Antelope Audio Orion 32

32-channel/192kHz AD/DA Converter with D-Sub Analog I/O, ADAT Digital I/O, and Both USB and MADI Connectivity
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Comprehensive Pro-quality I/O
in a Single Rack Space!

The Antelope Audio Orion 32 AD/DA converter and audio interface brings extreme quality and flexibility to your recording rig. Outfitted with Antelope's acclaimed Acoustically Focused Clocking and special high-speed USB connection, the Orion 32 delivers 32 channels of pristine digital audio to and from your computer. There are 32 channels of analog I/O plus comprehensive digital I/O for total setup flexibility, and you can control it all via a powerful onboard routing and mixing engine. You'll be amazed at what you can do with your Antelope Audio Orion 32.

Versatile Audio Interface for
Any Recording Studio

  • Connects to your computer via custom USB or MADI
  • Up to 32 channels of 192kHz digital audio over USB
  • 32 channels of analog plus ADAT optical and S/PDIF digital I/O

Whether it's a bare-bones location recording rig or a complex multimedia production house, an Antelope Audio Orion 32 is the perfect centerpiece for your recording rig. In addition to MADI I/O, the Orion 32 offers a very special kind of USB connectivity. Dissatisfied with off-the-shelf options, Antelope built their own high-speed USB chip that's capable of delivering 32 channels of pristine 192kHz I/O. And with 32 channels of analog I/O plus 16 channels of ADAT optical I/O and two channels of S/PDIF, the Orion 32 is one fully equipped audio interface.

Mitch Gallagher sits down with Marcel James from Antelope Audio to check out an amazing mixing rig, based around an Antelope Orion converter and Pro Tools software.

Flexible Control Software for Total Routing Freedom

  • Easily create complex routing schemes
  • Zero-latency mixing onboard
  • Save and recall up to five custom configurations

You'll find routing signals in the Antelope Audio Orion 32 to be incredibly easy, thanks to its brilliant desktop control software. Compatible with both Mac and Windows PCs, this ingenious software lets you quickly establish even the most complex routing schemes with ease. On top of that, this software also gives you onboard mixing control, allowing you to set up zero-latency monitoring feeds and headphone mixes. Antelope also outfitted the Orion 32 with five preset buttons, which let you instantly store and recall your favorite settings.

Rock-solid Clocking for Your Whole Recording Studio

  • Acoustically Focused Clocking with oven-controlled crystal oscillator
  • Input for Antelope Audio's high-precision M10 clocking
  • Four discrete word clock outputs for the rest of your digital gear

Sporting Antelope's amazing fourth-generation 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology and an oven-controlled crystal oscillator, the Orion 32 easily competes with any studio-standard clock on the market. This is the same technology that's made Antelope a household name in top recording, post-production, and mastering facilities around the world. What's more, the Orion 32 includes four separate word clock outputs, making it an excellent master clock for your entire system.

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The Ideal Interface for Your Mobile Production Rig

  • Ultra-compact 1U chassis fits in any rack
  • Low heat means no need for venting
  • Record up to 24 tracks at once on your iPad

At just one rackspace tall, the Antelope Audio Orion 32 packs a ton of functionality into a small amount of space. It also runs cooly enough to not require venting, which means it really won't take up more than a single rack space. That makes the Orion 32 ideal for mobile recording rigs and cramped setups. But it gets even better. Antelope also built the Orion 32 to be totally Core Audio compliant, allowing you to record the maximum 24 tracks at once on your iPad. Talk about portable recording power!

MADI Daisy Chaining for High-
channel-count Setups

  • Daisy-chain two Orion 32s together via MADI
  • Provides up to 64 channels of 192kHz digital audio
  • Setup is easy, thanks to the included configuration software

Need more high-quality I/O? No problem. You can easily link two Orion 32 converters together via MADI for a complete 64-channel system that will knock your socks off. You just need two Antelope Audio Orion 32s, a couple of MADI cables, and a MADI interface. Setting the whole system up is super easy, thanks to the included configuration software, and the results are absolutely astonishing.

From small studios to sprawling media houses, the Antelope Audio Orion 32 gives you the I/O you need!

Antelope Audio Orion 32 AD/DA
Converter Features:

  • A compact 32-channel AD/DA converter and audio interface that's perfect for your studio, mobile rig, or full-scale media production house
  • Clocking controlled by Antelope's renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) with M10 Atomic input and oven-controlled crystal oscillator
  • User-friendly onboard routing and zero-latency mixing control application available for both Windows and Mac OS X
  • Conveys up to 32 channels of 192kHz digital audio to and from your computer via a custom USB chip
  • Delivers up to 32 channels of up to 96kHz digital audio via fiber-optic MADI I/O connections
  • Core Audio compliance provides up to 24 channels of recording to your iPad (requires Apple Camera Connection Kit)
  • MADI daisy chaining lets you combine two Orion 32s for 64-channel systems
  • All analog connections are simplified thanks to 8 x standard 25-pin D-sub connectors
  • 4 x ADAT optical connections provide you with an additional 16 channels of digital I/O
  • 2 x channels of S/PDIF digital I/O for additional outboard gear
  • 4 x word clock outputs and 1 x word clock input give you handy master clock distribution
  • 5 x presets add fast and easy recall of your favorite setups
  • 1U chassis takes up minimal space in your equipment rack
  • 15W power consumption generates virtually no heat

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Orion 32 User Manual
Signal Processing Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Channels 32
A to D 32
D to A 32
Sample Rate 192kHz (USB), 96kHz (MADI)
Bit Depth 24-bit
Analog Inputs 4 x DB-25
Analog Outputs 4 x DB-25
Digital Inputs 2 x ADAT (Optical)
Digital Outputs 2 x ADAT (Optical)
Clock Inputs 1 x Word Clock, 1 x 10M Atomic Clock
Clock Outputs 4 x Word Clock
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 6.8"
Width 19"
Weight 6.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Orion32

Customer Reviews

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The Orion 32 sounds amazing, I was a little sceptical at first, but after hooking it up. I was amazed on how easy the routing section in the mixer was, and how versitile the unit is. Thanks sweetwater.
Music background: Sound Engineer

Baddest little one rack on the planet!!!

I now know what my signal flow sounds like. I just upgraded from a motu 2408 system. The difference is spectacular. It's as if all these years I've been listening to the outside world through a closed window. The Orion32 shattered the glass. It's to audio what 4k video is to 720p.
Music background: Musician producer and mix engineer

Antelope Orion 32

This orion is Pretty Ridiculous!!! Not only is the sound incredibly clean and open but the functionality is something you can't appreciate until you get it in your rack and hook it in. I'm using it with Pt9 going into my ShadowHills Equinox and the mixes are going to another level. It took a little finagling to get it rocking with Pt but when it did you have complete digital soft-patch control for your ad da and usb playback and record so the options for routing and signal flow far exceeded my expectations. It will clock any source through spdif also through its spdif to src which is awesome for my eleven rack. When i go do my live gigs mixing through any digital console worth having i can outsource the clock with Antelope and thats just an added bonus for this thing If your like me my abilities were exceeding my gear now I have some more room to grow my knowledge and the quality and integrity of what I'm putting out. I have been getting opportunities to work with some next level artists and you cant work with next level artists without next level gear. If you're serious about mixing, and tracking audio this is an excellent buy especially if you want to remain portable for those travel gigs.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Producer, Installer, Live Sound Technician, Tech Director

A truly professional recording interface

The Antelope Orion is pretty much all I ever dreamed of in a Audio Interface; with Analog, Spidf, ADAT, Word Clock, front panel metering, and stellar routing options this interface makes it easy to track anything form a solo instrument to a whole band (32 Channels). I use it with ProTools, Sonar and even Auria on my 3rd Gen iPad through Apple's USB connection kit. The internal clock is awesome, the analog inputs are "invisible", the front panel is simple yet intuitive. It hasn't let me down, ever! If you were to ask me what I'd do to make it an even better product I'd say add a USB drive option to it for an all-in-one recording solution.
Music background: Keyboardist/Engineer

Crazy good

I worked in a studio with Prism converters so I knew what the best sounded like and as my personal studio grew I wanted something that could keep. It sure as crap wasn't gonna be the Digi 003 I had. Bleck. Anywho, I bought the Orion 32 and was shocked at how good a sub $3000 set of 32 channel converters sounded against the Prisms! Absolutely held its own!!!!! The one thing I will say is weird is that I tried using it two different ways, as a converter feeding my RME MADI card, and as an interface through its built in USB. Both were absolutely fine latency wise but, even my clients could tell the difference sonically. Running it through MADI sounded better. I didn't tell the clients what I was doing but while I was mixing I switched the audio driver from the RME to the Orion (both being clocked by the Orion) and the clients asked what I did to the mix. Admittedly, if I had never ran through the RME it would have been outstanding but, I did and now I know that there is a difference. Not sure why though. In summation, buy it and be happy that you did!

Sweetwater Advice

Stuart Niven

The Antelope Audio Orion 32 uses the same advanced clocking as the acclaimed Isochrone OCX-V (as used in high-end mixing/mastering and post facilities worldwide). 32 channels of I/O over USB 2.0 combined with a super-flexible routing matrix mean that "high-end" sound and track count are available to the home studio. How does it sound? Simply stunning! This is the new standard.

Marcos Sanchez

The Antelope Audio Orion 32 sets a new benchmark for high-quality audio interfaces. Having an interface with 32 analog I/O in a single rack space is normally unheard of! Beyond that, the Orion gives you the lowest latency spec out of a standard USB driver that I've ever seen - I didn't think USB could handle this kind of low latency! With the best clocking in the world, amazing converters, and all the connections you'd ever need for your studio, this interface is a must-have for the studio needing high quality and lots of connectivity.
See also: USB Interfaces, Antelope Audio, Antelope Audio USB Audio Interfaces, Antelope Audio iPad/iPhone Interfaces, Antelope Audio AD/DA Converters, Antelope Audio Misc Digital Converters