Antelope Audio Orion 32

SKU: Antelope Audio Orion 32
$ 2,270.00

Antelope Orion 32

The Antelope Orion 32 AD/DA gives you 32 channels of 24-bit/192kHz conversion over USB (96kHz Mac) with Antelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clock (AFC) and Oven-Controlled Oscillator, word clock I/O, Atomic Clock Input, plus MADI, ADAT, and S/PDIF I/O

As mix engineers working outside the box began to realize that the sonic advantages of analog summing became more apparent with 16-channels and up, manufacturers responded with 24 and 32-channel summing boxes, or the ability to cascade two 16-channel units. But that meant buying more ADA converters, which were hovering around the 8-16 channel range, and were quite expensive—that is, until Antelope’s Igor Levin, noted throughout the industry for his digital clock designs and converters, introduced the world’s first 32-channel AD/DA converter, the Antelope Orion 32. More notable still, he designed a custom USB chip that overcame the perceived limits of USB 2.0 with bi-directional transmission of 32 channels of 24-bit/192kHz audio using generic PCs, and 96kHz on Mac (due to OS constraints). Levin loaded the Orion 32 with his proprietary clocking, giving it the ability to function as a master clock, plus a host of I/O including 2x32 analog over D-sub, MADI I/O (32 channels at 96kHz), 16 channels of ADAT I/O, stereo S/PDIF, Atomic clock in, and 1-in/4-out word clock —all in a single 1U chassis for under $3,000! Did we mention that it sounds great too?

Antelope Orion 32 unique features:

  • 32 bi-directional channels at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution over USB 2.0
  • Proprietary, 4th generation 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) jitter management
  • Antelope’s Oven-Controlled Oscillator for maximum clock stability
  • Word clock and 10MHz Atomic Clock inputs, plus four word clock outputs enable Orion to function as studio master clock

Antelope Orion 32 AD/DA key features and tech:

  • Antelope Audio’s renowned AD/DA conversion technology
  • Ultra low-latency monitoring (1ms to 6.5ms)
  • 32 channels of up to 96kHz audio I/O via fiber optic MADI connectors
  • Analog I/O over eight D-Sub 25 connectors (TASCAM)
  • 4 ADAT optical connectors for 16 channels
  • Software control panel provides flexible routing and mixing options Four word clock outputs; Five presets for fast and easy recall of most-used setups
  • 1U rack size with 20W power consumption and very low heat output
  • User-friendly desktop application available for both Windows and OS X

Low-latency 32-channel audio over USB 2.0 on PC and Mac

Behind its sleek, modern-looking facade, the Orion 32 packs an enormous amount of power and innovation, starting with its ability to record and play back 32 channels of 24-bit/192kHz over USB 2.0 on PC, or 32 bi-directional channels at 24-bit/96kHz on Mac. The Orion 32 accomplishes this amazing feat with the creation of a custom USB chip that overcomes the limitations of standard USB implementation and unleashes its full potential. Plus, it does it with extremely low latency. It took a mind like Antelope’s Igor Levin to realize that USB had the potential for multi-channel audio transmission all along. It’s just that computer manufacturers didn’t implement USB with audio in mind—hence the limitation on Mac. However, 32-bi-directional channels at 96kHz over USB is nothing to sneeze at.    

For those who aren’t convinced that USB is a professional’s way to bring audio in and out of a computer, the Antelope Orion 32 is also equipped with optical MADI ports, which allow you to daisy chain two Orion 32s for 64 channels via one 64-channel MADI card, saving you the added expense of a 128-channel MADI card for even more bang for the buck. For even more flexibility, the Orion 32 features 16 channels of ADAT lightpipe I/O and stereo S/PDIF I/O, which enables you to connect a variety of digital devices, along with the ability to keep them perfectly in sync thanks to Antelope’s proprietary clocking and generous Word Clock outputs.

Antelope’s superior clocking technologies

In addition to its high-quality conversion, the Orion 32 can serve as a master clock, for studios of all levels, pushing the bang-for-the-buck needle into the red—no need to buy an additional master clock. It features the same clocking used in Antelope’s high-end Isochrone series. The Orion provides you with one word clock input and four word clock outputs, plus a 10Mhz input for Antelope’s Atomic Clock, used in top mastering studios.

The Orion 32‘s clock features two innovative, proprietary technologies: Antelope’s 4th generation of 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) jitter management algorithm and oven-controlled oscillator.

Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)

What sets Antelope’s AFC apart from other clocking schemes is that it's not based on math or specs. Antelope’s founder and chief designer, Igor Levin whose experience with digital clock design is unrivalled, realized that since there is no standard specifications for jitter or universal standard to measure sound quality (it’s basically an illusion of perception), the only rational way to approach clock design was based on the actual acoustic behavior of sound in terms of how we perceive it. From that realization, Acoustically Focused Clocking was born. How Levin achieves it is obviously his secret to keep, but the improvement audio professionals hear when using Antelope clocking in action is no secret. A-list mixers such as Dave Pensado and Michael Brauer rely on Antelope clocks, as does head mastering engineer at Masterdisk, Howie Weinberg and Robert Hadley of Hollywood’s Mastering Lab.   

Oven-Controlled Oscillator

One thing that can be determined is the relationship between the precision of a clock’s oscillator and high-quality audio. The accuracy of the oscillator is compromised when exposed to temperature fluctuations. By housing the clock in a shielded container, aka Oven, the oscillator maintains a constant temperature, which in turn prevents fluctuations from having a negative effect on clock stability. The result is a significant, audible improvement in detail, dynamics, and stereo imaging.

Both of these technologies have made Antelope Audio clocks an industry leader in recording, mastering, and post-production facilities around the world.

Orion control software

Along with the ability to route any input to any output simply by dragging and dropping in the routing window, the Orion Control software enables you to meter from various sources, e.g. MADI in/S/PDIF out et., as well as select clock source and sample rate. It’s also equipped with a near-zero-latency mixer that provides level controls for channels and mater, along with mute, solo, and phase reverse. It also lets your store five presets of custom configurations. There’s also a utility panel that lets you select input trim control from 14dBu to 20dBu to provide extra headroom, as well as select MADI SMUX and a 1kHz oscillator for calibration. Additionally, Orion can route A/D across USB and MADI simultaneously.

On the front panel

The Orion 32’s front-panel controls include power, five preset buttons, frequency up and down buttons (32kHz-192kHz), and the multi-function Antelope button, which is a selector used in conjunction with preset buttons 1 thru 3  for reset, calibration, and device info. A front-panel multi-function display capable of displaying 64 channels at a time, shows sample rate and volume meters. It also has indicator lights for various clocking states including, internal oven clock, external Atomic Clock, and external lock for clocking via optical I/O. 

On the rear panel

The Orion 32’s rear panel is packed with several types of I/O connectors including: MADI optical input and output; USB 2.0; 4 ADAT optical ports for compatibility with a large number of audio devices; 2-channel S/PDIF coaxial; and 8 D-Sub 25 I/O connectors in TASCAM configuration for analog I/O. Power is provided by standard IEC cable.

The Antelope Orion 32 grants easy admission into the arena of high channel-count, high-quality audio for both project and world-class recording studios, as well as post-production and mastering facilities. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Professional today.


      • Analog Inputs: 4 x D-SUB 25 (32 channels total), +20 dBu max, 11.2 kOhms
      • Digital Inputs
        • 1x Fiber Optic MADI (up to 64CH)
        • 2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
        • 1x S/PDIF
      • Analog Outputs: 4 x D-SUB 25 (32 channels total), +20 dBu, 56 Ohms
      • Digital Outputs
        • 1 x Fiber Optic MADI (up to 64CH)
        • 2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
        • 1 x S/PDIF
      • 1 x S/PDIF: 1 x Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
      • Word Clock Outputs: 4 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz square wave signal
      • Atomic Clock Input: 10MHz
      • USB I/O: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; Data stream up to 480 Mbits/192kHz, 32 channels I/O, Type B
      •  D/A Converter: Dynamic Range: 118dB, THD + N: -98 dB

      • A/D Converter: Dynamic Range 118dB, THD + N -105dB
      • Clocking System: 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking, 64-bit DDS, Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator
      • Clocking Stability: <+/-0.02 ppm, oven controlled at 64.5 C/ 148.1 F
      • Clock Aging:< 1 ppm per year
      • Clock Calibration: <+/-0.001 ppm
      • Sample Rates: 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 (kHz)
      • Operating temperature: 0 – 50° C – 32 – 122° F
      • Power supply: AC Universal input 95-245VAC 20 Watts Max Consumption
      • Dimensions: 19” x 1.75” x 8.66”
      • Weight: 6.6 lb (3 kg)

      System Requirements

      • MAC
        • OS X: 10.9/10.10/10.11 (El Capitan 10.11.5 Recommended)
        • Disk Space: Minimum 512 MB available disk space
        • USB: 1x USB 2.0/3.0 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)
      • 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)


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