Orion Studio offers an array of legendary EQ and compressor emulations and AuraVerb.

Thanks to our love for both analog detail and digital perfection you can now access not only legendary guitar amps and cabs, but a plethora of classic studio gear. Through a unique sampling technique for vintage gear modeling we have provided Orion Studio with the finest selection of hardware-quality audio effects, among which legendary EQ and compressor hardware plus our very own and extremely versatile AuraVerb reverb.

… it reacts right away, it shows exactly what you’re doing at the moment, there’s zero latency. And it’s a beautiful thing.”

Michael “Fish” Herring. An accomplished musician, Fish toured the world with artists from the unknown to the legendary.
He has also appeared on records for artists such as Mariah Carey, Tupac, Nas, LeAnn Rimes, Siedah Garrett, Celine Dion and other superstars, as his discography continues to grow.

Overview

ALL YOU NEED IN JUST 1U

Orion Studio fits Thunderbolt™ and USB connectivity, 12 mic pres and our renowned clocking in just 1U rack space.

Since its release in 2015 Orion Studio has become one of the biggest stars in the Antelope Audio line of ThunderboltTM & USB audio interfaces. And now we made it even better. With 12 Class-A Mic Pres make it’s one and only piece of gear you’ll need to record a full band and do it like a pro. For 2017 Orion Studio got brand new AD converters, raising its dynamic range to an industry best 124 dB and features superior low latency performance. Now coming in a gorgeous carbon grey faceplate, Orion Studio has a ton of new features inside its powerful Control panel and FPGA engine.

Just like Zen Tour and Goliath, Orion Studio features the full array of real-time FPGA powered vintage FX. This best-selling interface also includes Antelope’s traditionally stunning AD/DA conversion, powered by our very own, world-renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology for jitter management.

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12 CLASS-A MIC PRES

Hi-Z, mic & line compatible preamps with phantom power

VINTAGE GUITAR FX

Hardware-based, FPGA powered effects for guitar amp modeling

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THUNDERBOLT™ & USB

32 channels via Thunderbolt™ and 24 on USB for zero-latency audio streaming

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64-BIT ACOUSTICALLY FOCUSED CLOCKING

AD/DA enhanced by our world-renowned jitter management algorithm

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STUNNING AD/DA

24-bit, 192 kHz audio and Antelope’s signature flawless conversion

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ADVANCED CONTROL

Control Orion Studio via user-friendly desktop and mobile apps

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DESCRIPTION

ORION STUDIO’S SECRET WEAPON

Custom FPGA will allow you to create and stream multiple complex mixes and process audio with zero latency.

Orion Studio’s secret weapon is the extremely powerful Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) device. Its massive parallel processing capabilities are far ahead of DSP chips used in similar devices. Through smart algorithms, oversampling and custom-tweaked models, the FPGA provides the lowest latency possible, allowing you to create up to four independent, zero latency mixes. Those can be easily assigned to any output including the two separate headphone outs.

…it looks great, sounds fantastic, feels reliable and solid — everything a high end piece of studio gear should be”

Matt Vanacoro, one of New York’s premier musicians, he has collaborated as a keyboardist in studio and on stage with artists such as Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel Band), Aaron Carter and many more.

ALL THE EFFECTS YOU NEED

Enjoy the true sound of classic studio gear with Orion Studio’s real-time FPGA vintage FX.

Orion Studio comes with full yet ever expanding list of Antelope Vintage FX models. With 5 new compressor models you can now open up to 32 compressors at once, without losing any of your 40 EQ instances. This is a major advantage over DSP processing. All Antelope Audio FX can be used for real-time tracking, monitoring and are easily routed to work on a mix inside the DAW.

Antelope Audio’s custom FPGA makes Orion Studio the #1 audio interface for professional guitarists by being the perfect platform for our integrated vintage and contemporary guitar amp & cab simulations. Developed in collaboration with Overloud they bring precision and audio realism to a whole new level, allowing artists to experiment with multiple speaker configurations, mic placement and EQ settings. Our innovative RealModel technology allows us to vividly rebuild the true sound and behavior of classic analog gear. Playing and recording guitars has never felt so real!

ADVANCED REMOTE APPS

Device control as flexible as you can imagine

Orion Studio features an exciting new approach to control, including the game-changing Full Session Saving functionality. You’re now allowed to quickly save, load and share any routing, monitoring, and FX settings. These can be easily exchanged between studio facilities with Antelope Audio gear and will drastically enhance the studio workflow of any engineer, recordist or musician. A recently added Alternative Matrix View offers a detailed alternative to classic Antelope drag and drop Routing.

You can control and use as many Orions as you can connect with our new S/N selector inside the panel and even open multiple panels on the same computer. Orion Studio offers dynamic device management from various access points, including multiple computers in the same network.

An intuitive iOS / Android mobile app gives you even greater freedom by granting full mic pres control from a smartphone or tablet.

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CONNECTIVITY GONE WILD

Orion Studio can work with any DAW on the market via Thunderbolt™ or USB.

Orion Studio’s FPGA powered ThunderboltTM and custom USB guarantee the lowest sound latency on the market. The device’s massive parallel processing capabilities allow fast, simultaneous streaming of multiple audio channels and instant effects processing. Thanks to the variety of digital and analog I/O, combined with the flexible routing matrix the device is easily connectable to various outboard gear.

Orion Studio offers: two pairs of monitoring outputs, 16 analog outs, 2 reamp outputs, plus 16 channels I/O via ADAT and 2 channels I/O on S/PDIF.

TUTORIALS

Connectivity

Power button

Toggles standby/operation state

4 Instrument/Mic Preamp/Line Inputs

4 Class A mic preamps, with phantom power over Combo input with switchable line/HiZ input.

TalkBack Button

Press the Talkback button to activate the talkback microphone

Rotary control

Large stepped attenuator for the volume of Monitor, Headphone, Line and Reamp outputs. Clicking-in the large volume control allows you to scroll between the different options.

Gain, HP & A/B

By clicking on one of these 3 buttons you can control Orion Studio’s Gain, HP (the two Headphone outputs) and A/B (the 2 monitor outputs)

Display

Multi-function display that shows various information.

Functional buttons

Cycle thru various information, access the System Menu or the Control Menu

Headphone outputs

Two independently assignable headphone outputs, selectable and controllable via the main volume control knob.
The lights next to the outputs are illuminated to indicate which headphone output is currently controlled.

Re-amp outputs

These outputs are direct and should be used with guitar amplifiers for re-amping.

USB High-Speed

Orion Studio uses USB connector Type B and operates up to 192kHz sample rate with Antelope ASIO on Windows & Mac OS X

DC Power Connection

Only use Antelope’s DC power supply!

ThunderboltTM port

Enables you to connect your Orion Studio to a Thunderbolt™ port on a Mac computer using a Thunderbolt™ cable (not included)

ADAT Connectors

2 Inputs & 2 Outputs (up to 8 channels per line)

D-SUB 25pin TASCAM Analog Outputs

A connector enables you to attach breakout cables, each with 8 lines

Two Stereo Monitor Outputs (Monitor A and Monitor B)

Assignable unbalanced stereo output (left channel at the top and right channel below)

S/PDIF Input/Output

75 Ω S/PDIF inputs for use with compatible equipment

Word Clock I/O

BNC connectors used to accept Word Clock reference

8 Line and Mic Preamp Inputs

8 Class A mic preamps, with phantom power over combo XLR

AD Inserts

Two ¼” TRS insert points (L & R) for connecting analog gear such as dynamics processors or EQ’s, just before the A/D conversion

Specifications

  • ANALOG

    Analog Inputs
    4 x Mic / Line Instrument on XLR combos on the front
    8 x Mic / Line on XLR combos on the rear

    Analog Inserts
    2 x Inserts on TRS (inputs 1,2)

    Analog Outputs
    16 x Lines on 2 x DB25 (16 channels Line Out)
    2 x Stereo Monitor out on TRS (4 channels, only 1 active pair at a time)
    2 x Stereo Headphone outs on TRS (4 channels)
    2 x ReAmp outs on TRS (2 channels)

    D/A Monitor Converter
    Dynamic Range: 129 dB
    THD + N: -108 dB

    A/D Converter
    Dynamic Range: 124 dB
    THD + N: -112 dB

    D/A Converter
    Dynamic Range: 120 dB
    THD + N: -107dB

    Mic Preamp
    Gain: 0,10 – 65 dB
    THD + N: -108 dB

  • DIGITAL

    Digital Inputs
    2 x ADAT (up to 16 depending on the sample rate)
    1 x S/PDIF

    Digital Outputs
    2 x ADAT
    1 x S/PDIF

    USB I/O
    USB 2.0 Hi-Speed;
    Data stream up to 480 Mbits/192kHz, 24 channels I/O, Type B

    Thunderbolt™ I/O
    1 x Thunderbolt, 32 channels I/O

  • CLOCKING

    Word Clock Input
    1 x Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz

    Word Clock Outputs
    1 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz

    Clocking System
    4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
    64-bit DDS
    Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator

    Clocking Stability
    <+/-0.02 ppm, oven controlled at 64.5ºC/ 148.1ºF

    Clock Aging
    < 1 ppm per year

    Clock Calibration
    <+/-0.001 ppm

    Sample Rates
    32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 (kHz)

  • OTHER

    Operating Temperature
    0-50°C, 32-122°F

    Weight
    3.1 kg/ 6.83 lbs ( approx )

    Dimensions (Approx)
    Width: 483 mm / 19”
    Height: 44 mm / 1.7”
    Depth: 220 mm /8.6”

    Electrical specs
    DC Universal input: 18V
    Power Consumption: 25 Watts Max

    In the box
    Orion Studio – Thunderbolt™ and USB AD/DA Interface with 12 mic pres
    Owner’s Manual
    Warranty Card
    1 DC Power supply
    1 USB cable

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System requirements

WINDOWS

OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10
Disk Space: Minimum 512 MB available disk space
USB: 1x USB 2.0 Port
Required USB bandwidth: 80%-90%
CPU: Intel or AMD equivalent CPU with at least 2GHz operating frequency
Memory (RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more Recommended)

MAC

OS X: 10.9/10.10/10.11/10.12 (Sierra Recommended)
Disk Space: Minimum 512 MB available disk space
USB: 1x USB 2.0/3.0 Port
Thunderbolt: 1x Thunderbolt/USB-C Port
Required USB bandwidth: 80%-90%
Memory(RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more recommended)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (Minimum) Intel Core i3 ™ or higher (Recommended)

Additional Info: Internet connection required for product activation.

FEATURED REVIEWS

Downloads

SOFTWARE

Launchers

Windows
Download Orion Studio Launcher for Windows7 and newer (Jan 20, 2017)

MAC
Download Orion Studio Launcher for Mac OS X 10.9 and newer (jan 20, 2017)

Remote Control Apps

Android
Android app remote for the Orion Studio

Apple
Apple app remote for the Orion Studio

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