure, you can mix through this box easily - with at least 16 channels available for off-board processing, summing, etc.; however, combining this interface with a few off-board "color" preamps (Neve, API, etc.) will allow for an incredible grab-and-go solution with the ability to provide professional results with class.
I have used this over both USB and Thunderbolt, and it has worked flawlessly for me. Putting effects in-line with the recorded signal is easy, and as I also own a few Antelope modeling microphones, swapping capsule patterns and emulations is seamless and easy to match to the source.
This unit is a home-run for Antelope. Like many other users, I'm hoping they stick with this current model run for a while. It would be nice for my new interface to not be classified as a "legacy device" for some time at this point. That said, I'm very happy with the purchase, and I'm looking forward to many happy years of recording with it.