Discrete 8 with 2x Edge Solo and 4x Verge Mic Bundle
This bundle includes the Discrete 8 Thunderbolt audio interface, two Edge Solo large-diaphragm and four Verge small-diaphragm modeling microphones.
Discrete 8 with 2x Edge Solo and 4x Verge Mic bundle includes:
- 1 x Discrete 8 8-channel Thunderbolt interface
- 2 x Edge Solo large-diaphragm modeling mic
- 4 x Verge small-diaphragm modeling mic
Antelope Audio Discrete 8, Edge Solo, and Verge modeling mics in depth:
Antelope Audio Discrete 8
The Antelope Discrete 8 is an 8-channel preamp with 26x32 Thunderbolt/USB audio interface, featuring real-time tracking through stunning preamp and mic emulations, and a professional word clock distribution system powered by Antelope’s 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
While the Discrete 8 may sound like a group of ’60’s gentleman revolutionaries who refuse to protest and tell (unlike the Chicago 7), but in this case, the Antelope Discrete 8 is, in fact, a revolutionary device that can give you the sound of the 60s and much more. The Discrete 8 is a Thunderbolt/USB interface with eight discrete Class-A preamps designed for those who want to go big and stay home—or set up a remote recording rig that’s tantamount to traveling with a world-class studio in your backpack. You might argue that such studios have racks of vintage analog gear, and you’d be right, but that’s where Antelope’s real-time FPGA-based Accusonic 3D models of all varieties of classic vintage gear and effects come in. FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chips can be programmed to take on the physical characteristics and response of gear down to the component level, including tube and transformer saturation. With authentic models of iconic gear from BAE, Lang, Gyraf Audio, and many more, the Discrete 8 truly provides racks of classic and modern gear with stunning accuracy in a single rack space—and all in real time.
Antelope Discrete 8 unique features:
- Eight console-grade Class-A mic preamps with discrete transistor design and precise digital gain controls
- Mic preamp modeling turn the expensive-sounding Discrete 8 mic pres into classic units via Tube, Transformer and FET based circuitry in real-time
- Premier real-time FX including BAE, Grove Hill, Gyraf Audio and Lang classics to use in the Easy Panel or in a DAW
- Proprietary 4th Generation 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology
- Create up to four custom monitoring mixes with FPGA FX included and send them to Headphone or Monitor outs; talkback also included
- Control all Discrete 8 features via its intuitive Easy Panel or download the free iOS and Android mobile apps
Antelope Discrete 8—Under the hood
Eight console-grade, fully discrete preamps and 26 x 32 interface
In the world of pro-audio design, there are certain recording consoles that stand apart from the rest based on their preamps alone. Rather than designing textbook generic preamps as are found in most audio interfaces, Antelope engineers took their inspiration from the circuitry of microphone preamps that have stood the test of time. However, the Discrete 8’s preamps had to do more than stand on their own, they also “get out of the way” for the FPGA preamp models to shine through without any additional hype altering the performance of the models. After extensive research into both classic and modern preamp design, Antelope developed the Accusonic preamp; a Class-A, 6-transistor discrete preamp born of the great console designs. Not only do the Discrete 8’s preamps sound stellar on their own, they can take on the sonic characteristics of a variety of classic preamps via the Antelope Audio FPGA engine—plus, it happens in real-time and with as authentic a response as possible.
Why use discrete transistor circuitry?
As we mentioned, the Discrete 8’s preamps have to “get out of the way” for the FPGA models to work to their maximum capability. In order to achieve that, the best possible noise and distortion performance is essential. Discrete bi-polar transistors can outperform IC op-amps, (integrated circuit chips), particularly with low source resistances. The open-loop gain (for linearity) and load-driving capability provided by op-amps may have less than respectable performance specs, which ties into the second requirement of low distortion. Most op-amps have Class-B or Class–AB output stages, many of which show crossover artifacts on the distortion residual. A discrete op-amp (transistor) can dissipate more power than an IC, and thus can have a Class-A output stage, avoiding the crossover issue completely.
In essence, discrete transistor circuitry offers the lowest noise and distortion specs possible, enabling the FPGA FX preamp models to shine through without any uncharacteristic noise and distortion, which are also modeled to provide the true performance of the modeled preamp. Additional noise and distortion would turn the model into a different preamp, and not necessarily a better one. (Too much information? We at Pro Audio Design think not.)
Antelope AD/DA, clocking, and controls
To get the sound of Accusonic preamps into your DAW, the Discrete 8 features AD/DA conversion with a 121dB dynamic range, plus Antelope’s industry-renowned clocking. A 26-input/32-output audio interface, there are eight analog inputs and outputs on a standard 25-pin D-SUB connector, a pair of monitor outputs, two outputs for reamping, and a pair of headphone outputs. Digital I/O includes S/PDIF in and out, and dual ADAT I/O.
When working in a remote setting, the Discrete 8 features front-panel controls, including a large monitor volume knob and dedicated high-pass knobs for each output. A talkback microphone built into the face of the Discrete 8 can be activated by a front-panel talkback button, assignable rear-panel footswitch jack, or via Antelope’s EasyPanel software or iOS/Android app. Metering is viewable on the front panel display, inside the EasyPanel, and also via the remote app. To make life even easier, various tracking setups can be saved and recalled.
The sound of serious studio gear for your DAW
Now, about that portable world-class recording studio, we were talking about. The Discrete 8’s physical modeling platform offers a complete professional studio experience, including microphones, preamps, conversion, compressors, EQs, and reverb. The secret to Antelope’s real-time physical modeling effects is in their proprietary FPGA platform. To the uninitiated, FPGA or Field-Programmable Gate Array is a chip that allows designers to customize effects processing, with 8 times the processing power of ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuits) processors. FPGA technology enables Antelope to provide authentic, circuit-level emulations of classic studio hardware.
Rather than "describe" circuitry in abstract DSP code, the chip is dynamically reconfigured to behave exactly like the circuits and components of analog gear. This process can recreate rare vintage equipment on an actual hardware circuit, piece by piece, literally taking on the personality of the same circuitry and components that forged the sounds of classic records. The results are emulations that sound and behave with incredible realism—all happening in real time in the Discrete 8. You can use them within the Discrete 8’s EasyPanel software or in your preferred DAW via the AFX2DAW Plugin. Additionally, the Discrete 8 ReAmp outputs will allow you to use any outboard gear and route the resulting sound back in your DAW of choice.
The Antelope Audio AFX collection
The ever-growing Accusonic FX collection comprises an equalizer, compressor, the PowerGate noise gate, the AuraVerb reverb, 21 vintage EQs, 13 vintage compressors, 10 guitar amps and 10 guitar cabinets. Additionally, the mic emulations currently number 11 models for the Edge large-diaphragm modeling mic and 5 models for the Verge small-diaphragm modeling mic. The number of effects you can apply simultaneously depends on which Discrete 8 bundle you purchased.
Discrete 8 Basic bundle
The Discrete 8 Basic pack allows you to use two channel strips with four FX instances each. The Basic FX library features 50+ Antelope Audio real-time FPGA FX. With Discrete 8 Basic you can use one guitar amp and cabinet instance.
The Discrete 8 Premium bundle
The Discrete 8 Premium pack allows you to use eight channel strips with four FX instances each and up to 16 channel strips using the AFX2DAW plug-in. The Premium FX library features 50+ Antelope Audio real-time FPGA FX.
Transform Edge Solo and Verge microphones into vintage replicas
With the Discrete 8 FPGA Accusonic 3D modeling engine, you can transform both Edge solo and Verge microphones into vintage replicas. They give you complete control over proximity effect and even allow you to change polar patterns during or after recording. Choose from a collection of pricey vintage microphones and track the results as you monitor live. Now you can find the mic that best complements any singer’s voice without the time-consuming, tedious, and muse-killing process of setting up and tearing down mics until you find the winner.
Proprietary jitter-management technologies
Along with its 8-channel preamp, audio interface, and real-time effects, the Discrete 8 is also professional clocking solution. It comes with Antelope’s proprietary clocking technologies, including their 4th Generation 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) found in Antelope classics, such as the high-end Trinity, OCX HD, LiveClock, and Pure2. On the theoretic side, AFC is not a math-based process, as there are no determined specifications on jitter or universal measurements on sound quality. As its name implies, AFC is based on the actual acoustic properties of sound in the conversion process. On the practical side, Discrete 8 comes with a word clock input that can de-jitter and distribute an external clock signal. Three word-clock outputs allow you to distribute clock to your other digital gear and mic preamps in your setup connected via ADAT and S/PDIF. Discrete 8 will ensure that all your gear is perfectly synced.
Multiple cue mixes and preset management
Monitoring and talkback sections in Discrete 8 are easy to set. Up to four individual monitor mixes can be sent to headphones or monitor outputs, with or without FPGA FX. By including vintage EQs, compressors, and authentic guitar amp emulations, you can provide an inspiring sound as close to the final product as possible—great for enabling vocalists to perform at their best. Discrete 8 can save and load AFX presets and exchange settings with the entire Antelope line of FPGA-equipped pro audio interfaces. Share your personal effects settings with other Antelope users, or see how the pros set up their sessions.
Free iOS and Android mobile apps
If you’re like the typical rogue cop or superhero who prefers to work alone, Antelope offers a free downloadable remote App for the Discrete 8, which allows you to adjust all microphone input levels and talkback levels, as well as monitoring and headphone volumes. Musicians can control their own headphone volume through their phones, while the engineer can check input levels from the tracking room. The device can be accessed from different computers connected to the same network.
Antelope Audio Discrete 8 key features and tech:
- Real-time 3D mic modeling via FPGA engine
- 50+ Premier real-time FX, also accessible in DAW
- Eight console-grade Class-A mic pres with discrete transistor design
- Precise and recallable stepped gain control
- Individual knobs for each discrete mic pre
- 4th Generation 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking
- FPGA FX models of BAE, Grove Hill, and Gyraf Audio classics
- AFX2DAW Plugin for accessing the FPGA FX in your DAW (Coming soon)
- Eight analog inputs on combo XLR connectors (6 Mic / Line; 2 Hi-Z / Mic / Line)
- Eight analog Line outs on DB25 connectors
- Thunderbolt™ 2 & USB connectivity (TB for Windows coming soon)
- A pair of Monitor outs on TRS connectors
- Two stereo headphone outputs
- Dual footswitch (optional)
- Two ReAmp outputs
- Word clock input and three word clock outputs
- Additional digital connectivity via S/PDIF and 2x ADAT
- Up to four individual monitoring mixes with FPGA FX
- Create and share custom presets
- Intuitive EasyPanel software control
- Remote iOS and Android compatible app
- Basic FX pack—use two channel strips with two instances of all FPGA FX
- Premium FX pack—use four channel strips with four instances of all FPGA FX
Edge Solo Modeling Mic
It’s been said that if preamps and converters are you pallet and colors, microphones are the brushes—but who knew a decent collection could cost more than the rest of your gear put together, particularly if we’re talking about the classic mics that define the sound of modern music. While a collection of the world’s finest mics can easily run into six figures, Antelope Audio has graciously found a way to put the sound of those mics in your hands authentically and very affordably with the Edge Solo Modeling Mic. Edge Solo is a high-quality single-capsule large-diaphragm condenser microphone when combined with Antelope’s cutting-edge modeling technology lets you emulate the world’s most iconic vintage microphones with uncanny accuracy. Edge Solo features a fixed cardioid pickup pattern and feeds a single mono XLR input, which makes it very easy to use. Simply take it out of its case, plug it in, pick one of the emulations and start tracking with the sound of the world’s finest and rarest mics.
Antelope Audio Edge Solo—Just the Facts:
- Single capsule, single membrane condenser
- 6-micron gold-sputtered membrane
- Low-resonance body and low-reflection head basket.
- Fixed cardioid characteristics
- Designed as the perfect source to model any vintage cardioid-pattern microphone
- Expanding library of the world’s most renowned cardioid microphones
- Easy to use
- Impressive dynamic range and frequency response
Antelope Edge Solo—Behind the Grille
High-performance custom design
Antelope’s Edge microphones are in a class of their own thanks to extensive testing and a design philosophy that ensures an accurate yet natural sounding result. Designed and built in Europe, Edge Solo boasts custom electronics designed by Antelope’s award-winning engineers. Edge Solo delivers exceptional dynamic range and frequency response, resulting in an excellent microphone even before choosing your favorite vintage mic flavor. (THD+N -116dB)
Breakthrough electronics designed by Antelope’s Igor Levin
Antelope founder Igor Levin, who in his design work, puts the acoustic properties of sound and our perception of it ahead of numbers and specs, has once again designed groundbreaking, ultra-linear discrete electronics for the Edge Solo. Its exceptional linearity is what gives the Edge its chameleon-like ability to take on the exact characteristics of the mics it models. An excellent microphone on its own without the application of mic modeling, it comprises hand-selected capsules encased in a carefully crafted enclosure, with contours and shape for optimal sonic performance—all designed by Levin. The Antelope Edge Solo features excellent transient response and is capable of multiple polar patterns. And when you do apply the microphone models, you get performance capabilities that traditional mic designs are incapable of, such as tailoring the response of the pickup field and adjusting proximity effect—as you are pulling sounds, recording, or in the mix.
FPGA real-time effects
The Edge emulations are optimized to perform with Antelope’s precision mic preamps and converters for maximum accuracy. Antelope Audio’s mic preamp-equipped interfaces feature built-in FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) processing capabilities that allow real-time vintage mic emulation.
The proprietary FPGA is the heart and soul of all Antelope Audio interfaces. FPGA technology easily breaks the 500MHz performance barrier with unprecedented logic-density increases, and numerous other features. In the hands of a master programmer, such as Antelope’s Igor Levin, the first to achieve 32-channel, 24-bit/192kHz audio transmission via USB on any generic PC (96kHz Mac), Antelope’s custom FPGA boasts eight times the DSP processing speed of ASICs used in similar devices. This allows fast and easy simultaneous processing of multiple effects, better sound quality, and much lower latency. Antelope’s FPGA effects bring audio realism to a new level. These effects sound, behave, and feel just like real hardware gear, because they are real hardware gear.
Edge Solo also includes Antelope’s native mic emulation plug-ins, meaning you can use any third-party audio interface and even change modeling settings after recording. Available in VST, AU and AAX formats for both macOS and Windows, Antelope’s native AFX plug-ins* provide everything we’ve come to expect from their industry-leading FPGA FX, with minimal latency, a high degree of oversampling and precise floating-point calculations.
- Berlin 47 FT
- Berlin 49T
- Berlin 57
- Berlin 87
- Berlin 67
- Berlin M103
- Vienna 12
- Vienna 414
- Tokyo 800T
- Berlin V563
- Illinois 57
- Illinois 7B
- Minnesota 20
- Vienna 112
- Berlin K86
- Berlin 47 TU
- Berlin M251
- Hamburg 441
*iLok 2 or 3 required. Not included in the pack.
Antelope Audio Verge
The Antelope Audio Verge is a small-diaphragm condenser mic that models six of the world’s most highly regarded pencil condensers used on classic recordings for decades.
When pro audio manufacturers make it a point to meticulously model the behavior and response of hardware, often, in their mad race to power and glory, they forget about the hardware the models will play through. Antelope Audio’s Igor Levin took the big picture into account in the creation of the Verge small-diaphragm modeling mic. A high-performance condenser, the Verge’s pristine, transparent response and unusually high SPL handling combined with the included native mic emulation plug-ins, enables it to take on the character of some of the finest small diaphragm mics in existence, delivering stunning detail and realism with no additional hardware required. The Antelope Verge excels on brass, percussion, cymbals, piano, strings, and acoustic guitar.
Antelope Audio Verge—Just the Facts:
- High-performance small-diaphragm condenser
- High SPL-handling up to 145dB
- Fast transient response
- Highly accurate replication of vintage mics via FPGA FX modeling
- Supports VST, AU, AAX; macOS and Windows
- Requires phantom power
- Ilok 2 or 3 required (not included)
Antelope Audio Verge—Behind the Grille
Real-time FPGA processing
One of the secrets of pulling world-class performances is finding the microphone or mics that enable a singer or performer to hear audio capture that makes them sound like they always imagined they would. However, in the search for the perfect mic and preamp marriage, the muse can easily vanish in such a tedious process, leaving the hapless engineer with a frustrated singer or instrumentalist whose voice or patience was taxed by useless takes, and no calls for future gigs. With the Antelope Verge, you never have to leave the control room while you audition different mic models on the same vocal phrase until the right one jumps out at you—no waiting until mixdown to see what will work, or even make any significant difference. After all, the magic is in the performance.
Antelope Verge accomplishes this remarkable feat with FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) technology, which easily breaks the 500MHz performance barrier with unprecedented logic-density increases, and numerous other features. In the hands of a master programmer, such as Antelope’s Igor Levin, the first to achieve 32-channel, 24-bit/192kHz audio transmission via USB on any generic PC (96kHz Mac), Antelope’s custom FPGA boasts eight times the DSP processing speed of ASICs used in similar devices. This allows fast and easy simultaneous processing of multiple effects, better sound quality, and much lower latency. Antelope’s FPGA effects bring audio realism to a new level. These effects sound, behave, and feel just like real hardware gear, because they are real hardware gear.
Developed in close collaboration with world-renowned experts, the microphone emulations include stunningly accurate models of the recording industry’s most highly regarded small-diaphragm condenser microphones, such as the Neumann KM184, Rode MT5, DPA 4006, and more, with new models coming available. Each plug-in uses a high degree of oversampling and precise floating-point calculations to accurately model vintage mics with unparalleled detail. The plug-ins are available in native formats, facilitating super-fast workflow.
Breakthrough electronics designed by Antelope’s Igor Levin
Antelope founder Igor Levin, who in his design work, puts the acoustic properties of sound and our perception of it ahead of numbers and specs, has once again designed groundbreaking, ultra-linear discrete electronics for the Verge. Its exceptional linearity is what gives the Verge its chameleon-like ability to take on the exact characteristics of the mics it models. An excellent microphone on its own without the application of mic modeling, it comprises hand-selected capsules encased in a carefully crafted enclosure, with contours and shape for optimal sonic performance—all designed by Levin. The Antelope Verge features excellent transient response and is capable of multiple polar patterns. And when you do apply the microphone models, you get performance capabilities that traditional mic designs are incapable of, such as tailoring the response of the pickup field and adjusting proximity effect—as you are pulling sounds, recording, or in the mix.
While some prefer to be Discrete, we must say that with Antelope’s cutting-Edge microphone modeling, you’ll be on the Verge of something great. Order yours today. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist.
Antelope Audio Discrete 8 Specifications
- 6 x Mic / Line Inputs
- 2 x Mic / Line / Hi-Z Inputs
- 1 x Monitor Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks, +20 dBu max
- 2 x ReAmp Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks
- 1 x Line Outs on DB25, +20 dBu max ( DC coupled )
- 2 x Stereo Headphone Outputs
- EIN: -128 dBu (A-weighted)
- Dynamic Range: -121 dB (A-weighted)
- THD: -106 dB
- Max input: +18 dBu
- Max Gain: 65 dB
D/A monitor converter
- Dynamic Range: 124 dB
- THD + N: -101 dB
- Dynamic Range: 121 dB
- THD + N: -112 dB
- D/A Converters(Line Out)
- Dynamic Range: 121dB
- THD + N: – 100dB
- 2 x ADAT (up to 16 Ch.)
- 1 x S/PDIF
- 2 x ADAT (up to 16 Ch.)
- 1 x S/PDIF
- USB I/O
- USB 2.0 Hi-Speed;
- Data stream up to 480Mbits/192kHz, 24 channels I/O, Type B
- Thunderbolt I/O
- 1 x Thunderbolt, 32 channels I/O
Word clock input
- 1 x Input @ 75 ohm 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
Word clock outputs
- 3 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
- 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
- 64-bit DDS
- 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz
- 0-50°C, 32-122°F
- 61 lb. 3.0 kg
- Width: 19" (483 mm)
- Height: 1-45/64" (144 mm)
- Depth: 8-19/32" (220 mm)
- 20 watts
In the Box
- Discrete 8 Interface
- Quick Start Guide
- Wart External Power Supply Unit
- USB Cable
- Warranty Card
Antelope Discrete 8 system requirements:
- OS: Windows 10
- Disk Space: Minimum 1 GB available disk space
- USB: 1x USB 2.0 Port
- CPU: Intel or AMD equivalent CPU with at least 2GHz operating frequency
- Memory (RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more recommended)
- OS X: 10.11/10.12/10.13 (Sierra recommended)
- Disk Space: Minimum 1GB available disk space
- USB: 1x USB 2.0 Port
- Thunderbolt: 1x Thunderbolt
- Memory(RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more recommended)
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (Minimum) Intel Core i3 or higher (recommended)
Edge Solo Specifications
- Microphone type: Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic
- Diaphragm: Large condenser – 6u gold sputtered membrane
- Diaphragm diameter: 34mm
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
- Sensitivity: -35dB | 18mV/Pa (-1 to +3dB)
- THD+N: -116dB
- Self-noise: 19dB(A)
- SNR: 75dB(A)
- Output impedance: 50 ohm @ 1kHz
- Power requirements: 48V DC phantom power
- Output connector: 3-pin male XLR
- Color: Black matte
- Dimensions (mic body): 5.3" x 2.04" (134mm x 52mm)
- Weight (mic body): 0.705 lb. (320 grams)
In the box
- Breakout cable: Not included (standard 3-pin XLR cable)
- Mount: Hard mount included
- Case: Standard small suitcase
Edge Solo System requirements
- USB 2.0 equipped Mac or PC
- Core 2 Duo minimum, Core i3/i5/i7/Xeon recommended
- 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB RAM recommended
- OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or greater
- Windows 10
- Internet connection required for product activation.
- All plug-ins are iLok protected.
- An iLok is required in order to use them.
- iLok is not provided by Antelope Audio and must be purchased separately.
- Microphone type: Instrumental
- Diaphragm: Back-electret condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardoid
- response: 40Hz ~ 20kHz
- Sensitivity: -40dB | 10mV/Pa (+/-3dB)
- Self-noise: 25dB(A)
- Max input SPL: 146dB
- SNR: 69dB(A)
- Output impedance: 65 Ohms
- Power Requirements: 48V DC Phantom Power
- Output Connector: 3-pin male XLR
- Color: Black matte
- Weight (mic body): 0.34 lbs. (155 grams)
- Dimensions (mic body): 6-3/32" x 7/8" (155mm x 22mm)
- Breakout Cable: not included
- Mount: Shock absorber type
Verge System Requirements
- USB 2.0 equipped Mac or PC
- Core 2 Duo, Core i3/i5/i7/Xeon recommended
- 4 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM recommended
- OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or greater
- Windows 10
- Internet connection required for product activation
- iLok 2 or 3 is required (not included)
- VST Plug-in technology by Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
- Verge microphone
- Microphone cable /3-pin
- Quick Start Guide and Upgrade Guide
- Serial numbers
- Activation codes for the Verge mic emulations
Ilok 2or 3 required. Not included in the box