Antelope Audio Zen Q Synergy Core USB-C Audio Interface

Tiny yet mighty, this USB-C version of the Zen Q is loaded with 2 mic/line/Hi-Z preamps, S/PDIF and ADAT I/O, and Synergy Core processing for 37 Antelope FX.

The Antelope Zen Q Synergy Core, available here with USB-C connectivity, 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 read more the Discrete console-grade preamps, line level, or Hi-Z. 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 USB-C 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.


- USB-C interface with advanced audio driver for optimized streaming, playback, and low-latency recording
- Class-leading AD/DA conversion with up to 127 dB 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
- Two Discrete ultra-linear preamps designed with authentic console circuitry for classic warmth and sonic depth, with switchable mic / Line IN / Hi-Z modes
- Two 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 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 Monitor Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks, +20 dBu max, signal balanced, DC-coupled
1 Line Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks, +20 dBu max, signal balanced, DC-coupled
2 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
-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 ADAT IN (up to 8 channels @44.1/48.0)
-Digital Outputs: 1 S/PDIF
-Computer I/O: 1 USB-C
-Power: Bus-powered through USB 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: 198 x 137 x 57.5 mm (7.8 x 5.4 x 2.3 in)
-Weight: 800 g (1.8 lbs) (approx.)
-Box - Physical Dimensions: 260 x 205 x 95 mm
-Weight: 1 kg (approx.)
-Screen: 2.8" IPS Screen
- In-the-Box Content:
Zen Q Synergy Core
Warranty card
Quick start guide
USB cable
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Zen Q SynergyCoreUSB
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Zen Q SynergyCoreUSB
Scratch and Dent
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Zen Q SynergyCoreUSB

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)
Submitted January 29, 2022 by a customer from

"Super Sweet piece of gear!!!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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After being a long time Discrete 8 SC user, I was excited when the Zen Q was announced. Creativity On-The-Go. (Laptop) Bus Powered! Slick and sleek Design while maintaining the Legendary Antelope Audio Sound Clarity!! If you're on the fences with this one or you're new to the Antelope Audio eco-system this will BLOW YOUR MIND! What are you waiting for? Go see for yourself!
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