Synergy Core是专业音频领域中增长最为迅速的效果平台之一。集合了一系列经典硬件的仿真效果，并与Antares和Inertia Sound Systems等第三方厂商共同开发了越来越多的效果器。其中大多数的建模设备是行业公认的“黄金标准”，而另一些则模拟了那些昂贵而且难得一见的设备，并使它们成为了Synergy Core平台独享的特别工具。
您可以在录音、现场和后期制作中使用这些实时效果器。进行现场演出或录音时，您可以制作带效果的独立返送混音，并让乐手以几乎零延迟的方式进行实时的返送监听。通过将效果器作为硬件intsert或通过AFX2DAW插件集成到DAW中，您还可以将Synergy Core效果添加到您的效果链。Synergy Core能够直接从您的音频接口中为您提供虚拟录音和混音工作室体验。
Synergy Core将所有处理工作下放到音频接口中，从而节省了电脑的内存处理能力。这为电脑内部运算所需的更多带宽扫清了道路，例如在DAW中加载的其他Native插件或一些高CPU需求的合成器、采样器软件等等。您还可以将剩余处理能力用于减小Buffer Size以降低系统延迟。
Discrete 4 Synergy Core
2 × DSP + 1 × FPGA
Up to 32 loaded simultanously*
Discrete 8 Synergy Core
2 × DSP + 1 × FPGA
Up to 64 loaded simultanously*
Zen Tour Synergy Core
4 × DSP + 2 × FPGA
Up to 112 loaded simultanously*
Orion Studio Synergy Core
6 × DSP + 2 × FPGA
Up to 128 loaded simultanously*
Galaxy 64 Synergy Core
12 × DSP + 2 × FPGA
Up to 256 loaded simultanously*
“The Synergy Core allows me to have more processing muscle power when I am mixing large sessions, with many different EQ and compression options.”
- Brian Vibberts
6× Grammy Award-winning Audio Engineer
/Michael Jackson, Aerosmith/
“The Antelope plugins sound warm, big, and analog in the best possible way. The Synergy Core platform is my “in the box outboard gear.”
- Lars Deutch
Film Score Composer
“With Synergy Core’s incredible amount of effects, I can get my whole creative process into full gear, long before I even need to open up my DAW. It’s an entire recording studio.”
- Jay Leonard J
Guitarist, Vlogger, Composer, Performer
“The Synergy core technology has given me the power and the freedom to achieve classic sounds and colors without patching a single cable. And it’s not taxing your CPU either.”
- RedStone Productions
/Music Production Studio - Amsterdam, Netherlands/
When a signal passes through an analog piece of equipment it is being affected by every single component inside - from the transformers to the valves, capacitors, resistors and even wires. The magic and character of analog gear hides in its imperfections and in all the non-linearities added by the components. The sound is often altered by unique harmonic distortion, depth and dimension which unfortunately cannot be replicated accurately with traditional emulation techniques used by software developers.
Companies often measure the incoming and outgoing signals from analog gear and try to compensate for the differences with mathematical algorithms. In some cases that may get the effects to respond and sound close to the original hardware, but it's no more than a mere imitation which is unable to capture the subtleties. Those old methods can’t accurately replicate the subtle non-linearities added to the audio by every single component.
We at Antelope Audio believe those methods are outdated, which is why we developed a unique way of doing things. For every effect emulation we have created, our team of engineers stripped down every single component of its analog domain, measured it and recreated its values, behavior and non-linearities in a digital form. Using the original schematics for the hardware we then built a true digital representation of the analog gear. The unique FPGA chips found in our devices allow us to recreate the behavior of every single component in an analog device simultaneously and in real-time. The purity of this emulation method is incomparable to traditional techniques as standalone DSP chips simply don’t have the capacity for the necessary parallel computation.
What does the FPGA take care of?×
At Antelope Audio we develop custom FPGA chips that take care of many tasks. This allows Synergy Core to complete much more complex algorithmic processing and convolution than the one found in standard DSP-only interfaces with built-in chips. Furthermore, FPGA’s programmable circuits allow us to stay flexible with the design - this way, the platform can be constantly upgraded. In Synergy Core the FPGA:
Allows us to create unique audio effects – After emulating the behavior of every single component found in an analog circuit, we can literally recreate that same circuit in a digital form on the programmable chip. This modeling process separates our analog-modeled effects from any other effect on the market.
Eliminates roundtrip latency when tracking with effects - There is no delay added during the process as all effects are calculated in real-time inside the interface just like real hardware. No samples of latency are introduced by each new effect instance, because the process doesn’t go through your computer.
Takes care of effects processing and core audio processing – The custom FPGAs are not limited to effects only. The circuit board is divided into sections for effects processing and audio processing. Its massive internal memory and parallel computation capabilities tend to the large stream of information that is all routing, mixing, audio stream and effects processing.
Enables you to use your Synergy Core interface as a standalone - Our interfaces don’t require constant connection to a PC or Mac. Once the audio configuration and routing are set, the FPGA’s internal memory is enough to get you through the recording session.
What does the DSP take care of? ×
Contributing a significant boost in computing power, cutting-edge ARM DSPs satisfy the needs of power and processing hungry audio applications. The DSP’s high-speed arithmetic and logical hardware is programmed to execute algorithms and ingest real-time signals. In Synergy Core the DSP:
Executes tasks set by the FPGA - With Synergy Core you always have the right type of processing available for the task at hand because the ARM DSPs work together with the custom FPGAs. The DSP completes all calculations and operations required for processing each piece of real-time FPGA information consecutively, before the next one arrives.
Allows us to expand the Synergy Core with new effects – When it comes to 3rd party and modulation (delay, echo, flanging) effects, DSPs are the most efficient way to update our platform. Synergy Core’s modular design allows us to configure and scale the platform to make it fully future proof.