Antelope are one to watch when it comes to audio interfaces and their latest ‘portable’ interface the Antelope Zen has a name that belies that potential powerhouse it promises to be, offering no fewer than 38 simultaneous inputs for record* and what they say is unlimited DSP that ‘you will never run out of’ on each channel.
Antelope Zen In Detail
Zen Studio is fully controllable using an intuitive desktop application on both PC and Mac, offering flexible signal routing and DSP-based effects alongside custom presets. Users can create up to four independent, zero-latency mixes assignable to any outputs, including the two independent headphone outputs and monitor outputs. 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.
The unit is aimed at portability with a handle on one end, but no rackmount option. It also requires that the unit be connected to the software for full control over the unit, although some basic features can be controlled from the single front panel dial.
Antelope Zen Feature Summary
- 12 Class A mic preamps, with phantom power
- 8 mic/line inputs
- 4 mic/line/instrument inputs
- 2 Independently assignable headphone outputs
- 2 DSUB-25 connector (8 channels I/O)
- 1 Stereo monitor out
- 4 ADAT connectors (up to 16 channels I/O)
- 2 SPDIF RCA connectors (I/O)
- 2 Inserts over TRS
- 2 Word Clock BNC connectors (I/O)
- 1 Low-latency high-bandwidth USB 2.0
Price And Shipping
Antelope aim to ship the new Zen audio interface around June and with a price at sub 2000 euros.
* Pro Tools native is crippled to record no more than 32 channels simultaneously.