SANTA MONICA, CA, USA: high-end professional audio equipment manufacturer Antelope Audio is proudto be show casing its new Edge Strip mic modelling solution for the first time in Europe at Musikmesse 2018,April 11-14 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany…
Edge Strip is a true treasure trove of mic emulation made perfectly possible by bundling Antelope Audio’s all-analogue, dual -cha n n elDI SCRETE MP Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp (designed to deliver the company’s signature pristine audio quality) with itsdual-capsule, large-diaphragm EDGE condenser modelling microphone (designed to reproduce the expressiveness and character ofcostly classic microphones). Moreover, Edge Strip comes complete with several free native-format Fusion AFX Pack plug-ins. Includedamongst those is the STAY-LEVIN compressor created by Antelope Audio CEO Igor Levin himself to capture the spirit of its historichardware namesake that shaped the special sound of a slew of Sixties Stateside classics. Combined with the bundled state-of-the-arthardware, these act as an all-in-one solution for formulating high-quality studio recordings with an authentic vintage analogue sound.
Still better, the Edge Strip bundle is compatible with any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) system since its free Fusion AFX Pack p lug -ins —including several classic microphone (BERLIN 47 FT, BERLIN 67, BERLIN 87, and TOKYO 800T) and preamp (ANTELOPE V76, GIRAFFE G9, andBAE 1073 MP) emulations, the vintage-sounding BA 1073 EQ, plus STAY-LEVIN compressor — are available in all major native (AAX, AU,and VST) formats. Furthermore, Edge Strip works with any studio setup straight out of the box since any half-decent audio interface isalready equipped with a pair of analogue inputs. It even features a 1kHz calibration OSC (oscillator) on the DISCRETE MP Discrete DualUltra-Linear Microphone Preamp for assisting any audio interface that is not capable of precise channel pair gain matching.
Technically, the Edge Strip bundle betters any alternative out there. Thanks to the dual-capsule design of its cutting-edge EDGE conde nser mi crophone, Antelope Audio can capably model microphones in 3D with step-by-step polar pattern adjustment. As such, italso offers control over off-axis response (resulting in a distortion or change in the frequency response of the reproduced audio signal thatis not directly in front of the microphone) and the proximity effect (increasing low frequency response when a sound source is close).
Digging deeper, EDGE’s dual edge-terminated capsules dispense with termination mounts in the centre of the diaphragm itself, fre ei n gup the entire diaphragm to vibrate without interfering with the sound waves (unlike restrictive centre-mounted designs where thediaphragm is necessarily more static). Smooth/natural sound results, reproducing the expressiveness and character of costly classicmicrophones but without excessive expense. Essentially, this gives EDGE — and, in turn, the Edge Strip bundle — its competitive edge.
Experiencing EDGE at its maximum potential is a given — given that Antelope Audio’s talented team of engineering experts, le d byc ap a ble com pany CEO Igor Levin, designed the DISCRETE MP Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp to perfectly match thecharacter of that cutting-edge EDGE modelling microphone to a tee. The unique discrete design allows Antelope Audio to modify eachindividual aspect of the preamp, putting total control over colouration, clarity, and character in the hands of discerning users. Ultimately,then, the DISCRETE MP Discrete Dual Ultra-Linear Microphone Preamp powerfully punches well above its (950g) weight while packing a lotinto its diminutive (190mm W x 46.5mm H x 157mm D) dimensions, as evidenced by its impressive technical specifications: two INPUTS on
MIC-XLR and LINE-USE 1/4” JACK, offering 20dBu max balanced @ 2kΩ (XLR only) and 2 9dBu max balanced @ 13K to ground (TRS only);tw o TRS OUTPUTS (22dBu max); USB CONTROL I/O (USB 2.0 Full-Speed Type B for remote control only); and a mic preamp pushing out anaccomplished gain range of 0dB to 61dB (in 1dB steps) alongside 48V phantom power.
Put it this way: while those time- and effort-saving native-format Fusion AFX Pack plug-ins are free, ther e is no denying that they a ddvalue to an already-invaluable preamp and modelling microphone mix. After all, each plug-in puts to use a high degree of oversamplingand precise floating-point calculations to accurately model vintage effects with unparalleled detail. Even when emulating microphones, preamps and signal processors, users can breathe easy, safe in the knowledge that the Edge Strip bundle brings minimal latency and Antelope Audio’s second-to-none signature sound to bear on their own sound, whatever they wish that to be.
Antelope Audio will be showcasing the Edge Strip bundle on booth F30 in Hall 4.1 at Musikmesse 2018, April 11-14 in Frankfurt am Main,Germany. Go check it out!
Edge Strip is now available to directly purchase online from Antelope Audio (https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/edge-strip/) or via Antelope Audio’s growing global network of dealers with an MSRP of €1,295.00 EUR. (Note that the free native-format Fusion AFX Pack plug-ins are all iLok protected; users can create a free account for the iLok Licensing System and purchase the third-generation iLok Smart Key from here: https://www.ilok.com.)
For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Edge Strip webpage here: https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/edge-strip/
Watch Antelope Audio’s enticing Edge Strip Quick Start Guide video here: https://youtu.be/P2ZZQDuJJeg