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Synergy Core

Home to the Finest Real-Time
Analog-Modeled Effects


Push your creativity,
not your computer

Become the owner of your virtual recording studio with Synergy Core – an onboard processing platform, that brings the future of effects modeling directly to your workstation. The unique fusion of DSP and custom FPGA allows you to capture the true magic of vintage analog units and bring it in real-time to your tracking and mixing sessions.

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Effects collection

and 3rd party effects
in one library

The Synergy Core is home to one of the fastest-growing onboard effects libraries in pro audio. It is a blend of software emulations of vintage classics and a growing collection of effects co-developed with 3rd party companies such as Antares and Inertia Sound Systems. Most of the modeled analog gear is considered industry-standard “golden units” while other effects emulate rare and expensive pieces of hardware that are difficult to find, thus making them exclusive for the Synergy Core platform.

All Synergy Core interfaces come with effects included while others can be unlocked from a constantly upgraded expandable library.

See the Effects Library

Modeling process

Unique approach
to hardware

Modeling analog hardware for the digital domain is nothing new in the world of audio. What separates our effects from other similar software on the market is the process of measurement and utilization of FPGA processors for modeling. For every analog-modeled effect in our interfaces, we have disassembled each part of the hardware original and measured the character of every single individual capacitor, transistor, transformer and valve. Only then, the effect is emulated on the programmable FPGA – carrying every single unique non-linearity of the analog unit. This allows us to create effects sounding as close as possible to the original hardware. The purity and complexity of this true circuit modeling is the embodiment for what Antelope Audio stands for.

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When a signal passes through an analog piece of equipment it is being affected by every single component inside – from the transformers to the valves, capacitors, resistors, and even wires. The magic and character of analog gear hide in its imperfections and in all the non-linearities added by the components. The sound is often altered by unique harmonic distortion, depth, and dimension which unfortunately cannot be replicated accurately with traditional emulation techniques used by software developers.


Companies often measure the incoming and outgoing signals from analog gear and try to compensate for the differences with mathematical algorithms. In some cases that may get the effects to respond and sound close to the original hardware, but it’s no more than a mere imitation which is unable to capture the subtleties. Those old methods can’t accurately replicate the subtle non-linearities added to the audio by every single component.


We at Antelope Audio believe those methods are outdated, which is why we developed a unique way of doing things. For every effect emulation we have created, our team of engineers stripped down every single component of its analog domain, measured it, and recreated its values, behavior, and non-linearities in a digital form. Using the original schematics for the hardware we then built a true digital representation of the analog gear. The unique FPGA chips found in our devices allow us to recreate the behavior of every single component in an analog device simultaneously and in real-time. The purity of this emulation method is incomparable to traditional techniques as standalone DSP chips simply don’t have the capacity for the necessary parallel computation.

Tracking and mixing

Real-time workflow and
imperceptible latency in every
stage of production

You can use the effects during live tracking, recording and post-production. When performing live or recording you have the option to distribute different mixes loaded with effects and let the musicians monitor in real-time with near zero latency. Mixing in your DAW with the effects is also possible by integrating them in your chain as hardware inserts or with the help of the AFX2DAW plugin. Synergy Core gives you the true virtual recording and mixing studio experience directly from your interface.


Working in synergy

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The unique parallel computing power

of a custom FPGA, harnessed for

crafting analog-modeled effects.

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The powerful acceleration of ARM

processors, utilized to expand the

scope of the entire effects collection.


Effects processing powerhouse

The platform can run all the effects you will ever need in a session simultaneously. Apply them across individual audio channels with high instance counts and without any need for external accelerators or having to worry about DSP usage. Synergy Core remains stable even under the maximum load without fear of overloading, falling over or crashing.

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Onboard platform

Zero CPU power needed

Synergy Core offloads all processing to the interface, thus saving your computer’s built-in processing power and memory. This clears the way for more bandwidth needed for internal operations such as loading in-DAW VSTs or other CPU-heavy synthesizers and samplers. You will also have processing power left to adjust the settings of the buffer size of your project.

Out-of-the-box thinking for
your in-the-box production





Zen Go Synergy Core

1 x DSP & 1 x FPGA

37 analog-modeled

Up to 32 loaded simultaneously*

Zen Q Synergy Core

2 x DSP & 1 x FPGA

37 analog-modeled

up to 48 loaded simultaneously*

Zen Tour Synergy Core

4 × DSP + 2 × FPGA

37 analog-modeled

Up to 112 loaded simultaneously*

Discrete 4 Synergy Core

2 × DSP + 1 × FPGA

37 analog-modeled

Up to 32 loaded simultaneously*

Discrete 8 Synergy Core

2 × DSP + 1 × FPGA

37 analog-modeled

Up to 64 loaded simultaneously*

Discrete 8 Pro Synergy Core

2 × DSP + 1 × FPGA

37 analog-modeled

Up to 128 loaded simultaneously*

Orion Studio Synergy Core

6 × DSP + 2 × FPGA

51 analog-modeled

Up to 128 loaded simultaneously*

Galaxy 32 Synergy Core

6 × DSP + 2 × FPGA

37 analog-modeled

Up to 128 loaded simultaneously*

Galaxy 64 Synergy Core

12 × DSP + 2 × FPGA

37 analog-modeled

Up to 256 loaded simultaneously*

Axino Synergy Core

1 × DSP + 1 × FPGA

11 analog-modeled

Up to 12 loaded simultaneously*

*This number is largely dependent on every individual session since every effect has its own instance count. What is given is the theoretical maximum that the interface's processing platform configuration is capable of.

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