Antelope Audio announces Discrete 8 microphone preamp interface

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Antelope Audio has announced the Discrete 8, a Thunderbolt and USB interface with discrete mic preamps.

Antelope Audio Discrete 8

The Discrete 8 brings a new level of sound quality and power to home studios and mobile recordists. It comes with 8 console grade 6-transistor discrete preamps, 121 db dynamic range conversion and rock solid clocking.

When working, DISCRETE 8 users can create custom presets to easily and speedily set up various tracking scenarios. The front panel features a large monitor volume knob and dedicated HP knobs for each output. On top of that, the talkback microphone is also built into the front panel right above the TBK (talkback) button. Better still, talkback can be engaged via the assignable FOOTSWITCH on the rear, in the EasyPanel software, or via the iOS/Android app. Meanwhile, metering is viewable on the front panel display, inside the EasyPanel, and also via the remote app.

As a 26-input/32-output audio interface with eight analogue inputs (A1 through to A8), eight analogue outputs (on a standard 25-pin D-SUB connector), a pair of MONITOR outputs, two REAMP outputs, and a pair of headphone outputs, with additional digital connectivity courtesy of S/PDIF IN and OUT alongside dual ADAT I/O, DISCRETE 8 was developed after extensive research of legendary microphone preamp circuitry. Console-grade, fully-discrete preamps were hand-designed to offer world-class sound, and Antelope Audio’s powerful FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) engine can transform those already expensive-sounding Accusonic preamps into several classic units via tube-, transformer-, and FET-based circuitry… and all in realtime!

Discrete 8 features

  • 8 discrete mic preamps – Console-grade 6-transistor discrete microphone preamps.
  • Mic preamp modeling – Turn the expensive sounding Discrete 8 mic pres into classic units via Tube, Transformer and FET based circuitry in real-time.
  • Real-time FPGA FX – Premier real-time FX including BAE, Grove Hill, Gyraf Audio and Lang classics to use in the Easy Panel or in a DAW.
  • Rock-solid clocking – Discrete 8 features Antelope’s 4th Generation 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology.
  • Expert monitoring – Create up to 4 custom monitoring mixes with FPGA FX included and send them to Headphone or Monitor outs; Talkback feature also included.
  • Remote control – Control all Discrete 8 features via its intuitive Easy Panel or download the free iOS and Android mobile apps.

Antelope Audio’s realtime mic preamp modeling works with any mic, including the new Edge and Verge modeling microphones.

The Edge mic features dual edge-terminated capsules for a smooth/natural sound, reproducing the expressiveness and character of costly classic microphones.

Antelope Audio Edge

Antelope founder Igor Levin designed groundbreaking fully discrete electronics. Hand selected capsules encased in a carefully crafted enclosure with contours and shape for optimal sonic performance. Edge is an exquisite large diaphragm microphone with excellent transient response and capable of multiple polar patterns.

Edge features

  • Diaphragm: Condenser (Double sided with 10 microns gold sputtered membranes).
  • Freq. response: 20HZ ~ 20KHZ.
  • Sensitivity: -36dB (-1 to +3dB).
  • THD+N: -116dB.
  • Power Requirements: 48V DC Phantom Power.

Verge visibly differs as a small-diaphragm condenser (back electret-type) modeling microphone suited to both nuanced accuracy and high SPL (Sound Pressure Level) recording.

Antelope Audio Verge

Also exhibiting excellent performance in its own right, Verge can capably take on the character and personality of the world’s best small-diaphragm condensers and electrets.

Verge is a small diaphragm modeling microphone suited for both nuanced accuracy and high SPL recording. Also exhibiting excellent performance on it’s own, it can take on the character and personality of the world’s best small diaphragm condensers and electrets.

Verge features

  • Diaphragm: Condenser (back electret type).
  • Freq. response: 40Hz ~20kHz.
  • Sensitivity: -40dB (+/-3dB).
  • Max input SPL: 132dB.
  • Power Requirements: 48V DC Phantom Power.

The Discrete 8 interface and Edge and Verge modeling microphones will soon be available. Antelope Audio is already accepting preorders on the following bundles:

  • 1x Discrete 8, 1x Edge, and 6x Verge: 2,995 EUR.
  • 1x Discrete 8 and 6x Verge: 1,895 EUR.
  • 1x Discrete 8 and 1x Edge 1,995 EUR.

More information: Antelope Audio / Discrete 8

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