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Rating and Reviews: Antelope Discrete 8 Interface

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.

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"Antelope Discrete 8" submitted February 10, 2018

By Joshua T in Greenville, SC
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Musical Background: Over 30 years as a musician, over 20 as an engineer.
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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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"Discrete 8" submitted March 23, 2018

By Dominic S in Orlando, FL
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Musical Background: Musician for 14 years. Semi professional engineer for 8 years
Music Style: Rock, Metal, Hip hop, Industrial/Progressive rock, rap, lo-fi hip hop
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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.
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