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Antelope Audio Zen Q Synergy Core USB Audio Interface

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USB Audio Interface, 14 x 10 I/O Channels, Bus-Powered USB-C, 2 Discrete Preamps, ADAT Optical Input, 64-bit Clocking, Real-time FX Included, Loopback for Streaming - Mac/Win
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From input to output, the Zen Q is designed to help you grow to a bigger setup without losing the desktop size format. The ultra-linear preamps and pristine AD/DA conversion give you professional quality in the studio or on the go – all in a compact package. Add to that its generous connectivity and real-time onboard effects, and you’ll be up to almost any task – whether you want to record, mix, master, stream, or just play.

CONNECTIVITY All I/O, all the time

With its pairs of headphone outputs, preamps, and instrument inputs, the Zen Q interface was built with collaboration in mind. Flexible routing and switchable inputs unlock a wealth of possible setups. Four simultaneous Hi-Z instruments and two pairs of monitors? No problem. Four balanced analog outboard inserts? You got it. If you need even more inputs, hook up any ADAT-compatible preamp with up to eight additional channels, and you’re ready to record a full band live. The stereo input and output over S/PDIF can be used to add an outboard effect, record a digital hardware synth, or send a high-quality clocking signal to the rest of your studio.

Extensive connectivity

It all starts with the bus-powered connectivity – you only need a USB cable and a computer to start the show. The multipurpose inputs and the digital ports allow you to change things on the fly and expand your setup easily.

Console-grade preamps

For our discrete preamps we use a combination of transistors that results in maximum noise reduction and, most importantly, precise sound capture.

Signature clocking & conversion

The 64-bit AFC clocking and AD/DA converters give the stereo image more detail and a sense of spaciousness. This gives your recordings stand-out sound quality and makes the Zen Q ideal for mastering.

SOUND QUALITY Discrete console-grade preamps

The Zen Q audio interface packs two professional-grade microphone preamps with 65db of gain and individual phantom power. Their ultra-linear, discrete circuit topology is on par with the preamps found in legendary consoles at the world’s best studios.

The clock you can’t beat

Taken from our award-winning master clocks, the AFC™ (Acoustically Focused Clocking) technology ensures professional, low-jitter AD/DA conversion up to 192 kHz / 24 bit. This makes listening, mixing, and even mastering with the Zen Q an absolute audiophile experience. From analog to digital and back, your sound meets nothing but the best signal path.

From studio to studio

The portable design of the Zen Q means you can carry it in your backpack and take it on tour with you or any on-location recording session.

Work at the speed of sound

Unleash the true power of the Zen Q by creating custom monitor and headphone mixes, combining device inputs and DAW outputs with real-time analog-modeled Synergy Core FX – all that from an intuitive control panel.

Handy loopback

The built-in loopback feature lets you livestream a complete mix to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and more.

Session recall

For every individual recording scenario, you can save session files and create exact snapshots of all your settings so you can load them later without losing your progress.

Easy routing

The signal routing is as versatile as it is intuitive, and any configuration can be stored and recalled as a preset.


Powered by the Synergy Core, the Zen Q comes with a selection of 37 analog-modeled effects, with many more available in our Software Store. This ultra-low latency processing is entirely run within the interface on a unique combo of FPGA and DSP chips, at no extra cost to your computer’s CPU or memory. This means you can record and monitor voice and instruments through real-time models of effects and guitar amps, from classic gear to rare gems. Not ready to commit? No problem. You can still take advantage of the Synergy Core effects during mixing by using afx2daw. Analog workflow in the digital domain.

PORTABILITY Get your show on the road

Your laptop has a new best friend: this bus-powered interface will deliver professional quality wherever you need it. With its robust construction, large dial and high-resolution display, this sturdy box is perfectly at home in a location recording rig, at a rehearsal space, or even as a standalone effect processor and mixer for a small band!


No extra power supply is needed to work with the Zen Q. Being entirely bus-powered, the audio interface works with a single cable plugged into the computer. The rock-solid drivers for macOS and Windows ensure stable performance with ultra-low latency on both computer configurations.

Antelope Audio Zen Q Synergy Core USB Audio Interface Features:

  • Class-leading AD/DA conversion with up to 127dB of headroom
  • Recording, mixing and playback at up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Proprietary 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC™) technology & Jitter Management algorithm delivering increased width, separation, and detail
  • 2×Discrete ultra-linear preamps with 65dB of gain for studio-quality recordings. Both work as microphone/line/ Hi-Z inputs, on combo XLR jacks, and supply 48V of phantom power
  • 2×Hi-Z/line instrument inputs over TRS
  • 2×DC-coupled line outputs over TRS
  • USB2.0 type C port (for Zen Q USB) carrying 16 input and 16 output channels in any popular DAW with custom macOS & Windows drivers
  • Digitally expandable over ADAT IN , with 8 channels available
  • Digitally expandable over S/PDIF I/O, with 2 channels available
  • 1 × Stereo monitor output over TRS
  • 2 × Stereo headphone outputs with separate volume control
  • Bus-powered interface powered by the USB-C connection without the need for a dedicated power source
  • Direct monitoring with Synergy Core effects, processed in real-time with imperceptible latency
  • Simplified I/O routing with pre-configured settings, allowing immediate recording and playback • Front panel with easily accessible controls over input and output levels, and other settings
  • Customizable presets with signal routing, level adjustments, mixer and effects settings
  • Customizable monitoring mixes with adjustable volume, pan and reverb
  • Collection of 37 Synergy Core effects modeled after classic and rare analog outboard gear
  • Synergy Core proprietary onboard platform powered by 2×DSP & 1 × FPGA chips for real-time effects processing with imperceptible latency
  • Modeling Engine allowing pairing with the Edge line of microphones for real-time use of vintage microphone emulations

    Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
    Form Factor Desktop
    Simultaneous I/O 14 x 10
    A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
    Number of Preamps 2
    Phantom Power Yes
    Analog I/O 2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input, 2 x 1/4" TRS Line/Hi-Z Input (Front Panel), 2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output, 2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output
    Digital I/O
    1 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT Input, 1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input, 1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Output
    2 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output (Front Panel)
    USB 1 x USB-C
    Software Not included (afx2daw recommended) 
    OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.11 or later
    OS Requirements - PC Windows 8.1 or later
    Power Supply
    USB bus powered
    Height 2.26" / 5.75cm
    7.8" / 19.8cm
    Depth 5.4" / 13.7cm
    Weight 1.8 lb / 0.8 kg
    Manufacturer Part Number 853744004946