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 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

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.

Flexible control software for total routing freedom

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

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.

The ideal interface for your mobile production rig

At just one rackspace tall, the Antelope Audio Orion 32 packs a ton of functionality into a small amount of space. It also runs cool 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

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.

Antelope Audio Orion 32 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 ADAT optical connections provide you with an additional 16 channels of digital I/O
  • 2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O for additional outboard gear
  • 4 word clock outputs and 1 x word clock input give you handy master clock distribution
  • 5 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
Is the Antelope Audio Orion 32 Compatible with USB 3.0?
New Antelope Audio Orion 32 Mac Driver
HANDS ON: Antelope Audio Orion 32
How to Restore Orion 32 Factory Default Settings
Can You Chain Two Antelope Audio Orion 32 Interfaces Together?
New Orion Mac Driver Released
Antelope Orion 32 & Apple Messages
How to Check Antelope Audio Orion 32 Firmware Version
AES News

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
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Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 22 reviews
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5/5

great converter

I replaced some Avid HD converters for the Orion running MADI to an RME card. So happy I did this! It has been easier to get good tones that translate from speaker to speaker and outside of the studio. Latency is lower and conversion is really nice. I was going to try another couple of conversion options, but after spending a couple of weeks with this, I don't feel the need to look elsewhere.
5/5

This Antelope RUNS so far and fast!

That it's awesome majestic nature is equivalent to string theory. The intense epicness this unit provides is seriously incomparable. I switched from a Lynx Aurora set up as it just got to a frustrating point and I was having multiple issues with gear. This converter solved EVERYTHING. I can even get output to my Z-5500s via optical out and that's a HUGE advantage for me as a sub is vital to my mixes. Sound-wise it's so clear and jazzed up in it's own way across the spectrum which I suspect has to do with the oven clock. For 32ch plus ability to daisy chain in the future you absolutely can not beat it. What do I mean by "jazzed up?" there's a HF, almost baxandall like sheen from top to bottom, vs say the Auroras which is more like a HF halo that gets darker down the spectrum. I couldn't be happier as I'm 100% fully recording portable as well.
Music background: Recording/Mixing Engineer/A&R
5/5

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
5/5

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
5/5

Awesome

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

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.

Mitch Gallagher

Just how much audio I/O for your computer can you cram into a single rackspace? If you're Antelope Audio, the answer is 32 inputs and 32 outputs with the groundbreaking new Orion 32 audio interface for Mac and PC! Not only that, but the Orion 32 also manages to include full metering for all 64 of those connections on the front panel, and it has a full-fledged MADI port and an additional 16 channels of ADAT optical I/O around back. Despite all this, the Orion only consumes 15 watts of power, so heat isn't an issue. This means that you can pack it into a rack with other gear, keeping your studio or remote recording rig manageable. The Orion includes Antelope's 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking with an Atomic Input and an oven-controlled crystal oscillator for stability and optimum performance. There are four extra word clock connections for distributing clock to your other gear. Here's the really big news: you can achieve 32 channels of 192kHz/24-bit audio to and from your computer using Antelope's proprietary driver software and custom USB chip. Read that again -- that sort of performance is unheard of using USB! Antelope is setting a new standard for USB performance, size versus I/O ratio, and price per channel here, folks. Call me a nerd, but I think that's exciting stuff! In use, the Orion is a breeze. Plug it in, install the software, and start working. The desktop application for Mac and Windows is easy to navigate, yet it allows pretty much any input format to be routed to any output format, sent to/from the computer, to be monitored -- it's a versatile console app that allows you to configure a variety of I/O routings. You can even set up five presets for easy recall of your most-used Orion routings -- one for tracking, one for mixing through a summing box, one for surround monitoring, and so on. The same application also provides a mixer for latency-free monitoring when you are tracking. I tested the Orion 32 with a wide range of programs running on my Mac: Avid Pro Tools 10, PreSonus Studio One, MOTU Digital Performer, Propellerhead Reason, Steinberg Wavelab and Cubase, Ableton Live, and more. In each case, the Orion was rock solid. BONUS: the Orion 32 is also iOS compatible -- yes, you can use it as a multichannel interface for your iPad running Auria, Multitrack DAW, Cubasis, or other audio apps! I'm impressed with the support that Antelope Audio is providing for the Orion. In the time that I have had the unit in my rig, the company has released several driver and software updates, each moving the performance of the unit forward. I like seeing this sort of support and responsiveness from a company when I'm investing in the gear they make -- it bodes well for long-term future support. So, we've established that Orion packs a ton of punch into a single rack, brings new level of performance to USB connectivity, and dramatically increases the price per I/O jack quotient. But the big question is, how does it sound? Can a box with this sort of value proposition and connectivity really deliver reference-level sound quality? In a word, absolutely! I found the Orion to sound (or not sound, depending on how you look at it) transparent and...perhaps "neutral" is a good word here. I mean that in a positive way; the Orion doesn't hype the sound, yet it provides excellent detail and full-range tonality with natural dynamic response. I have no hesitation recommending this unit based on sound quality! To sum up, Antelope Audio has done an amazing job with the Orion 32. It's an ideal interface for those with heavy tracking needs, those who mix through summing boxes or analog mixers, and those who want to integrate hardware processors into a DAW-based rig. If you want maximum I/O bang for your buck and minimum space requirement per channel of I/O, combined with top-notch audio quality, you can't beat the Antelope Audio Orion 32!
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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