Antelope Audio Orion Studio Synergy Core Audio Interface

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The Antelope Audio Orion Studio Synergy Core 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.

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

50 real-time effects included:
1. Gyraf Gyratec IX (Tube Mic Preamp)
2. VCA160 (Compressor / Limiter)
3. Stay-Levin (Tube Compression Amplifier)
4. FET-A76 (FET Compressor)
5. X903 (Compressor / Limiter)
6. PowerFFC (Compressor)
7. VEQ-HLF (Passive High/Low Filter)
8. BA-31 (Vintage Mic Preamp)
9. ALT-436C (Tube Compressor Amplifier)
10. FET-A78 (FET Compressor Limiter)
11. SMT-100A (Tube Leveling Amplifier)
12. VEQ-1A (Tube Equalizer)
13. VMEQ-5 (Tube Mid-Range Equalizer)
14. BAE-1023 (3-band Vintage EQ)
15. NEU-PEV (Passive Vintage EQ)
16. NEU-W492 (5-band Vintage EQ)
17. NEU-W495 (3-band Vintage Mastering EQ)
18. VEQ-4K BROWN (Legendary Vintage EQ)
19. VEQ-4K ORANGE (Legendary Vintage EQ)
20. VEQ-4K PINK (Legendary Vintage EQ)
21. VEQ-STU 089 (Vintage EQ)
22. VEQ-STU 169 (Vintage EQ)
23. VEQ-STU 900 (Vintage EQ)
24. Clear Q (Parametric EQ)
25. Auraverb (Reverb)
26. Power EX (Expander)
27. Power Gate (Gate)
28. Master De-Esser (De-Esser)
29. Plexi 59 (UK) (Tube Guitar Amp)
30. Bass SuperTube VR (Tube Guitar Amp)
31. Darkface 65 (US) (Tube Guitar Amp)
32. Top30 (UK) Bright (Tube Guitar Amp)
33. Tweed Deluxe (US) (Tube Guitar Amp)
34. Overange 120 (UK) (Tube Guitar Amp)
35. BurnSphere (DE) Lead (Tube Guitar Amp)
36. Marcus II (US) Lead (Tube Guitar Amp)
37. Modern (US) CH3 (Tube Guitar Amp)
38. Rock 75 (UK) (Tube Guitar Amp)
39. Rock 22.10 (UK) (Tube Guitar Amp)
40. Darkface 65 2x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
41. Top30 2x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
42. Modern 4x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
43. Green 2x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
44. Vintage 4x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
45. Green 4x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
46. Caliper 50 1x10 (Guitar Cabinet)
47. Bluelux 1x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
48. Clst 1x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
49. England 4x12 (Guitar Cabinet)
50. Bass Tube 1x15 (Guitar Cabinet)

Specifications

ANALOG
Analog Inputs
• 8 x Mic / Line Inputs / Direct In
• 4 x Mic / Line / Hi-Z Inputs / Direct In
• 2 x Analog Inserts on TRS 1/4 Jacks

Analog Outputs
• 2 x Monitor Out (Pair) on TRS 1/4 Jacks: Can work both in parallel or in A/B mode
• 2 x ReAmp Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks
• 2 x Line Out (16 channels) on DB25, +20 dBu max, impedance balanced
• 2 x Stereo Headphone Outputs

Mic Preamp
• EIN: -128 dBu
• Dynamic Range: -121 dB
• THD: -106 dB
• Max input: +20 dBu
• Max Gain: 75 dB

D/A Monitor Converter
• Dynamic Range: 130 dB
• THD + N: -115 dB

A/D Converter
• Dynamic Range: 124 dB
• THD + N: -112 dB

D/A Converter
• Dynamic Range: 128dB
• TTHD + N: -115dB

DIGITAL
Digital Inputs
• 2 x ADAT (up to 16 channels)
• 1 x S/PDIF (up to 2 channels)

Digital Outputs
• 2 x ADAT (up to 16 channels)
• 1 x S/PDIF (up to 2 channels)

USB 2.0 I/O
• USB 2.0 Type B connector (up to 24 channels)

Thunderbolt™
• Thunderbolt™ 3 connector (up to 32 channels)

CLOCKING
• Word Clock Input
• 1 Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp
on BNC 32 192kHz

Word Clock Outputs
• 1 Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp
on BNC 32 192kHz

Clocking System
• 4th Generation Acoustically

Focused Clocking
• 64-bit DDS

Sample Rates (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192

OTHER
Operating Temperature: 0-50C, 32-122F
Weight (Approx): 3.1 kg/ 6.83 lbs
Dimensions (Approx) W x H x D: 483 x 44 x 220 mm / 19" x 1.7" x 8.6"
Power Consumption: 25 Watts

In the box
- Orion Studio Synergy Core Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB AD/DA Interface with 12 Discrete Mic Pres
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
- 1 In-Line DC Power supply
- 1 USB cable

System Requirements

WINDOWS
PC: Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 and/or USB ports
OS: Windows 10 x64 with the latest updates
RAM: 4GB minimum (8GB or more recommended)
CPU: Intel Core i3™ or AMD FX and higher

MAC
Model: Apple Mac 2012 or newer Thunderbolt™ 3 and/or USB ports

OS X: macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and higher - Recommended macOS 10.14 (Mojave)
Memory: (RAM)4GB minimum (8GB or more recommended)
Additional Info: Internet connection required for product activation.

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Closest StoreSaint-Eustache, Quebec
After using a Motu ultralite mk3 hybrid for almost 10 years, I needed to upgrade. My choice was going to be either the Apollo X8, UFX or AA Orion. I decided to give AA a shot. First of all, thank you L&M for the fast delivery and your Customer support. The audio interface has a solid build and elegant look. This is not a plug and play interface. You must follow all the instructions by the book (especially for PC). Once everything was installed, USB was running smooth no problem. ****Beware Thunderbolt 3 users (PC) The drivers are not yet reliable at 100%. I had to call Customer support to help setup, The response was quick., they connected remotely, but told me to wait for an update on the firmware. The Routing Matrix took me awhile to figure out. It is complex, but opens a world of possibilities. ( like setting up 5 hardware presets that load on the fly. I haven't played with all the latency settings nor tracked a big session yet. but everything is running gooood and don't see any latency issues whatsoever. The sound is AMAZING. Monitoring on headphones or speakers feels open and crystal clear. The AFX to me sound better that most plugins out there. For example, slapping a Master De-esser with NEU PEV EQ and a VCA 160 compressor takes my Shure SM7B to another level(Radio Ready). Plus you could route the clean and AFX processed channels to your DAW and track them both at the same time. I got the bundle with Edge Solo emulation mic. I am pretty impressed how versatile it is . Sonically, you can hear the differences between the emulation mic models, but I can't reach to a conclusion vs the real mics since I don't own them all. If Antelope is able to make AFX2DAW for PC,release a solid /stable thunderbolt 3 driver(with windows audio playback) and continue listening to client requests, this will become one of the best audio interfaces in the market. This audio interface gives me the confidence I need and Sonically I feel one step closer to the big leagues
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Closest StoreLangley, British Columbia
I had the luxury of trying this interface before I bought it. Thank you to LNM for that! It was a toss up between an Apollo and this one. After I heard the Orion it was a no brainer. (And thats big saying this because I am a fan of Universal Audio as well. User for 9 years) After having both on my desk I just couldn't believe the difference in sound. The spatial Imaging clarity and detail. I really recommend A/B ing any interface in your own workspace to really hear the difference. I really now understand what the talk is about with Antelopes clock. And you truly get the most bang for your buck with this. 12 preamps! Check out the specs to see what else this interface has!
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Purchased this for the clock ..... and have not yet fully integrated in to the studio, as waiting on some other bits for the rack before i spend the day under a some mess of cables however i had to see it was all working ok !!....The routing flexibility is great and i found it very easy to understand. can send anything anywhere, with 4 x 32-channel mixers it will be very easy for multiply monitor mixes, disappointed that only 1 mixer has the reverb send option, building a channel strip right out of the box very simply and straight forward , useful tone shaping tools, preamp emulations, EQs, processors etc .i got the Edge solo deal package. again useful tool and if you make music for a living having something like this is very helpful , the emulations sound great ...... i am not expecting them to sound like every vintage mic ( i own a few ) have come in to contact with over the years .... because every vintage mic i have come in to contact with sounds different they are all different . How much processing power FPGA engines makes latency a thing of the past ,going to be great for Live streaming in the coming months so far super impressed tracked 12 channels of drums with it sounds great ,like the direct option on the preamps .... could go on ..... have not even scratched the surface but well worth the money and right now with the mic .... its a great price
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The routing flexibility is very impressive, with 4 32-channel mixers that can be routed to your studio monitors or headphones, etc. I had fun building a channel strip for my podcasting/streaming mic right out of the box, without even involving my DAW. Beautiful preamp emulations, EQs, and dynamics processors. Very versatile microphone emulations (I was lucky to take advantage of the Edge Duo + 4x Verge package). It's staggering how much processing power this can take off the hands of my CPU, allowing me to extend the life of my main computer so much longer. And the FPGA engines make latency completely negligible. I'm going to have to recreate all my go-to DAW templates! Even from my first listen to music on TIDAL, I was impressed with the converters. Everything seemed more lively and vivid even on familiar albums. I look forward to getting to know this interface more and more in the coming months!
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Orion Studio Synergy Core truly is a game changer. 1st if it’s kind at a fair price point. Now with Edge Solo Modeling Mic, Auto-Tune Synergy & Iconic Studio FX Bundle! What an fantastic deal!! Plus 50 yes 50 FREE top sounding plugins as good or better then every plugin company put there. Synergy Core FX free up CPU to improve system stability, letting you reduce buffer size to record & monitor with sub-millisecond latency. No latency stacking when chaining multiple effects. With two proprietary Field Programmable Gate Aray (FPGA) chips and a whopping six ARM-based DSP processors on board, the sheer computing power contained in this interface is astounding! Leave CPU upgrades aside and let Synergy Core do the number-crunching. 6x DSP + 2x FPGA chips let the Orion Studio Synergy Core handle up to 32 FX channel strips X 8 FX slots each for a maximum of 256 FX instances, at any sample rate and over AFX2DAW. That's four times the processing power of the Orion Studio Rev. 2017. No more wondering where is Antelope Audio tech support? Now Antelope Audio tech support is stellar. 20 hours M-F. Finally!! This the best pro interface bar none!
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