High-end professional audio equipment manufacturer Antelope Audio is proud to announce Zen Studio+ — the newest addition to its innovative Zen family of portable professional audio interfaces.
Incorporating the key features that made the original a force to be reckoned with, Zen Studio+ steps up the technological pace by bringing additional ThunderboltTM connectivity and a powerful range of hardware-based Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) effects to bear upon the still-sleek, easy-to-carry box bearing a striking resemblance to its peerless predecessor.
Thanks to those fantastic FPGA-based effects, this is the ultimate portable workstation for on-the-go engineers and musicians needing access to all the tools of their (studio) trade. The hardware itself includes invaluable I/O options, such as a pair of dedicated re-amp outputs, headphone outputs, and mastering-quality monitor outputs.
With its 12 preamps — including hi-Z and line inputs — plus an additional eight inputs and outputs on standard 25-pin D-SUB connectors, Zen Studio+ is well equipped for multi-mic recording setups anywhere at any time, as well as being further extendable via ADAT or S/PDIF.
A completely customizable routing matrix makes establishing the right signal flow for the way the user works simplicity itself, incorporating outboard hardware and FPGA effects easily.
Enabling full control room capability at home or in the studio comes courtesy of built-in talkback.
Watch Antelope Audio’s informative introductory Zen Studio+ video here
Zen Studio+ also packs a treasure trove of vintage outboard tone-shaping into its road-ready ‘carry-on’ chassis, thanks to Antelope Audio’s cutting-edge FPGA technology. These hardware-based effects allow for near-zero-latency audio processing using detailed emulations of classic EQs, compressors, guitar amplifiers, and more — and all without taxing the connected computer’s CPU resources.
Antelope Audio’s industry-defining 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) technology is vital to the incredible fidelity and imaging that Zen Studio+ serves up to its discerning users. Ultimately better clocking means better analogue-to-digital conversion and authentic sonic imaging, ensuring every signal chain detail is captured with integrity.
It also allows for pristine digital-to-analogue conversion between the DAW and monitors or headphones, enabling users to hear greater detail and make better decisions when mixing.
Moreover, word clock input and output enable Zen Studio+ to seamlessly integrate with other studio gear, and an atomic input is available for interfacing with, and upgrading to, Antelope’s state-of-the-art 10MX Rubidium Atomic Clock.
In addition to making headway with hardware, Zen Studio+ is controlled via a powerful desktop application for OS X or Windows, allowing access to a customizable signal routing matrix and up to four independent mixes for monitoring, as well as full control of its realtime FPGA effects.
Even though front panel-controllable talkback is built into the Zen Studio+ hardware, helpfully Antelope Audio’s innovative iOS and Android apps add further flexibility with talkback also available through the hosting smartphone’s inbuilt microphone.
For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Zen Studio+ webpage here.
Price and Availability
Zen Studio+ is scheduled to start shipping in mid-March 2017. Expected price €2495.