Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Pro Synergy Core USB/Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

Antelope's Discrete 8 Synergy Core gets a Pro upgrade with 16 AFX channels, 122 dB dynamic range ADCs, expanded routing, a color display, and Thunderbolt 3.

Antelope Audio's 26x32 Thunderbolt 3 & USB 2.0 audio interface with onboard real-time effects, the Discrete 8 Pro Synergy Core allows studio owners, bands, and recording engineers to record with legendary sound quality. With blazing-fast Thunderbolt 3 and USB 2.0, ultra-low latency performance, and even better effects processing capabilities, the audio interface is worthy of carrying the name of the model that first introduced Synergy Core technology.

Uncompromising A/D & D/A Conversion and Clocking

The A-D/D-A converters and signal clocking are at the heart of every studio. The Discrete 8 Pro has been upgraded with latest generation converters (up to 130dB of headroom) and Antelope Audio's proprietary 64-bit AFC(TM) clocking. With the interface in your rack, you can experience a new level of detail in your recordings and enjoy wider soundstage for an exceptional stereo image in audio playback.

The Key To Transparent Recordings

Antelope Audio's discrete preamps topology is a descendant of the great console preamps of the time. Designed using a combination of transistors, the Discrete preamps result in maximum noise reduction and, most importantly, precise sound capture for most transparent recordings.

Extensive Connectivity For Your Entire Studio

The Discrete 8 Pro Synergy Core offers impressive analog and digital I/O in one rack space. Eight mic/line inputs, two instrument inputs, eight DC-coupled line outputs on D-Sub 25, two reamp outputs, a pair of monitor read more outputs, two headphone outputs, ADAT and S/PDIF I/O are at your disposal. For your computer connection, you have USB 2.0 & Thunderbolt 3 ports. All I/O is available at any time and can be used simultaneously without the need to change setups, making it easy to work on multiple sessions.

Push The FX Processing Further

The 37 effects coming with Discrete 8 Pro are modeled after iconic studio equipment and can be applied in real-time during monitoring, post-production, and live recording. The analog-modeled compressors, EQs and preamps, are processed with near zero latency entirely inside the interface, putting zero load on your host CPU. The onboard Synergy Core contains the processing power of a complex multi-rack setup which enables you to load effects on up to 16 channel strips -- this is double the available channel strips compared to the original Discrete 8 Synergy Core.

At any time, you can expand your collection by purchasing more analog-modeled effects such as Grove Hill's Liverpool, and 3rd party effects like Antares' Auto-Tune.

Expansive Feature Set

The virtual routing patch-bay on the Discrete 8 Pro streamlines the routing process and even adds creative possibilities. Apart from the intuitive routing, the software control panel allows you to create presets, quickly configure mixes, and more. With the enhanced processing, you can now add effects on every input source.

Check out this overview of the Discrete 8 Pro Synergy Core from Antelope Audio:


- High-fidelity conversion for detailed sound when recording and streaming audio, and 64-bit AFC(TM) clocking technology delivering spacious stereo image with distinct separation;
- Eight Discrete console-grade 6-transistor preamps on combo XLR jacks for professional recordings. The combo jacks work as microphone/line inputs, and two of them are Hi-Z compatible;
- Eight DC-coupled analog output channels (D-Sub 25), two reamp outputs (TRS), ADAT & S/PDIF I/O. All I/O can be used simultaneously in real time;
- 37 Synergy Core analog-modeled effects included and over 60 available as optional expansions. Processed in real-time with imperceptible latency;
- Two routing options are available -- standard routing that lets you switch audio sources per channel via drop-down menu and virtual patch-bay allowing the execution of advanced input/output routing via drag and drop.
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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: -122 dB (A-weighted)
- THD: -116 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: 122 dB
- THD + N: -116 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: Thunderbolt connector 3 on USB-C

- 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: 25 Watts
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 9.1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 853744004953
Scratch and Dent
Shipping Weight: 9.1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 853744004953
Shipping Weight: 9.1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 853744004953
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 9.1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 853744004953

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 916-238-1643

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
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When I first purchased my Discrete 4 Synergy Core I was utterly amazed at what I heard! Crisp, Clean highs without harshness. Solid, and deep but not over powering bass. Mids. they were nice and present. The discrete 4 gave me the foundation for a good mix. Until...….. Ohhh until I got my hands on the Discrete 8 Pro Synergy Core. Initially I was only looking for more I/O. I had put y poor Discrete 4 S.C through its paces. It was time for an upgrade. So I started shopping. I knew I would stay within the Antelope Eco-system, I just needed something bigger. Not necessarily better. BIGGER! My sites were on the Discrete 8 Synergy Core. It looked good, the reviews were great. My mind was made.. Until.. I paid a visit to zZounds and saw a "Pro" version was released! Newer converters, hmmm. Beautiful design, whoa! Virtual Patch bay, SOLD!!! I bought it. The level of detail and forwardness that you experience while running a mix through it it mind boggling! For a mid-tier device, how is it possible to improve upon this? Thanks Antelope! Money well spent! In the rack it goes.
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