March 15th, 2018
Having just moved to a new home this year, my thoughts immediately turned to the construction of my home project studio. I have used every major Miami studio facility, as well as national and international state-of-the-art facilities for producing artists. This including Mor Play Studios in the famous Wynwood arts district area of Miami where I am a partner. At Mor Play Studios we use the Antelope Audio’s Orion as the I/0 for the SSL XL desk. Now, with my youngest daughter tuning five, I wanted to work from home when I could. However, I needed to keep the projects at that high level of the major recording studios that my artists and the labels demand. Having a structure on my property that was ideal for this build, I retained some top studio designers to help me with the construction planning. You would be surprised how much intricate detail goes into planning a high level production room. Plans completed, it was time to figure out the gear I would be installing. When it came to converters and interfaces, all my research and conversations with my fellow producers kept bringing me to the same conclusion. The Orion 32+. The Orion32 + is a successor to the world’s first 32-channel AD/DA. This one rack space unit has a great smorgasbord of interfaces such as ThunderboltTM, MADI, USB, ADAT, and S/PDIF. The Orion32 + creates seamless connectivity to my Pro Tools and any DAW. So… I got one! I find it has low latency even when simultaneous I/O streaming of 32 channels of 24-bit, up to 192 kHz signal resolution. All the analog ins & outs are connected by 8 D-Sub 25 connectors. There are TRS jacks to send audio to my monitors.
One of the things that makes this and other Antelope Audio devices supercool is the color-coded routing matrix with four separate mixers, Orion 32+ has its own DSP effects built-in. Though it sounds like this much connectivity and processing would create latency issues, no worries because the Orion 32+has zero latency monitoring. All this routing, output mixes, and DSP are entirely controlled by a software application right on my mac that can run simultaneously with my DAW. The software is also available on Windows PC systems. I found the Orion32+ control panel to be very user-friendly.
I was also able to eliminate the need to purchase a word clock/ master clock for the studio because the Orien 32+ has a clock with the proven clocking accuracy. It is supported by Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter management technology, the same one you will find in the “Big Daddy” Trinity Master Clock. If you wish you can even use the 10 MHz input, enabling connectivity to Antelope’s famous 10M Atomic Clock or its successor 10MX. This makes the Orion32+ crystal oscillator incredibly precise. There are two word clock outputs make Orion32 + my interface, but my master clock as well.
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