Antelope Audio Zen Studio – No Longer Available
The Antelope Audio Zen Studio is a professional and portable audio interface with the most competitive analog and digital connectivity out there. With 20 analog ins, 14 outs, along with 12 world-class mic pres, Antelope's signature clocking, the on-board DSP effects with multiple monitor mixers and the proprietary low-latency USB connectivity make Zen a world-class mobile recording system, that can fit easily inside a backpack or gear bag. Zen Studio is designed to meet the needs of the modern day producer or engineer on-the-go, as well as location sound engineers, sound designers, independent bands and musicians in search of greater sound quality and flexibility.
Antelope Audio Acoustically Focused Clocking guarantees the most authentic analog sounding A/D & D/A conversion on the market. Antelope's clocking and conversion along with the custom USB technology implemented in Zen are identical to the ones in the top-selling 32-channel Orion interface which is a centerpiece in the playback rigs for artists such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, and inside the mixing and mastering studios of engineers like Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman), Brian Vibberts, Howie Weinberg or electronic music producers like Robert Babicz and Dusty Kid.
Power and flexibility
In addition to proven sound quality, Zen Studio offers an extremely powerful DSP, based on a custom FPGA device with massive parallel processing capabilities. The proprietary FPGA makes the DSP chip in Zen Studio eight times more powerful than the ones used in similar devices. This allows fast and easy simultaneous processing of multiple effects, enhancing the workflow like no other device on the market.
All audio I/O is available simultaneously for a total of 38 possible input and 32 output channels, plus 24 simultaneous I/O channels via custom USB, supporting 24-bit, 192 kHz audio. Users can create up to four independent zero-latency mixes assignable to any outputs, including the two independent headphone outputs and monitor outputs. The unit is fully controllable using an intuitive desktop application on both PC and Mac, offering flexible signal routing and DSP-based effects alongside custom presets.
Zen Studio is a versatile stand-alone device as well as a perfect companion to Orion32. Zen was born out of the need for a studio-quality portable solution that can easily be taken with you, while your main interface remains in the rack. Zen Studio is based on proven technologies used in Orion32. Whereas the rack-mountable Orion32 stands out with its MADI connectivity and unmatched channel count available over USB, Zen Studio delivers a breakthrough number of mic pres and DI instrument inputs for a mobile-sized interface, along with exceptional monitoring and tracking DSP capabilities to be used on-the-go.
- The most analog-sounding A/D & D/A conversion
- Comprehensive mic pres, HiZ instrument and line inputs
- Massive parallel DSP and effects processing
- Battle-tested zero-latency USB audio interface
- Extremely flexible routing and mixing capabilities
- The most acclaimed clocking technology
- 12x Class A mic preamps, with phantom power
- 8x Mic/line inputs
- 4x Mic/line/instrument inputs
- 2x Independently assignable headphone outputs
- 2x DSUB-25 connector (8 channels I/O)
- 1x Stereo monitor out
- 4x ADAT connectors (up to 16 channels I/O)
- 2x SPDIF RCA connectors (I/O)
- 2x Inserts over TRS
- 2x Word Clock BNC connectors (I/O)
- 1x Low-latency high-bandwidth USB 2.0
|Unit Weight||4.4 lb|
|Number of Inputs||38|
|Input Connectors||Analog DB25, BNC, Digital RCA, Optical, XLR Combo|
|Number of Outputs||32|
|Output Connectors||1/4-inch TRS, Analog DB25, BNC, Digital RCA, Optical|
|Number of Preamps||12|
|Clock I/O||In, Out|
|Maximum Sampling Rate||192 kHz|
|Digital Format||ADAT, S/PDIF|
There isn't a lot of opportunity in Columbus, Ohio to listen to or test a lot of high end recording interfaces. Even with all the resources online to be able to research products, at some point you have to put your faith in someone that they are going to steer you in the right direction.
I'd heard a fair number of recordings done on other similar units. And I had a lot of choices, obviously. I finally put my faith in Jeff Ehrenberg and Vintage King. For my needs, the Antelope Zen Studio was the way to go. "You're going to love it," said Jeff. But I'm burying the lead.
I do love it. Conversion is stellar. Preamps sound wonderful. Negligible latency recording in Pro Tools 11 (about to go to PT12 in a minute). Clarity but not sterile. Its very "analog" sounding.
Anyway, a great big thank you to Jeff and the folks at Vintage King for setting me up. I'll be calling you soon cuz I think ima gonna need that little bag and the rackmount. - Elisa
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