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Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core Audio Interface

Thunderbolt/USB interface loaded with dual DSP chips and an FPGA processor - experience ultra-flexible effects processing power, renowned digital clocking, and pro-level conversion
MFR# Discrete 8 Synergy Core

Product Description

The Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core is cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB audio interface equipped with eight console-grade preamps, Antelope Audio’s pristine-sounding digital audio converters, and a massive collection of DSP-powered plug-ins. Designed for mid-sized studios, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core is expandable up to 26 inputs and 30 outputs.


Discrete 8 Synergy Core is equipped with eight world-class preamps, including two front-panel XLR-1/4” inputs with switchable mic/line/Hi-Z options. Two 1/4-inch monitor outputs, eight additional line outs, and two dedicated Re-Amp outputs offer plenty of flexibility for mixing.

Discrete 8 Synergy Core is designed to grow with your studio. Seamlessly sync additional devices with two banks of ADAT I/O, and S/PDIF I/O. Quickly connect to your Mac or Windows PC using USB or Thunderbolt connections.


Equipped with Antelope Audio’s uncompromising digital audio converters, Discrete 8 Synergy Core delivers pristine sound with zero artifacts. With 121 dB of dynamic range on the analog inputs and a class-leading 130 dB of dynamic range on the monitor outputs, the Discrete 8 offers unparalleled clarity.

Synergy Core interfaces come equipped with Antelope Audio’s rock-solid 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology for sample-accurate jitter-free recordings. Capture recordings with greater clarity, dimension and detail with Discrete 8’s industry-leading digital clocking.


Create radio-ready mixes with 36 Synergy Core effects plug-ins. Powered by dual DSP chips and an integrated FPGA processor, Synergy Core interfaces are capable of recording and mixing using Antelope FX in real time with zero latency.

Get your mix to pop out of the speakers with 36 powerful vintage-modeled plug-ins. Tweak your tone using classic studio EQs and compressors. Add space and depth your mixes with lush reverbs. Dial in roaring guitar tones with iconic tube amps. Or take your mixes to the next level and expand your FPGA collection with an arsenal of additional effects available from Antelope Audio.

Included Effects

Discrete 8 Synergy Core includes a compelling library of 36 real-time studio effects:

  • Gyraf Gyratec IX Tube Mic Preamp
  • VCA160 Compressor
  • Stay-Levin Compressor
  • FET-A76 FET Compressor
  • VEQ-1A Tube EQ
  • VMEQ-5 Tube EQ
  • X903 Compressor/Limiter
  • FeedForward Antelope CompressoR
  • Clear Q Parametric EQ
  • Power EX Expander
  • VEQ-HLF Passive High/Low Filter
  • Auraverb Reverb
  • BA-31 Mic Preamp
  • Power Gate
  • Plexi 59 (UK) Tube Guitar Amp
  • Bass SuperTube VR Tube Guitar Amp
  • Darkface 65 (US) Tube Guitar Amp
  • Top30 (UK) Bright Tube Guitar Amp
  • Tweed Deluxe (US) Tube Guitar Amp
  • Overange 120 (UK) Tube Guitar Amp
  • BurnSphere (DE) Lead Tube Guitar Amp
  • Marcus II (US) Lead Tube Guitar Amp
  • Modern (US) CH3 Tube Guitar Amp
  • Rock 75 (UK) Tube Guitar Amp
  • Rock 22.10 (UK) Tube Guitar Amp
  • Darkface 65 2x12 Guitar Cabinet
  • Top30 2x12 Guitar Cabinet
  • Modern 4x12 Guitar Cabinet
  • Green 2x12 Guitar Cabinet
  • Vintage 4x12 Guitar Cabinet
  • Green 4x12 Guitar Cabinet
  • Caliper 50 1x10 Guitar Cabinet
  • Bluelux 1x12 Guitar Cabinet
  • Clst 1x12 Guitar Cabinet
  • England 4x12 Guitar Cabinet
  • Bass Tube 1x15 Guitar Cabinet


  • 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
  • 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)

Product Specifications

Condition New
Chassis 19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces 1U
Channels 8-Channel
Input Connectors BNC, Digital Coaxial, Optical, XLR Combo Jack TRS
Output Connectors BNC, Analog DB25, Digital Coaxial, Optical, 1/4-inch TRS
Computer Connection Thunderbolt, USB
Number of Preamps 8
Clock I/O In, Out
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz
Digital Format ADAT, S/PDIF

Product Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars.
Review Count (11)

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Sound is great. Build is great. My struggle was with the afx2daw plugin setup. I was a bit frustrated with the process because it wasnt clear to me. However, after getting the plugins sorted out and now up and running I am moderately satisfied. The restarting of my computer, while connected to the interface surprised me. My setup has been working fine for about a month now. Fingers crossed.

By jAvier G on September 13, 2021

The interface is incredible. a very reduced price for all its benefits. It has been the best buy in many years.
I must say that it outperformed UAD for the most part. I look forward to manley emulations.
Ihat would be great!.

By Gustavo A on October 8, 2020

Let me start by saying I’m a audio professional who has 30 yrs in the business. In my film and tv projects I’ve relied upon the Antelope clocks to deliver accurate imaging to the mix so I was confident that their audio interfaces would sound great. I was not disappointed! The install of software was somewhat cumbersome but successful. The big negative for me is that the plugins are not compatible with Digital Performer and fail when examined. Part of my promo package included the modeling microphone which does not work with DP.
Bottom line this is a great sounding interface. If your Digital Performer user you might look at other products to get a full functioning system.

By Mark S on September 25, 2020

I owned the original Orion 32 and it was the single most essential upgrade I have ever made in my studio. When it came time to downsize and create a smaller desktop studio I knew that this was the perfect interface for my needs as a drummer and electronic musician who needs a lot mic pre inputs. These mic preamps sound great. Clean and clear with fantastic imaging and musicality. When you pair them with the DSP/FPGA effects, you can create any front end you like, choosing from a variety of classic preamps, EQs and compressors and track those dialed in tones. This way you can more accurately record exactly what you want, and pull mixes together more easily.

If you are a guitar player, look no further. The included AFX include classic guitar amps and cabinets, complete with mic placement capabilities. This device also includes 2 re-amp outs so you can get creative sending tracks out to pedals and amps, then record them back in. Many creative possibilities await you here. A very pleasant surprise that I was not expecting is that the re-amp outs can be switched to monitor outs, giving you 2 stereo pairs of monitor outs. Now you don't need a monitor controller to run 2 sets of studio monitors. To top that all off the interface control panel includes a great reverb.

I look forward to exploring all the creative possiblities this unit has in store as the heart of my studio. Thank you to Antelope for creating professional gear at a price point that make sense.

By auralOptic on September 24, 2020

I almost didn't buy this interface because my laptop isn't equipped with thunderbolt. I've been using it connecting with USB 2.0 and it's been steady and stable with no audible latency. I'm extremely pleased with my investment so far. Antelope support has been very accessible and friendly. Beyond getting a product that is quality and reliable, it's also important to me to have a good experience with the company you buy from.

10/10 would buy again

By Mike G on September 24, 2020

i mean just...WOW. Where to begin with this thing?? Whether you are new or seasoned to engineering, you will be impressed with the Antelope Discrete 8 Synergy Core. I upgraded from a Tascam-1800 and it was literally NIGHT and DAY. This is more than an interface you are buying, its an entire recording machine that takes massive amounts of CPU load off your computer, has extremely high-quality preamps that open/brighten your tone for each channel it has, contains a virtual interface for you to work with on the screen that gives you the ability to add 8 unique plug-in effects to each channel WHILE LIVE RECORDING (virtually half the selection is included for free with the current promotion), and an enormously versatile field of choice when it come's to what you need to record whether it is drums, bass, vocals, synth, guitar, etc. all encapsulated by this powerful piece of art/technology. An absolute deal for the price. You will never want to replace it. 10/10 #SOLID #REAL

By Phil on September 10, 2020

I absolutely LOVE the Discrete 8 Synergy Core! I purchased this as an upgrade from a Motu interface I’d been using for years and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Setup was quick and easy and the quality of the converters and the clocking are superb! The preamps are clean and transparent and the 2 headphone Amps sound fantastic as well. This unit is total pro and I strongly recommend Antelope products!

By Bryan C on February 11, 2020

Great Interface! incredible conversion and great Mic Pres, I also love the Fx! Great deal for the price!

By martinschlot on November 11, 2019

I love My Discrete 8 is incredible sound Comes with a ton of plug-ins for free my experience with Vintage King was wonderful I have bought more Antelope products Verge & solo mic to use with it
Very happy would recommend

By Howard A on November 11, 2019

I was using low end audio interface. Time came for me to upgrade with more input channels. My production friend recommended me Antelope for its know reputation on universal clocking. Spend several weeks to research on many different audio interfaces. And, I decided to go for Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core. So far, I am very happy with this interface. The sound quality is way way better. I have now 8 channels with Preamp. The plug-ins rocks. I compared one of compressors with bundled plugin in Cubase. The plugin is much much better. And, I do notice any delays. I had several channels assigned the compressors. Still no delay. Only wish I have is that the talkback can be routed to Monitor 2 as well. I could send monitor sound with HP2 as talkback works with HP2. But, if I could use monitor 2, it would be awesome as I can have two HPs at the control desk.

By myung on November 8, 2019

I have been using the Antelope Audio Discrete 8 for a few months now and am very impressed by it. The AD/DA is world class, mic pres are even better. I have recorded clients on Cello, Vocals, Saxophone, Clarinet, Guitar and more and it does them all with stellar quality and life like “Analog, console grade, 3D sound quality.” The plugins also sound really good and of coarse take the load off of your cpu quite a bit with 8 channels. I pare it with an MPC X which also has 8 channels and it works beautifully. The ability to use this on both Mac and PC was also important to me which I could not find with other companies. Highly recommended.

By JustinLinkMusic@gmail.com on November 30, -0001

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