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Antelope Audio Discrete 8 USB & Thunderbolt Audio Interface, New

Build a studio around this 26-in/32-out interface. You get 8 preamps, 8 analog outs on DB25, dedicated monitor outs and all of Antelope's real-time FPGA FX. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Antelope Discrete 8 Audio Interface

Antelope Audio's DISCRETE 8 Thunderbolt & USB Interface comes complete with eight console-grade, six-transistor, fully-discrete design mic preamps; 121 dB dynamic range conversion; and rock-solid clocking. It includes all Antelope Audio's premier real time FPGA FX, including authentic models of iconic gear from BAE, Gyraf Audio, LANG, and many more besides.

Being based on Antelope Audio's AFX platform -- a rapidly expanding hardware modelling engine -- enables DISCRETE 8 to add Accusonic microphone and preamp models (maintaining the advantages of digital control and repeat-ability of gain levels), guitar amps, transformer and tube effects alongside a huge selection of classic vintage gear to its recording roster. Thanks to Antelope Audio's all-new ConnectAFX plug-in, all are accessible via any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with workflow that just -- well, works!

What's in the Premium FX Pack?

Whether you choose the Basic FX Pack or the Premium FX Pack, you get access to all 50+ Antelope FX. However, the difference is in the number of FX plug-in instances you can run simultaneously:

Discrete 8 Basic: 2 Channel Strips w/ 4 FX instances each = 8 Simultaneous FX Instances

Discrete 8 Premium: 8 Channel Strips w/ 4 FX instances each = 32 Simultaneous FX Instances

See how easy it is to set up your Discrete 8 interface in this video from Antelope:


Get an overview of the Discrete 8 interface's impressive features:


Works with Antelope's Verge and Edge Modeling Microphones

With the Discrete 8's FPGA Accusonic 3D modeling engine, you can transform both the Antelope Edge large-diaphragm condenser and the Antelope Verge large-diaphragm condenser into vintage microphone replicas, giving you complete control over proximity effect -- and even allow you to change polar patterns during or after recording. Choose from a collection of classic and expensive microphone models, and track the results as you monitor live, bringing out a musician's best possible performance.

Built-in Monitor Control and Talkback

When working, DISCRETE 8 users can create custom presets to easily and speedily set up various tracking scenarios. The front panel features a large monitor volume knob and dedicated HP knobs for each output. On top of that, the talkback microphone is also built into the front panel right above the TBK (talkback) button. Better still, talkback can be engaged via the assignable FOOTSWITCH on the rear, in the EasyPanel software, or via the iOS/Android app. Meanwhile, metering is viewable on the front panel display, inside the EasyPanel, and also via the remote app.

Plenty of I/O

As a 26-input/32-output audio interface with eight analogue inputs (A1 through to A8), eight analogue outputs (on a standard 25-pin D-SUB connector), a pair of MONITOR outputs, two REAMP outputs, and a pair of headphone outputs, with additional digital connectivity courtesy of S/PDIF IN and OUT alongside dual ADAT I/O, DISCRETE 8 was developed after extensive research of legendary microphone preamp circuitry. Console-grade, fully-discrete preamps were hand-designed to offer world-class sound, and Antelope Audio's powerful FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) engine can transform those already expensive-sounding Accusonic preamps into several classic units via tube-, transformer-, and FET-based circuitry... and all in real time!

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ANALOG
- Analog Inputs:
- 6 x Mic / Line Inputs
- 2 x Mic / Line / Hi-Z Inputs
- Analog Outputs:
- 1 x Monitor Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks, +20 dBu max
- 1 x ReAmp Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks
- 1 x Line Outs on DB25, +20 dBu max
- 2 x Stereo Headphone Outputs
- Mic Preamp:
- EIN: -128 dBu (A-weighted)
- Dynamic Range: -121 dB (A-weighted)
- THD: -106 dB
- Max input: +18 dBu
- Gain Range: 65 dB
- D/A Monitor Converter:
- Dynamic Range: 124 dB
- THD + N: -101 dB
- A/D Converter:
- Dynamic Range: 121 dB
- THD + N: -112 dB
- D/A Converters(Line Out):
- Dynamic Range: 121dB
- THD + N: - 100dB

DIGITAL:
- Digital Inputs:
- 2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
- 1 x S/PDIF
- Digital Outputs:
- 2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
- 1 x S/PDIF
- USB I/O:
- USB 2.0 Hi-Speed;
- Data stream up to 480 Mbits/192kHz, 24 channels I/O, Type B
- Thunderbolt I/O
- 1 x Thunderbolt, 32 channels I/O

CLOCKING:
- Word Clock Input:
- 1 x Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 - 192kHz
- Word Clock Outputs:
- 3 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 - 192kHz
- Clocking System:
- 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
- 64-bit DDS
- Sample Rates (kHz):
- 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192

OTHER:
- Operating Temperature:
- 0-50*C, 32-122*F
- Weight (Approx):
- 3.0 kg/ 6.61 lbs
- Dimensions (Approx):
- Width: 483 mm / 19"
- Height: 44 mm / 1.7"
- Depth: 220 mm /8.6"
- Power Consumption:
- 20 Watts
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
with Basic FX Pack, Bundle with Edge Solo Microphone
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Discrete 8
Warehouse Resealed, with Basic FX Pack
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Discrete 8
with Premium FX Pack
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Discrete8PremiumAFX
Blemished, with Premium FX Pack
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Discrete8PremiumAFX
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Sound: Transparent and flat. Feature: Routing, clocking, and sound. Ease of Use: Relatively easy once everything is installed. Quality: Built tough. Brushed metal housing a quality connectors. Value: Great value, especially considering the quality and flexibility (up to 32 output channels!). Manufacturer Support: Haven’t used it yet, The Wow Factor: Very appealing. Looks good, sounds good, very low latency. Overall: Great interface. After installing the software and registering (which is, honestly, the most excruciating part), the Discrete 8 really has shown it’s flexibility and clarity.The mic preamps are clean and quiet. Not what I’d call characterful, but definitely transparent, even pushing a Shute SM7b. Routing is easy once you’ve figured out the control panel.Conversion seems to be on par with my Apogee and Lynx, though in comparison the Apogee is a little rounder, whereas the Antelope is a little more flat, at least to my ears.Antelopes clocking is definitely one of the best parts of this interface. Slaving other converters is a breeze, and the clock runs incredibly stable. Subjectively, it sounds to me like a veil was lifted off the audio and the high frequency info is more apparent, especially at 96Khz. Eventually I may upgrade again, but at the moment Antelope has really impressed me. Even if an upgrade happens, I’m happy to know I am still able to incorporate the Discrete 8 into my studio.
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Overall: At first, I was a bit confused with the setup of this product. I have the newest macbook pro with usb-c only. I had used a hub to connect my interface with. It would keep shutting off and restarting or the audio would skip in and out. This is apparently a know problem with usb hubs and antelope audio. After dishing out some more cash for Firewire and a single dedicated adapter, I've loved this product. It sounds so good where it really counts. I've used apogee and focusrite interfaces before. This is one of the best sounding. Though there was a slight learning curve, I love this product.
Style of Music: Rock, Metal, Hip hop, Industrial/Progressive rock, rap, lo-fi hip hop
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