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Antelope Discrete 4 Synergy Core review

When Antelope goes for greater Synergy About a year and a half ago, Antelope released the Discrete, a new range of Thunderbolt & USB interfaces including discrete preamps, their famous FPGA module as well as the stack of audio effects that would usually come with it. Now back in June 2019, Antelope releases a new version of its Discrete 4, this time providing dual DSP chips in addition to the FPGA. Marketing ploy or real step forward? read more…
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Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII Review

Yet another step forward Three years ago Universal Audio introduced the Apollo Twin, a more friendly priced desktop version of their Apollo flagship audio interface. read more…
4/5

Review of the Audient iD14 USB audio interface

Keep the IDeas Rolling A little over two years ago we reviewed the iD22, the first ever audio interface manufactured by Audient, an English brand well-known for its consoles and mic preamps. Considering the crossover to the digital world went fairly smoothly, these Brits have now decided to take another step in the same direction with a smaller and less pricey second interface. But does the iD14 retain the same qualities as its big brother? read more…

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Great for beginners - lots of I/O (Tascam - US-16X08)

By Pedro Cenit, 21/11/2018
I've owned this interface for two years now. Previously I had my first Focusrite 8i6 which I upgraded for more imputs. At the time I wasn't even an audio student, just a hobby musician.
Bought this interface when I started studying looking for something that would let me mic a drum set. Imagine my surprise when I found out this is the ONLY interface that offers 16 real imputs. No ADAT, SPDIF, etc. I've since used it to mic entire bands with low latency. Multiple outs allow you to set up different mixes other than the stereo out (which has one headphone out).
The pres aren't that great. After 3 o'clock there begins to appear heareable white noise. This usually isn't a problem, but beware of SM57s that require a bit more drive. It has 2 instrument imputs with regulable gain, so it's like it had 10 pres for me. The 6 line imputs can be pushed using the DSP compressor's makeup, or you could simply connect more pres. So, hardware-wise, this interface is one of the best.
On the software end, things were buggy at first. As many early reviews said, this thing was unstable on 2016. Ever since, Tascam released new drivers that work fine with Windows 10. If you want to make it work, it will work. I've used it with Nuendo, Cubase, WaveLab, Pro Tools 10 and 12. No issues there.
Between this one and Focusrite, I think Focusrite has better drivers with lower latency. At 44khz, US 16x08 has huge latency settings. 10ms in and 4ms out at 128kbps. So you may consider using it at higher sample rates if you want DAW monitoring. It has DSP monitoring with virtually no latency at all, but then you don't hear any plugins you may have added.
Don't let this turn you down. Pres and latency are a problem at almost everything in this price range, so between this one and other brands, I'd stick to US 16x08 for the I/O. With it you can really learn how to mic a drum set, record a full band, try M/S configs, all of it with no problems at 96khz/24bit.
By the time you begin to really hear what's "wrong" with Tascam 16x08, you will be ready to move on to a higher quality interface like Audient, RME, UAD. These units move in a different price range and have better converters, pres, drivers, etc. and are just what you may need for a more proffesional home studio down the future. I've upgraded to an Audient ID44, so only 4 analog ins for me now. I don't miss US 16x08 because I've moved on from my initial "want to record everything" need, I may get more imputs with an outboard octopre in the future just to get that feel again though.

Conclusion: A great interface for audio beginners, students, and just people with lots of I/O needs.
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May not be pro quality, but great for begtinner - better than UM2 for just a couple of quids more. (Behringer - U-Phoria UMC22)

By mrgreymusic, 27/12/2018
Use this on top of my Dell Optiplex 360, have my Neewer 1500 (£18) at Input 1 (XLR powered) and my Tanglewood Jetstream guitar through a Zoom G1on going to Input 2. Really happy with the quality of the sound - its years (30) since I did any home recording and this setup is far better than I expected. Seems very stable - as in I've not foumd anything unstable at all. I've been able to get latency at ~5ms. Is that good? I can work with it anyway.

Currently have the outputs going to desktop speakers and using it as a sounds card as well, have switched off the internal soundcard. Saving up for proper monitors!

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Bonne qualité prix (Zoom - TAC-2)

By Ullie Swan, 22/06/2019
Bonne qualité prix. Ça fait son boulot. Pratique. Auto alimentée par thunderbolt. Mais je pense qu’il y a mieux en préamplificateurs s sur du long terme si on veut passer au niveau supérieur. A ce prix là franchement j’étais déjà très contente. Et ça fait plus de 2 ans que je l’utilise.
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[MUSIKMESSE][VIDEO] Live from the Antelope booth

Published on 04/07/16
A presentation of the Antelope Zen Tour, Live Clock & Goliath at Musikmesse 2016.

[MUSIKMESSE] Antelope Audio Goliath

Published on 04/07/16

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The top audio interfaces running on batteries

Published on 05/20/18
The top audio interfaces running on batteries
Having an audio interface is very nice. Being able to use it anywhere is even better. Several manufacturers have introduced audio interfaces running on batteries to cater to the needs of nomad or wil…

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