Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core USB/Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface

The Discrete 8 Synergy Core gives you 8 mic preamps, pristine AD/DA conversion, rock-solid clocking and DSP + FPGA processing for Antelope's vast FX library.
Bring Antelope Audio's ultra-flexible effects processing power, renowned digital clocking, and pro-level conversion quality to your project studio with the Discrete 8 Synergy Core audio interface. The next generation of Antelope's hit Discrete 8 Thunderbolt/USB interface, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core is loaded with dual DSP chips and an FPGA processor working together to run award-winning Antelope FX, as well as 3rd-party effects joining the Synergy Core platform. Ideal for mid-sized studios, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core features Thunderbolt and USB connectivity, 8 console-grade microphone preamps, 26 total inputs, and 30 outputs -- including two dedicated ReAmp outputs. There's even a footswitch jack to speed up your workflow. And with 36 top Antelope effects plug-ins included for free, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core gives you a sharp set of creative tools to take your projects from inspiration to final master.


- Synergy Core: Cutting-edge & future-proof FX processing platform
- Pristine AD/DA conversion with 130 dB of dynamic range on monitor outputs
- 36 Synergy Core effects plug-ins included -- a $3,000+ value
- Sub-millisecond round-trip latency
- Antelope's 4th-Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking and Word Clock I/O
- USB/Thunderbolt audio interface with 8 console-grade mic preamps
- 26 total inputs and 30 outputs, including 2 dedicated ReAmp outputs
- Footswitch jack
- 35 read more effects expansions available separately, including AFX2DAW Bridge
- All effects can be automated in DAW without CPU load, thanks to AFX2DAW Bridge (Mac only)

Synergy Core: Future-Proof Effects Processing

With two DSP chips and an FPGA chip under the hood, the Discrete 8 Synergy Core can run all your Antelope FX -- stabilizing your DAW by offloading effects processing to dedicated chips, without bogging down your host CPU. With the Discrete 8 Synergy Core in your rack, you don't need a latest-spec computer to run your favorite plugs. Antelope effects running on Antelope hardware means you can shorten buffer size, reduce latency, and free up your host Mac or PC to run CPU-hogging VST synths and native time-based effects.

1 FPGA + 2 DSP = More Effects, More Variety

Antelope's unique Synergy Core platform combines FPGA + DSP in one interface. With the Discrete 8 Synergy Core, you get state-of-the-art ARM DSPs with faster clock rates than chips found in lesser interfaces, plus Antelope's proven FPGA platform that delivers lower latency in FX chains. This exclusive hybrid architecture enables a wider variety of Antelope effects than ever -- time-based delays, choruses, flangers, and more. Your Discrete 8 Synergy Core comes with $3,000 of plug-ins: compressors, EQs, reverbs, amp models based on iconic vintage gear -- and all the processing power you need to run them!

Uncompromising A/D and D/A Conversion Quality

Analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters are at the heart of every DAW-based studio -- and your converters can make or break your sound. That's why the Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Synergy Core offers pristine AD/DA with 121 dB dynamic range on the analog inputs and class-leading 130 dB dynamic range on the monitor outputs, so you can capture and play back your audio with Antelope clarity.

More I/O for Your Growing Studio

The Discrete 8 Synergy Core is hand-built by Antelope engineers to deliver impressive analog and digital I/O in one rack space. Plug into two front-panel XLR-1/4" inputs with switchable mic/line/Hi-Z preamps. On the back, you'll find 6 mic/line inputs, monitor line outputs, dedicated ReAmp outputs, 8 more line outputs on a DB25 connector, two banks of ADAT I/O, and S/PDIF I/O.

Antelope Audio's Proven Clocking Technology

Many pro recording studios rely on Antelope master clocks to maintain stability and sonic integrity in PCM digital audio. The Discrete 8 Synergy Core wouldn't be an Antelope Audio interface if it didn't offer rock-solid clocking, with Antelope's 4th-Generation 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter management algorithm, three 75-ohm BNC Word Clock outputs, and Word Clock input. Add Antelope's industry-leading digital clocking to your studio, and capture recordings with greater clarity, dimension and detail.

Check out the Discrete 8 in action in this video from Antelope Audio:

Discrete 8 Synergy Core includes a compelling library of 36 real-time studio effects:

- 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
- FeedForward Antelope Compressor / 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 Cabinet
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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
- 2 x ReAmp Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks
- 1 x Line Out (8 channels) 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
- Max Gain: 65 dB

D/A Monitor Converter
- Dynamic Range: 130 dB
- THD + N: -115 dB

A/D Converter
- Dynamic Range: 121 dB
- THD + N: -112 dB

D/A Converters(Line Out)
- Dynamic Range: 121 dB
- THD + N: - 100dB
- DC Coupled

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 2.0 I/O
- USB 2.0 Type B connector

- Thunderbolt 2 connector

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

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

In the box
- Discrete 8 Synergy Core Interface
- Quick Start Guide
- Wart External Power Supply Unit
- USB Cable
- Warranty Card
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ANE DISCRETE8SYN
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 916-238-1643
(13 ratings)
Submitted August 22, 2019 by Kelly M in Ocala, FL
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Running my Discrete 8 using Thunderbolt with Windows 10, latency is at 8 samples, simply amazing! The company is awesome they we're very supportive and helped me out tremendously. This Unit sounds amazing, compared it to my Lavry da10 and Apogee Rosetta 200. The Converters and Preamps are amazing. I was skeptical at first ,but my friend purchased an Orion Studio rev 2017,after hearing it, I was blown away. The Antelope guys are doing something different in the audio world, they are combining high end audio gear with great prices! Thanks So Much Antelope Audio!! I also got a $500.00 gift from zZounds and Antelope, love it!!
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