Antelope Zen Tour Synergy Core

32 x 32 Thunderbolt / 24 x 24 USB Interface

  • With Synergy Core FX Processing Platform
  • 4 x ARM DSP + 2x FPGA for up to 256 effect instances per session
  • 4 x Microphone, 8 line and 4 Hi-Z inputs, 8 line and 2 reamping outputs
  • Antelope 64-bit acoustically focused clocking
  • Low latency over Thunderbolt and USB through FPGA technology
  • 32 Channels at 192 kHz in / out via Thunderbolt
  • 24 Channels at 192 kHz in / out via USB
  • 4 x Discrete transistor microphone preamps with support for mic-modelling (for Antelope Audio Edge & Verge Modeling microphones)
  • 4 x Hi-Z instrument inputs
  • 2 x Reamping outputs
  • Integrated talkback microphone
  • 2 x Independently assignable headphone outputs
  • 8 x Analogue outputs via D-SUB 25
  • 5 x Preset buttons for quick and easy recall of preferred settings
  • 1 x ADAT I/O
  • 2 x Channels in / out via S / PDIF
  • High-resolution TFT touchscreen
  • Ergonomic software user interface
  • Flexible routing and mixing options
  • 36 Real-time synergy core effects included - system requirements: Windows 10, OS X 10.12 or higher
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 255 x 168 x 62 mm
  • Weight: 1.6 kg
  • Includes instruction manual, power cable, USB cable and warranty card

Further Information

Number of Mic Inputs 4
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 4
Number of Line Outputs 8
Headphone Outs 2
Phantom Power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI Connectors No
Word Clock No
Max. Samplerate 192 kHz
Max. Resolution in Bit 24 bit
Bus-Powered No
Incl. Power Supply Yes
Windows Thunderbolt driver Yes
Thunderbolt Version 3
Width in mm 255 mm
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Compact and fully equipped
Marko Musan , 05.01.2021
First task with this audio interface was drum recording utilising majority of features available (4x microphone preamps, 8x ADAT and 2 external preamps connected to line inputs).
Everything runs perfectly without any glitch, 128 buffers size has been used. Audio interface was connected through the thunderbolt port and overall latency was below 5ms.
Superior clocking and converters. On board DSP and FPGA effects are very useful, sounding rich and warm.
Routing possibilities of audio interface are amazing using Antelope software, very intuitive and easy to understand.
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Uno studio in una scatola.
Davidino, 07.12.2020
Registro musica principalmente pezzi propri con chitarre e bassi, usando un mac book pro del 2014. Con gran passione per la tecnica del suono e home recording che pratico da più di 15 anni, ho deciso di fare un salto di qualità acquistando una scheda audio di fascia alta e decidendomi per lo Zen Tour SG dell’ Antelope Audio, attratto per la sua portabilità e dalle possibilità di connessioni, soprattutto quella di avere ben 4 input Hi-z.

Inizio con il descrivere la qualità del suono dei suoi preamplificatori che sono la caratteristica principale ed il senso di ogni scheda audio. A mio avviso sono Meravigliosi! Il suono prodotto è chiaro, caldo e profondo trasmettendoti anche un senso di tridimensionalità. Ho praticamente riscoperto un nuovo potenziale che ho con la mia strumentazione ascoltando una nuova qualità sonora delle mie chitarre e bassi che non ero riuscito ad ascoltare prima.

Per quanto riguarda i Plug-in in DSP li ho trovati veramente belli. Non posso permettermi di paragonarli alle apparecchiature originali ma rispetto ai Plug-in nativi posso constatare che hanno decisamente una marcia in più. I Preamp virtuali e i Compressori colorano il suono in maniera veramente gradevole. Per le riproduzioni vintage degli EQ, quelli a bande fisse, se usati bene e con parsimonia possono migliorare ancora di più già l’ottimo suono acquisito in partenza. Gli ampli e cabinet per chitarra suonano veramente bene e realistici, sapevo che sono stati realizzati in collaborazione con la Software House italiana della Overloud specializzata in simulazioni di ampli e effetti per chitarre e bassi che conoscevo già.
Se avete un mac consiglio vivamente l’uso del software AFX2DAW che ti permette l’accesso diretto dei plug-in sul canale senza passare dal pannello di controllo velocizzando il tutto e rendendo la sessione di lavoro assolutamente più gradevole. Non incluso va pagato separatamente, ma facile che lo trovate in sconto come benvenuto di nuovi acquirenti.


Il pannello di controllo offre una possibilità di routing del segnale veramente ampia. Come letto più volte può spaventare un po' in principio ma in realtà è molto logico, detto in parole povere basta solo immaginarsi tutto come un normale processo di attaccare un Jack audio su un out che va a finire in un input. Consigliatissimo comunque vedere la serie di video sul pannello di controllo sul canale ufficiale Youtube dell’Antelope Audio. Stesso discorso vale per l’installazione della scheda su computer e dei plug-in. I video tutorial sono chiari ma soprattutto essenziali per avere un inizio assolutamente “Don’t Panic” come più volte citato simpaticamente nei video.

Ho avuto modo anche di contattare il supporto dell’ Antelope, per avere alcuni chiarimenti su alcune funzionalità che non mi erano chiare ed hanno reagito molto velocemente e con un linguaggio molto amichevole.

A volte si trovano in rete alcune recensioni inesatte sui prodotti Antelope, i quali possono disorientare. Io per esempio leggendole avevo il dubbio che queste schede funzionassero solo se collegate a Internet. Assolutamente falso! Solo per la prima installazione in assoluto è necessaria una connessione, dopo la scheda funziona normalmente anche senza essere necessariamente collegati a internet.


Consiglio assolutamente questa scheda audio, come scritto prima la qualità dei preamplificatori ne vale già il prezzo. Io ne sono assolutamente entusiasta.

È come avere uno studio in una scatola, cosa che vent’anni fa appariva come un sogno. Che dire… avessi vent’anni di meno;-)….
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Reamping Outs unbrauchbar, Touchscreen viele Bugs
Boogeyman , 06.02.2021
Ich habe dieses Produkt als All In One Gerät für Gitarren DI Recording, Reamping, Effektgerät, und für Vocal Recordings bestellt. Da das Gerät über 2 Reamping Outs verfügt war der Plan die Gitarren mit dem Instrument Input zur Verkabeln und über die 2 Reamping Outs meine 2 Verstärker anzusteuern die entweder direkt in eine 4x12 Box gehen oder über eine Reaktive Loadbox direkt ins Interface und Speaker Sim bzw Impulse Responses gespielt werden.

Das gewährleistet eine reversiblen Workflow bei Aufnahmen, man muss nicht auf seinem Amp Stunden nach dem perfekten Setting suchen und darf die Regler nie wieder anrühren bis das Projekt fertig aufgenommen ist (besonders bei den Mesa Boogie Mark Serie Amps die so sensibel auf Millimeter an den Potts reagieren) sondern lässt zum Schluss alles noch einmal durch den Amp laufen wenn fertig aufgenommen und bearbeitet ist. (Editing ist auch leichter auf einer DI als auf einem Verzerrten Ton)

Das Problem: Die Reamping Outs liefern ein zu schwaches Signal , selbst wenn sie voll aufgedreht werden. Die Gitarre verliert an Signalstärke und an Gain und Sättigung, auch am Eingang wird der High Z Gain soweit aufgedreht wie es geht bis die Gitarre Clippt, ich spiel Gitarren mit Passiven Humbuckern mit moderatem Output, sprich wenn ich das Problem habe, werden es viele anderen auch haben. Genau dafür kauft man sich eigentlich eine qualitative Reampbox, am besten eine Aktive bei der man den Pegel verstärken kann nach Bedarf.

Ähnliche Probleme gibt es auch bei dem Axel IO interface von IK Multimedia -nur die Teile spielen in der 200-300 Euro Liga,

Bei einem 1900+ Euro Gerät ist das eine Schande, denn da erwartet man sich, wenn die das extra reinpacken und als special Feature anbieten das die Flaggschiff Interfaces von den Mittelklasse Varianten von Antelope abhebt, dass das dann auch wirklich passt.

Zu den Effekten kann ich noch wenig sagen, die haben aber nicht einmal ein Delay gratis dabei, das muss man sich teuer dazu kaufen.

Ein Thunderbolt Kabel war auch keines dabei, musste ich mir teuer beim Apple Geschäft um 45 Euro kaufen um alle Features des Interfaces zu testen. Auch das ist bei einem so teuren Gerät echt dreist.

Der Touchscreen spinnt manchmal und man kann einige Funktionen die eigentlich im Standalone umschaltbar sein sollten (zB von Line auf Mic oder High Z Input, oder Phantomspeißung an/aus) nicht nutzen, dabei wäre das echt praktisch gewesen.

Was man dem Interface lassen muss ist die AD und vor allem DA Wandlung: Die ist hervorragend vor allem was den Dynamikbereich und Headroom im Headphone und Monitor Out angeht: Wo früher noch mein Scarlett 2i2 geknackt hat und dachte das irgendetwas in meiner DAW clippt oder die Kopfhörer schlecht oder kaputt sind, da kling das Antelope klar und voll.

Ich warte noch auf die versprochenen Plugins von der Promotion und werden sehen ob die Antelope Plugins mit meinen Slate Digital Emulationen von Analoger Hardware mithalten, alles in allem werde ich aber das Interface vermutlich zurückgeben. Vielleicht werde ich auf das neue Zen Go um 500Euro downgraden.

Wem es nur um ein interface mit guter Wandlung und mehreren Inputs geht wird hier fündig, wer ein Interface mit DSP und viel Rechenleistung für Plugins will kann es versuchen sollte aber wissen das er sich um teures Geld viele fehlende Plugins nachkaufen muss ebenso wie das AFX2DAW wenn er sie in der DAW nutzen will.

Wen die modeling Mics interessieren der wird hiermit seinen Spaß haben, die sollen scheinbar gut sein, muss sie aber selbst noch testen, klingen aber auf YouTube verwechselbar ähnlich wie die Slate Emulationen, nur hier geht das in echtzeit auf dem Interface selbst - das ist immerhin cool.

Für wen die Reamp Outs ein Kaufargument sind: Lasst die Finger vom Zen Tour, oder plant im voraus das ihr auch eine externe Reamping Box oben drauf kaufen müsst.

Das Interface erhält von mir 2,5 von 5 Sternen für die gute Wandlung die bisher das einzige war an dem ich meine Freude hatte
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Antelope Zen Tour
PMJensen, 07.12.2020
Jeg har lige investeret i dette fantatsike lydkort.
Det er det bedst lydende jeg til dato har arbejdet med. Stort set ingen latency, og det er forholdsvis nemt at bruge
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