Antelope Audio has announced a refreshed version of Orion Studio, which they describe as a 2017 revision spearheading its innovative Orion family of professional audio interfaces, immediately distinguishable from its 2015-released popular predecessor on the outside, courtesy of an eye-catching carbon grey-coloured faceplate, while internally boasting brand-new, ear-opening analogue-to-digital convertors to achieve an unmatched 124dB dynamic range alongside the company's lauded low-latency performance par excellence. Here's their press release on the subject...
Clearly, then, this timely refresh runs far further than skin deep. Delivering that 124dB dynamic range when converting audio, those industry- leading, all-new A/D conversion chips translate to capturing every sonic nuance of a performance as faithfully as possible; pooled with Antelope Audio's acclaimed 64-bit ATC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) jitter-management technology, the Orion Studio Rev. 2017 is poised to implement industry-leading fidelity in almost any application.
Antelope Audio CEO Igor Levin states, "Sound quality has been our primary focus for all of our product designs, and we are pleased to launch this significant update to our popular Orion Studio. With these updates, customers are able to realise an even higher degree of audio quality in real time, while employing our other new innovations, such as Session Presets and intuitive routing capabilities."
Continuing its popular predecessor's penchant for comprehensive connectivity, the Orion Studio Rev. 2017's wide range of I/O remains beyond compare with ThunderboltTM and USB (as boldly blazoned across its impressive faceplate); 12 superb-sounding preamps (to easily accommodate complex multi-microphone setups); 16 analogue outputs on standard 25-pin D-SUB connectors (capably providing an abundance of signal distribution capacity for outboard gear integration or summing); switchable dual mastering-grade monitor outputs (MONITOR A and MONITOR B); ADAT and S/PDIF digital I/O (allowing additional audio channels to be delivered via Thunderbolt or USB 2.0); built-in talkback; four front-panel positioned instrument DIs (A1 through to A4); two transformer-based re-amp outputs (R1 and R2); dual headphone outputs (HP1 and HP2); and word clock (WC) in and out. Orion Studio Rev. 2017 is ready, willing, and able to perfectly integrate into any studio or live recording ecosystem.
But beyond that eye-catching carbon grey-coloured faceplate is where the trailblazing Antelope Audio action excites as the company continues to shake up the industry. Indeed, the launch of Orion Studio Rev. 2017 coincides with the addition of several new compressors to the company's cutting-edge, expanding library of hardware-based FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) effects, providing hardware models of some of the most desirable vintage effects around with realtime performance to boot. Better still, users of Orion Studio Rev. 2017 can now open up to 32 compressor models at once, and all without sacrificing any of the 40 available EQ instances! In fact, this is a major advantage over DSP (Digital Signal Processing) since those ultra-realistic, realtime hardware effects are handled within the interface itself, without taxing the host DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) -- perfect for realtime tracking and monitoring, and easily routable to work on a mix inside the DAW, duly broadening the available sonic palette on any laptop or desktop in the process. Pushing onwards and upwards, Antelope Audio's soon-to-be-released Accusonic microphone and mic preamps take full advantage of this realtime technology.
Topping things off, Antelope Audio's all-new Session Presets software revolutionises the way that studios record and mix, speeding up session workflow with an ability to instantly save, load, and share any of these routing, monitoring, and effects settings across multiple studio rooms or facilities. Furthermore, the recently added Routing Matrix view offers a detailed alternative to the company's classic drag-and- drop routing interface and users can control as many Orion professional audio interfaces as they can connect with the new serial number selector in the Control Panel desktop software -- even opening multiple panels!
Put it this way: Antelope Audio's refreshed version of Orion Studio has it all -- the most mic preamps, best sound quality, lowest latency, realtime effects, powerful new saving tools, and multiple software panels to control any Antelope Audio interface on a network via Mac, PC, iOS, or Android. Adding it all up, no other interfaces compare to the fastest-growing platform in pro audio.
Pricing and Availability:
Orion Studio Rev. 2017 is scheduled to start shipping in mid-May, when it will become available for purchase through Antelope Audio's growing global network of dealers.
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