Orion³² Multi-Channel AD/DA Converter

...there is nothing else available that even gets close to this amount of I/O, in a box this small, at this quality level, and this kind of price...

- Sound On Sound

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A versatile multi-channel AD/DA converter and USB interface

Orion32 is a 32-channel A/D & D/A converter and audio master clock, supporting both MADI and USB interfaces, clocked by Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology.

Orion32 allows 192 kHz I/O streaming of 32-channel digital audio via USB, providing seamless connectivity to any USB-enabled DAW, computer or iPad. The converter also provides 32 channels of 96 kHz audio through its Fiber Optic MADI I/O connections, which can be used to connect with any suitably equipped MADI device.

Orion32 also supports ADAT protocol by offering 16 I/O channels, for even greater compatibility with a large number of audio devices. The multi-channel converter inputs and outputs pass the analog signal through 8 D-SUB 25 I/O connectors.

Low latency USB on Mac and PC

Using Antelope Audio custom-built USB chip, Orion32 achieves extremely low latency levels even when streaming simultaneously 32 channels in and 32 out. The latency performance varies between only 1 and 6.5 ms for different hardware and software configurations.

Exceptional routing & mixing flexibility

With its seamless digital routing and mixing options, the Orion32 offers extended flexibility. The routing feature allows sound engineers, for example, to send the AD signal to both MADI and USB interfaces, for live mixing and monitoring. The device is managed through a user-friendly desktop application available for both Windows and OS X. Moreover it is equipped with a zero-latency mixer and five preset buttons for fast and easy recall of favorite settings.


Antelope clocking for increased sonic accuracy

Orion32 perfectly addresses a sound engineer’s need for high quality, clean and transparent conversion, combining the efficiency of MADI and USB interfaces with the perfection of Antelope clocking.

In addition to being an extremely high quality audio converter, Orion32 is also an audio master clock. The Orion 32 employs Antelope’s proprietary 4th generation of AFC and oven controlled oscillator - both technologies that made Antelope Audio clocks an industry leader for accuracy and sound quality in recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the world. The four word clock outs, together with the 10 MHz input, make Orion 32 ideally suited to be in the center of any project or high-end studio.

1U eco-friendly design

Orion32 is packaged in a 1U enclosure with an eco-friendly power consumption of only 20 Watts. In addition to saving rack space and having very low heating levels, Orion32 comes with an extremely reasonable pricing affordable even for a small home studio.

Orion32 Multi-Channel AD/DA Converter

Antelope Audio precise AD/DA conversion technology
Up to 192 kHz on 32 channels I/O via custom-built USB chip
32 channels I/O via Fiber Optic MADI I/O connections
Eight D-SUB 25 connectors for AD and DA
16 channels on 4 ADAT input and output connectors
Extremely flexible routing and mixing options
Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking with Atomic input
Antelope’s proprietary Oven Controlled Oscillator for supreme clocking stability
Four word clock outputs and one word clock input
Five presets for fast and easy recall of favorite setups
1U rack size with power consumption of 20 Watts and very low heating levels
A user friendly desktop application available for both Windows and OS X

Inputs

Analog Inputs 4 x D-SUB 25 (32 channels)
Digital Inputs

1 x Fiber Optic MADI
2 x Fiber Optic ADAT
1 x S/PDIF

Outputs

Analog Outputs 4 x D-SUB 25 (32 channels)
Digital Outputs

1 x Fiber Optic MADI
2 x Fiber Optic ADAT
1 x S/PDIF

USB I/O
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; Data stream up to 480Mbits/192kHz, 32 channels I/O, Type B
Word Clock 1 x 10M Atomic Clock input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 44.1 - 192kHz
1 x Word Clock Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 44.1 - 192kHz
4 x Word Clock Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 44.1 - 192kHz square wave signal

D/A Converter

Dynamic Range 118dB
THD + N -98 dB

A/D Converter

Dynamic Range 118dB
THD + N -105 dB

Clock Specs

Clocking System 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
64-bit DDS
Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator
Clocking Stability <+/-0.02 ppm, oven controlled at at 64.5ºC/ 148.1ºF
Clock Aging < 1 ppm per year
Clock Calibration <+/-0.001 ppm
Atomic Clock Input 10MHz @ 1Vpp, BNC
Sample Rates (kHz) 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
Operating Temperature 0-50ºC/32- 122ºF
Weight 3 kg/6.6 lb approx.
Dimensions (approx.) Width: 483 mm/19”
Height: 44 mm/1.75”
Depth: 220 mm/8.66”
Power Supply AC Universal input 95-245VAC 20 Watts Max Consumption

Number of channels in and out supported simultaneously for each interface

All interfaces are operable at the same time via the Orions control panel.

Sample Rate USB MADI ADAT S/PDIF
  PC Mac      
32 kHz 32 ch 32 ch 64 ch 16 ch total / 8 ch per line 2 ch
44.1 kHz 32 ch 32 ch 64 ch 16 ch total / 8 ch per line 2 ch
48 kHz 32 ch 32 ch 64 ch 16 ch total / 8 ch per line 2 ch
88.2 kHz 32 ch 32 ch 32 ch 8 ch total / 4 ch per line 2 ch
96 kHz 32 ch 32 ch 32 ch 8 ch total / 4 ch per line 2 ch
176.4 kHz 32 ch 24 ch 16 ch 4 ch total / 2 ch per line 2 ch
192 kHz 32 ch 24 ch 16 ch 4 ch total / 2 ch per line 2 ch

 

Latency performance*

DAW 44.1 kHz 192 kHz
Pro Tools 10 7 ms 5 ms
Ableton 9 9 ms 4 ms
Cubase 7 6 ms 4 ms
Logic 9 9 ms 3 ms
Ableton 8 6 ms 3 ms
Nuendo 6 11 ms 3 ms
Wavelab 6 7 ms 5 ms
Samplitude Pro X 6 ms 4 ms
Logic 10 11 ms 5 ms
Pro Tools 11 12 ms 5 ms
* All latency times were tested with 128 samples buffer size.

 

Delay of the the AD/DA plus MADI interface *

AD side: @ 48 kHz 0.8 mS
@ 96 kHz 0.4 mS
@192 kHz 0.07 mS
DA side: @ 48 kHz 0.65 mS
@ 96 kHz 0.15 mS
@ 192 kHz 0.06 mS
* For the lowest latency one should use 192 or 96 kHz sample rate 

Compatibility

Mac users Apple Logic Pro 9
Apple Logic Pro X
Steinberg Cubase
Steinberg Nuendo
Avid Pro Tools 9,10,11
Ableton Live
Presonus Studio One
Cocoa Reaper
Windows users Avid Pro Tools 9,10,11
Ableton Live
Cocoa Reaper
Presonus Studio One
Magix Samplitude
Steinberg Nuendo
Steinberg Cubase
*Some users may get the following Error: R6025 PVFC message. This error will be fixed in the next major software update by Steinberg.
For maximum stability please make sure you install all the latest updates for: Device Firmware, Control Panel Software, Device Drivers.
* Some other DAWs may be compatible with the Orion32 but are not verified by Antelope Audio Team.

Orion32 AD/DA converter quick start guide


Mitch Gallagher from Sweetwater about Orion32/iPad compatibility


Orion32 quick tips - Mac driver reset

Flexible routing options


Orion32 application tips with Mitch Gallagher
from Sweetwater


Orion32 quick tips - Daisy Chain for 64 A/D's

Orion32 Multi-Channel AD/DA Converter Connectivity Chart