The Orion 32 HD is a 64-channel, Pro Tools HDX compatible and native USB 3.0 audio interface with Antelope’s proprietary industry-leading clocking and custom-modeled real-time effects
Audio professionals have long relied on the stability of Pro Tools HD, but that stability comes at the cost of not always playing nicely with 3-party hardware, which is where the Antelope Orion 32 HD comes in. Fully compatible with Pro Tools HD thanks to its dual HDX ports, as well as any other DAW on the market via USB 3.0, the Antelope Orion 32 HD Pro Tools and Native interface offers all things Antelope, including the most accurate clocking the industry has to offer, zero-latency monitoring, 64-channel, 192kHz streaming I/O, and of course, Antelope’s renowned and musically rich AD/DA conversion. But that’s not all. Known for being the first to stream 32 channels of 24-bit/192kHz audio over USB 2.0, and proprietary clocking technologies, the Orion 32 HD also features Antelope’s powerful Field Programmable Gate Array, which provides authentic and inexhaustible effects.
Antelope Orion 32 HD in one take:
- Stream 64-channel, 24-bit/192kHz audio via Pro Tools HDX and USB 3.0 with super quiet operation
- Antelope’s industry-leading clocking
- Software routing, mixing, and real-time effects (Mac/PC)
- Custom FPGA (field programmable gate array) chip provides inexhaustible DSP
INSIDE THE BOX—Antelope Orion 32 HD
64-channel Pro Tools HD compatible and USB 3.0 native interface
Featuring Antelope’s world-class, analog sounding conversion, the Orion 32 HD, like it’s predecessors, is extremely versatile in both I/O options and clocking. Along with HDX ports for seamless integration with Pro Tools HD and HDX The Orion 32 HD can transmit 64 channels of 24-bit/192kHz audio via USB 3.0, and MADI, up to 16 channels of 24-bit/48kHz via ADAT, and two channels of S/PDIF I/O. The Orion32 HD’s analog I/O is handled by 8 DB-25 connectors wired in standard Tascam pin configuration. The Orion 32 HD also allows for highly accurate and detailed monitoring across multiple speaker sets, via mastering-grade audio, and ultra low-latency monitoring through the software mixer. And if you prefer to work with mics in the control room, the Orion 32 HD housed in an efficient “green” design with no fans inside, which means no need for expensive machine rooms or iso racks.
Antelope’s industry-leading clocking
Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)—Rather than simply adhering to rote mathematical formula, Antelope’s approach to clock design is based on the actual acoustic properties of sound. Precisely how AFC is achieved is, of course, Igor Levin’s secret to keep. However, the results are obvious to any recording or mastering engineer who’s put Antelope clocks in his signal chain, such as master mixer Michael Brauer, who relies on Antelope’s 10M and Trinity and insists his mastering engineer uses the same setup to preserve the spaciousness and sonic integrity of his mixes.
Antelope Oven-Controlled Crystal Oscillator—The oven-controlled oscillator is Antelope’s second proprietary clock technology that complements the AFC. To achieve high-quality audio, the precision of the clock’s oscillator is of paramount importance. Oscillator accuracy is compromised when exposed to fluctuations in temperature caused by electronic components doing what they normally do: produce heat. By housing the clock in a shielded container, which Antelope calls an “oven,” a constant temperature is maintained, thus preventing the aforementioned fluctuations, while maintaining high-precision accuracy. Transients will shine like never before and you’ll achieve a stereo image with incomparable depth and detail.
Both of these technologies have made Antelope Audio clocks an industry leader in recording, mastering, and post-production facilities around the world. These innovations run through the entire Antelope line, from the Trinity, their flagship master clock, up to and including the Orion 32 HD.
Software routing, mixing, and real-time effects
The Orion 32 HD is fully controllable by a clever, cross-platform (PC & Mac) desktop application. Its intuitive interface includes views for signal routing, mixers, effects, metering options, and five presets to save your most-used custom setups. There are also clock source and sample rate pull-down menus, as well as a brightness control for the display. (A nice touch for dark-lit recording environments.)
The mixer view contains four DSP-powered mixers, which allow you to create up to four independent zero-latency mixes assignable to any outputs, plus monitor outputs. DSP effects, labeled AFX (Antelope FX) on the mixer, can be assigned to the input and output of the Orion 32 HD, enabling you to both track and mix with DSP effects. AFX comprises 16 channel strips with a 5-band EQ and compressor, each with bypass and savable presets. The compressor, along with standard compression controls, can be set for peak or RMS operation. Both EQ and compressor can be linked for stereo operation. Additionally, you can change their position in the signal chain i.e.: EQ first or compressor first.
With freely movable and resizable panels you can maximize the most out of your computer monitor space, perfect when working on huge projects, scoring to picture and on multiple screen set ups.
Antelope Custom FPGA DSP Processor
Unique to the Antelope audio interfaces is the custom FPGA, which stands for field-programmable gate array. “Field programmable” simply means user programmable. At their most basic, FPGAs easily push the 500MHz performance barrier with unprecedented logic-density increases and a host of other features. In the hands of a master programmer, such as Antelope’s Igor Levin, who coaxed more performance out of USB than anyone before him, Antelope’s custom FPGA provides eight times the DSP processing speed than ASICs used in similar devices. This allows fast and easy simultaneous processing of multiple effects, better sound quality, and much lower latency. It also means that you can pile on as many effects per channel without maxing out the Orion 32 HD’s DSP—and it all happens before audio reaches your DAW, which saves resources for your processor-intensive plug-ins.
Antelope’s FPGA effects bring audio realism to a new level. They sound, behave and feel just like real hardware gear, because they are real hardware gear. The Orion 32 HD features an exquisite collections of Vintage EQ’s include authentically models of Lang PEQ-1, BAE 1073, 1084, 1023, UK-69 and many other classic British and German vintage units, vintage and contemporary guitar amp & cab simulations developed in collaboration with Overloud, plus vintage compressors, beginning with the life-like model of the FET76 and many more are soon to be available, FREE to all new and registered users of Antelope’s growing line of world class interfaces.
OUTSIDE THE BOX—Antelope Orion 32 HD
The sleek front panel of the Orion 32 HD has starts with a power button that toggles standby/operation states and accesses the system menu; Oven Clock light, which indicates Orion32 HD is clocked by its own internal clock; Lock Light, indicates Orion32 HD is locked to the signal that enters through the digital inputs on the rear panel (except HDX and USB); Atomic Clock Lock Light indicates Orion32 HD is locked to an atomic signal that enters through the 10M input on the rear panel; multi-function display; frequency select buttons; Antelope button, which accesses the control menu; and five preset buttons.
The Orion 32 HD rear-panel I/O includes a BNC word clock input; 10M BNC input, which allows the Orion32 HD to receive timing reference from an Atomic Clock such as the Antelope 10M and 10M; two BNC world clock outputs; 75 Ω S/PDIF connectors for use with compatible equipment; balanced 1/4″ TRS monitor outputs, dual, HDX ports; 2 x 2 ADAT optical ports (up to 8 channels per line); 1 x MADI I/O optical ports providing 64 tracks input and 64 tracks output; USB3 port; eight D-SUB 25 for 32-channel analog I/O; and the main power IEC connector, which supports a range from ~95 to 245V, enabling the device to automatically accommodate mains voltage in every country.
Antelope Orion 32 HD full feature list:
- Hardware-based vintage effects: EQs, Compressors, Reverb
- Proprietary FPGA with massive modeling capabilities
- 64 Channels I/O via HDX & USB3
- 32 Channels Analog I/O on 8 × DB25
- Up to 64 Channels I/O Fiber Optic MADI
- Up to 16 Channels I/O via Fiber Optic ADAT
- 2 Channels I/O via S/PDIF
- 1 × Mastering-Grade Monitor Out on TRS (2 Channels)
- Antelope Audio pristine AD/DA conversion technology
- Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking Technology
- Antelope’s proprietary Oven Controlled Oscillator for supreme clocking stability
- 2 Word Clock Outputs, 1 Word Clock Input and 1 Atomic Clock Input
- Five presets for fast and easy recall of favorite setups
- 1U rack size device consuming only 20 Watts keeping the heat low
- User friendly Windows and OSX compatible desktop app
- Extremely flexible routing and mixing capabilities
- Quiet operation
Antelope conversion, clocking, analog-modeled effects and Pro Tools HD compatibility—it doesn’t get better than Orion 32 HD. For more information, call or chat with your Westlake Pro sales consultant today.
Antelope Orion 32 HD specifications:
- Inputs: 4 x DB 25 (32 channels total), +24dBu max
- Outputs: 4 x DB 25 (32 channels total), +24dBu max
- Monitor Outs: 2 x TRS 1/4″ Jacks, +24dBu max
- D/A Monitor Converter
- Dynamic Range: 129dB
- THD + N: -108dB
- Dynamic Range: 120dB
- THD + N: -110 dB
- D/A Converters
- Dynamic Range: 120 dB
- THD + N: -107 dB
- 1 x Fiber Optic MADI (up to 64 channels)
- 2 x ADAT (up to 16 channels)
- 1 x S/PDIF
- 1 x Fiber Optic MADI (up to 64 channels)
- 2 x ADAT (up to 16 channels)
- 1 x S/PDIF
- USB 3.0 – 64 channels I/O up to 192kHz
- USB 3.0 Type B connector
- 2 x mini HDX connectors for direct Pro Tools connection
- 32 Channels I/O each (total of 64 channels)
- Word Clock Input: 1 x Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
- Atomic Clock Input: 1 x 10M Input @ 75 Ohms 1Vpp on BNC
- Word Clock Outputs: 2 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
- 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
- 64-bit DDS
- Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator
- Clock Stability: <+/-0.02 ppm, oven controlled at 64.5ºC/ 148.1ºF
- Clock Aging: < 1 ppm per year
- Clock Calibration: < +/-0.001 ppm
- Sample Rates (kHz): 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
- AC Universal input: ~95 – 245V
- Power Consumption: 30 Watts Max
Operating Temperature: 0-50°C, 32-122°F
Weight: 8.0 lb. (3.6kg)
Dimensions: 19″ x 1-3/4″ x 10-5/8″( 483 mm x 44 mm x 270 mm)
What comes in the box:
- Orion32 HD Portable Audio interface
- Owner’s Manual
- Warranty Card
- 1 USB 3.0 Cable
- AC Power Cord