Discrete 4 with Basic FX collection – Console-grade discrete microphone preamp interface
Real-time 3D mic modeling via FPGA engine
60+ Premier real-time FX also accessible in DAW
4 Console-grade Class A mic pres with discrete transistor design
DC Coupled analogue line outputs
Precise and recallable stepped gain control
Dedicated knobs for each mic pres
4th Generation 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking
FPGA FX models including BAE, Grove Hill, Gyraf Audio classics
NEW ConnectAFX Plugin for accessing the FPGA FX in your DAW
4 Analog ins on combo XLR (2 mic / line, 2 Hi-Z / mic / line)
Thunderbolt & USB connectivity
2 Word Clock outputs
Additional digital connectivity via S/PDIF and 2 ADAT’s
Create & share custom presets
Remote control via Mac/PC/iOS/Android apps
Basic FX pack
Enter the world of authentic vintage effect modeling with the Basic FX pack. Explore the true sound of iconic and expensive units from BAE, Gyraf Audio, Lang and Grove Hill.
The Discrete 4 Basic FX pack allows you to use 2 channel strips with 2 FX instances each. The Basic FX library features 60+ Antelope Audio real-time FPGA FX, including Vintage EQs, Compressors, AuraVerb, Guitar Amps & Cabinet models.
Plug in your guitar directly into one of the hi-Z enabled inputs and instantly sculpt your tone with some of the most iconic guitar amps and cabinets around. Then add vintage compression, EQ and AuraVerb to hear a finished studio quality result with real-time responsiveness while playing through your preferred amp, cabinet and microphone combination. Perform and record either with FX or your direct input and process later using the integrated guitar effects.
The Antelope AFX platform is a rapidly expanding hardware modeling engine. Discrete 4 includes preamp models, guitar amps, transformer and tube FX, and a huge selection of classic vintage gear, which will soon be accessible in any DAW via the upcoming AFX2DAW Plugin.
The Antelope Audio real-time FPGA platform is now extended to a complete professional studio experience:
- Mic Preamps (NEW): Gyratec IX, VPA 76, BAE-1073MP, RD-47, BA-31
- Conversion: Reel to Reel (NEW)
- Guitar Amps: Bass SuperTube VR (NEW), Burnsphere (DE), Marcus II (US), Overange 120 (UK), Tweed Deluxe, Top30, Darkface, Modern, Plexi 59, Rock 75, Rock 22.10
- Guitar Cabinets: Darkface 65 2×12, Top30 2×12, Modern 4×12, Green 2×12, Vintage 4×12, Green 4×12, Caliper 50 1×10, Bluelux 1×12, Clst 1×12, England 4×12
- EQ Legends: 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 Black, VEQ-4K Brown, VEQ-4K Pink, VEQ-4K Orange, BAE-1073, VEQ-HLF, VEQ-1A, VMEQ-5, VEQ-55A, Lang PEQ2, UK-69,
ClearQ (coming soon)
- Vintage Compressors: FeedForward Antelope Compressor, FET-A76, VCA160, x903, Tube176, Gyraf Gyratec X, Grove Hill Liverpool, Stay Levin, ALT-436C, SMT-100A, FET-78A, BA-6A, Tubechild670, Impresser
- Reverb: AuraVerb
- Vintage Mic Emulations (available with the Antelope Audio Edge Modeling Microphone): Berlin 47 FT, Berlin 87, Berlin 67, Tokyo 800T, Berlin M103, Oxford 4038, Vienna 12, Berlin 57, Sacramento 121R, Vienna 414, Berlin 49T
- Vintage Mic Emulations (available with the Antelope Audio Verge Modeling Microphone): Berlin 184, Perth 55, Freiburg 6, Aalborg 4006, Hamburg 40
Bringing All-Star Technology & Performance to a new audience
Antelope Audio’s Discrete 4 Microphone Preamp Interface brings a new level of sound quality and power to home studios and mobile recordists. It comes with 4 console-grade, 6-transistor discrete preamps, 121 db dynamic range conversion and rock solid clocking.
Both the Discrete 4 and the Discrete 8 come with DC coupled analogue line outputs to be used at CV (control voltage) interfaces. Primarily for recording with and taking full advantage of analogue synths.
Discrete 4 features all of the Antelope Audio premier real-time FPGA FX, including authentic models of iconic gear from BAE, Lang, Gyraf Audio and many more.
The Antelope AFX platform is based on a rapidly expanding hardware modeling engine. Discrete 4 includes Accusonic microphone and preamp models, guitar amps, transformer and tube FX, and a huge selection of classic vintage gear, which are now accessible in the DAW via the new ConnectAFX Plugin.
Discrete 4 is a 14 in and 20 out interface featuring 4 analog ins, 4 analog line outs, stereo monitor outs, 4 headphone outs and 2 ReAmps. Additional digital connectivity comes on S/PDIF and 2 ADAT’s.
An Entire Signal Path of Customizable Sonic Excellence
Discrete 4 was developed after an extensive research of legendary microphone preamp circuitry. Its console-grade and fully discrete preamps were hand designed to offer world-class sound. The powerful Antelope Audio FPGA engine can transform these already expensive sounding Accusonic preamps into classic units via Tube, Transformer and FET based circuitry. It’s all happening real-time.
Both the engineer and the performer can instantly hear the authentic blends of 10 different mic preamps without any latency or annoying comb filtering. The microphone source can be recorded with and without Accusonic modeling. This allows the engineer to experiment with different preamp models during mixing. The entire signal path was designed for optimal sound with any microphone and it really shines with Antelope’s new Edge and Verge microphones. These new microphones were specially designed for the Discrete 4 preamps and feature matching discrete electronics.
The real-time FPGA platform offers a complete professional studio experience – Microphones, Preamps, Conversion, Compressors, EQs, Reverb and latency free Monitoring. All this backed up by Antelope’s signature Clocking and combined into one unified system with instantly recallable Presets. You can even load AFX Presets from VIP Masters with their favorite combinations of FPGA FX that are used daily on their own award-winning mixes.
A Breakthrough Discrete Microphone Preamp Design
Traditionally, interface preamps are comprised of only 2 transistors, which makes them a hybrid between transistors and IC chips. Antelope Audio incorporates a fully discrete design consisting of 6 accurately matched transistors, yet maintaining the advantages of digital control and repeatability of gain levels. Field effect transistors add an expensive-sounding touch of warmth and naturalness to the sound. Bipolar transistors keep THD and noise extremely low, which is quite uncommon in a discrete design.
Antelope’s console grade 6-transistor discrete preamp is exceptional and unique. The Discrete 4 mic preamps were the first step of the device design process. Unlike other units where mic preamps are added to the interface, the Discrete 4 preamps are actually what the device is centered around.
Clocking Is The Center Of The Antelope Universe
For 25 years, Igor Levin has led the world in pro audio clocking technologies. His proprietary clocking techniques and secret jitter management algorithms have been at the core of the Antelope sound in all of their products.
The Discrete 4 is no exception. In fact, this mic preamp interface is a professional clocking solution in its own right. It features Antelope’s 4th Generation 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology from the highly acclaimed Trinity, OCX HD, LiveClock, Pure2, Goliath, Orion, and Zen products. Discrete 4 comes Two WC outputs allow you to distribute clock to your other digital gear and mic preamps in your setup connected via ADAT and S/PDIF. Discrete 4 will ensure all your gear is perfectly synced.
Expert Monitoring With Ease For Both Pros and Beginners
Discrete 4 has a comprehensive and easy to set up Monitoring section. A band can have up to 4 individual monitoring mixes with FPGA FX included sent to it’s 4 Headphone Outs. The engineer can make custom headphone mixes for each performer. Effects can be included to allow artists to hear sound closer to what will be on the record.
Users can create custom presets to easily setup various tracking scenarios in a snap. The front panel features an assignable monitor volume knob to control level of the Stereo Outs and individual Headphone Outs. Metering is viewable on the front panel display, inside the EasyPanel and also via the remote App.
A Rapidly Growing Audio Interface Platform
Discrete 4 can save and load AFX presets and exchange settings with the entire Antelope line of FPGA equipped pro audio interfaces. This means that you can share your own FX settings with other Antelope users and load professionally programmed stacks of FX from the Pros. This makes Discrete 4 a great option for both new users and existing Antelope owners, who use a second rig for touring or travel. This helps users leave their current studio untouched when on the road or doing session work outside their own facility.
Remote Control via IOS and Android Phones or Tablets
Use the Discrete 4 downloadable remote App to adjust all microphone input levels, Talkback levels, as well as Monitoring and Headphone volumes remotely. Musicians can control their own headphone volume with their phones and the engineer can check input levels from the tracking room.
Introducing Discrete 4 Video
2 x Mic / Line Inputs
2 x Mic / Line / Hi-Z Inputs
1 x Monitor Out on TRS 1/4 Jacks, +20 dBu max
4 x Line Outs on TRS, +20 dBu max
4 x Stereo Headphone Outputs
EIN: -128 dBu (A-weighted)
Dynamic Range: -121 dB (A-weighted)
THD: -106 dB
Max input: +18 dBu
Gain Range: 65 dB
D/A Monitor Converter
Dynamic Range: 121 dB
THD + N: -100 dB
Dynamic Range: 121 dB
THD + N: -112 dB
D/A Converters(Line Out)
Dynamic Range: 118 dB
THD + N: – 100dB
1 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
1 x S/PDIF
1 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
1 x S/PDIF
USB 2.0 I/O
USB 2.0 Type B connector
Word Clock Outputs
3 x Outputs @ 75 Ohms 3Vpp on BNC 32 – 192kHz
4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking
Sample Rates (kHz)
32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
1.7 kg/ 3.7 lbs
Width: 261 mm / 10.2”
Height: 44 mm / 1.7”
Depth: 208 mm /8.2”