Antelope Audio Orion Studio Synergy Core

Thunderbolt 3/USB audio interface with 12 mic preamps and Synergy Core effects processing




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Incredible FX from Antelope Orion Synergy Core

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 onboard, 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 playback 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 onboard, 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.


– 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



Analog Inputs

8 x Mic / Line Inputs / Direct In

4 x Mic / Line / Hi-Z Inputs / Direct In

Analog Inserts

2 x Inserts on TRS (inputs 1,2)

Analog Outputs

2 x Monitor Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks: Can work both simultaneously and 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

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: 128 dB

THD + N: -115dB

Discrete Mic Preamps

EIN: -128 dBu

Dynamic Range: -121 dB

THD: -106 dB

Max input: +20 dBu

Max Gain: 75 dB


Digital Inputs

2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)

1 x S/PDIF on RCA

Digital Outputs

2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)

1 x S/PDIF on RCA

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

USB 2.0 Type B connector

(up to 24 channels)

Thunderbolt™ 3 I/O

Thunderbolt™ 3 connector

(up to 32 channels)


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

Oven-controlled crystal oscillator

Clocking Stability

<+/-0.02 ppm, oven controlled at 64.5ºC/ 148.1ºF

Clock Aging

< 1 ppm per year

Clock Calibration

<+/-0.001 ppm

Sample Rates

44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 (kHz)


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 2×12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  41. Top30 2×12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  42. Modern 4×12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  43. Green 2×12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  44. Vintage 4×12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  45. Green 4×12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  46. Caliper 50 1×10 (Guitar Cabinet)
  47. Bluelux 1×12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  48. Clst 1×12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  49. England 4×12 (Guitar Cabinet)
  50. Bass Tube 1×15 (Guitar Cabinet)

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