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ANTELOPE Discrete 4 Synergy Core

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Antelope Discrete 4 Synergy Core Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface

The Antelope Discrete 4 Synergy Core is a compact Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface with advanced Synergy Core processing technology. This built-in DSP allows the Antelope FPGA effect library to be operated from within the interface itself, taking the load off your computer. This means you can run multiple Plug-Ins simultaneously without worrying about latency problems. Regarding Plug-Ins: on board are 36x Synergy Core FX, which were modelled after well-known hardware originals.


Next-Generation Signal Processing
With parallel FPGA calculation capabilities and industry-standard combined DSP performance, Synergy Core takes the load off your internal CPU and processes effects with extremely low latency. You can expect to reduce buffer size, record with a millisecond or less of latency and monitor in real time.

  • FPGA dynamically recreates studio Effects and Microphone models at the circuit and component level.
  • The industry standard DSP brings a greater variety of Effects into an efficient real-time platform with low latency.
  • Improve the stability of your computer when handling CPU-loaded Synths, Samplers and Effects.
  • Future-proof and configurable architecture allows Antelope to design any product for optimal performance.
  • FPGA eliminates the latency stacking problem common with pure DSP devices.

Best-in-Class AD/DA
Instead of recycling obsolete technologies, Antelope strives to use the latest innovations. With up to 121dB dynamic range and sampling rates up to 192kHz, AD/DA converters ensure that your precise performance is captured with the highest possible signal quality. Combined with a state-of-the-art pre-amp design and renowned clocking technology, it takes any recording to a new level.

Discrete Pre-Amplifier Architecture
The Discrete 4 Synergy Core features unique, discrete 6-transistor pre-amps for console sound quality. The circuit is the result of an extensive study of legendary Microphone pre-amps that have shaped the sound of countless records. The interface was designed with Antelope's Edge & Verge family of modelling Condenser Microphones in mind. Their features, perfectly complemented by the pre-amp design and Synergy Core technology, take Microphone recording to a new level.

Discrete 4 Synergy Core Product Overview | Marcel James | Antelope Audio

Acoustically Focused Clocking
As a pioneer of atomic clocking in pro audio, Antelope Audio has more than 20 years of experience in clocking its Audio Interfaces. With its proprietary 64-bit AFC jitter management algorithm, Discrete 4 Synergy Core delivers the kind of artefact-free audio only the most renowned studios can provide.

Microphone Emulations
With the Discrete 4 Synergy Core's Accusonic 3D modelling engine, you can turn Antelope Audio Edge and Verge modelling Microphones into expensive-sounding vintage replicas. Create the final sound with complete control over the proximity effect and change the polar pattern during or after recording.

Unmatched Connectivity
With a host of analogue and digital connectivity options, as well as USB and Thunderbolt ports for computer connectivity, the Discrete 4 Synergy Core offers more possibilities than any other DSP-compatible interface. 4x Microphone inputs, 4x line outputs, a pair of monitor outputs, 4x headphone outputs and S/PDIF are available. Digital expandability is possible with ADAT chains. In addition, you can use a pair of word clock outputs to distribute the highly stable clock signal of the interface in your studio.

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36x Discrete 4 Synergy Core Real-Time Studio Effects:
Gyraf Gyratec IX/Tube Mic Pre-Amp, VCA160/Compressor, Stay-Levin/Compressor, FET-A76/FET Compressor, VEQ-1A/Tube EQ, VMEQ-5/Tube EQ, X903/Compressor/Limiter, FeedForward Antelope Compressor, Clear Q/Parametric EQ, Power EX/Expander, VEQ-HLF/Passive High/Low Filter, Auraverb/Reverb, BA-31/Mic Pre-Amp, Power Gate/Gate, Plexi 59 (UK)/Tube Guitar Amp, Bass SuperTube VR/Tube Guitar Amp, Darkface 65 (US)/Tube Guitar Amp, Top30 (UK) Bright/Tube Guitar Amp, Tweed Deluxe (US)/Tube Guitar Amp, Overange 120 (UK)/Tube Guitar Amp, BurnSphere Lead/Tube Guitar Amp, Marcus II (US) Lead/Tube Guitar Amp, Modern (US) CH3/Tube Guitar Amp, Rock 75 (UK)/Tube Guitar Amp, Rock 22.10 (UK)/Tube Guitar Amp, Darkface 65 2x12/Guitar Cabinet, Top30 2x12/Guitar Cabinet, Modern 4x12/Guitar Cabinet, Green 2x12/Guitar Cabinet, Vintage 4x12/Guitar Cabinet, Green 4x12/Guitar Cabinet, Caliper 50 1x10/Guitar Cabinet, Bluelux 1x12/Guitar Cabinet, Clst 1x12/Guitar Cabinet, England 4x12/Guitar Cabinet, Bass Tube 1x15/Guitar Cabinet

36x Synergy Core FX
The Discrete 4 Synergy Core offers a compelling library of 36x real-time studio Effects carefully modelled on their hardware originals. Thanks to massive parallel FPGA computing capabilities, DSP processing and fast Thunderbolt connectivity, all this happens within your Audio Interface with the lowest possible latency. The library can be expanded to include all the Effects obtainable from Antelope’s website.

System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 x64 Bit (Latest Update)
  • Disk Space: Available Hard Drive Storage Space
  • Ports: Available Thunderbolt & USB 2.0
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD FX or Above
  • Memory (RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB Recommended)


  • Model: Apple Mac 2012 (Minimum)
  • OS X: Minimum macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and Above (Recommended macOS 10.14 Mojave)
  • Disk Space: Available Hard Drive Storage Space
  • Ports: Available Thunderbolt & USB 2.0
  • Memory (RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB Recommended)

The main features of the Antelope Discrete 4 Synergy Core include:

  • USB & Thunderbolt Audio Interface
  • 36x FPGA Real-Time Emulation Effects
  • CPU Relieving DSP Processing
  • Compact & Robust Construction
  • High-Quality Pre-Amps in Console Quality
  • 4x Combination Jack/XLR Socket Inputs
  • 4x Headphone Outputs
  • 4x Line Outs
  • Stereo Out for Monitors (Jack)
  • Wordclock Out
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • Word Clock Outputs: 2x Outputs @ 75 Ω 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
  • Consumption: 15W
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 261 x 44 x 208mm
  • Weight: 1.7kg

Introducing Discrete 4 | Antelope Audio


Scope of Delivery:

  • incl. Power Adapter: Yes


  • Manufacturer: Antelope
  • Operating system: Win / Mac OS
  • Application Area: Pro
  • Number of channels: 14x16
  • Number of Microphone Inputs: 4
  • Line ins: 4
  • Line outs: 6
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • S/PDIF coaxial In: 1
  • S/PDIF coaxial Out: 1
  • ADAT In: 1
  • ADAT Out: 1
  • MIDI Interface: No
  • Wordclock In: No
  • Wordclock Out: 2-4
  • Maximum sampling rate in kHz: 192
  • Maximum sampling rate in bit: 24
  • Bus Powered: No
  • incl. Power Adapter: Yes
  • Thunderbolt version: 2
  • Width (mm): 261
  • Depth (mm): 208
  • Height (mm): 44
  • Weight (kg): 2.58
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