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Antelope Audio Releases Thunderbolt-Compatible Orion32+ And Orion Studio

Both devices feature multiple channels of I/O conversion and flexible routing options with zero latency monitoring and Antelope's clocking technology.

Antelope Audio announces that its new interfaces, Orion32+ and Orion Studio, are both fully compatible with Apple Thunderbolt technology.

Both interfaces, which were previewed at the 139th AES Show in New York City last month, are now shipping. During the remainder of December, customers who purchase an Orion32+ or Orion Studio at select dealers will receive a free two-meter Thunderbolt cable (a $49 value).

Both devices feature multiple channels of quality I/O conversion and flexible routing options with zero latency monitoring and Antelope’s clocking technology.

Orion32+ follows the success of its predecessor, Orion32 — which launched three years ago as the world’s first 32-channel interface solution in a 1U rack. Orion32+ is now Antelope’s flagship interface, and features Thunderbolt compatibility, improved dynamic range, zero latency monitoring and Antelope’s signature audio quality.

The Orion32+ does what has never been possible before in a 1U rack space — delivering 32 channels of I/O, connectivity options, zero latency monitoring and 32-simultaneous channels of 24-bit, 192 kHz audio performance. The unit also delivers a range of connectivity options including Thunderbolt, MADI and USB, making it suitable for use in commercial, home studio and live environments. The Orion32+ also incorporates ADAT and S/PDIF throughput, with I/O being handled by eight D-Sub 25 connectors and a pair of mastering grade monitor outputs — both capable of delivering 129 dB dynamic range.

Orion Studio brings the very latest interface technology to a new universe of Apple Mac Book Pro users. Constructed in a 1U form factor, Orion Studio delivers a feature set in a small package: the low latency AD/DA converter, USB compatibility, custom routing flexibility of course Antelope Audio’s proprietary clocking technology.

Suitable for both project studios, home recording environments and other applications, Orion Studio delivers professional grade audio quality and is capable of processing 32 channels of 192 kHz audio at speeds of 100μ round trip delay. With 12 commercial quality microphone preamplifiers, 16 analog outputs, two mastering grade monitor outputs and Thunderbolt compatibility.

” Orion32+ and Orion Studio deliver an enormous return on investment for producers, engineers and musicians who seek the very pinnacle of audio quality and workflow efficiency,” commented Marcel James, US director of sales, Antelope Audio.

“By announcing Thunderbolt™ compatibility for both of these devices, Antelope brings our best in class feature set and audio quality to an entirely new audience of users.”

Antelope’s Orion32+ and Orion Studio interfaces are integrated with Antelope Audio’s new onboard DSP engine, which is designed to run custom EQ, compressor and reverb plug-ins: including Antelope’s recently announced AuraVerb.

Orion32+ and Orion Studio both ship with AuraVerb, and other plug-ins will soon become available to owners of these products free of charge. The new DSP, which allows simultaneous processing of multiple effects, utilizes Antelope’s proprietary effects algorithms and significantly increases speed of workflow — no matter what DAW is chosen.

The accompanying software for Orion32+ and Orion Studio make it simple to operate, with a color-coded routing matrix, four separate mixers and intelligent DSP effects integration. The software application, which was created for Orion32 and further refined for Antelope’s Zen Studio, is available for both OS X and Windows operating systems. Further, both the Orion32+ and Orion Studio are fully supported by Antelope’s superior 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter management technology.

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Orion32+ is priced at $3,495 (U.S.) and Orion Studio is priced at $2,795 (U.S.).

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