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Antelope Audio Announces DISCRETE 8 & DISCRETE 4 Thunderbolt Interfaces

DISCRETE Interfaces

SANTA MONICA, CA, USA: high-end professional audio equipment manufacturer Antelope Audio is proud to announce (upcoming) availability of its DISCRETE 8 Thunderbolt™ & USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps plus accompanying EDGE and VERGE modeling microphones — also available as various bundles bringing a new level of sound quality and power to home studios and mobile recordists alongside a true cutting-edge front end that will usher in a new era for modern recording.

About the DISCRETE Series

Antelope Audio’s DISCRETE 8 Thunderbolt™ & USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps comes complete with eight console-grade, six-transistor, fully-discrete design preamps; 121 dB dynamic range conversion; and rock-solid clocking. It includes all Antelope Audio’s premier realtime 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 modeling 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.

Discrete 8 Front

Inputs & Outputs

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 realtime!

Discrete 8 Back

Reality dictates, therefore, that both engineers and performers alike can instantly hear the authentic blends of 10 different mic preamps — without any latency or annoying comb filtering. Fortunately, the microphone source can be recorded with or without Accusonic modeling, 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 modeling microphones, which were both specially designed for DISCRETE 8’s preamps, featuring matching discrete electronics.

EDGE & VERGE Modeling Microphones

EDGE and VERGE are both ideally suited, then, to Antelope Audio’s realtime mic preamp modeling. Creatively combined with the company’s already-acclaimed FPGA vintage hardware-based effects encompassing ever-expanding compressors and EQs, these new modeling 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 modeling microphone with excellent transient response and capable of multiple polar patterns.
VERGE visibly differs as a small-diaphragm condenser (back electret-type) modeling 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.

Edge & VergeEntering the wonderful world of DISCRETE 8’s FPGA Accusonic 3D Modeling Engine enables users to transform both EDGE and VERGE into vintage replicas, realizing 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™ & USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps plus accompanying EDGE and VERGE modeling 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 modeling microphones can capably run two chains of FPGA effects inserts and all microphone emulations for one mic.

Processing Power

Musically speaking, the realtime 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 favorite combinations of FPGA effects regularly being pressed into play on award-winning mixes to transform their own productions! Play to win… with Antelope Audio’s all-new DISCRETE 8 Thunderbolt™ & USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps plus accompanying EDGE and VERGE modeling microphones, an entire signal path of customizable sonic excellence awaits any adoptee.

And if that’s not enough to convince, consider this: DISCRETE 8 can even save and load presets and exchange settings with Antelope Audio’s full lineup of FPGA equipped professional audio interfaces, making 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 — free to roam, recording whatever and whenever with that winning team of modeling microphones and DISCRETE 8 Thunderbolt™ & USB Interface with 8 Discrete Mic Preamps!


All information taken from the official Antelope Audio press release.

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