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14 x 10 bus-powered USB-C audio interface with onboard real-time effects and expandable I/O

SANTA MONICA, USA: Antelope Audio, a leading manufacturer of next-level audio recording equipment, is proud to announce Zen Q Synergy Core — designed to bring professional studio performance to any home setup as a compact audio interface incorporating leading AD/DA chips, discrete ultra-linear mic preamps, and a 64-bit AFC™ (Acoustically Focused Clocking) system based on Antelope Audio’s acclaimed master clocks, combined with expansive I/O capabilities and a colossal collection of Synergy Core effects with wide-ranging possibilities on offer to anyone as a result of this desktop-driven democratization — as of January 15, 2022.

Unrivaled sound
Antelope Audio’s signature sound quality comes from professional AD/DA conversion, discrete ultra-linear preamps, and 64-bit AFC™, so it should come as little surprise that the Zen Q Synergy Core 14 x 10 bus-powered USB-C audio interface incorporates those same core technologies that drive its high-end siblings, such as the rack-mountable Orion Studio Synergy Core and Galaxy 64 Synergy Core flagship, facilitating home recordists and artists alike with the means to raise their productions to a new level without ever having to leave the comfort zone of their desk:

• Class-leading — MONITOR and LINE OUT — AD/DA conversion with a dynamic range of up to 127 dB (A-Weighted)
• Recording, mixing, and playback at up to 24-bit/192kHz
• Proprietary 64-bit AFC™ technology and Jitter Management algorithm delivering increased sound width, separation, and detail

Synergy Core effects to fuel creativity
The professional studio performance-delivering desktop Zen Q Synergy Core comes complete with 37 bundled analog-modeled effects, emulating a studio stocked with the rarest analog gear; indeed, its Synergy Core platform puts immersive control of iconic equalizers, dynamic processors, guitar amps, reverb, and more within anyone’s grasp, with over 50 optional expansions available through Antelope Audio’s well-stocked Software Store (here:

• Gyraf Gyratec IX - tube mic preamp
• VCA160 - compressor
• Stay-Levin - compressor
• FET-A76 - FET compressor
• VEQ-1A - tube EQ
• VMEQ-5 - tube EQ
• X903 - compressor /limiter
• PowerFFC - feed-forward compressor
• Clear Q - parametric EQ
• Power EX - expander
• VEQ-HLF - passive high/low filter
• Auraverb - reverb
• BA-31 - mic preamp
• Power Gate - gate
• 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 cabine

Diverse I/O with room to grow
Zen Q Synergy Core’s connectivity centers around two Combo XLR jacks with switchable modes to toggle between the discrete console-grade preamps, LINE level, or HiZ, while the front panel provides two switchable line/Hi-Z inputs — G1 and G2 — for added flexibility; for monitoring, there is a stereo MONITOR output and a separate LINE OUT pairing to connect another set of studio monitors or external outboard gear, both backed by a mastering-grade D/A converter, though there is also a separate DAC for the HP1 and HP2 (independent headphone) outputs; and a simple desktop setup can easily be transformed into a multichannel configuration thanks to the SPDIF IN/OUT and ADAT IN connections:

• 2x discrete ultra-linear preamps with 65 dB of gain for studio-quality recordings, both working as MIC/LINE/HiZ inputs on Combo XLR jacks, with 48V of phantom power and independent preamp gain for each input
• 2x Hi-Z/line instrument inputs over TRS ¼” jacks
• 2x signal-balanced, DC-coupled LINE OUT (outputs) over TRS ¼” jacks (+20 dBu max)
• USB-C port carrying up to 16 input and 16 output channels in any popular DAW with custom macOS and Windows drivers
• Digitally expandable over SPDIF IN/OUT, with two channels available
• Digitally expandable over ADAT IN, with eight channels available (at 44.1/48kHz)
• 1x stereo signal-balanced, DC-coupled MONITOR output on TRS ¼” jacks (+20 dBu max)
• 2x stereo headphone outputs with separate volume control

Fast and efficient workflow
Users of Zen Q Synergy Core can reap the benefits of a USB-C interface with an optimized audio driver for low-latency playback, streaming, and recording paired with onboard software for seamless control over essential parameters such as signal routing, sub-mixes, and monitoring, while applying Synergy Core effects without overburdening their system — all integral to enhancing workflow at every stage of the production process:

• Bus-powered interface through USB port without the need for a dedicated power source
• Direct monitoring with Synergy Core effects, processed in real-time with imperceptible latency
• Simplified I/O routing with preconfigured settings, allowing immediate recording and playback
• Easily accessible front panel-positioned controls for input and output levels, as well as other settings
• Customizable presets with settings for signal routing, level adjustments, mixer, and effects
• Customizable monitoring mixes with adjustable volume, pan, and reverb

Best desktop companion
Central to Zen Q Synergy Core is its versatility, making it the ideal centerpiece for any desktop setup — at home or in the studio — since it provides producers with superior workflow in a small (W: 198 mm/7.8”, D: 137 mm/5.4”, H: 57.5 mm/2.3”) footprint; by being bus powered it is ideally suited to on-location recording, travelling musicians, and producers preferring to stay mobile — after all, a power supply is not needed to produce anything anywhere, desktop-driven democratization notwithstanding, with wide-ranging possibilities on offer:

• USB-C interface with advanced audio driver for optimized streaming, playback, and low-latency recording
• Professional sound and stability via highly efficient AD/DA converter chips and proprietary 64-bit AFC™ technology
• 2x discrete ultra-linear preamps designed with authentic console circuitry for classic warmth and sonic depth, with switchable MIC/LINE/HiZ modes
• 2x additional analog inputs, with switchable Hi-Z/line modes
• Real-time, low-latency processing of 37 included analog-modeled Synergy Core effects with 50+ optional expansions
• Flexible I/O connectivity, with eight additional inputs over ADAT and stereo I/O over S/PDIF