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Antelope Zen Q Synergy Core
4.75 4.75 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

So far, I'm delighted by the Antelope Audio Zen Q Synergy Core (Thunderbolt 3 version).


19th January 2022

Antelope Zen Q Synergy Core by CedricM

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Antelope Zen Q Synergy Core

I bought the Antelope Audio Zen Q Synergy Core in a bundle with one Edge Solo virtual microphone + Bitwig + additional plugins. In my opinion, by far the best bang for the bug compared to UAD and other competitors.


I tested all inputs by playing 2 SPDIF and 8 ADAT channels @48 kHz/24 bits from Reaper on my FW-1884 Firewire interface, and recorded them, plus the analog inputs of the Zen Q, including one with the Edge Solo as a mic, and for laughs and giggles, 2 Sine test sounds (to use all 16 inputs of the Zen Q), in Studio One. With an 8 samples buffer size: flawless audio.

The interface itself is beautiful, with a metal body that looks solid, and the sound quality is outstanding.

There are a few imprecisions in an otherwise good documentation, I regret, like most customers, that the interface can't be used until it is registered. While it is understandable for the DSP/FPGA plugins, it would really help the setup/testing, especially with TB3, to be able to use the naked interface, at least in a basic mode without plugins.

The setup is not trivial, but then again it's a DSP/FPGA interface with plugins that can be used directly in the virtual mixer or as a plugin in a DAW through AFX2DAW.

I got help from the customer service, especially for the authorization/serial numbers/iLok (if you get the Edge Solo, since its mic emulations can also appear as a DAW plugin.)

One has to be aware that the interface only comes with ASIO drivers. While using an audio interface exclusively for music/audio work is probably a good idea, one may want to use it with Windows to listen videos or music on ones monitors, or perhaps to record audio for a video conference.
It's still possible, but a little complicated, with the Voicemeetter software.

It was the first time that I had an audio interface with a virtual mixer: it takes some getting used to, but it's quite powerful.


The Edge Solo comes in a beautiful case and, like the Zen Q, oozes sturdiness. The mic emulations appear very worthwhile, not a gimmick.
In the Zen Q, it's possible to record both the emulated signal and the naked signal, so one can choose later.
Or an emulated signal + FPGA/DSP zero latency plugin chain / naked signal.

So far, I'm really delighted.
Now that the Zen Q is also offered in USB, I'd perhaps have chosen the USB version, should it be able to do all that the TB3 version does.

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5th August 2022

Antelope Zen Q Synergy Core by Ull

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Antelope Zen Q Synergy Core

Antelope has hit the nail on the head with this great little machine, portable, with good converters, easy to route, and plenty of room for expansion. The installation process is a bit laborious on mac but it is quickly up and running, that it is bus powered and can work with two mic preamps, two instrument inputs and two headphone outputs -they lack a bit of strength- is a patent that only antelope knows and it works! Recommended interface at a reasonable price with the gift of a single micro edge.
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