Le mixer, élégamment intégré au control panel, procure une latence extrêmement basse en mix et monitoring qui peuvent être assignés via le control panel, autorisant ainsi un routage de chaque sortie de l’Orion32. A titre d’exemple on peut faire glisser tous les 32 canaux de lecture USB vers le canal de mixage et ensuite le MIX L/R inputs vers le DAC 1 et 2, de façon à obtenir un stéréo bus de mix sur les canaux DAC 1 et 2. Le Mixer à Zéro Latence offre les fonctions basiques d’un mixer habituel : Solo, Mute, Pan, Volume Level contrôlé par des faders et Master Fader, possibilité de réaliser facilement un stéréo mix.
Here is an interview with Igor Levin published by Audio Times in 2012. Igor answers questions about some critical aspects of A/D and D/A converters and master clocks design.
Irrespective of the sampling rate, what are the really important elements within successful A/D and D/A converters designs?
About 20 years ago when I built my first D/A converter I had also to build a clock for it. At that time, clocks were not something that you just go out and buy. So I built my first clock for my first D/A converter. People liked the converter, but what they really appreciated was the clock. This was when I realized the importance of the stable clocking reference for digital audio.
I still believe the accurate clock is the basis for successful conversion. In fact as the chips get better and the circuit artifacts we struggled to overcome fall away, the significance of good clocking has come to the fore as never before. Today I would say it amounts to at least 75% of the overall sound. Of course there is a list of other important factors such as proper layout, stable power supply, the analog-based volume control etc.
Los Angeles, CA, August 21, 2012 — Korn shook up the nu metal world at the end of 2011 when the L.A.-based band released its tenth studio album, “Path of Totality,” featuring collaborations with a host of dubstep producers including multiple Grammy Award-winner Skrillex. Now, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is doubling down on his recent statement that “North American dubstep is the new electronic heavy metal” through a side project, Killbot, and a solo project under his DJ name, J Devil, recording into a laptop on the road and in the studio using Antelope Audio’s new Eclipse 384 converter, master clock and monitor controller.
Davis recently added the Eclipse 384 mastering converter in order to streamline his mobile production rig after spotting it on the Antelope Audio web site. The 384 kHz A-to-D & D-to-A converter is clocked, using the same Oven Controlled Clock and 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology that is implemented in Antelope Audio’s renowned Trinity Master Clock. The Eclipse 384 offers additional features conducive to mobile production applications, including two dedicated headphone amplifiers and a custom USB interface as well as two large peak meters on the front panel. In order to simplify operation, users can create up to five custom presets of favorite setups via the system’s OS X- and Windows-compatible software control panel that may then be recalled from the Eclipse 384’s front panel.
Antelope Audio 10M & Trinity Combo during a Live Event with Robert Dugan
I‘ve personally used Antelope Audio in the Live Sound domain. At first, I was skeptical of how much clocking could really change the sound, especially since I was using a digital console. But after the unpacking and setting up, it was all ready to go within five minutes and, if I would have known how I was going to react, I would have prepared a little better.
Upon hearing Deftones “Digital Bath,” it seemed like the PA had come alive after sleeping for years. The drums were lifelike and it sounded like I was listening to the Deftones right in the rehearsal room. Immediately, I thought that the clock couldn’t be doing all of this, so I unplugged the BNC from console to Trinity. The sound seemed to escape and it reminded me of listening to the song through iPod headphones – thin and one road.
Like it or not, the digital age is coming in full force, making every audiophile worried about quality being lost. This is why it’s best to educate audiophiles and consumers about the importance of clocking. I’ll try and make this easy to understand and straight to the point. When an analog signal is about to be converted to a digital signal, it is represented by bits that are representations of the analog waveform. When two points that are represented are slightly off, they create jitter – which is digital distortion.
Clocking can play a very important role during this process. With all these signals digitized, it’s important that the timing and space between every ‘bit’ are exactly the same (in sync), so the audio source has no jitter. This is where Clocking comes into play by synching all the audio signals. Continue reading →
Luna – Eclipse 384 Remote Control Prototype Also to be Unveiled at the International Music Business Fair
Frankfurt, Germany, March 16, 2012 — Antelope Audio will demonstrate its professional-grade 384 kHz A/D and D/A converter, master clock and monitoring controller at Musikmesse 2012 in Frankfurt between March 21st and March 24th at the Exhibition center in Hall 5.1, Stand C 55.
The Eclipse 384 is the first multifunctional audio device capable of providing 384 kHz A/D and D/A conversion clocked by Antelope’s 64-bit technology and powerful, flexible monitoring control. Previously, the Eclipse 384 won both the “Best of Show” and “Gear of the Year” awards from two highly respected industry publications shortly after its launch last October.
The upcoming Eclipse 384 remote control – Luna will be demonstrated in prototype form at the Musikmesse. It provides users with a flexible way of placing key aspects of the Eclipse 384 within reach of any listening position. With the exact same functions featured on the front of the Eclipse 384, Luna enables sound engineers to easily control the device while sitting in front of the console. Continue reading →
This is the third video post in which Igor Levin talks about clocking technologies and Antelope’s products.
This time the topic is the Isochrone Trinity – a universal high-definition master clock employing Antelope’s 4th Generation of Acoustically Focused Clocking with 64-bit Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and up to 384 kHz audio streaming.
Igor explains the major strengths of Trinity and what makes it one of the most preferred clocks not only in sound recording and mastering studios, but in film scoring facilities as well.
Santa Monica, CA., December 19, 2011 — Antelope Audio has named Ferndale, Michigan-based Vintage King Audio its 2011 Dealer of the Year, Pro Audio. Vintage King was recognized for its outstanding sales performance, customer support and overall product knowledge of Antelope Audio’s master clocks and digital to analog converts (DACs).
“We are pleased to present Vintage King with our Dealer of the Year award in the Professional Audio category,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio. “Since its founding in 1988, Vintage King has been an essential resource for the pro audio community, serving the market with not only the best products but also an incredibly knowledgeable staff. In 2011, they have done a fantastic job with Antelope Audio’s products — particularly with our Trinity and 10M clocks.”
This is the first of a series of blog posts and videos with Igor Levin, the CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. Igor is not just the CEO, but also the main engineer behind some of the most prominent innovations in clocking technologies in the last 20 years. I know the words ‘innovative’ and ‘innovations’ have lost their meaning dissolving in the ocean of marketing language that is flooding us, but there’s no other way to describe the Oven Controlled Oscillator or the Acoustically Focused Clocking which are in the core of so many studios around the world.
So, in these series Igor is going to share his thoughts about sound, about the technologies he invented and the products he created.