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Antelope Audio Zen Q Synergy Core USB Audio Interface Standard


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14x10 bus-powered USB-C audio interface with onboard real-time effects and expandable I/O.

Antelope Audio’s Zen Q Synergy Core audio interface is specifically designed to bring professional studio performance to any desktop setup. Its compact design houses leading AD/DA converter chips, Discrete ultra-linear mic preamps, as well as a 64-bit AFC clocking system based on Antelope Audio’s legendary master clocks. With its expansive I/O capabilities and vast collection of Synergy Core effects, Zen Q introduces a wide frontier of possibilities.

Unrivaled sound

Zen Q Synergy Core unites next-gen technology with traditional console-grade circuitry. Antelope Audio’s signature sound quality comes from professional AD/DA conversion, Discrete ultra-linear preamps and 64-bit AFC clocking. Empowered with the same core technologies driving high-end interfaces like the Orion Studio and the Galaxy 64 Synergy Core, home engineers and artists can raise their productions to a new level without getting up from their desk.

Synergy core effects to fuel creativity

The interface is bundled with 37 analog-modeled effects to emulate a studio stocked with the rarest analog gear. The Synergy Core platform grants immersive control of iconic equalizers, dynamic processors, guitar amps, reverb and more. In addition, over 50 optional expansions are available through Antelope Audio’s Software Store.

Diverse I/O with room to grow

Zen Q features two combo XLR jacks with switchable modes to toggle between the Discrete console-grade preamps, line level, or Hi-Z. The front panel includes two switchable line/Hi-Z inputs for added flexibility. For monitoring, you have a stereo monitor output and a separate line output pair to connect another set of studio monitors or external outboard gear. While both are backed by a mastering-grade D/A converter, there is a separate DAC for the pair of independent headphone outputs. If expansion is required, a simple desktop setup can easily transform into a multichannel configuration via digital SPDIF I/O or ADAT IN.

Fast and efficient workflow

Reap the advantages of a USB-C interface with an optimized audio driver for low-latency playback, streaming and recording. Paired with onboard software, grasp seamless control over essential parameters: signal routing, effects, sub-mixes and monitoring levels. Apply Synergy Core effects without overburdening your system. Together, all these elements are integral to enhancing your workflow at every angle.

Your new desktop companion

Versatility is one of the Zen Q’s greatest features, making it the ideal centerpiece for any desktop setup—at home or in the studio. Zen Q offers producers superior workflow in a small format. It’s also suitable for on-location recording, traveling musicians or producers who prefer to stay mobile. The Zen Q is completely bus-powered, so a power supply is not required to produce your next big project.

Analog Inputs
  • 2 × Mic/line inputs/Hi-Z inputs
  • 2 x Line inputs/Hi-Z inputs
  • 48V phantom power and independent preamp gain for each input
Analog Outputs
  • 1 × Monitor out on TRS 1/4 jacks, +20dBu max, signal balanced, DC-coupled
  • 1 × Line out on TRS 1/4 jacks, +20dBu max, signal balanced, DC-coupled
  • 2 × Stereo headphone outputs
Mic Preamp
  • EIN: -128dBu(A)
  • Dynamic Range: -121dB(A)
  • THD: -106dB
  • Max input level: +20dBu
  • Max Gain: 65dB
  • Max output level: +20dBu
D/A Monitor Converter
  • Dynamic Range: 127dB(A)
  • THD + N: -115dB
D/A Line Out Converter
  • Dynamic Range: 127dB(A)
  • THD + N: -115dB
A/D Converter
  • Dynamic Range: 122dB
  • THD + N: -116dB
Digital Inputs
  • 1 × S/PDIF
  • 1 x ADAT IN (up to 8 channels @44.1/48.0)
  • Digital Outputs: 1 × S/PDIF
  • Computer I/O: 1 × USB-C
  • Power: Bus-powered through USB port
Clocking System
  • 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)
  • 64-bit DDS
  • Sample Rates (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
  • 7.8" x 5.4" x 2.3"
  • Weight: 1.8 lb. (approx.)


  • Conversion & clocking
  • Class-leading AD/DA conversion with up to 127dB of headroom
  • Recording, mixing and playback at up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Proprietary 64-bit AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) technology & Jitter Management algorithm delivering increased sound width, separation and detail
  • Connectivity
  • 2 × Discrete ultra-linear preamps with 65dB of gain for studio-quality recordings—both work as microphone/line/Hi-Z inputs on combo XLR jacks and supply 48V of phantom power
  • 2 × Hi-Z/line instrument inputs over TRS
  • 2 × DC-coupled line outputs over TRS
  • USB-C port carrying up to 16 input and 16 output channels in any popular DAW, with custom macOS & Windows drivers
  • Digitally expandable over ADAT IN, with eight channels available
  • Digitally expandable over S/PDIF I/O, with two channels available
  • 1 × Stereo DC-coupled monitor output over TRS
  • 2 × Stereo headphone outputs with separate volume control
  • Workflow-enhancing features
  • Bus-powered interface powered by the USB connection without need for a dedicated power source
  • Direct monitoring with Synergy Core effects, processed in real-time with imperceptible latency
  • Simplified I/O routing with pre-configured settings, allowing immediate recording and playback
  • Front panel with easily accessible controls over input and output levels, and other settings
  • Customizable presets with signal routing, level adjustments, mixer and effects settings
  • Customizable monitoring mixes with adjustable volume, pan and reverb
  • Real-time effects processing
  • Collection of 37 Synergy Core effects modeled after classic and rare analog outboard gear
  • Synergy Core proprietary onboard platform powered by 2 × DSP and 1 × FPGA chips for real-time effects processing with imperceptible latency
  • Modeling Engine allowing pairing with the Edge line of microphones for real-time use of vintage microphone emulations
  • Zen Q Synergy Core includes 37 effects:
  • Gyraf Gyratec IX (tube mic preamp)
  • VCA160 (compressor)
  • Stay-Levin (compressor)
  • FET-A76 (FET compressor)
  • VEQ-1A (tube EQ)
  • VMEQ-5 (tube EQ)
  • X903 (compressor/limiter)
  • PowerFFC (FeedForward compressor)
  • Clear Q (parametric EQ)
  • Power EX (expander)
  • VEQ-HLF (passive high/low filter)
  • Auraverb (reverb)
  • BA-31 (mic preamp)
  • Power Gate (gate)
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