A Look At Antelope Audio’s Orion 32+ by 4X Latin Grammy Winning Producer “ECHO”

” …with the Antelope Orion 32+ AD/DA Converter, I can have nothing in-between the music and beautiful, authentic sonic clarity.” – Echo
The Echo Team
see bio below

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.

Antelope Audio RoutingOne 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

Orion 32+

+  my interface, but my master clock as well.

Antelope Interfaces include a download license for Presonus Studio One Artist

Orion 32+ Back Pannel

Antelope Orion 32+ AD/DA Converter Features

  • Antelope Audio precise AD/DA conversion technology
  • 64 channels I/O Fiber Optic MADI
  • 32 channels at 192 kHz I/O via ThunderboltTM or custom-built USB chip
  • 32 channels AD/DA
  • 16 channels I/O via Fiber Optic ADAT
  • 2 channels I/O via S/PDIF
  • 1 x Monitor Out on TRS (2 channels)
  • Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking Technology
  • Antelope’s proprietary Oven Controlled Oscillator for supreme clocking stability
  • 2 Word Clock Outputs, 1 Word Clock Input and 1 Atomic Clock Input
  • Five presets for fast and easy recall of favorite setups
  • 1U rack size device consuming only 20 Watts keeping the heat low
  • A user-friendly desktop application available for both Windows ans OS X
  • Ergonomic software control panel
  • Extremely flexible routing and mixing capabilities
  • Massive parallel DSP and effects processing
Antelope Orion 32+ AD/DA Converter Specifications
  • Inputs
    • Analog: 4 x D-SUB 25 (32 channels), +20 dBu max, 11.2 kOhms
    • Digital:
      • 1 x Fiber Optic MADI
      • 2 x ADAT
      • 1 x S/PDIF
    • Word Clock: 1 x Input @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
    • Atomic Clock: 1 x 10M Input @ 75 Ohms 1Vpp on BNC
  • Outputs
    • Analog:
      • 4 x D-SUB 25 (32 channels), +20dBu, 56 Ohms
      • 2 x Monitor Outs on TRS ¼ Jacks
    • Digital:
      • 1 x Fiber Optic MADI
      • 2 x ADAT
      • 1 x S/PDIF
      • Word Clock: 2 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
      • USB I/O: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; Data stream up to 480 Mbits/192kHz, 32 channels I/O, Type B
      • ThunderboltTM 1 x ThunderboltTM
  • D/A Monitor Converter
    • Dynamic Range: 127 dB
    • THD + N: -108 dB
  • D/A Converter
    • Dynamic Range: 118 dB
    • THD + N: -98 dB
  • A/D Converter
    • Dynamic Range: 118 dB
    • 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 64.5ºC/ 148.1ºF
    • Clocking Aging: < 1 ppm per year
    • Clocking Calibration: <+/-0.001 ppm
    • Sample rates (kHz): 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
  • Operating temperature: 0-50ºC/32-122ºF
  • Weight: 3kg/ 6.6 lbs approx.
  • Dimentions (approx.):
    • Width: 483 mm/19”
    • Height: 44 mm/1.75”
    • Depth: 220 mm/8.66”
  • Power Supply: AC Universal input ~95-245 V
  • Power Consumption: 20 Watts Max
Antelope Orion 32+ AD/DA Converter Includes
  • Antelope Orion 32+ AD/DA Converter
  • Presonus Studio One Artist
  • Manual
  • Drivers

ECHO BIO:

Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Paul Irizarry “ECHO” has successfully worked for the last 20 years with major urban and pop artists in Latin, mainstream, and European markets. Producing, recording and/or mixing songs and albums for the likes of such artists as: Ricky Martin, Maluma, Pitbull, London Symphony Orchestra, Tego Calderon, Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls), Alek Syntek, Paulina Rubio, TempoDaddy YankeeDon OmarVico CDivinoIvy QueenThalia, Nina Sky, Wisin & Yandel, Voltio, Tito El Bambino, Farruko, FLEX, Beenie Man, Cultura ProféticaAlexis & FidoCosculluela, Orishas, Jazze Pha, Obie BermúdezLil Silvio & El VegaKevin Florez, Twista, Abraham, Fat Joe, Ariana Puello (Spain), La Mala (Spain), Ojos de Brujo (Spain), PUYA, La Secta, Crooked Steelo, La India, Eddie Dee, Hector “El Father”, y Giovanni Hidalgo to name a few. Echo’s experience and expert knowledge and taste for music have allowed him the opportunity to work in different musical genres and tendencies, ranging from Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Reggaeton and Christian Music. One of the top professionals in the industry, respected for his talent and accomplishments, known as a leader and pioneer of the Latin urban and reggaeton movement. Echo has received four Latin Grammy Awards, the first two for, as producer and engineer, on 2004 Vico C’s (EMI Int’l) 2003 album “En Honor a la Verdad” a second one in 2005 with Daddy Yankee’s (UMG) 2004 album “Barrio Fino” and latest in 2015 with Tego Calderon’s “El Que Sabe Sabe” album.  Echo has been nominated for over fifteen Grammy Awards including Record of the Year. In 2006 Echo became the first producer to ever record the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) for an urban project, directing a 73-piece full orchestra recording on a hip hop arrangement at Abbey Roads Studios, London for the FREE TEMPO (Sony/BMG) project. Recently, just produced “Yo Contra Ti” by Daddy Yankee feat. Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico as a worldwide campaign for Susan G. Komen cancer foundation. Responsible for creating career-making hits for the biggest artists in the urban market like Wisin & Yandel, Tego, Don Omar, De La Ghetto, Cosculluela, Vico C, Daddy Yankee, Tempo, Ivy Queen and many others. Movies like “The Fast and the Furious 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 sequel”, “Talento de Barrio”, TV shows “Shark” (HBO), ” The L Word (HBO)”, games like “Grand Theft Auto IV” as well as advertisement campaigns for Nike, Popular Mortgage, KIA Motors and many others have featured Echo’s music and work.  As an accomplished businessman, he currently owns and operates a state of the art recording and production facilities in San Juan, PR, Miami, Dominican Rep and Colombia.  From there he leads a world known production team consisting of a handful of young and talented engineers, songwriters, and producers who work with him making hits and creating classics on a daily basis.  Recent projects include Cosculluela “Blanco Perla”, De La Ghetto’s “Mi Movimiento”, and his own recording project titled “ECHOSISTEMA” which features a huge lineup of artist and a fresh playlist of urban sounds.

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