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Antelope Audio Orion Studio Rev. 2017 with Thunderbolt and USB Studio Interface

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Sale Price: $2,499.00 CDN
Original Price: $3,451.00 CDN

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You can now access not only legendary guitar amps and cabs, but a plethora of classic studio gear. Through a unique sampling technique for vintage gear modeling Antelope Audio has provided Orion Studio with the finest selection of hardware-quality audio effects, among which are legendary EQ and compressor hardware plus their very own and extremely versatile AuraVerb reverb.

Orion Studio comes with a full yet ever expanding list of Antelope Vintage FX models:

Mic Preamps: Gyratec IX, VPA 76, BAE-1073MP, RD-47, BA-31

Conversion: Reel to Reel

Guitar Amps: Bass SuperTube VR, Burnsphere (DE), Marcus II (US), Overange 120 (UK), Tweed Deluxe, Top30, Darkface, Modern, Plexi 59, Rock 75, Rock 22.10 Guitar Cabinets: Bass Tube 1x15, Darkface 65 2x12, Top30 2x12, Modern 4x12, Green 2x12, Vintage 4x12, Green 4x12, Caliper 50 1x10, Bluelux 1x12, Clst 1x12, England 4x12

EQ Legends: VEQ-55b, VEQ-STU 089, VEQ-STU 169, VEQ-STU 900, VEQ HA32C, BAE 1023, BAE 1084, NEU-W492, NEU-W495, NEU-PEV, VEQ-4K Black, VEQ-4K Brown, VEQ-4K Pink, VEQ-4K Orange, BAE-1073, VEQ-HLF, VEQ-1A, VMEQ-5, VEQ-55A, Lang PEQ2, UK-69

Vintage Compressors: FeedForward Antelope Compressor, FET-A76, VCA160, x903, Tube176, Gyraf Gyratec X, Grove Hill Liverpool, Stay Levin, ALT-436C, SMT-100A, FET-78A, BA-6A, Tubechild670, Impresser, BAE 10DCF (NEW)

Utility Effects: PowerGate, PowerEx (NEW), Master De-Esser (NEW)

Reverb: AuraVerb

Key Product Features:
• Advanced AD converters, raising Orion Studio's dynamic range to 124 dB
• New Carbon Grey Faceplate
• 5 compressor models added, now 60+ FPGA FX
• 12 Mic Pres, 16 Analog outs, 2 Reamps
• A/B Mastering-grade Monitor Outputs
• ADAT optical I/O (x 2), S/PDIF I/O
• Flawless 4th Generation 64-bit clocking and unique analog circuitry
• Controllable via multiple desktop and mobile apps
• Thunderbolt and USB connectivity for MAC & Windows

Orion Studio fits Thunderbolt and USB connectivity, 12 mic pres and their renowned clocking in just 1U rack space. With 12 Class-A Mic Pres, Orion Studio is the one and only piece of gear you'll need to record a full band and do it like a pro. For 2017 Orion Studio got brand new AD converters, raising its dynamic range to an industry best 124 dB and features superior low latency performance. Now coming in a gorgeous carbon grey faceplate, Orion Studio has a ton of new features inside its powerful Control Panel and FPGA engine.

Just like Zen Tour and Goliath, Orion Studio features the full array of real-time FPGA powered vintage FX. This best-selling interface also includes Antelope's traditionally stunning AD/DA conversion, powered by their very own, world-renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology for jitter management.

Custom FPGA will allow you to create and stream multiple complex mixes and process audio with zero latency. Orion Studio's secret weapon is the extremely powerful Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) device. Its massive parallel processing capabilities are far ahead of DSP chips used in similar devices. Through smart algorithms, oversampling and custom-tweaked models, the FPGA provides the lowest latency possible, allowing you to create up to four independent, zero latency mixes. Those can be easily assigned to any output including the two separate headphone outs.

Orion Studio can work with any DAW on the market via Thunderbolt or USB. Orion Studio's FPGA powered ThunderboltTM and custom USB guarantee the lowest sound latency on the market. The devices massive parallel processing capabilities allow fast, simultaneous streaming of multiple audio channels and instant effects processing. Thanks to the variety of digital and analog I/O, combined with the flexible routing matrix the device is easily connectable to various outboard gear.

Orion Studio offers: two pairs of monitoring outputs, 16 analog outs, 2 reamp outputs, plus 16 channels I/O via ADAT and 2 channels I/O on S/PDIF.

Enjoy the true sound of classic studio gear with Orion Studios real-time FPGA vintage FX. Orion Studio comes with full yet ever expanding list of Antelope Vintage FX models. With 5 new compressor models you can now open up to 32 compressors at once, without losing any of your 40 EQ instances. This is a major advantage over DSP processing. All Antelope Audio FX can be used for real-time tracking, monitoring and are easily routed to work on a mix inside the DAW.

Antelope Audio's custom FPGA makes Orion Studio the #1 audio interface for professional guitarists by being the perfect platform for their integrated vintage and contemporary guitar amp & cab simulations. Developed in collaboration with Overloud they bring precision and audio realism to a whole new level, allowing artists to experiment with multiple speaker configurations, mic placement and EQ settings. The innovative RealModel technology paves the way to vividly rebuild the true sound and behaviour of classic analog gear. Playing and recording guitars has never felt so real!

Device control as flexible as you can imagine. Orion Studio features an exciting new approach to control, including the game-changing Full Session Saving functionality. You're now allowed to quickly save, load and share any routing, monitoring, and FX settings. These can be easily exchanged between studio facilities with Antelope Audio gear and will drastically enhance the studio workflow of any engineer, recordist or musician. A recently added Alternative Matrix View offers a detailed alternative to classic Antelope drag and drop Routing.

You can control and use as many Orions as you can connect with Antelope's new S/N selector inside the panel and even open multiple panels on the same computer. Orion Studio offers dynamic device management from various access points, including multiple computers in the same network. An intuitive iOS / Android mobile app gives you even greater freedom by granting full mic pres control from a smartphone or tablet.


Analog Inputs:
• 4 x Mic / Line Instrument on XLR combos on the front
• 8 x Mic / Line on XLR combos on the rear

Analog Inserts:
• 2 x Inserts on TRS (inputs 1,2)

Analog Outputs:
• 16 x Lines on 2 x DB25 (16 channels Line Out)
• 2 x Stereo Monitor out on TRS (4 channels, only 1 active pair at a time)
• 2 x Stereo Headphone outs on TRS (4 channels)
• 2 x ReAmp outs on TRS (2 channels)

D/A Monitor Converter:
• Dynamic Range: 129 dB
• THD + N: -108 dB

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

D/A Converter:
• Dynamic Range: 120 dB
• THD + N: -107dB

Mic Preamp:
• Gain: 0,10 65 dB
• THD + N: -108 dB

Digital Inputs
• 2 x ADAT (up to 16 depending on the sample rate)
• 1 x S/PDIF

Digital Outputs:
• 2 x ADAT
• 1 x S/PDIF

• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; Data stream up to 480 Mbits/192kHz, 24 channels I/O, Type B

Thunderbolt I/O:
• 1 x Thunderbolt, 32 channels I/O

Word Clock Input:
• 1 x Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 - 192kHz

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

Clocking System:
• 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
• 64-bit DDS
• Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator

Clocking Stability:
• < +/-0.02 ppm, oven controlled at 64.5C/ 148.1F

Clock Aging:
• < 1 ppm per year

Clock Calibration:
• < +/-0.001 ppm

Sample Rates:
• 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 (kHz)

Operating Temperature:
• 0-50C, 32-122F

• 3.1 kg/ 6.83 lbs ( approx )

Dimensions (Approx)
• Width: 483 mm / 19"
• Height: 44 mm / 1.7"
• Depth: 220 mm /8.6"

Electrical specs
• DC Universal input: 18V
• Power Consumption: 25 Watts Max

In the box

Orion Studio Thunderbolt and USB AD/DA Interface with 12 mic pres
Owner's Manual
Warranty Card
1 DC Power supply
1 USB cable

System Requirements

OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10
Disk Space: Minimum 512 MB available disk space
USB: 1x USB 2.0 Port
Required USB bandwidth: 80%-90%
CPU: Intel or AMD equivalent CPU with at least 2GHz operating frequency
Memory (RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more Recommended)

OS X: 10.9/10.10/10.11/10.12 (El Capitan 10.11.6 Recommended)
Disk Space: Minimum 512 MB available disk space
USB: 1x USB 2.0/3.0 Port
Thunderbolt: 1x Thunderbolt/USB-C Port
Required USB bandwidth: 80%-90%
Memory(RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more recommended)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (Minimum) Intel Core i3 or higher (Recommended)

Additional Info: Internet connection required for product activation

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Closest StoreToronto (Long & McQuade Pro), Ontario
I upgraded to the Orion studio 2017 from an Apollo. I’ve had zero issues. The sound quality and conversion is truly spectacular compared to my last unit which was a UAD Apollo 8. It beats it in every way except for plugins. But I also own a UAD satellite so I’ve got the best of two worlds in this price range. It’s clocking and latency are excellent and the sound stage compared to an Apollo is hands down noticeably way better. I imagine if you got the Black Lion converter and clock upgrades to the Apollo then they would price perform at about the same level as the Orion Studio. Antelope Audio has had their troubles with software bugs using AFX2DAW plugins but I use UAD plugins so I can’t comment on that area.
Posted by David on Apr 4, 2020
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Closest StoreEdmonton Downtown, Alberta
Let me begin by saying this is the best sounding interface I have ever owned. Everything is just crystal clear and super capable. However, never in my 10 years of recording have I ever had to contact the support wing of a company so many times. I think in my first 6 months of owning it, I have contacted them at least 4 times for various issues. They are very responsive and very helpful, but I must admit I'm starting to get annoyed. A little hint: if you buy this unit and see the option for a screensaver in the menu and think "that would be neat", do not turn it on. It crashes the machine nonstop until you turn it off. These are the kind of weird bugs this thing has. So just keep in mind that while this unit may be worth the money it costs, the additional cost is the frustration when something goes awry.
Posted by Cory on Dec 19, 2019
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Introducing Orion Studio - Revision 2017