Antelope Audio is breaking out big time this year. After treating the pro audio community to the massive and imposing Goliath HD at Musikmesse in April, the company announced the Orion Studio HD HDX & USB 3.0 at AES in Berlin. This is Antelope’s third product to offer complete Pro Tools HD and Native compatibility, accomplished via HDX and USB 3.0 for “zero-latency” streaming and 24-bit/192 kHz audio processing.
Sharing design and functionality features with Antelope’s Orion32 HD and Orion Studio Rev interfaces, the Orion Studio HD has the company’s HDX Delay Compensation technology for sample-accurate recording in Pro Tools. Its built-in DSP system is powered by an FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) chip that makes it possible to use 40 free real-time models of legendary EQs, compressors, guitar amps and cabs from the likes of BAE, Grove Hill, Gyraf Audio, and Lang.
Inputs and outputs
The Orion Studio HD has 12 Class-A, Hi-Z, mic and line-compatible preamps with phantom power. Additionally, there are two pairs of “mastering-grade” monitor outputs, 16 analogue line outputs, two reamp outputs, two headphone outputs, eight channels of digital I/O via ADAT with two digital I/O channels on S/PDIF; and WC (Wordclock) I/O on BNC connectors (that double as Loopsync I/O). This is the interface’s extensive connectivity in a nutshell.
Antelope says the converters have an impressive 124dB in dynamic range, as well as its 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) technology for jitter management. Audio professionals familiar with Antelope hardware know that this is high-end technology that’s earned its good reputation and is to be trusted. Moreover, the Orion Studio HD runs silently with passive cooling, so there’s no need for dedicated machine rooms or iso-racks.
On the software side, in addition to an extensive collection of simulated studio gear, Antelope added Session Presets – the ability to save, load, and share routing, mixing, effects, and HDX Delay Compensation settings between studio facilities running the company’s pro audio interfaces. Additionally, remote control apps for Android and iOS devices allow Orion Studio HD users to adjust mic preamps and output volumes from their smartphones or tablets. Convenient!
Antelope isn’t announcing pricing or availability for the Orion Studio HD yet, though we imagine these won’t remain a secret for much longer now that the interface is public and has already been demoed at AES. More information is available here.