Antelope Audio Discrete 4 Synergy Core Thunderbolt and USB Interface

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Ideal for musicians, artists and producers, the compact Discrete 4 is a road-ready recording setup that unlocks unprecedented power to create. Put Antelope Audio's pristine AD/DA conversion and massive effects processing power on your desktop with the Discrete 4 Synergy Core audio interface. A hot-rodded upgrade to Antelope's popular Discrete 4 audio interface, the Discrete 4 Synergy Core gives you dual DSP chips plus an FPGA processor working in harmony to run Antelope's expansive library of effects, as well as 3rd-party effects joining the Synergy Core platform.

The Antelope Audio Discrete 4 Synergy Core interface offers 4 console-grade discrete mic preamps, 14 total inputs and 16 outputs, renowned Antelope digital clocking, and both Thunderbolt and USB connectivity for your Mac or PC. Best of all, the Discrete 4 Synergy Core comes with $3,000+ of Antelope's top effects plug-ins included free, so you can record, monitor, mix, and master your projects with world-class sound from start to finish.

Antelope Audio Discrete 4 Synergy Core Thunderbolt and USB Interface Features
  • Synergy Core - New Milestone Technology & Future-proof FX processing platform
  • Best-in-class AD/DA conversion with 121 dB dynamic range
  • 36 Synergy Core effects plug-ins included -- a $3,000+ value
  • Sub-millisecond round-trip latency
  • Antelope clocking technology on board with Word Clock output to keep your studio in sync
  • Desktop USB/Thunderbolt audio interface with 4 console-grade mic preamps
  • 4 XLR-1/4" combi inputs for mic/line/instrument sources
  • L/R Monitor TRS 1/4" line outputs plus 4 TRS 1/4" line outs
  • Expandable via S/PDIF and ADAT
  • 35 effects expansions available separately, including AFX2DAW Bridge
  • All effects can be automated in DAW without CPU load, thanks to AFX2DAW Bridge (Mac only)
  • Hand-built in a road-worthy metal case
Synergy Core Processing: Future-Proof Your DAW
Under the hood, the Discrete 4 Synergy Core is loaded with twin DSP chips plus an FPGA processor that work together to run Antelope Audio's vast collection of vintage-inspired effects plug-ins -- without sapping power from your host Mac or PC. Synergy Core increases your recording rig's stability by offloading audio effects processing to your Discrete interface's dedicated chips. Adding the Discrete 4 Synergy Core to your system means your DAW can make more efficient use of available CPU power -- extending the life cycle of your existing Mac or PC, so you don't have to upgrade to a latest-spec computer just to run all your favorite plug-ins. With Antelope effects running on Antelope hardware, your system is optimized right out of the box -- allowing you to shorten your audio buffer size, reduce latency, eliminate clicks and pops, and free up your host computer to run CPU-heavy VST synths, samplers, and native time-based effects.

1 FPGA + 2 DSP = More Effects, More Variety
Antelope Audio's industry-leading FPGA audio processing platform gives you lower latency in effects chains, allowing you to stack effects while adding mere microseconds, not milliseconds, to your signal. The Discrete 4 Synergy Core fuses both FPGA + DSP chips in one Antelope audio interface, harnessing the parallel processing power of FPGA alongside the latest-generation state-of-the-art ARM DSP chips developed for cloud computing and mobile tech -- processors that deliver a faster clock rate than other DSP chips used in the audio interface market. This exclusive hybrid architecture offers computing power synergies unique to Antelope Audio, greatly expanding the variety of Antelope effects that can be developed -- including time-based delays, choruses, flangers, and beyond. Your Discrete 4 Synergy Core arrives loaded with 36 Antelope FX included free -- classic compressors, studio EQs, must-have reverbs, tube guitar amp models based on iconic vintage gear.
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Antelope Audio Discrete 4 Synergy Core Thunderbolt and USB Interface Specifications
    • Analog Inputs
      • 2 x Mic / Line Inputs
      • 2 x Mic / Line / Hi-Z Inputs
    • Analog Outputs
      • 1 x Monitor Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks, +20 dBu max
      • 4 x Line Outs on TRS, +20 dBu max
      • 4 x Stereo Headphone Outputs
    • Mic Preamp
      • EIN: -128 dBu (A-weighted)
      • Dynamic Range: -121 dB (A-weighted)
      • THD: -106 dB
      • Max input: +18 dBu
      • Max Gain: 65 dB
    • D/A Monitor Converter
      • Dynamic Range: 121 dB
      • THD + N: -100 dB
    • A/D Converter
      • Dynamic Range: 121 dB
      • THD + N: -112 dB
    • D/A Converters(Line Out)
      • Dynamic Range: 118 dB
      • THD + N: - 100dB
      • DC Coupled


    • Digital Inputs
      • 1 x ADAT (up to 8CH)
      • 1 x S/PDIF
    • Digital Outputs
      • 1 x ADAT (up to 8CH)
      • 1 x S/PDIF
    • USB 2.0 I/O: USB 2.0 Type B connector
    • Thunderbolt: Thunderbolt connector


    • Word Clock Outputs: 2 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
    • Clocking System
      • 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
      • 64-bit DDS
    • Sample Rates (kHz): 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192


    • Antelope Synergy Core Technology
    • 1 x FPGA chip
    • 2 x DSP chips


    • Operating Temperature: 0-50°C, 32-122°F
    • Weight (Approx): 1.7 kg/ 3.7 lbs
    • Dimensions (Approx) (W x H x D): 10.2 x 1.7 x 8.2” / 261 x 44 x 208 mm
    • Power Consumption: 15 Watts

    In the box:

    • Discrete 4 Synergy Core Interface
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Wart External Power Supply Unit
    • USB Cable
    • Warranty Card
System Requirements
    • OS: Windows 10 x64 Bit with latest Microsoft Updates
    • Disk Space: Available Hard Drive Storage Space
    • Ports: Available Thunderbolt™ & USB 2.0
    • CPU:  Intel Core i3™ or AMD FX or Higher
    • Memory (RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more recommended)


    • Model:Apple Mac 2012 or newer
    • OS:  XMinimum macOS 10.11 (El Captain) and higher - Recommended macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
    • Disk Space: Available Hard Drive Storage Space
    • Ports:  Available Thunderbolt™ & USB 2.0
    • Memory (RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more recommended)

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