Submitted March 13, 2021 by a customer from tutanota.com
"Antelope Audio Orion Studio Synergy Core"
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Sound is fantastic, I've tried other units in this price range and the Orion just provides what I'm looking for. It delivers the sound from the medium with little to no interference. The DAC is amazing, revealing, makes it easy to judge slight distinctions.
The most useful feature for me is the routing. I'm able to virtually route anything anywhere. This helps substantially in Pro Tools, as Pro Tools inserts must use the same number input and outputs.
Ease of Use
If your playing games, buy or build a PC, if your doing music, buy a Mac. It just works, no interruptions, if something is not working right, it's something your doing.
Construction and aesthetics are very nice. Clean and sleek hardware, modernized, doesn't look outdated, all connectors are sold.
Find any other interface at this price point with Dual monitor, headphone outs and talkback, 12 combi jacks, 16 analog outs, 16 adat channels, spdif, wordclock, advanced routing, quality, top of the line converters. I purchased the AFX2DAW, and I must say the plugins are some of the best I've heard, and I'm very picky. They won't replace hardware, but the tone of the units is good and can be pushed more than other plugins.
Support is very responsive for any issues you may be facing. I contacted them once before purchase and once after. They were very responsive and always reached out by phone.
The Wow Factor
I rated this product 5 in all categories simply because of the feature set that it includes at the price point, but they're a few places I think can be improved upon.1) Ability to sync the monitor output for both pairs and utilize the A/B button as true A/B.2) Remove the server call every time the unit is disconnected from the internet.3) Increase the headroom on at least the A/D, 18dBu is not enough at least +22dBuThe 4th I'm not going to put as a number because I'm know they are continually updated their plugin suite, but more features on the clearQ would be nice and a brickwall limiter.Besides that the unit is great. I would recommend it to anyone who needs the I/O and a solid interface.
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