Antelope Audio Zen Q Synergy Core Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

Antelope sound in a pint-size Thunderbolt interface! The Zen Q packs in 2 mic/line/Hi-Z preamps, S/PDIF + ADAT I/O, and Synergy Core processing for 37 FX.

The Zen Q Synergy Core is an audio interface specifically designed to bring professional studio performance to any desktop setup. The compact design houses leading AD/DA converter chips, Discrete ultra-linear mic preamps, and 64-bit AFC clocking system based on Antelope Audio's legendary master clocks. With its expansive I/O capabilities and vast collection of Synergy Core effects, Zen Q introduces a wide frontier of possibilities.

Unrivaled Sound

Zen Q Synergy Core unites next-gen technology with traditional console-grade circuitry. Antelope Audio's signature sound quality comes from professional AD/DA conversion, Discrete ultra-linear preamps, and 64-bit AFC clocking. Empowered with the same core technologies driving high-end interfaces like the Orion Studio and the Galaxy 64 Synergy Core, home engineers and artists can raise their productions to a new level without getting up from their desk.

Synergy Core Effects to Fuel Creativity

The interface is bundled with 37 analog-modeled effects to emulate a studio stocked with the rarest analog gear. The Synergy Core platform grants immersive control of iconic equalizers, dynamic processors, guitar amps, reverb, and more. In addition, over 50 optional expansions are available through Antelope Audio's Software Store.

Hear the Zen Q Synergy Core in action:

Diverse I/O with Room to Grow

Zen Q features 2 Combo XLR jacks with switchable modes to toggle between the Discrete console-grade preamps, line level, or Hi-Z. read more The front panel includes 2 switchable LINE/HI-Z inputs for added flexibility. For monitoring, you have a stereo monitor output and a separate line output pair to connect another set of studio monitors or external outboard gear. While both are backed by a mastering-grade D/A converter, there is a separate DAC for the pair of independent headphone outputs. If expansion is required, a simple desktop setup can easily transform into a multichannel configuration via digital SPDIF I/O or ADAT IN.

Fast & Efficient Workflow

Reap the advantages of a Thunderbolt 3 interface with an optimized audio driver for low-latency playback, streaming and recording. Paired with onboard software, grasp seamless control over essential parameters: signal routing, effects, sub-mixes, and monitoring levels. Apply Synergy Core effects without overburdening your system. Together, all these elements are integral to enhancing your workflow at every angle.

Your New Desktop Companion

Versatility is one of the Zen Q's greatest features, making it the ideal centerpiece for any desktop setup - at home or in the studio. Zen Q offers producers superior workflow in a small format. It's also suitable for on-location recording, traveling musicians, or producers who prefer to stay mobile. The Zen Q is completely bus-powered, so a power supply is not required to produce your next big project.

Check out this overview of the Zen Q from Antelope Audio:

Conversion & clocking

- Class-leading AD/DA conversion with up to 127dB of headroom.
- Recording, mixing and playback at up to 24-bit/192kHz.
- Proprietary 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) technology & Jitter Management algorithm delivering increased sound width, separation, and detail.


- Thunderbolt 3 interface with advanced audio driver for optimized streaming, playback, and low-latency recording
- Professional sound and stability via highly efficient AD/DA converter chips and proprietary 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking)
- 2 Discrete ultra-linear preamps designed with authentic console circuitry for classic warmth and sonic depth, with switchable mic / Line IN / Hi-Z modes
- 2 additional analog inputs, with switchable Hi-Z/Line modes
- Real-time, low latency processing of 37 included analog-modeled Synergy Core effects with 50+ optional expansions
- Flexible I/O connectivity, with 8 additional inputs over ADAT, and stereo I/O over S/PDIF
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Analog Inputs:
- 2 x Mic / Line Inputs / Hi-Z Inputs
- 2 x Line inputs / Hi-Z Inputs
- 48V phantom power and independent preamp gain for each input
Analog Outputs:
- 1 x Monitor Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks, +20 dBu max, signal balanced, DC-coupled
- 1 x Line Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks, +20 dBu max, signal balanced, DC-coupled
- 2 x Stereo Headphone Outputs
Mic Preamp:
- EIN: -128 dBu (A-weighted)
- Dynamic Range: -121 dB (A-weighted)
- THD: -106 dB
- Max input level: +20 dBu
- Max Gain: 65 dB
Monitor: Max output level +20 dBu
D/A Monitor Converter:
- Dynamic Range: 127 dB (A-Weighed)
- THD + N: -115 dB
D/A Line Out Converter:
- Dynamic Range: 127 dB (A-Weighed)
- THD + N: -115 dB
A/D Converter:
- Dynamic Range: 122 dB
- THD + N: -116 dB
Digital Inputs:
- 1 x S/PDIF
- 1 x ADAT IN (up to 8 channels @44.1/48.0
Digital Outputs:
- 1 x S/PDIF
Computer I/O:
- 1 x Thunderbolt 3
- Bus-powered through Thunderbolt 3 port
Clocking System:
- 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)
- 64-bit DDS
Sample Rates (kHz):
- 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
- Interface - Physical Dimensions: 7.7 " 5.3 " 2.2
- Weight: 1.7
Box - Physical Dimensions:
- 10.2 " 8.07 " 3.7
- Weight: 2.2
In-the-Box Content:
- Zen Q Synergy Core
- Warranty card
- Quick start guide
Note: Thunderbolt cable is not included.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2.53 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Zen Q Synergy Core

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. (2 ratings)
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Best choice for professional studios!My workflow has improved a lot since I started using Antelope's interface and plugins. They sound just amazing. Definitely recommend!
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