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Antelope Audio Debuts Zen Tour Synergy Core Interface

Cross-platform audio interface processes up to 256 effects over 32 channels with low latency and zero CPU drain.
The Zen Tour Synergy

Antelope Audio introduces Zen Tour Synergy Core at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim. The Zen Tour Synergy is an audio interface designed as a cross- platform (TB3/USB2 for Mac/Win) 18×24 offering that can process up to 256 effects over 32 channels with low latency and zero CPU drain. This is thanks to four ARM-based DSP processors, to which it owes its extended family name, working with the doubled custom-designed FPGA chip architecture of its popular predecessor.

Owners of Zen Tour Synergy Core can choose from a variety of DSP-based effects that are available exclusively from Antelope Audio, such as custom- designed plug-ins that leverage the hardware acceleration of the Synergy Core platform to deliver the Auto-Tune pitch correction and vocal effects with low latency (Auto-Tune Synergy); a versatile take on vintage tremolos (Vari-Speed Tremolo).

Users can creatively process up to 32 mono DAW channels via Zen Tour Synergy Core as hardware inserts or place 32 Synergy Core-powered effects racks as plug-ins via Antelope Audio’s AFX2DAW bridge, bringing DSP- and FPGA-based effects modelling to any DAW.

A look at the back on the new Zen Tour Synergy Core

The unit ships with a free starter pack of 36 emulations of classic studio gear and creative effects (worth $2,120 USD if bought individually), Zen Tour Synergy Core comes complete with two mic preamps (Gyraf Gyratec IX); four EQs (VEQ-1, VMEQ-5, VEQ-HLF, and Clear Q); five compressors and limiters (FET-A76, Stay- Levin, VCA160, X903, and PowerFFC); 11 tube guitar amps (Plexi 59 (UK), Bass SuperTube VR, Darkface 65 (US), Top30 (UK) Bright, Tweed Deluxe (US), Overange 120 (UK), BurnSphere (DE) Lead, Marcus II (US) Lead, Modern (US) CH3, Rock 75 (UK), and Rock 22.10 (UK)); 11 guitar cabinets (Darkface 65 2×12, Top30 2×12, Modern 4×12, Green 2×12, Vintage 4×12, Green 4×12, Caliper 50 1×10, Bluelux 1×12, Clst 1×12, England 4×12, and Bass Tube 1×15); two special processing effects (PowerEX and PowerGate); and one reverb (Auraverb). Additional expansions from Antelope Audio’s ever-expanding library of DSP/FPGA effects of course can be bought by Zen Tour Synergy Core owners at any time.

In terms of its 8×14 analog I/O implementation, it can record four acoustic sources using microphones (via four mic/line inputs on TRS/XLR Combo jacks) and four electric guitars or eight mono/ four stereo synthesizers simultaneously (by also utilising four instrument/line inputs on TRS). Ultimately, users can process up to eight mono channels through outboard gear (via a standard 25-pin D-SUB connector) and record them back into DAW projects.

Connectivity continues with two monitor outs on TRS, two headphone outs on TRS, and two re-amp outs on TRS. The 10×10 implementation of digital I/O via ADAT and SPDIF allows for extending that already-impressive analogue I/O implementation with external line/mic convertors for plugging into external digital processing units without AD/DA conversion. Correspondingly, ADAT (SMUX) supported channel count varies — between eight inputs and outputs at 44.1/48 kHz, four inputs and outputs at 88.2/96 kHz, and two inputs and outputs at 176.4/192 kHz — while the SPDIF-supported channel count totals two inputs and two outputs at 44.1-192 kHz.

Antelope Audio’s implementation of ADC/DAC components provides for transparent audio capture when recording and detailed playback with wide soundstage and low noise for critical listening when mixing while operating at 24dBu reference levels using Zen Tour Synergy Core. Competitive specs speak volumes with those line inputs achieving 124dB (-110THD+N) AD, line outputs achieving 127dB (-107THD+N) DA, and monitor outs achieving 130dB (-115THD+N) DA.

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Featuring a Thunderbolt 3- and USB 2-equipped cross-platform audio interface that is compatible with both macOS and Windows.

Experience all that Zen Tour Synergy Core has to offer when it is introduced by Antelope Audio at Booth 15912 at The 2020 NAMM Show.

Zen Tour Synergy Core will be shipping in Q1 2020 — at a projected price of $1995.00 USD/€1995.00 EUR — and available through Antelope Audio’s global network of authorised dealers.

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