Antelope Discrete 8 Synergy Core Thunderbolt USB Audio Computer Interface

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Antelope Discrete 8 Synergy Core

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Discrete 8 Synergy Core

Bring Antelope Audio’s ultra-flexible effects processing power, renowned
digital clocking, and pro-level conversion quality to your project studio with
the Discrete 8 Synergy Core audio interface. The next generation of Antelope’s
hit Discrete 8 Thunderbolt/USB interface, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core is
loaded with dual DSP chips and an FPGA processor working together to run
award-winning Antelope FX, as well as 3rd-party effects joining the Synergy
Core platform. Ideal for mid-sized studios, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core
features Thunderbolt and USB connectivity, 8 console-grade microphone preamps,
26 total inputs and 30 outputs — including two dedicated ReAmp outputs.
There’s even a footswitch jack to speed up your workflow. And with 36 top
Antelope effects plug-ins included free, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core gives you
a sharp set of creative tools to take your projects from inspiration to final

Key Features:

– Synergy Core – New Milestone Technology & Future-proof FX processing
– Pristine AD/DA conversion with 130 dB of dynamic range on monitor outputs
– 36 Synergy Core effects plug-ins included — a $3,000 value
– Sub-millisecond round-trip latency
– Antelope’s 4th-Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking and Word Clock I/O
– USB/Thunderbolt audio interface with 8 console-grade mic preamps
– 26 total inputs and 30 outputs, including 2 dedicated ReAmp outputs
– Footswitch jack
– 35 effects expansions available separately, including AFX2DAW Bridge
– All effects can be automated in DAW without CPU load, thanks to AFX2DAW
Bridge (Mac only)

Synergy Core: Future-Proof Effects Processing (DSP + FPGA)

With two DSP chips and an FPGA chip under the hood, the Discrete 8 Synergy
Core can run all your Antelope FX — stabilizing your DAW by offloading
effects processing to dedicated chips, without bogging down your host CPU.
With the Discrete 8 Synergy Core in your rack, you don’t need a latest-spec
computer to run your favorite plugs. Antelope effects running on Antelope
hardware means you can shorten buffer size, reduce latency, and free up your
host Mac or PC to run CPU-hogging VST synths and native time-based effects.

1 FPGA + 2 DSP = More Effects, More Variety

Antelope’s unique Synergy Core platform combines FPGA + DSP in one interface.
With the Discrete 8 Synergy Core, you get state-of-the-art ARM DSPs with
faster clock rates than chips found in lesser interfaces, plus Antelope’s
proven FPGA platform that delivers lower latency in FX chains. This exclusive
hybrid architecture enables a wider variety of Antelope effects than ever —
time-based delays, choruses, flangers, and more. Your Discrete 8 Synergy Core
comes with $3,000 of plug-ins: compressors, EQs, reverbs, amp models based on
iconic vintage gear — and all the processing power you need to run them!

Uncompromising A/D and D/A Conversion Quality

Analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters are at the heart of every
DAW-based studio — and your converters can make or break your sound. That’s
why the Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core offers pristine AD/DA with 121
dB dynamic range on the analog inputs and class-leading 130 dB dynamic range
on the monitor outputs, so you can capture and play back your audio with
Antelope clarity.

More I/O for Your Growing Studio

The Discrete 8 Synergy Core is hand-built by Antelope engineers to deliver
impressive analog and digital I/O in one rack space. Plug into two front-panel
XLR-1/4″ inputs with switchable mic/line/Hi-Z preamps. On the back, you’ll
find 6 mic/line inputs, monitor line outputs, dedicated ReAmp outputs, 8 more
line outputs on a DB25 connector, two banks of ADAT I/O, and S/PDIF I/O.

Antelope Audio’s Proven Clocking Technology

Pro recording studios rely on Antelope master clocks to maintain stability
and sonic integrity in PCM digital audio. The Discrete 8 Synergy Core wouldn’t
be an Antelope Audio interface if it didn’t offer rock-solid clocking, with
Antelope’s 4th-Generation 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter
management algorithm, three 75-ohm BNC Word Clock outputs, and Word Clock
input. Add Antelope’s industry-leading digital clocking to your studio, and
capture recordings with greater clarity, dimension and detail.

36 Synergy Core effects plug-ins included — a $3,000 value

       Plugin                                        Type
1 Gyraf Gyratec IX Tube                Mic Preamp
2 VCA160                                    Compressor
3 Stay-Levin                                Compressor
4 FET-A76                                  FET Compressor
5 VEQ-1A                                      Tube EQ
6 VMEQ-5                                     Tube EQ
7 X903                                   Compressor / Limiter
8 FeedForward Antelope          Compressor Compressor
9 Clear Q                                   Parametric EQ               
10 Power EX                                   Expander
11 VEQ-HLF                          Passive High/Low Filter
12 Auraverb                                   Reverb
13 BA-31                                   Mic Preamp
14 Power Gate                                Gate
15 Plexi 59 (UK) Tube                Guitar Amp
16 Bass SuperTube VR             Tube Guitar Amp
17 Darkface 65 (US)                Tube Guitar Amp
18 Top30 (UK) Bright               Tube Guitar Amp
19 Tweed Deluxe (US)              Tube Guitar Amp
20 Overange 120 (UK)              Tube Guitar Amp
21 BurnSphere (DE) Lead          Tube Guitar Amp
22 Marcus II (US) Lead            Tube Guitar Amp
23 Modern (US) CH3                 Tube Guitar Amp
24 Rock 75 (UK)                      Tube Guitar Amp
25 Rock 22.10 (UK)                 Tube Guitar Amp
26 Darkface 65 2×12                Guitar Cabinet
27 Top30 2×12                         Guitar Cabinet
28 Modern 4×12                       Guitar Cabinet
29 Green 2×12                         Guitar Cabinet
30 Vintage 4×12                       Guitar Cabinet
31 Green 4×12                         Guitar Cabinet
32 Caliper 50 1×10                   Guitar Cabinet
33 Bluelux 1×12                       Guitar Cabinet
34 Clst 1×12                            Guitar Cabinet
35 England 4×12                      Guitar Cabinet
36 Bass Tube 1×15                   Guitar Cabinet



Analog Inputs

6 x Mic / Line Inputs
2 x Mic / Line / Hi-Z Inputs

Analog Outputs

1 x Monitor Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks, +20 dBu max
2 x ReAmp Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks
1 x Line Out (8 channels) on DB25, +20 dBu max
2 x Stereo Headphone Outputs

Mic Preamp

EIN: -128 dBu (A-weighted)
Dynamic Range: -121 dB (A-weighted)
THD: -106 dB
Max input: +18 dBu
Max Gain: 65 dB

D/A Monitor Converter

Dynamic Range: 130 dB
THD + N: -115 dB

A/D Converter

Dynamic Range: 121 dB
THD + N: -112 dB

D/A Converters(Line Out)

Dynamic Range: 121 dB
THD + N: – 100dB
DC Coupled


Digital Inputs

2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
1 x S/PDIF

Digital Outputs

2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
1 x S/PDIF

USB 2.0 I/O

USB 2.0 Type B connector


Thunderbolt connector


Word Clock Input

1 x Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz

Word Clock Outputs

3 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz

Clocking System

4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
64-bit DDS

Sample Rates (kHz)

32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192


Operating Temperature

0-50°C, 32-122°F

Weight (Approx)

3.0 kg/ 6.61 lbs

Dimensions (Approx)

Width: 483 mm / 19”
Height: 44 mm / 1.7”
Depth: 220 mm /8.6”

Power Consumption

20 Watts

In the box

Discrete 8 Synergy Core Interface
Quick Start Guide
Wart External Power Supply Unit
USB Cable
Warranty Card

Additional information