Antelope Audio Zen Q Synergy Core Desktop 14x10 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

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  • Product Highlights
  • Artists, Musicians, & Producers
  • Thunderbolt 3 Connectivity
  • Ins: 2 Mic / Line / Hi-Z, 2 Line / Hi-Z
  • Outs: 2 Headphone, 2 Monitor, 2 Line
  • Up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz Resolution
  • Bus Powered / Mac & Windows
  • ADAT In & S/PDIF I/O for More Channels
  • Color LCD, Onboard DSP, & FPGA Chips
  • 64-Bit AFC Clocking Technology
  • Includes 37 Real-Time Effects

14x10 Bus-Powered Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Onboard FX

Take pro-grade conversion, clocking, and preamps anywhere you go with the Antelope Zen Q Synergy Core, a desktop 14x10 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface that puts premium sound quality in a convenient bus-powered format that's priced within reach of artists and musicians recording at home, mobile producers, and content creators. In addition to the revealing quality of its hardware, the Zen Q Synergy Core empowers you with 37 analog-modeled real-time effects, which are powered by the onboard DSP and FPGA chips to ensure ultralow latency and no burden on your computer's CPU.

Each of the two Antelope Discrete mic / line / Hi-Z preamps has its own phantom power and up to 65 dB of gain, so the interface is primed and ready for recording all sorts of microphones, instruments, or even line-level signals from outboard gear. Two additional 1/4" line / Hi-Z inputs are provided on the front panel. Equipped with two independently adjustable headphone outputs, two balanced monitor outs, and two balanced line outs, the Zen Q Synergy Core can act as your home studio's hub for multiple sets of headphones, mixes, monitor feeds, and more. Its ADAT optical input and S/PDIF digital I/O ports are perfect for expanding your setup with digital gear such as external converters.

Rise Above the Sound You Know

The Zen Q Synergy Core shrinks the gap in sound quality between artists with access to premium studios and home creators. The pristine sound is due to a combination of professional-grade AD/DA converters and Antelope Discrete ultralinear preamps that share circuits with legendary American and British consoles. The standout sonic quality of the device would not be possible without the main pillar of the Antelope Audio sound-the 64-bit AFC clocking technology from the company's high-end master clocks. It is employed in prestigious studios around the world and has been trusted with the scoring of Hollywood blockbusters.

Full Production Pack, from the Get-Go

Zen Q Synergy Core comes with 37 premium analog-modeled effects that will help you create stunning, sonically rich productions. Aside from the exclusive compressors, EQs, and preamps, the interface comes with 22 guitar amps and cabs, a guitar tuner, and a signature reverb that are all ready to be applied in real time to your tracking and mixing session. The Synergy Core effects processing allows you to stack up your chain with many effect instances while monitoring through the interface without fear of overloading.

At any time, you can expand your effects collection by purchasing more classic go-to units, true rarities never before recreated in digital form, and 3rd party effects like Antares Auto-Tune Synergy.

Create from Anywhere, Anytime

The Zen Q interface is optimized for ultralow-latency recording, high-resolution playback, creative beatmaking, and podcasting from virtually anywhere. With just a Thunderbolt 3 cable (available separately), you can power the Zen Q Synergy Core from your computer and use it to its full potential without having to carry a dedicated power supply with you.

Better Recording and Producing Workflow

Every feature available to you in the interface's control panel has been added to improve the important aspects of your workflow. Since DAW monitoring inevitably adds latency, you can monitor directly through the interface to reduce delay to the absolute minimum. With the routing options, you can easily set up a near-zero latency mix and stack it with your favorite Synergy Core effects without fear of overloading the onboard platform. Dedicated signal metering is available for both input and output levels on the front-panel display and in the software control panel.

Smart Connectivity in a Small Package

The two XLR-1/4" combo input jacks give you the flexibility to choose between Antelope's Discrete mic preamps and line / Hi-Z inputs; they are easily configurable via the control panel. The front panel offers two 1/4" inputs, which can be used to record line-level sources or Hi-Z instruments.

The four 1/4" TRS DC-coupled balanced outputs (two monitor and two line) allow you to send the signal from the professional-grade D/A converter to separate destinations. Use one set for your main monitors and the other for a feed to analog outboard gear. Plus, there are two separate 1/4" headphone outputs.

Loopback Function for Streaming

For a convenient online broadcasting setup, use loopback capabilities for streaming and recording OS/DAW playback and interface inputs simultaneously.

  • Conversion and Clocking
  • Class-leading AD/DA conversion with up to 127 dB of headroom
  • Recording, mixing, and playback at up to 24-bit / 192 kHz
  • Proprietary 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology and Jitter Management algorithm delivering increased width, separation, and detail in musical performances
  • Analog and Digital Connectivity
  • Two Discrete ultralinear preamps with 65 dB of gain for studio-quality recordings; all work as microphone / line / Hi-Z inputs via XLR-1/4" combo jacks
  • Thunderbolt 3 port carrying up to 16 input and 16 output channels in any popular DAW with custom macOS and Windows drivers
  • 8-channel ADAT optical input and stereo S/PDIF input and output for digital expansion
  • Balanced 1/4" TRS DC-coupled monitor outputs
  • Balanced 1/4" TRS DC-coupled line outputs
  • Two stereo headphone outputs with separate gain control
  • Workflow-Enhancing Features
  • Bus-powered design requires no dedicated power source
  • Direct hardware monitoring with Synergy Core effects processed in real time with imperceptible latency
  • Simplified I/O routing with preconfigured settings, allowing immediate recording and playback
  • Color LCD screen with crisp I/O metering
  • Front panel with dedicated volume knob and buttons for level adjustment and hands-on control of core parameters
  • Customizable presets complete with signal routing, level adjustments, mixer settings, and submixes
  • Easily adjust the monitor mixes for the monitor output and split headphone mixes into individual cue and submixes while applying pan, reverb, and other effects
  • Modeling Engine allowing pairing with the Edge line of microphones for real-time use of vintage microphone emulations
  • 37 Real-Time Effects
  • Collection of 37 Synergy Core effects modeled after classic and rare analog outboard gear, powered by the Synergy Core proprietary onboard platform, which uses two DSP chips and one FPGA chip for real-time effects processing with imperceptible latency.
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  • Gyraf Gyratec IX: Dual tube mic preamp with high-pass filter
  • Clear Q: Parametric EQ
  • VEQ-1A: 2-band tube EQ
  • VMEQ-5: 3-band tube midrange EQ
  • VEQ-HLF: Tube 2-band high- and low-pass filters
  • VCA160: VCA compressor/limiter
  • Stay-Levin: Vari-Mu tube compressor
  • FET-A76: FET compressor/limiting amplifier
  • X903: VCA compressor/limiter
  • PowerFFC: Feed-forward compressor
  • Power Gate: Noise Gate
  • Power EX: Expander
  • Auraverb: Reverb
  • A-Tuner: Guitar tuner
  • Plexi 59 (UK): Tube guitar amp
  • Bass SuperTube VR: Tube guitar amp
  • Darkface 65 (US): Tube guitar amp
  • Top30 (UK) Bright: Tube guitar amp
  • Tweed Deluxe (US): Tube guitar amp
  • Overange 120 (UK): Tube guitar amp
  • BurnSphere (DE) Lead: Tube guitar amp
  • Marcus II (US) Lead: Tube guitar amp
  • Modern (US) CH3: Tube guitar amp
  • Rock 75 (UK): Tube guitar amp
  • Rock 22.10 (UK): Tube guitar amp
  • Darkface 65 2x12: Guitar cabinet
  • Top30 2x12: Guitar cabinet
  • Modern 4x12: Guitar cabinet
  • Green 2x12: Guitar cabinet
  • Vintage 4x12: Guitar cabinet
  • Green 4x12: Guitar cabinet
  • Caliper 50 1x10: Guitar cabinet
  • Bluelux 1x12: Guitar cabinet
  • Clst 1x12: Guitar cabinet
  • England 4x12: Guitar cabinet
  • Bass Tube 1x15: Guitar cabinet
  • Form Factor: Tabletop
  • Display: 1 x 2.8" / 7.1 cm Color LCD
  • Channels of I/O:
    Analog: 4 Inputs / 8 Outputs
    Digital: 10 Inputs / 2 Outputs
  • Max Sample Rate/Resolution: 192 kHz / 24-Bit
  • Number of Mic Preamps: 2
  • Input Level Adjustment: 1 x Knob
  • Solo/Mute: None
  • Pad: None
  • High-Pass Filter: None
  • Expansion Slots: None
  • Connectivity
  • Analog Audio I/O:
    2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input
    2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Line/Hi-Z Input (Front Panel)
    2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output (DC-Coupled)
    2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output (DC-Coupled)
    2 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output (Front Panel)
  • Phantom Power: +48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
  • Digital Audio I/O:
    1 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT Input
    1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
    1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output
  • Host Connection / USB: 1 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
  • USB (Non-Host): None
  • Sync I/O: None
  • Network I/O: None
  • MIDI I/O: None
  • Wireless Connectivity: None
  • Memory Card Slot: None
  • Performance
  • Gain/Trim Range: Mic Inputs: Up to +65 dB
  • Max Input Level:
    Mic Inputs: +20 dBu
    Max Output Level: Line/Monitor Outputs: +20 dBu
  • Dynamic Range:
    Mic Inputs: 121 dB (A-Weighted)
    A/D Converters: 122 dB
    D/A Converters: 127 dB (A-Weighted)
  • THD: Mic Inputs: -106 dB
  • THD+N:
    A/D Converters: -116 dB
    D/A Converters: -115 dB
  • EIN: Mic Inputs: -128 dBu A-Weighted
  • Digital Audio
  • Sample Rates: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
  • Sample Rate Conversion: None
  • Bit Depths:
    24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
    64-Bit (Clocking)
  • Sync Sources: ADAT, Internal, S/PDIF
  • Compatibility
  • OS Compatibility:
    macOS 10.12 or Later
    Windows 10
  • Included Software: None
  • Compatible Software (Not Included): Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
  • Included Plug-Ins:
    Preamp & Channel Strip:
    Gyraf Gyratec IX
    Clear Q
    Power EX
    Power Gate
    Reverb & Room:
    Guitar & Bass:
    Bass SuperTube VR
    Bass Tube 1x15
    Bluelux 1x12
    BurnSphere (DE) Lead
    Clst 1x12
    Caliper 50 1x10
    Darkface 65 2x12
    Darkface 65 (US)
    England 4x12
    Green 2x12
    Green 4x12
    Marcus II (US) Lead
    Modern 4x12
    Modern (US) CH3
    Overange 120 (UK)
    Plexi 59 (UK)
    Rock 22.10 (UK)
    Rock 75 (UK)
    Top30 2x12
    Top30 (UK) Bright
    Tweed Deluxe (US)
    Vintage 4x12
  • Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins: Proprietary
  • Mobile Device Compatibility: None
  • Required Hardware:
    Available Thunderbolt 3 Port
    Thunderbolt 3 Cable (Not Included)
  • Internet Connection: Required for Registration, Software/Driver Download, Plug-In Authorization
  • Power
  • Power Requirements: Thunderbolt Bus Power
  • Physical
  • Anti-Theft Features: Kensington Security Slot
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 2.26" / 19.8 x 13.7 x 5.75 cm
  • Weight: 1.8 lb / 0.8 kg
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