Antelope Audio have released the Discrete 4 Pro Synergy Core. Announced earlier this year alongside the Discrete 8 Synergy Core, this newest device is an upgraded version of their Discrete 4 interface, featuring their latest generation of AD/DA converters and adding some flexible routing and increased signal processing capabilities.
The Discrete 4 Pro SC features a total of 14 inputs and 30 outputs. Four of these are analogue inputs presented on XLR/TRS combo sockets, allowing both microphone and line level sources to be connected, with the four built-in mic preamps offering 65dB of gain. Two of the inputs also support Hi-Z instrument connections. The unit has a dedicated stereo monitor output as well as four additional line level outputs, all on TRS sockets. Four independent stereo headphone outputs are available on the front panel, each with their own volume control. Users are also given the ability to expand the interface's I/O count digitally, with ADAT and S/PDIF connectivity providing a further 10 channels of both inputs and outputs. Two word clock outputs allow the unit to distribute the interface’s clock signal to other gear.
The inclusion of Antelope’s Synergy Core processing allows the company’s own effects to run directly on the interface itself in real-time, with latency low enough to support direct monitoring and recording through them. A bundle of 37 Synergy Core effects modelling classic and rare analogue gear are included when purchasing the interface, with more available to buy from Antelope’s store.
Routing has also been improved, with audio sources selectable on a per-channel basis in a drop down menu, or via a virtual patchbay in the control software. Both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 2.0 connections are provided, with custom drivers available for Windows and macOS.
The Discrete 4 Pro Synergy Core is available now, priced at 1495 Euros.