Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core Thunderbolt and USB Interface

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Featuring discrete preamps for console-grade sound quality, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core includes a captivating library of real-time studio effects, meticulously modelled after their hardware originals. Another advantage is Synergy Core -- Antelope Audio's next generation signal processing platform. With FPGA's massive parallel computation capabilities and industry-standard DSP power combined, Synergy Core frees up your CPU while processing your FX with extremely low latency.

Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core Thunderbolt and USB Interface Features

  • Synergy Core - New Milestone Technology & Future-proof FX processing platform
  • Pristine AD/DA conversion with 130 dB of dynamic range on monitor outputs
  • 36 Synergy Core effects plug-ins included -- a $3,000 value
  • Sub-millisecond round-trip latency
  • Antelope's 4th-Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking and Word Clock I/O
  • USB/Thunderbolt audio interface with 8 console-grade mic preamps
  • 26 total inputs and 30 outputs, including 2 dedicated ReAmp outputs
  • Footswitch jack
  • 35 effects expansions available separately, including AFX2DAW Bridge
  • All effects can be automated in DAW without CPU load, thanks to AFX2DAW Bridge (Mac only)
Bring Antelope Audio's ultra-flexible effects processing power, renowned digital clocking, and pro-level conversion quality to your project studio with the Discrete 8 Synergy Core audio interface. The next generation of Antelope's hit Discrete 8 Thunderbolt/USB interface, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core is loaded with dual DSP chips and an FPGA processor working together to run award-winning Antelope FX, as well as 3rd-party effects joining the Synergy Core platform. Ideal for mid-sized studios, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core features Thunderbolt and USB connectivity, 8 console-grade microphone preamps, 26 total inputs and 30 outputs -- including two dedicated ReAmp outputs. There's even a footswitch jack to speed up your workflow. And with 36 top Antelope effects plug-ins included free, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core gives you a sharp set of creative tools to take your projects from inspiration to final master.

Synergy Core: Future-Proof Effects Processing
With two DSP chips and an FPGA chip under the hood, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core can run all your Antelope FX -- stabilizing your DAW by offloading effects processing to dedicated chips, without bogging down your host CPU. With the Discrete 8 Synergy Core in your rack, you don't need a latest-spec computer to run your favorite plugs. Antelope effects running on Antelope hardware means you can shorten buffer size, reduce latency, and free up your host Mac or PC to run CPU-hogging VST synths and native time-based effects.

1 FPGA + 2 DSP = More Effects, More Variety
Antelope's unique Synergy Core platform combines FPGA + DSP in one interface. With the Discrete 8 Synergy Core, you get state-of-the-art ARM DSPs with faster clock rates than chips found in lesser interfaces, plus Antelope's proven FPGA platform that delivers lower latency in FX chains. This exclusive hybrid architecture enables a wider variety of Antelope effects than ever -- time-based delays, choruses, flangers, and more. Your Discrete 8 Synergy Core comes with $3,000 of plug-ins: compressors, EQs, reverbs, amp models based on iconic vintage gear -- and all the processing power you need to run them!

Uncompromising A/D and D/A Conversion Quality
Analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters are at the heart of every DAW-based studio -- and your converters can make or break your sound. That's why the Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core offers pristine AD/DA with 121 dB dynamic range on the analog inputs and class-leading 130 dB dynamic range on the monitor outputs, so you can capture and play back your audio with Antelope clarity.

More I/O for Your Growing Studio
The Discrete 8 Synergy Core is hand-built by Antelope engineers to deliver impressive analog and digital I/O in one rack space. Plug into two front-panel XLR-1/4" inputs with switchable mic/line/Hi-Z preamps. On the back, you'll find 6 mic/line inputs, monitor line outputs, dedicated ReAmp outputs, 8 more line outputs on a DB25 connector, two banks of ADAT I/O, and S/PDIF I/O.
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Product Specifications

Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core Thunderbolt and USB Interface Specifications
    • Analog Inputs
      • 6 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
      • 2 x ReAmp Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks
      • 1 x Line Out (8 channels) on DB25, +20 dBu max
      • 2 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: 130 dB
      • THD + N: -115 dB
    • A/D Converter
      • Dynamic Range: 121 dB
      • THD + N: -112 dB
    • D/A Converters(Line Out)
      • Dynamic Range: 121 dB
      • THD + N: - 100dB
      • DC Coupled


    • Digital Inputs
      • 2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
      • 1 x S/PDIF
    • Digital Outputs
      • 2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
      • 1 x S/PDIF
    • USB 2.0 I/O: USB 2.0 Type B connector
    • Thunderbolt: Thunderbolt connector


    • Word Clock Input: 1 x Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
    • Word Clock Outputs: 3 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): 3.0 kg/ 6.61 lbs
    • Dimensions (Approx) (W x H x D): 19 x 1.7 x 8.6” / 483 x 44 x 220 mm
    • Power Consumption: 20 Watts

    In the box:

    • Discrete 8 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)

Customer Reviews

Review: Todd Submitted: 10/6/2019

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


a/d d/a converters and preamp are incredible !
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Sounds like I have new keyboards recording and playing back through this interface. Good stuff. Only gave 4 stars as I am having trouble claiming the promotional offer of 18 additional effects. Nothing to do with quality of this interface.

Review: en76studio Submitted: 8/13/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Not bad at all.

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Set up was easy. Software is stable. after updates/register, you be ready to go. The software was easy to understand. pretty much easy as if am using a digital mixer. Setting up levels and headphone levels are easy. once you set your pan level for stereo ins/outs, you be rocking in no time. Am yet to try my mics but this is mainly to be used for my Integra 7, fantom g7 and RD 2000. pretty much what I needed as far as dynamic imaging goes. Good thing about it, even when my computer goes to sleep, I still can keep play without shutting it down like some bus powered interface. So am am happy with this purchase.Am yet to test my microphones so maybe will give an update later. btw, If you need to turn off unit safely, use the software app to turn off and on or else it will stay on. The No off and on buttons is awesome. Sometime I press the wrong button with my other units.


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