Orion for all
Capable of delivering 64 channels of audio via HDX or USB3, Orion32 HD is the latest audio interface in the Orion series from Antelope Audio. It’s connectivity makes it compatible with any DAW on the market including both Pro Tools HDX and Native systems, the manufacturer promises, while its library of FPGA sound-shaping tools can also be loaded, providing hardware emulations of some of some of the most popular and iconic recording devices.
‘By bringing the potent combination of pristine conversion and our versatile FPGA sound-shaping tools to both HDX and Native systems, we are opening yet another chapter in our interface innovations,’ stated Antelope’s Marcel James. ‘Studios can now easily switch between Pro Tools HD Sessions and Natives DAWs to accommodate the modern laptop producer in a flash.’
The interface itself provides HDX, USB3, Madi, ADAT and S/PDIF connectivity, as well as a 32-in/32-out analogue interface via DB25. A/D conversion is handled by Antelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter management technology. Two word clock or Loopsync outs allow the Orion to serve as the centrepiece of a recording setup, but Orion’s 10M/10MX Clock Inputs can also be connected to the manufacturer’s 10M or 10MX atomic clocks. Finally, the interface also features a mastering-grade monitor output borrowed from the Pure2 Mastering Converter to ensure analogue signal integrity.
The associated routing and mixing software for Mac and Windows now features both Antelope’s familiar colour-coded routing matrix as well as an alternate matrix-style view. The software panels are resizable and movable to help maximise screen real estate for multiscreen setups.
With no internal fan, the Orion32 HD is stated to offer completely silent operation.
In addition to the new Orion interface, the manufacturer’s portable Zen Studio has been given access to five new FPGA-based vintage EQs, including the VEQ-1A, VEQ-55A, Helios 69, NEU-PEV and the Lang PEQ2. The new models come as part of a software update that has also tweaked the Zen Studio Windows and OSX applications to increase user responsiveness.
Orion Studio, Zen Tour, Goliath and Orion32+ haven't been completely left out though, as they have also been treated to six new FPGA-based EQs, including the 1023 and 1084 from BAE Audio as well as the popular 70s and 80s EQs, the VEQ-STU 089, VEQ-STU 169, and VEQ-STU 900.