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 master.
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.
– Synergy Core – New Milestone Technology & Future-proof FX processing platform
– 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)