Antelope Discrete 4 Basic

Thunderbolt / USB interface

  • 4 Analogue inputs with combo XLR (2 microphone / line, 2 hi-z / mic / line)
  • 4 Analog line outputs
  • Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 port
  • Stereo jack monitor outputs
  • 4 Stereo headphone outputs
  • Additional digital connections via S / PDIF and ADATs
  • Word clock in / out
  • Talkback microphone and buttons on the front panel
  • Up to 4 individual listening mixes with FPGA FX
  • Create and share your own presets
  • The basic AFX collection includes 2 settings of each EQ, compressor and AuraVerb
  • Plus 1 setting of each guitar amp and speaker cabinets available
  • The basic AFX collection features 50+ Antelope Audio Real-Time FPGA FX
  • Remote control via Mac / PC / iOS / Android applications
  • System requirements: Windows 10, OS X: 10.11 / 10.12 / 10.13 (Sierra recommended)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 261 x 208 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 1.7 kg
  • Includes power supply and USB cable

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 14x16
Number of Mic Inputs 4
Number of Line Inputs 4
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outputs 6
Headphone Outs 4
Phantom Power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI Connectors No
Word Clock 2xOut
Max. Samplerate 192 kHz
Max. Resolution in Bit 24 bit
Bus-Powered No
Incl. Power Supply Yes
Windows Thunderbolt driver Yes
Thunderbolt Version 2
Width in mm 261 mm
Depth in mm 208 mm
Height in mm 44 mm

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Ideal for very simple but high-quality demanding home studios
Quechua, 02.05.2018
My home studio aim is to capture the full harmonic richness and dynamics of different acoustic instruments (strings, flutes and percussions) with the minimum possible equipment.

Most of the time I record in mono, with the rest of the cases using 2 channels in XY or MS stereo configurations. Many preamps are not really a must for me, but I'm quite demanding on preamp's dynamic range and warm analog-like sound.
I never use MIDI neither.

The Discrete 4 covers exactly my needs by offering few good preamps and musical AD/DA conversion with a reasonable price and in a compact ? rack unit size.

PROS:

Obtaining excellent quality recordings with this unit is easy and comfortable. The D4 delivers a very natural and detailed sound, and you can hit the preamps quite high as it is difficult to distort them even on fast transients.

During the performance you enjoy a trouble-less monitoring with zero-latency in your headphones (even when the on-board effects and the makeup Auraverb for monitoring are in use).
By the way, you can have different monitoring mixes on each of the 4 headphone outputs, perfect for my band during tracking without any additional external device like mixers or phone amplifiers.

The availability of lots of excellent plugins and simulations for free is the icing on the cake to obtain the sound I?m looking for in my pocket studio. The plugins provide me with everything I need for EQ or compression.

I also own 2 Verge small diaphragm microphones. The mic simulations are definitively a plus in respect to a simple equalization. The behavior of the microphone really changes and you can add interesting colors to the sound of acoustic instruments (cannot comment for the Edge large diaphragm mic).
Honestly, they sound better than my AKG 451B.

The construction is very solid and the connectors seem of very good quality. Zero problems so far after 4 months of regular use.

The control panel does not offer the full flexibility of other (and more expensive) Antelope units, but is simple and intuitive, and covers all the needs for recording, tracking, mixing and monitoring.
Zero problems too with the ASIO driver running through the USB port in my Samplitude DAW (cannot comment for the thunderbolt driver as my MOBO is not equipped for)

Last but not least, classy design and the iPhone app to control remotely the preamps and the headphones volume complete the positive overview.

CONS:

Out of the wide plugin offer, the D4 "basic" pack is limited to a maximum of 2 plugins for each of preamps 1 and 2. The cost to upgrade to 4 plugins on each of the 4 preamps and to have the possibility to use the build-in plugins in your own DAW via Thunderbolt is something to consider.

TAKE-AWAY:

For me this interface packs one of the best high-end audio features below the 900? barrier.
Ideal for very simple but high-quality demanding home studios.

UPDATE June 5th, 2018:

-A new collection of vintage preamp simulations as well as a tape machine emulation are now available too!!
-The price of the Premium Upgrade pack has been dropped from 700EU to 299EU!!!! that's awesome and really moves this interface to the front of the market, beyond anything else on this range of price.
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Not if you want a clean sound
RobLogic, 22.10.2018
I bought this as a replacement of my old FW400 TC Impact Twin and to compliment my Focusrite Clarett.
The unit is very well built and it looks like a quality product. The preamps have plenty of gain (much more than Focusrite Clarett) but the preamps are pretty noisy and produce a big saturated sound. It reminds me the sound of a vintage preamp. If you like this type of sound this unit may be just perfect for you. If you are after a clean sound, the Clarett does produce a much cleaner sound from its preamps.
The DA conversion is Ok. IMO better than the Clarett but definitely worse than my aging TC Impact Twin. So since I most use the interface for DAC purposes, I still prefer to keep using my aging TC unit over this one.
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Antelope Discrete 4 Basic
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Antelope Discrete 4 Basic

Thunderbolt / USB interface 4 Analogue inputs with combo XLR (2 microphone / line, 2 hi-z / mic / line), 4 Analog line outputs, Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 port, Stereo jack monitor outputs, 4 Stereo...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 14x16
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 4
  • Number of Line Inputs: 4
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Outs: 6
  • Number of Line Outputs: 6
  • Headphone Outs: 4
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 1
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 1
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: No
  • MIDI Connectors: No
  • Word Clock: 2xOut
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • Max. Samplerate: 192 kHz
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Max. Resolution in Bit: 24 bit
  • Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • USB Version: 2.0
  • Incl. Power Supply: Yes
  • Windows Thunderbolt driver: Yes
  • Thunderbolt Version: 2
  • Width in mm: 261 mm
  • Depth in mm: 208 mm
  • Height in mm: 44 mm
  • Included in delivery: incl. 1x Edge Microphone, Manual, Powersupply, Mikrofon Mount and USB-Cable
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
Antelope Discrete 8 & Edge/Verge Bundle
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Antelope Discrete 8 & Edge/Verge Bundle
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€2,699

26 x 32 Thunderbolt/USB Interface Set of 1 Edge Large Diaphragm Capacitor Modeling Microphone (Article Nr 423552 ), 6 Verge Small Diaphragm Capacitor Microphones (Article Nr 423554 ) and Premium FX...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 26x32
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 8
  • Number of Line Inputs: 8
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Outs: 10
  • Number of Line Outputs: 10
  • Headphone Outs: 2
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 1
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 2
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: No
  • Word Clock: 1xIn, 3xOut
  • MIDI Connectors: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • Max. Samplerate: 192 kHz
  • Max. Resolution in Bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • Bus-Powered: No
  • USB Version: 2.0
  • Incl. Power Supply: Yes
  • Windows Thunderbolt driver: Yes
  • Thunderbolt Version: 2
  • Width in mm: 483 mm
  • Depth in mm: 220 mm
  • Height in mm: 44 mm
  • Included in delivery: incl. 1x Edge Duo large-diaphragm condenser microphone, 6 x power mini-diaphragm condenser microphone, user manual, power supply, microphone spider and USB cable
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
Antelope Discrete 8 Basic
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Antelope Discrete 8 Basic
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€1,295

26 x 32 Thunderbolt / USB interface 8 Analogue inputs with combo XLR: 6 mic / line, 2 hi-z / mic / line, Separate knobs for each input, 8 Analogue line outputs on DB25, Thunderbolt & USB 2.0...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 26x32
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 8
  • Number of Line Inputs: 8
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Outs: 10
  • Headphone Outs: 2
  • Number of Line Outputs: 10
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 1
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 2
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: No
  • MIDI Connectors: No
  • Word Clock: 1xIn, 3xOut
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • Max. Samplerate: 192 kHz
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Max. Resolution in Bit: 24 bit
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • Bus-Powered: No
  • USB Version: 2.0
  • Incl. Power Supply: Yes
  • Windows Thunderbolt driver: Yes
  • Thunderbolt Version: 2
  • Width in mm: 483 mm
  • Depth in mm: 220 mm
  • Height in mm: 44 mm
  • Included in delivery: incl. 1x Edge Microphone, 6x Verge Microphones, Manual, Powersupply, Mikrofon Mount and USB-Cable
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
Antelope Discrete 8 Premium FX Col.
Antelope Discrete 8 Premium FX Col.
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€1,849

26 x 32 Thunderbolt / USB Interface Analogue inputs with combo XLR: 6 mic / line, 2 hi-z / mic / line, Separate knobs for each input, 8 analogue line outputs on DB25, Thunderbolt & USB 2.0...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 26x32
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 8
  • Number of Line Inputs: 8
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Outs: 10
  • Number of Line Outputs: 10
  • Headphone Outs: 2
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 1
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 2
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: No
  • MIDI Connectors: No
  • Word Clock: 1xIn, 3xOut
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • Max. Samplerate: 192 kHz
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Max. Resolution in Bit: 24 bit
  • Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • USB Version: 2.0
  • Incl. Power Supply: Yes
  • Windows Thunderbolt driver: Yes
  • Thunderbolt Version: 2
  • Width in mm: 483 mm
  • Depth in mm: 220 mm
  • Height in mm: 44 mm
  • Included in delivery: incl. 1x Edge Microphone, 6x Verge Microphones, Manual, Powersupply, Mikrofon Mount and USB-Cable
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
Antelope Discrete 4 Premium FX Col.
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Antelope Discrete 4 Premium FX Col.
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€1,199

Antelope Discrete 4 Basic FX Collection Thunderbolt / USB interfaceSet consists of: 4 Analogue inputs with combo XLR (2 microphone / line, 2 hi-z / mic / line), 4 Analogue line outputs,...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 14x16
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 4
  • Number of Line Inputs: 4
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Outs: 6
  • Number of Line Outputs: 6
  • Headphone Outs: 4
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 1
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 1
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: No
  • MIDI Connectors: No
  • Word Clock: 2xOut
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. Samplerate: 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Max. Resolution in Bit: 24 bit
  • Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • USB Version: 2.0
  • Incl. Power Supply: Yes
  • Windows Thunderbolt driver: Yes
  • Width in mm: 261 mm
  • Thunderbolt Version: 2
  • Depth in mm: 208 mm
  • Height in mm: 44 mm
  • Included in delivery: incl. 1x Edge Microphone, Manual, Powersupply, Mikrofon Mount and USB-Cable
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
Antelope Discrete 8 Bundle
Antelope Discrete 8 Bundle
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€2,499

Complete Studio Recording Solution Consists of 8 x Discrete audio interfaces, 2 x Edge Solo large-diaphragm microphones (Article Nr: 450851 ), and 4 x Verge small diaphragm microphones (Article Nr...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 24X24
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 8
  • Number of Line Inputs: 8
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Number of Line Outs: 10
  • Number of Line Outputs: 10
  • Headphone Outs: 2
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 1
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 2
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: No
  • Word Clock: 1xIn, 3xOut
  • MIDI Connectors: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • Max. Samplerate: 192 kHz
  • Max. Resolution in Bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • USB Version: 2.0
  • Incl. Power Supply: Yes
  • Windows Thunderbolt driver: Yes
  • Width in mm: 483 mm
  • Thunderbolt Version: 2
  • Depth in mm: 220 mm
  • Height in mm: 44 mm
  • Included in delivery: 2x Edge large diaphragm condenser microphone, 4x Verge miniature condenser microphone, user manual, power supply, microphone spider and USB cable
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
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