Antelope Audio Zen Tour

Portable 32-channel Thunderbolt/USB Audio Interface with 16 Digital Inputs, 4 Mic Preamps, Onboard FPGA Realtime FX, and Mac/PC/iOS/Android Control Software
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Compact Interface with World-class Conversion and Clocking

The Antelope Audio Zen Tour 32-channel Thunderbolt/24-channel USB desktop audio interface delivers comprehensive connectivity in a compact frame. With loads of inputs and outputs, the Zen Tour is an ideal interface for your pro project studio or mobile rig, offering eight analog ins (four guitar/line, four mic/line), 16 analog outs (two balanced monitor output pairs, eight line-outs on D-sub, two stereo headphone outs, two mono Reamp outs), and two ADAT I/O, plus S/PDIF I/O. The Zen Tour's diminutive chassis includes a fast, user-friendly control set, complete with touchscreen display, talkback, and a big volume knob.

Modeled Vintage EQs, Compressors, and Zero-latency Mixers

Hardware-based emulations of classic studio gear

Antelope Audio's Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology allows Zen Tour near-zero latency performance and also powers the FPGA effects suite with authentic hardware-based re-creations of classic studio equipment. The FPGA effects respond more like real hardware thanks to Antelope's powerful modeling platform.

Authentic vintage models

Antelope's included FPGA suite delivers spot-on emulations of vintage processors. Sweeten tracks with Pultec EQ emulations, make vocals shine with the 1073 EQ model designed in partnership with BAE, add life to drums and guitars with the VEQ-55A plug-in, and utilize vintage and contemporary guitar amp and cabinet simulations to create larger-than-life tones. All of these effects can be instantiated on any input, output, or DAW track, making Zen Tour a powerful virtual effects rack.

Amp modeling for easy access to epic guitar tone

Zen Tour includes built-in amplifier and cabinet models based on some of the most iconic guitar gear around. Just plug your instrument directly into one of the Zen Tour's four hi-Z inputs, load up your preferred amp, cabinet, and microphone combination, and you're ready to perform and record, with no latency to frustrate your performance.

Antelope's world-class reverb

Part of the hardware-based effects suite is AuraVerb, an original reverb designed by Antelope's crew of audio gurus. And because it runs in real time on Antelope's proprietary FPGA engine, you can use it for tracking as well as mixdown with virtually no latency.

More models are on the way

The EQs, compressors, and effects in the Antelope FPGA suite are just the beginning. Antelope's engineers are continuously working on creating new models of classic vintage gear, and for now you'll be able to add them for free to your software suite as they become available.

Guitar Amps

  • Burnsphere (DE)
  • Marcus II (US)
  • Overange 120 (UK)
  • Tweed Deluxe
  • Top30
  • Darkface
  • Modern
  • Plexi 59
  • Rock 75
  • Rock 22.10

Equalizers

  • VEQ-55b
  • VEQ-STU 089
  • VEQ-STU 169
  • VEQ-STU 900
  • VEQ HA32C
  • BAE 1023
  • BAE 1084
  • NEU-W492
  • NEU-W495
  • NEU-PEV
  • VEQ-4K Series
  • VEQ-4K Black
  • VEQ-4K Brown
  • VEQ-4K Pink
  • VEQ-4K Orange
  • BAE-1073
  • VEQ-HLF
  • VEQ – 1A
  • VMEQ-5
  • VEQ-55A
  • Lang PEQ2
  • UK-69
  • Parametric EQ

Compressors

  • X903
  • VCA160
  • Gyraf Gyratec X
  • Tube176
  • Grove Hill Liverpool
  • FET-A76
  • Antelope FeedForward Compressor

Reverb

  • AuraVerb

Lots of I/O Options

Four mic/line inputs

The Antelope Audio Zen Tour interface packs four mic/line inputs. These transparent, low-noise mic preamps are ideal for most tracking purposes, with condenser and dynamic mics alike.

Four hi-Z/line inputs

In addition to the mic preamps, Zen Tour offers four hi-Z/line input channels. Plug in your electric guitar, bass, or acoustic-electric instruments for simple direct recording.

Two transformer-based Reamp outputs

Zen Tour's dual Reamp outputs make it easy to run tracks in your DAW through guitar amplifiers and effects pedals. Simply route tracks in your DAW to the Reamp output, connect to an amplifier or effects pedal, then run the signal back into one of the Zen Tour's hi-Z inputs.

Two assignable headphone outputs

Each of the Zen Tour's headphone outputs can deliver a unique headphone mix for monitoring. For small mobile recording sessions, this eliminates the need for a separate headphone amplification rig, simplifying your setup and session management. A Talkback button makes it easy to communicate with the talent.

Ample digital and analog connectivity

In all, the Antelope Audio Zen Tour's I/O selection is amazing considering its compact size. Two sets of stereo outputs with A/B switching are present for your studio monitors, and another eight channels of analog line outputs are available via D-sub. For digital connections, S/PDIF is onboard as well as two ADAT ins and outs.

Ideal for Live and Studio Applications

Enough connectivity for small bands

With a handful of mics on drums and vocals, plus hi-Z inputs for guitar and bass, Zen Tour is a smart choice for small format recording applications. You can also record eight line outputs direct from a mixing board, or up to 16 channels from a digital console via ADAT.

Comprehensive monitoring with talkback

Zen Tour offers outputs for two sets of stereo monitors, which you can quickly switch between from the touchscreen display. Two headphone outputs can each provide a separate headphone mix to musicians, and a Talkback button provides instant communication with your talent.

Advanced remote apps

Apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android control Antelope Audio interfaces remotely from any device on your network. You'll have full control over Zen Tour's audio routing, built-in FPGA effects, input/output metering, etc. Plus, you can run the app simultaneously on multiple devices/operating systems (PC, Mac, iOS, Android) and have them all control one interface at the same time.

World-class clocking and conversion for precision audio performance

Any product worthy of the Antelope Audio name must have exceptional clocking, and the Zen Tour is no exception. Extremely low jitter creates vivid depth and three-dimensionality, along with wide and balanced frequency response from mastering-quality DACs capable of 129dB dynamic range.

Antelope Audio Zen Tour Features:

  • Pro Guitar Interface A clean front end with zero-latency monitoring and Overloud amp modeling give guitar and bass players access to great recorded tones without the amp and the mic.
  • Most Mic/Line Channels Multiple mic preamps and line/DI inputs equip Antelope Audio consoles for real-world recording applications: drums, full bands/orchestras, etc.
  • Lowest Latency Thunderbolt's unmatched round-trip speed reduces latency to imperceptible amounts. The result is a near-analog recording experience for both the producer and the artist.
  • Advanced Remote Apps Apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android control Antelope Audio interfaces remotely from any device on your network.
  • World-class Clocking Any product worthy of the Antelope Audio name must have exceptional clocking. Extremely low jitter gives this unit Antelope's vivid depth and three-dimensionality.
  • Realistic Vintage Effects Hardware-based Pultec-style EQ and AuraVerb reverb are just some of the effects that come standard in Antelope's included FPGA suite.

  • FPGA latency-free engine powers modeled vintage guitar gear, EQs, compressors, and reverb
  • Cutting-edge mastering-quality output DACs with 129dB dynamic range
  • 4 hi-Z/line inputs
  • 4 mic preamps/line inputs
  • 2 stereo monitor outputs with A/B switching
  • 1 talkback mic
  • 2 ADAT ins/outs
  • 1 S/PDIF I/O
  • 2 headphone outputs
  • 2 Reamp outputs
  • Thunderbolt/USB connectivity
  • Remote apps for Mac/PC and iOS/Android

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Antelope Audio Zen Tour Audio Interface Demo
Antelope Audio Unveils New Compressor and EQs for Interfaces
Antelope Releases Zen Tour iOS/Android Control App

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity Thunderbolt, USB Type B
Form Factor Desktop
A/D Resolution 24-bit/up to 192kHz
Number of Preamps 4 x mic, 4 x instrument/line
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR-1/4" combo, 4 x 1/4" (instrument)
Analog Outputs 4 x 1/4" (2 stereo monitor), 2 x 1/4" (ReAmp out), 1 x DB-25 (8 channel)
Digital Inputs 1 x Coax (S/PDIF), 2 x Optical (ADAT)
Digital Outputs 1 x Coax (S/PDIF), 2 x Optical (ADAT)
Headphones 2 x 1/4"
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later, 8GB RAM recommended
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later, 8GB RAM recommended
Manufacturer Part Number Zen Tour

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Crystal Clear.

This soundcard has everything, from the crystal clear pre's, an unique bundle and a REALLY quick technical support from the Antelope's HQ. The best thing is that they constantly keep doin' major updates to expand the roaster of FPGA processor, for free wich is a major plus and with the new compressor's update they really pushed the envelope even further.The first thing that you notice, if you're used to the vsts is the clearness and the 0 latency in the FPGA realm, those EQ's are cutting edge, especially the Lang EQ, witch blows away every other EQ i've ever heard on the air band.For me the price is actually low.5/5 .
5/5

WOW!!!!

I just got this thing from Sweetwater last week and couldn't believe how it sounded after pushing play for the first time. The Duets & Apollo's of the world do not compare. This little box can replace any other brand of converters on the market. You actually get 8 analog ins right out of the box, two headphone jacks as well as two monitor outs which makes Zen Tour perfect for most. And the mic pre's coupled with the free BAE 1073 are great. I got rid of my Apollo/Apogee setup for this and have ZERO regrets.
Music background: Producer
5/5

Initial Impressions are incredible!

This small unit is capable of matching some seriously good studio gear. Setup took between 3-5 minutes after getting things out of the box. It was as simple as plug in, activate, and update. The whole process ran without a single hiccup. The amount of I/O and the sheer quality of the preamps and conversion are incredible and this tiny thing lives up to the Antelope name. Gain staging at above 75% of the maximum gain still gave no background noise, and the conversion is as crisp as what I heard in the bigger Orion Studio. The preamps are clean and powerful with almost zero background noise even at gains of +45dB. The touchscreen gives rapid access to many quick adjustments, like gain for inputs/outputs, and even more advanced functions like setting sample rates and choosing a clocking lock source. The interface will even run sample rate conversion allowing regular computer audio to run through the system even when running at 192kHz. The software is just as good, offering an immense amount of customization in routing, cue mixes, and the near zero-latency effects live up to their name, only 2 samples behind realtime. All in all, by sound, build quality, and customer support, Antelope has won me over as a customer with this unit!
Music background: Home musician/mixer
5/5

Never had so much fun

I absolutely love this interface. I had a persons firebox that with a few os updates became unsupported. Now after a couple years without I have the Zen Tour. An incredible device, once I wrapped my head around routing, it is very flexible and easy to route, with the molded guitar amps and cabs and the studio gear inside it is one intense little box. If you don't have the cash, or don't want to spend the cash, then don't try one, because if you spend any time with one you will forever want one!
5/5

clear sound/multifunction/value

Lucky for me, this interface came out just as I was ready to upgrade my I/O count. Coming from the Duet I was hesitant to stray from Apogee but the features and reputation of Antelope peaked my interest. The features are kinda crazy for the price. I was able to sell 4 pieces of gear after buying the Zen Tour. Obviously I sold the Duet once my concerns were laid to rest by the sound quality of this interface. But I was also able to sell my monitor switch and 2 reamp devices because the Zen Tour can provide these functions all-in-one. When the dust settled I only paid 1/3 of the price with 'new' money and the rest was covered by my own sales. Thanks Sweetwater 3-pay plan! I am impressed by the sound quality. For me, it has a clearer sound than the Duet. The stereo image is more apparent and it can sure get loud on my JBL 305's. It is a winner. The software didn't jive with me right away but after a month I am sold. The routing possibilities are endless. The ability to set-up presets for your different work flows has been amazing to me. I wont be using any of the plug-ins or modeling so I cannot speak to that. Antelope support has also been great. They are fast with emails and even called me when I was really lost with the routing. "a click-and-drag patchbay" he said, and the light bulb turned on! Other than that the design is inspiring. Very beautiful sounding and looking piece. Order it from Sweetwater if you want an ultra-smooth transaction. Thanks to Ed Needler for the top-notch support as always.

Sweetwater Advice

Andy Miller

I got my hands on the Zen Tour when Antelope Audio came to visit. The clean and detailed sound as well as the build quality meet the high standards I expect from Antelope, just in a smaller format. The guitar reamping connections also sent me to the moon. Playback through the amp sounds exactly like the live signal does during tracking. This allows me to remain in musician mode while I get my best take, and then tweak it all I want when I go into engineer mode. It's like they included me when they designed this interface.
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