Antelope Audio Orion 32+ Gen 3 Thunderbolt/USB Interface
Audio interface with 64 channels of 24-bit, 192 kHz audio via Thunderbolt / 32 channels via USB
The Antelope Audio Orion 32+ Gen 3 is an ultra-fast audio interface that offers seamless connectivity to any DAW. Stream up to 64 channels of 24-bit, 192 kHz audio signal via Thunderbolt or 32 channels via USB. Orion 32+ offers zero-latency monitoring, pristine AD/DA conversion, and onboard DSP for over 37 real-time effects.
FPGA FX COLLECTION
Orion32+ | Gen 3 includes a complementary suite of superb real-time effects selected from a growing library of Antelope Audio FPGA FX. Additional effects can be purchased to expand your arsenal of FX.
- POWERFFC – Compressor
- Clear Q – EQ
- Power EX – Expander
- Auraverb – Reverb
- Master De Esser
- Power Gate – noise gate tool
Orion 32+ features all new mastering-grade converters for improved dynamic range. Capable of zero-latency monitoring, this flexible interface can stream up to 64 channels of high definition audio.
Quickly and easily connect additional analog devices with eight DB25 connectors. Expand your connectivity options even further with digital ADAT, S/PDIF and MADI support.
Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter management technology provides unbeatable clocking accuracy. The Orion 32+ Gen 3 offers open, detailed transients, a deep stereo image, and a crystal-clear high-end.
ADVANCED ROUTING CAPABILITIES
Create aux sends, multiple monitor mixes, and instrument busses remotely with the Orion 32+ Gen 3 desktop app. This intuitive interface is available for Mac and Windows PCs, and can be used to control every parameter on the Orion 32+ with the click of a button.
With flexible routing, world-class converters, zero-latency monitoring, and built-in DSP, Orion 32+ has everything you need to capture a professional sound while recording, mixing or mastering anywhere in the world.
- FPGA-based real-time FX models of iconic studio gear
- 64 channels of 24-bit, 192 kHz audio via Thunderbolt / 32 channels via USB
- Thunderbolt, MADI, USB, ADAT, S/PDIF, 8x DB25 connectivity
- Flawless 4th Generation 64-bit clocking and jitter management
- Networking Control from multiple computers
- Routing, mixing, and effects chaining via macOS & Windows app
|Package Contents||Orion 32+ | Gen 3 - 32-channel AD/DA Interface with AFC™ Clocking Technology Owner’s Manual Warranty Card Power cable USB cable|
|Input Connectors||Analog DB25, BNC, Digital RCA, Optical|
|Output Connectors||Analog DB25, BNC, Digital RCA, Optical|
|Computer Connection||Thunderbolt, USB|
|Clock I/O||In, Out|
|Digital Format||ADAT, MADI, S/PDIF|
This is an outstanding value on a great sounding unit. I've a/b'ed this unit as well as the Gen 3 against the current Avid interfaces as well as UAD and have seen rooms of people instantly agree on the Antelope for its detailed top end and overall fidelity.
I've recently shot out the alleged mastering grade monitor outputs against some 2 channel dacs from both Chord and Apogee that cost the price of this unit and she stands right up.
I love my 32+ best bang for your buck interface on the market. Especially for a semi pro studio.
I really am torn a bit between 5 star and 4 stars. This product is really great but I couldn't quite give it 100%. I still have trouble with the thunderbolt recognizing the device after reboot and will have to unplug and plug it back in once or twice for it to pull up on the launcher. It will be listed in my devices just the launcher won't detect it properly. With that being said, I am coming from a Motu setup for many years and similar problems could happen there as well except it wouldn't be detected in the system at all. Also, every now and again drivers crash, its the name of the game with computers, with my motu setup (16A, 8M, ultralite AVB, AVB switch) if I tried to unplug or resolve a driver issue my whole computer would blue screen. Antelope as done a beautiful job on separating the device from the rest of the system and I do not get system crashing from it at all. I would say stay one version behind because I have had to do reinstalls of the driver/bundle due to installing the latest driver/bundle from Antelope and the system no longer recognizing the orion ( had to clean out the launcher and reinstall it a few times). The control panel, mixer, router are much more intuitive for me than Motu. Everything is on one screen that I do not have to scroll through. I wish the monitor outs were handled separately through the routing because it messes with the numbering but still easy to understand. I do wish the plugins were not a separate buy and wish the daw plugin option was available for windows (hopefully that comes soon). The latency in a practical sense seems to be slightly better than my old 16A with Thunderbolt. Both under 5ms not direct monitored in ableton.
Now for the hardware. As you noticed what I had before was a lot of different pieces This 1 piece of gear replaced all those. Freed up more space, more heat (it runs so much cooler), and in my opinion looks better in the rack. Syncs perfectly with my Ferrorfish pulse 16MX as well. The sound of this thing is amazing to my ears (very appealing/pleasing). I sense more detail in the highs and a bit more weight in the bottom end compared to my old Motu's. Soundwise pairs nicely with Ferrofish converters. This is much more lively sounding and I don't get as much ear fatigue when working. I wish there was more options for expandability (potentially daisy chaining with thunderbolt) but if I purchase another orion or get a ferrofosh A32 that is 64 ins and outs at the highest clocking which is really awesome.
Purchased in August of 2019. Immediate thunderbolt plug and play with Mojave IOS at the time (it runs on Catalina now).
Upgraded from a MacBook to a Mac mini and had a few issues on set up. Antelope support helped me right away, just needed a little guidance getting my fresh out of the box computer optimized for the Orion 32+.
I purchased this converter because I knew I could expand the hardware in my studio and it will keep up.
My clients have been very happy with the mixes I have sent them. They love how clean and professional they sound, and so do I!
Recently purchased this interface and could not be happier! Sound quality and connectivity is fantastic and user friendly. I have had a few issues with updates however the tech support was extremely helpful and have not had a problem since! I would highly recommend this interface!
Comming from apogee symphony the sound of the new orion 32 was a huge improvement. I love the way it sounds. Really few issues (i have to restart the server in order to panel control recognize the orion). Other than that the sounds is pristine. Recently i bought some plugins from their website...wow...i love the way it sounds and how it works on my system. Great!!!!!
Sounds bananas. Paring it up with my dangerous 2bus+ and the soundscape is just phenomenal.
Immediate connection with USB to MacPro OSX 10.13 (the recommended Mac OS at time of purchase) with Cubase 9.5. No problem with Control Panel routing. Very pleased with reliable DAW connection after years of unpredictable and random connection issues with PreSonus Firestudio interfaces.
Since the unit does not have a volume knob, you'll probably want to use a monitoring controller. You can adjust monitor volume from the software control panel. SPDIF and monitor output works perfectly with Dangerous D-Box.
I expected to notice a glaring improvement in AD/DA conversion over the Firestudio and Firestudio Project, but did not. I'm tempted to do a direct comparison, but will not because I've wasted enough of my life on PreSonus.
Soldered my own DB25-TRS and SPDIF-XLR cables using Redco and Neutrik components. Takes about an hour per DB25-TRS, but 1/4 the cost of pre-made cables.
In Cubase, if I do not use real-time export at mixdown, sync with the 32+ flickers and slows down the export. Response from Antelope chat support was poor. When I have more time, I hope to get a better answer from Antelope.
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