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Antelope power on with USB modelling mic and new audio interfaces

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Antelope power on with USB modelling mic and new audio interfaces

Posted By DJ Sin

Bus-powered Edge Go modelling mic and Orion 32+/32 HD Thunderbolt/USB & HDX interfaces due in the Spring

The Edge Go is the latest addition to the company’s range of modelling mics, and surprised us all by being a USB (and indeed USB-powered) mic — a first for a modelling mic as far as we are aware. But it doesn’t fit the usual low-cost, pared-back approach of many USB mics. A dual-capsule, large-diaphragm, variable-pattern condenser mic like the existing Edge Duo, the Edge Go has all the built-in vintage dynamics processing, reverb, and classic modelled condenser emulations offered by the Duo and handles all A-D conversion itself, creating 24-bit, 192kHz digital internally.

Antelope’s intention was that adding an Edge Go to a laptop-based recording setup should mean you have everything you need to make high-quality vocal recordings; the mic receives power and transmits all of the audio it captures via its USB-C connector, and it is USB-A compatible (a USB-C to USB-A cable is included with the mic). Latency-free monitoring of the mic’s audio is possible via a 3.5mm jack next to the USB connector — and because processing can be added in the mic, the monitored latency-free feed will have effects already applied if so desired. Users have full control of the mic’s features from their desktops via a PC/Mac-based app, and the mic ships with a series of processing and effects presets, making setup quick and easy for recording beginners who want a decent sound for specific applications — for example podcast recording, radio broadcast, or voiceovers for Youtube videos or live gaming streams. The mic ships with a stand, pop filter, shockmount, USB-C cable and hard carrying case.

Antelope also announced Generation 3 versions of their Orion32+ USB 2/Thunderbolt and Orion32 HD HDX interfaces. As on previous generations of these 1U I/O boxes, the Orion 32+ offers up to 32 channels of analogue I/O, with additional digital channels available via MADI, ADAT, and/or S-PDIF up to a total of 64 simultaneous channels via the Thunderbolt connection (via USB, the maximum I/O to and from the computer is 32 channels, although as Antelope point out, this should still be sufficient for most users). The Orion32 HD offers 64-channel interfacing at all times. As before, both interfaces offer easy interfacing with consoles via eight sets of DB25 connectors, and ship with a suite of built-in emulated effects and processing, including EQ, dynamics and reverb, and both interfaces’ routing, networking configuration and effects can be adjusted from computer-based control apps.

Despite these similarities, the Generation 3 interfaces have apparently been completely redesigned internally, with new converters, 64-bit clocking and jitter management, which is why the 32+ and 32HD can operate to their maximum channel count with audio at 24-bit, 196kHz if required, and with an operational dynamic range of 129dB and 136dB respectively.

The Edge Go will retail for £1481, the third-generation Orion32+ for £2409, and the new Orion32HD for £3709.


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