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.
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.
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.
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.
I was previously using a converter that was modified by Black Lion Audio, and it sounded really good. The Orion 32 brought out things I never heard before in my recordings! Really impressed with what this unit does.
My only gripe is that the manual is not very complete to help you get things up and running properly. I had troubles out the box. Fortunately, you can get online with a tech from Antelope (which I did). He quickly diagnosed all the setting changes I needed to make to my computer. An experienced computer user would have had troubles figuring things out. None of these adjustments were noted in the manual.
After I remedied the issues, it has been solid as a rock. And, it really does sound amazing!
Also, the service from Sweetwater has been great! My sales rep Simon Picazo has always been great, and has always made the effort to take care of my recording needs! Thanks!
Bad Drivers Good AD/DA
Basically the hardware aspect is great - really, really good ADDA - you won't find a better price to performance ratio. None the less the drivers and software are suspect, in addition to being pretty lame. Tried numerous times to get it to work with a MacPro and El Capitan, but it won't. So much so I bought an RME madi device to just use this as conversion at not have to deal with the software and drivers, which stink.
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!
The Antelope Orion 32 just cannot do 192 kHz sampling rate. I have tried with 4 different computers and on line help from Sweetwater, Avid, Microsoft and Antelope, and one engineer I have hired. Antelope refuses all responsabilty and keep claiming that it's a computer problem.
32 in AND out? OVER USB? WHAAAA??
I've had this unit for about 6 weeks now and absolutely love it. It's way more stable than my previous unit was. The sound quality is quite lovely. My main interface before was an apogee Rosetta 800 and I feel like this is a little more open and uncolored. I love it. More I/O than I need and room to expand if I ever get a console again.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the software sometimes tells you that you need to update when you're already running the latest version.
Good Product, Customer Service completely Sux!
The bottomline is when a real issue comes up its pretty much impossible to reach a concern human after they've taken your money for this product. After the staff of about 3 people in their U.S.A. totally ignored my phone calls, email, attempt on social media to resolve things admirably I got fed up tried to contact the European office, and basically the same thing. You are taking a gamble with any product by Antelope, if anything ever goes wrong you're pretty much screwed. Their Customer service is much worse then Akai, and that's saying a lot! At least Akai acknowledges their customers. Save the money and buy a MOTU product, same quality, less money, less hassles, more respect!!!!
PC users beware!
First I must say that this is an excellent sounding converter. The problem is that the USB 2 function on PCs can have issues.
When I first bought the Orion 32 about a year ago I installed it on a powerful studio machine I built with an Asrock motherboard. The installation seemed to run perfectly but when I'd attempt to launch any one of my DAWs they wouldn't be able to initialize the Orion 32. After many days of calls and troubleshooting with the excellent Sweetwater support people and slightly less excellent Antelope support the drivers inexplicably started working correctly after about the 15th re-install. Once operational the Orion functioned flawlessly.
After much time and attempted use with other machines I discovered that the Orion 32 uses much more USB data bandwidth than most USB devices. Some PCs will even tell you that the Orion 32 is asking for more bandwidth than is available from the USB controller. This seems to be the cause of my original problem. It also seems to be very difficult if not impossible to trick a PC into allocating more bandwidth to a particular USB controller.
It all comes down to USB bandwidth but the USB chipset on your particular motherboard can matter also. Initially I couldn't even get the Orion 32 control panel to function properly until I found a chipset that the Orion liked to talk to. After an online search It appears that there are lots of PC users who have had difficulty with the USB functionality on the Orion 32 for this reason. Rumor has it that you can install a USB 2 PCI card that has the Texas Instruments USB 2 chipset on it and that the problem can be solved that way. Unfortunately since USB 3 is here they are no longer producing the TI USB 2 chipsets. I've tried the USB 3 chip set from Texas Instruments on a SIIG brand PCIe card which did not help with the Orion but all my Glyph drives like it just fine.
To this day I have only been able to achieve somewhat reliable function on the original machine that I managed to get working with the Orion 32. I have never had trouble with interfaces from other manufacturers on the same or any PC.
If you are able to reconcile the usable capacity of your PC's USB bus as it relates to the Orion 32 then it will work fine. Unfortunately those specs aren't easy to find so it's practically the luck of the draw. Good Luck!!!
Fantastic Quality and Clarity!
The Orion 32 is an absolutely amazing and impressive product. I've compared it with Apogee and Avid HD I/O in my studio and I find the Orion to not only be the best bang for the buck, but the clarity and neutrality of the audio is stunning!
I purchased mine from Sweetwater about 9 months ago and have not had any issues whatsoever. It sits in my rack and operates smoothly and reliably every single day. The folks at Antelope are great and very approachable. Drivers have been solid since day 1 and no issues, conflicts, crashes, or anything of that nature. Just pure bliss.
As beautiful as the OLED display is, I keep mine at about 25% brightness. At 100% it is very bright and easily readable, but no need to light up the room. :)
Sounds great. Works right out of the box. Very low latency with high track counts in ProTools 10. Highly recommend for all!
Rock Solid and Simple
This is a really great unit for the money. It works at our studio day in and day out with little to no fuss. The connectivity options are excellent and the sound quality is great. Converters are not the sexiest part of your studio but they are a crucial link in the chain. I have heard better converters but they are usually extremely pricey. This thing gives you 32 in and 32 out via USB without breaking a sweat.
Orion 32 Great choice from Tony Dayton!
Tony Dayton at Sweetwater, I cannot thank you enough. You really pushed hard for me to get this. I debated you hard with regard to the UAD Apollo stuff, but thankfully I gave in and trusted you, the man that knows a lot about these important things. Now thanks to "The Tonester" I am making the best music of my life and Tony and the Orion 32 have a lot to do with that!
Got the Orion 32 hooked up and working great with Pro Tools 10. The routing
I have it set up through a Mackie 32x8 (with a 24 channel extension board
for my keyboards and synths). Its connected as tracks 1-8 from sub groups
1-8 and tracks 9-32 from direct outs on channels 9-32.
I have my Alesis HD24 connected to the other 16 outs from the sub groups and
then connected back by ADAT light pipe to the Orion 32. SPDIF is coming
from the Eleven Rack and going out to a Tascam CD-RW700.
All 32 analogue outs from the Orion go to the tape returns on the Mackie for
summing. As I said, with the Mackie's routing and the Orion's routing its
I love the Orion
I absolutely love Orion, it has transformed my studio into a fully functional in every way possible, and the solid clock has changed the way I mix and master ....STUNNING.
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.
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.
Nothing Short of Fantastic!
For the price range it is in, it is the best all around unit I have used yet. Really when you consider all aspects nothing comes close. The amount of channels, fidelity, ease of use, etc. I am very impressed.
The Orion 32 has been awesome! I'm using it with ProTools 11 and I have had no issues with it. It's very flexible in it's routing capabilities and able to handle everything with in-audible latency! Very Nice! I use this unit not only t convert my mic pre signals to digital for the DAW but also use it's 32-analog outs to go into my mixing console for analog summing!!!!
It sounds good and clean but I have issues with Latency after updating to the latest driver.
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.
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.
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!