Antelope Audio Zen Studio Portable Audio Interface
Antelope Audio Zen Studio Portable Audio Interface

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Antelope Audio Zen Studio Portable Audio Interface

20 analog inputs, 12 world-class mic preamps, along with Antelope’s mastering-grade conversion with 24-bit/192kHz resolution over USB for under $3000!

Zen Studio is the professional, portable audio interface with the most competitive analog and digital connectivity. The 12 world-class mic pres, Antelope's signature clocking, the on-board DSP eects with multiple monitor mixers and the proprietary low-latency USB connectivity make Zen a world-class mobile recording system, that can easily t inside a backpack or gear bag. Zen Studio is designed to meet the needs of the modern day producer or engineer on-the-go, as well as location sound engineers, sound designers, independent bands and musicians in search of greater sound quality and exibility.

Antelope Zen Studio Portable Audio Interface unique features:

  • The most authentic analog sounding A-D/D-A conversion on the market.
  • The clocking, conversion and low-latency USB 2 implementation are all taken from Orion 32
  • Sample rates up to 192kHz

Antelope Zen Studio Portable Audio Interface key features:

  • 12 Class A mic preamps with phantom power
  • Eight mic/line inputs, four mic/line/instrument inputs
  • Two independently assignable headphone outputs
  • Two DSUB-25 connectors with eight channels of I/O
  • One stereo monitor out
  • Four ADAT connectors (up to 16 channels of I/O)
  • Two SP/DIF RCA connectors (I/O)
  • Two inserts over TRS
  • Two Word Clock BNC connectors (I/O)
  • One high-bandwidth low-latency USB 2.0 port

Antelope Zen Studio Portable Audio Interface unique features in depth

Low-latency, 32-channel USB streaming on Mac and PC

Apart from its elegant styling, the Zen Studio’s most distinguishing feature is its ability to record and play back 32 simultaneous audio channels via USB at 24-bit/192kHz, or 32 channels at 96kHz via MADI. That’s right, 32 channels of 192k audio over a simple USB 2.0 connector . . . impossible you say? Not for Antelope. USB always had the capability for faster, more efficient data transfer, but its implementation was bandwidth limited and geared for the most common uses, which did not include the demands of high-resolution audio.

To remedy that situation, Antelope Audio put its considerable expertise to the task and came up with a custom-built USB chip, which also allows the Zen Studio to achieve extremely low latency levels even when streaming 32 simultaneous channels in and out. And it does it with complete stability, making Zen Studio a home run for live and studio multi-track recording.

Antelope clocking for increased sonic accuracy

In addition to being an extremely high-quality audio converter, Zen Studio is also an audio master clock worthy of world-class studios. Using the same clock technology found in Antelope’s highly respected Isochrone series; it has four word clock outputs, word clock input, and a 10Mhz input for Antelope’s Atomic Clock.

The Zen Studio‘s clock features two innovative, proprietary technologies: Antelope’s 4th generation of 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) and oven-controlled oscillator. (The added value of the Zen Studio just keeps increasing; with a Zen Studio, you don’t need to invest in a separate digital clock.)

Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)

What is AFC? No, it’s not acoustically fried chicken. Much like Bruce Swedien’s “Acusonic Recording,” AFC is not a secret black box, but rather an approach to clocking that goes beyond the use of mere numbers and formulae. To quote renowned audio researcher, Dr. Richard Heyser, "One of the worst-kept secrets in audio engineering is that what we hear does not always correlate with what we measure." A realization that Antelope’s founder and chief designer, Igor Levin is well aware of, Levin chose to approach clocking by focusing on the actual acoustic properties of audio (its sound) rather than numbers and specs that cannot predict performance (E.g., there is no standard specification for jitter, or universal standard to measure sound quality). Beyond that, Levin keeps his discoveries close to the vest, but the results are obvious to any engineer who’s put an Antelope clock in his recording chain.

Oven-Controlled Oscillator

The other Antelope digital clock innovation is its oven-controlled oscillator. For high-quality audio, the precision of the clock’s oscillator is extremely important. When exposed to temperature fluctuations, oscillator accuracy is compromised. By housing the clock in a shielded container, which Antelope calls an "oven," a constant temperature is maintained, thus preventing the aforementioned fluctuations, while maintaining high-precision accuracy. The result is a significant, audible improvement in detail, dynamics, and stereo imaging.

Both of these technologies have made Antelope Audio clocks an industry leader in recording, mastering, and post-production facilities around the world.

Antelope Zen Studio Portable Audio Interface in summation

For studio owners who’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years in digital consoles and recording systems, only to find your investment rendered obsolete by a significantly cheaper system with more features—before the high-dollar investment has paid for itself—you can take comfort in the knowledge that for a scant $2495, you can have stellar sound quality for years to come—an investment that will yield far more return than outlay.

For the small studio looking to compete with the big boys and girls, the Zen Studio can take you there without breaking the bank. All you need is a good computer, high-quality analog mixer or summing mixer, and an Antelope Zen Studio, and you’ll have a core system capable of producing a sound that will rival that of any studio up and down the spectrum.

And while Zen Studio’s surprisingly low price makes it readily available to the small home studio, the sound quality of the Antelope Zen Studio makes it a highly cost-effective, long-term solution for world-class recording, post-production, and mastering facilities.

Put simply, the Antelope Audio Zen Studio Portable Audio Interface is every studio owner’s dream come true. Talk with an RSPE representative for more information.

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