Antelope Audio have announced three new products, the MP32, Pure2 and Satori. The three devices are part of Antelope Audio's new concept for creating a coherent signal chain from an analogue source through recording, conversion and playback. Antelope's philosophy reinforces the purity of the sound throughout the whole process and provides optimum performance of the devices.
MP32 - 32-Channel Microphone Preamp
The Antelope Audio MP32 is a 32-channel mic pre featuring the same class-a mic pres found in the Antelope Audio Zen Studio interface. Each of the class-A preamps on the MP32 feature phantom power and four of them can operate as Hi-Z instrument inputs. By using the MP32′s control panel (compatible with both Mac and PC), users can manipulate each of the unit’s input types and mic gain levels remotely. Even more, audio engineers are able to save and easily recall their own presets for various situations, making workflow more efficient. The individual V/U style metering provides instant signal confirmation at the glance of a computer monitor.
Housed in a 2U rack space, MP32 is specifically designed to complement Orion32‘s precise conversion and ensure even greater transparency while recording. The combination of the Orion32 and MP32 — totalling just 3U in rack space — make it a perfectly suited solution for studios and live recording where rack space can be a precious commodity.
“With the MP32, the key idea was to incorporate an holistic approach,” says Antelope’s founder and CEO, Igor Levin. “Instead of considering a mic pre to be a disparate element, it should be viewed within the framework of the overall structure which comprises the A/D converter, its drivers and the pre itself. The result is that the entire system works in harmony, ensuring sonic integrity throughout the entire recording chain: from recording, to conversion, and playback.”
Pure2 - Mastering AD/DA Converter & Clock
The Antelope Audio Pure2 enables users to realize unsurpassed digital clarity and analogue realism, while offering a flexible set of connectivity options and extremely efficient and ergonomic software remote control. Pure2 also employs an all-new design that leverages best-in-class Burr-Brown converters and the same Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology present in Antelope’s ultra high-end Trinity master clock. The unit also features Antelope’s proven low-latency USB circuit on both Mac & PC, which is in use in thousands of studios inside the Orion32 and the new Zen Studio.
More than just a mastering converter, Pure2 comprises five distinct high performance components:
- An A/D converter with optimized overloads handling
- A D/A converter with dual DAC architecture
- A high-end headphone amplifier with a dedicated D/A
- A relay-based analog volume control for supremely accurate monitoring
- A master clock with 4th generation of Antelope’s AFC jitter management
With Pure2, clear and realistic audio quality is within reach. In addition to its first-rate conversion and AFC technology, the unit also features Antelope Audio’s pristine analog circuitry, which is driven by a proprietary, multi-stage linear power supply. When monitoring through speakers, Pure2′s relay-based stepped attenuator ensures exceptional transparency and perfect L/R balance, even at low listening levels. Additionally, Pure2′s dual-DAC technology - with separate DAC chips for left and right channels - guarantees superior stereo separation and imaging. “As digital devices and software-based tools become more and more ubiquitous in recording and playback environments, advanced clocking and conversion technology is now a prerequisite towards getting great sound,” commented Igor Levin, founder and CEO of Antelope Audio. “Pure2 puts world class mastering functionality within the reach of just about anyone, at a fraction of what it would have cost just three years ago.”
Satori - High-End Monitoring Controller
The Antelope Audio Satori is a true analog monitoring and summing system. Satori, a Japanese Buddhist term referring to enlightenment, is designed to deliver an ‘epiphany’ experience to the sound engineer. Antelope’s renowned relay-controlled stepped attenuator, the extremely versatile connectivity options and great selection of stereo effects such as mid-side monitoring, place the Satori among the most advanced monitoring controllers in the world, equally suited to both commercial and project studios.
Extremely Transparent, Coherent Audio Processing - Satori expands upon the acclaimed design architecture of Eclipse 384 – Antelope’s award-winning mastering AD/DA and monitoring controller. Carefully designed analog circuits and fast, transparent relay attenuators ensure the audio integrity throughout the whole signal path. The 0.05 dB platinum relays provide supremely accurate volume control and perfect L/R balance, even at the lowest listening levels. “We wanted to design a clean and transparent monitoring controller that would not compromise the quality of our converters and will provide sound engineers with a genuine listening experience,” commented Igor Levin, founder and CEO of Antelope Audio. “Satori is a part of our concept for creating a coherent signal path all the way from the analog source through conversion, recording and playback. Along with Satori, this philosophy is expressed in our latest product additions: MP32, Pure2, and Orion32. Dedicated Headphone Amps - Four independent headphone outputs allow individual source selection and volume control, enabling separate feeds for musicians or vocalists. The headphone drivers on Satori employ the same audiophile-grade circuitry found in Antelope’s line of premium home audio products, and are able to drive both low and high impedances.
Great Flexibility and Efficiency - Satori offers a plethora of functionality such as talkback and level trims, as well as stereo effects like mute, mono, dim and mid-side. The mid-side effect is rarely implemented in monitor controllers, yet routinely requested by mastering engineers. Gain offset is available for any input and output, making A/B testing extremely easy and efficient. In addition to providing outstanding monitoring capabilities, Satori includes a fully analog 8-channel summing mixer. This kind of analog summing, with warm punch and excellent dynamics, allows engineers who work completely “in-the-box” to mix signals in the analog domain for a more natural blending of instruments. Abundant Input/Output Options - With a generous amount of connectivity options, Satori fits perfectly in any studio and represents the ultimate in user flexibility. With eight stereo inputs, four stereo outputs, a range of connectivity options including XLR, 1/4″ TRS and D-Sub 25, the 1U unit is unique in its class. In addition to four stereo speaker outputs, Satori features a dedicated subwoofer output. The unit also features D-Sub 25 connectivity, elegantly solving the issue of connecting to multi-channel converters such as Orion32.
User-friendly Front Panel and Remote Control - Satori’s delicately machined aluminum volume knob and large LED front panel push buttons allow easy access to the most commonly used monitoring functions such as input and monitor selectors, gain adjustment and level trimming. The unit also ships with the next generation of software application [Mac and PC] enabling flexible and accurate control. The software control panel allows fast and responsive source and speaker switching, accurate volume control, stereo effects selection, headphone controls and user-recallable presets. Analog summing is fully controllable via the software application.