Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Professional performance, flexibility and high-end features make the Zen Tour Synergy Core an incredible centerpiece to any studio! Don’t let its compact size fool you, this interface packs a serious punch with 14x18 analog and digital I/O, 4x DSP + 2x FPGA Synergy Core FX Processing, state of the art AD/DA conversion and so much more. Support for new Synergy Core-exclusive effects like Auto-Tune, Opto-2A and Comp-4K-Bus takes it to a new level of usability.

Upgrades from the original Zen Tour
  • 4x DSP + 2x FPGA Synergy Core low-latency effects and audio engine processors
  • Improved AD/DA conversion – up to 130dB DNR, on par with Orion Studio Synergy Core
  • 2x increase in channel count (32 channels at sample rates up to 192kHz)
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 & USB 2.0 cross-platform connectivity for Mac / Windows
  • Support for new Synergy Core-exclusive effects like Auto-Tune Synergy, Opto-2A, Comp-4K-Bus and others
  • 8 DC-coupled line outputs for CV applications like controlling modular synthesizers
  • Discrete ultra – linear microphone preamps
Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core Audio Interface Features
  • 4x DSP + 2x FPGA Synergy Core FX Processing
  • 14x18 Analog & Digital I/O
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 & USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Discrete ultra-linear mic preamps
  • State-of-the-art AD/DA conversion
  • 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking & Jitter Management algorithms
  • Mastering-grade Stereo monitor outputs
  • 2 Individual Stereo headphone outputs
  • 2 Transformer-based Reamp Outputs
  • ADAT & SPDIF digital I/O
  • 8 Line outputs on DB25 connector (DC-Coupled)
  • Integrated Talkback microphone
  • Intuitive touchscreen control & software Control Panel with flexible signal routing
Synergy Core
Antelope Audio Synergy Core interfaces employ ARM DSP + FPGA chips in custom configurations to process tens of input/output audio streams and hundreds of low-latency studio effects without burdening your computer. With 4x DSP + 2x FPGA processors, Zen Tour Synergy Core achieves a new standard for real-time audio effects in its category.

Make Connections
Small footprint, big connectivity! Zen Tour Synergy Core offers a choice of 4 Instrument/Line inputs, 4 Mic/Line Ins, 8 Line Outs, 2 Monitor Outs, 2 Headphone Outs and 2 Re-Amp Outs, totalling 8 analog inputs and 14 outputs. The unit is digitally expandable over ADAT & SPDIF for an additional 10 digital input and 10 output channels. Additionally, all line outputs are DC-Coupled and ready for control voltage (CV) applications such as control of modular synthesizers. As a final touch, an integrated Talkback microphone lets you demo vocals and propel your voice to the live room.

Industry-leading Clocking
The pioneer of atomic clocking in pro audio, Antelope Audio incorporates 20+ years of expertise in its audio interfaces. Our proprietary 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology & Jitter Management algorithm helps deliver the kind of artifact-free audio once accessible only to the most prestigious studios.

Full Speed Ahead
Record and monitor with maxed-out effects chains at high sample rates and low buffer sizes without taxing your CPU! You can enjoy Latency-Free Direct Monitoring over 4 independent internal mixers with 32 assignable inputs and stereo outputs.

Center Command
Zen Tour Synergy Core has modern touchscreen controls giving immediate access to metering, level controls, presets and settings. The intuitive interface and precise tactile control facilitate fast, efficient work at all times, without staring at a monitor.

Pack Light
Zen Tour Synergy Core is our desktop-sized answer to professional rackmount equipment. With it, all you need to make great recordings in your project studio, rehearsal space, or on the road is power, a decent laptop, and reliable headphones. The Synergy Core architecture lets you run processing-heavy projects without carrying external equipment like DSP accelerators, FX processors, and authorization dongles.

Route Any Audio
Built inside the software Control Panel, a comprehensive Routing Matrix houses a full-fledged digital patch bay to freely route audio between the interface’s analog and digital inputs and outputs. Run DAW playback through Synergy Core FX, re-amp guitar DIs through the Shred Guitar Amps & Cabs, and integrate external equipment. With all ‘training wheels’ removed, your workflow can be as esoteric as you want it to be.

True Cross-Platform
This time, it's not the manufacturer who's making decisions - you are. Whether your weapon of choice is PC or Mac, Zen Tour Synergy Core carries both Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) and USB 2.0 (Type-B) ports for cross-platform compatibility with Mac and Windows machines.

Depend On It
Hand-assembled in Europe from high quality materials (steel and anodized aluminum), Zen Tour Synergy Core withstands the demands of your studio desktop, road rig and practice space. Furthermore, our rock-solid drivers and 20-hour customer support (phone, chat, ticket system) will ensure you get consistent, smooth performance out of the interface in all conditions.

Mic Modeling Ready
The Zen Tour Synergy Core’s purpose-built preamps and Accusonic 3D modeling engine lets you transform the Antelope Audio Edge and Verge modeling microphones into expensive-sounding vintage replicas. Shape the final sound with complete control over proximity effect and change polar patterns during or after recording. Choose from a collection of classic and rare microphones as you monitor and record live, bringing out the musician’s finest performance.
*Available with Antelope Audio Edge & Verge modeling microphones

36 Synergy Core FX Included
  • 2 Preamps - 4 Equalizers - 5 Compressors - 22 Guitar Amps & Cabs - 2 Utility FX - 1 Reverb
    • Gyraf Gyratec IX:  Dual Tube Mic Preamp with HPF
    • VCA160:  VCA Compressor / Limiter
    • Stay-Levin:  Vari-Mu Tube Compressor
    • FET-A76:  FET Compressor / Limiting Amplifier
    • VEQ-1A: 2-Band Tube EQ
    • VMEQ-5: 3-Band Tube Mid-Range EQ
    • X903: VCA Compressor / Limiter
    • PowerFFC:  Feed-Forward Compressor
    • Clear Q:  Parametric EQ
    • Power EX:  Expander
    • VEQ-HLF:  Tube 2-Band HPF / LPF
    • Auraverb:  Reverb
    • BA-31:  Germanium Mic Preamp
    • Power Gate:  Noise Gate
    • Plexi 59 (UK):  Tube Guitar Amp
    • Bass SuperTube VR:  Tube Guitar Amp
    • Darkface 65 (US):  Tube Guitar Amp
    • Top30 (UK) Bright: Tube Guitar Amp
    • Tweed Deluxe (US):  Tube Guitar Amp
    • Overange 120 (UK):  Tube Guitar Amp
    • BurnSphere (DE) Lead:  Tube Guitar Amp
    • Marcus II (US) Lead:  Tube Guitar Amp
    • Modern (US) CH3:  Tube Guitar Amp
    • Rock 75 (UK):  Tube Guitar Amp
    • Rock 22.10 (UK):  Tube Guitar Amp
    • Darkface 65 2x12:  2x12 Guitar Cabinet
    • Top30 2x12:  2x12 Guitar Cabinet
    • Modern 4x12:  4x12 Guitar Cabinet
    • Green 2x12:  2x12 Guitar Cabinet
    • Vintage 4x12:  4x12 Guitar Cabinet
    • Green 4x12: 4x12 Guitar Cabinet
    • Caliper 50 1x10:  1x10 Guitar Cabinet
    • Bluelux 1x12:  1x12 Guitar Cabinet
    • Clst 1x12:  1x12 Guitar Cabinet
    • England 4x12:  4x12 Guitar Cabinet
    • Bass Tube 1x15:  1x15 Guitar Cabinet
Giving your projects a flying start, Zen Tour Synergy Core includes a compelling library of 36 meticulously modeled real-time studio effects. It’s all happening inside your audio interface with the lowest possible latency – thanks to FPGA’s massive parallel computing capabilities, DSP processing, and fast Thunderbolt™ connectivity. The included library can be expanded to include any effects you choose from our web store.

Auto-Tune Synergy
Built from the ground-up for the Synergy Core platform, Auto-Tune Synergy adds live pitch correction to the Antelope Audio experience.

Lead benefits
  • Offload the bulk of your signal processing to the audio interface with hundreds of FX instances (at sample rates up to 192kHz)
  • Record, monitor, mix and master without perceived latency
  • Free up CPU for large sessions and resource-intensive virtual instruments
  • Explore a growing library of vintage gear emulations and creative effects
  • Avoid latency stacking in complex effects chains
  • Improve system stability by lightening CPU load and optimising audio I/O
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Product Specifications

Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core Audio Interface Specifications
    • Analog Inputs
      • 4x Instrument/Line inputs on TRS Jacks
      • 4x Mic/Line inputs on TRS/XLR Combo Jacks
    • Analog Outputs
      • 8x Line Outputs on DB25 (TASCAM Standard 25-pin Layout)
      • 2x Monitor Outputs on TRS Jacks
      • 2x Headphone Outputs on TRS Jacks
      • 2x Transformer-based Reamp Outputs on TRS Jacks
      • All line outputs are DC-Coupled and support CV applications such as controlling modular synthesizers.
    • ADAT
      • 44.1/48 kHz – 8 inputs / 8 outputs
      • 88.2/96 kHz – 4 inputs / 4 outputs
      • 176.4/192 kHz – 2 inputs / 2 outputs
      • SPDIF: 44.1 to 192 kHz – 2 inputs / 2 outputs
    • USB
      • USB 2.0 - Type B Connector
      • (Up to 24 audio channels)
    • Thunderbolt
      • Тhunderbolt 3 - Type C Connector
      • (up to 32 channels)
    • Mic Preamps
      • EIN: -128 dBu
      • Dynamic Range: -121 dB
      • THD: -106 dB
      • Max input: +20 dBu
      • Max Gain: 65 dB
    • A/D Converter
      • 124dB DNR
      • -110 THD+N
    • D/A Converter
      • 127dB DNR
      • -106 THD+N
    • D/A Monitor Converter
      • 130dB DNR
      • -115 THD+N
    • Sample Rates (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
    • 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking & Jitter Management
    • 64-bit DDS
    • Operating Temperature: 0-50°C, 32-122°F
    • Weight (Approx): 1.6 kg/ 3.5 lbs
    • Dimensions (WxHxD): 10.0 x 2.4 x 6.6 inches
    • Power Consumption: 25 Watts

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