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Antelope Audio announces Discrete 8
Antelope Audio’s Discrete 8 Thunderbolt and USB Interface with eight discrete mic preamps comes complete with eight console-grade, six-transistor, fully-discrete design preamps, 121dB dynamic range conversion and rock-solid clocking. It includes all Antelope Audio’s premier real-time FPGA FX, including authentic models of iconic gear from BAE, Gyraf Audio, Lang and many more besides. Being based on Antelope Audio’s AFX platform – a rapidly expanding hardware modelling engine – enables Discrete 8 to add Accusonic microphone and preamp models (maintaining the advantages of digital control and repeatability of gain levels), guitar amps, transformer and tube effects alongside a huge selection of classic vintage gear to its recording roster. Thanks to Antelope Audio’s all-new ConnectAFX plug-in, all are accessible via any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with workflow that just … well, works!
When working, Discrete 8 users can create custom presets to easily and speedily set up various tracking scenarios. The front panel features a large monitor volume knob and dedicated HP knobs for each output. On top of that, the talkback microphone is also built into the front panel right above the TBK (talkback) button. Better still, talkback can be engaged via the assignable footswitch on the rear, in the EasyPanel software, or via the iOS/Android app. Meanwhile, metering is viewable on the front panel display, inside the EasyPanel, and also via the remote app.
As a 26-input/32-output audio interface with eight analogue inputs (A1 through to A8), eight analogue outputs (on a standard 25-pin D-SUB connector), a pair of monitor outputs, two reamp outputs, and a pair of headphone outputs, with additional digital connectivity courtesy of S/PDIF in and out alongside dual ADAT I/O, Discrete 8 was developed after extensive research of legendary microphone preamp circuitry. Console-grade, fully-discrete preamps were hand-designed to offer world-class sound, and Antelope Audio’s powerful FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) engine can transform those already expensive-sounding Accusonic preamps into several classic units via tube-, transformer-, and FET-based circuitry… and all in real time!
Reality dictates, therefore, that both engineers and performers alike can instantly hear the authentic blends of ten different mic preamps, without any latency or annoying comb filtering. Fortunately, the microphone source can be recorded with or without Accusonic modelling, allowing engineers to choose between preamp models during mixing. Moreover, the entire signal path was designed for optimal sound with any microphone, yet really shines when working with Antelope Audio’s new Edge and Verge modelling microphones, which were both specially designed for Discrete 8’s preamps, featuring matching discrete electronics.
Edge and Verge are both ideally suited, then, to Antelope Audio’s real time mic preamp modelling. Creatively combined with the company’s already-acclaimed FPGA vintage hardware-based effects encompassing ever-expanding compressors and EQs, these new modelling microphones usher in a new era for modern recording.
Rightly named, Edge features dual edge-terminated capsules for a smooth/natural sound, reproducing the expressiveness and character of costly classic microphones, albeit without excessive expense. Antelope Audio CEO Igor Levin designed groundbreaking fully-discrete electronics especially for the job at hand while hand-selected capsules are encased in a carefully-crafted enclosure with contours carefully shaped for optimal sonic performance. As a direct result, Edge is an exquisite large-diaphragm condenser modelling microphone with excellent transient response and capable of multiple polar patterns.
Verge visibly differs as a small-diaphragm condenser (back electret-type) modelling microphone suited to both nuanced accuracy and high SPL (Sound Pressure Level) recording. Also exhibiting excellent performance in its own right, it can capably take on the character and personality of the world’s best small-diaphragm condensers and electrets.
Entering the wonderful world of Discrete 8’s FPGA Accusonic 3D modelling engine enables users to transform both Edge and Verge into vintage replicas, realising complete control over proximity effect, off-axis response, and even allowing them to change polar patterns during or after recording! Try choosing from a collection of classic, costly microphones, then track the results while monitoring live to bring out the best possible performance from musicians. Bought bundled together, Antelope Audio’s all-new Discrete 8 Thunderbolt and USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps plus accompanying Edge and Verge modelling microphones make for a winning team, bringing all-star performance and technology to a new audience. As an example, a Discrete 8 working with one Edge and six Verge modelling microphones can capably run two chains of FPGA effects inserts and all microphone emulations for one mic.
Musically speaking, the real time FPGA platform offers a complete professional studio experience: microphones, preamps, conversion, compressors, EQs, reverb and latency-free monitoring, all backed by Antelope Audio’s signature clocking combined into one unified system with instantly recallable presets. Put it this way, users can even load AFX Presets from VIP Masters with favourite combinations of FPGA effects regularly being pressed into play on award-winning mixes to transform their own productions! With Antelope Audio’s all-new Discrete 8 Thunderbolt and USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps plus accompanying Edge and Verge modelling microphones, an entire signal path of customisable sonic excellence awaits any adoptee.
And if that’s not enough to convince, Discrete 8 can even save and load presets and exchange settings with Antelope Audio’s full line-up of FPGA equipped professional audio interfaces. This makes it a 'no-brainer' for both new users and existing owners using a second rig for touring or travel by allowing them to leave their current studio setup untouched when on the road or engaging in session work outside their own facility.
4th October 2017
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