As implied by the ThunderboltTM|USB 3.0|HDX Port|MADI wording boldly blazoned across a facelifted front panel that is sure to stand out in the most demanding studio setups that the top-tier audio interface itself is duly designed to handle, Goliath HD | Gen 3 works with any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), connecting to Mac and Windows computers with 192 kHz audio over Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, HDX (available as a separately-purchasable, optional upgrade), and MADI (to Dante Bridge). As an Antelope Audio innovation, Goliath HD | Gen 3’s proprietary HDX Compensation Delay technology ensures that any analogue or digital input entering Pro Tools arrives as a fully-sample-accurate signal source, while the company’s custom-created, ultra-fast Thunderbolt driver delivers 64 channels of simultaneous playback and recording at up to sub-millisecond (imperceptible) latency. Additionally, a latency-free direct monitoring environment encompassing four independent internal mixers, each with 32 assignable inputs, is always at hand. Having said that, Goliath HD | Gen 3’s digital and networking connectivity is established by industry-standard AES, MADI, ADAT, S/PDIF, Thunderbolt, USB, and HDX connections combining to total an astronomical 346 digital I/O channels, certainly living up to its name!
Needless to say, Goliath HD | Gen 3 also excels in the analogue domain. I/O includes 16 Accusonic mic preamps (M/L 1 through to M/L 16) with mic modelling support for the included Edge Duo microphone’s 11 emulations — namely, Berlin 47, Berlin 49T, Berlin 57, Berlin 87, Berlin 67, Berlin M103, Tokyo 800T, Vienna 12, Vienna 414, Oxford 4038, and Sacramento 121R (https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/edge-duo/#description); two analogue INSERTS; and four instrument inputs (G1 through to G4) alongside an additional 16 analogue inputs (ANALOG IN) via two D-SUB 25 connectors (with 124dB DNR), while 32 analogue outputs (ANALOG OUT) over four D-SUB 25 connectors (with 129dB DNR), two transformer re- amp outputs (R1 and R2), and two independently-assignable headphone outputs (HP 1 and HP 2) bring the total to 38 analogue outputs.
Of course, no studio production project is complete without audio effects; again, as implied by the ZERØ-latency FPGA Engine and AFC Clocking Technology wording also boldly blazoned across its control feature-laden front panel, Goliath HD | Gen 3 does not disappoint. Indeed, it includes 36 realtime FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) hardware-based effects (https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/goliath-hd-gen3-real-time-fx/#fx) valued at over $3,000.00 USD, taken from Antelope Audio’s acclaimed AFX library — namely, AuraVerb (reverb); BA-31 (mic preamp model); ClearQ (linear EQ); FET-A76 (FET-based compressor); Gyraf Gyratec X (true tube stereo compressor); PowerEx (in-house expander); PowerFFC (feedforward compressor); PowerGate (noise gate); VCA-160 (VCA-style compressor); VEQ-1A (vintage tube EQ); VEQ-HLF (Pultec-style high- and low-pass filter); VMEQ-5 (midrange EQ); Stay-Levin (American tube compressor); and x903 (natural-sounding compressor), plus 11 guitar amps and 11 guitar cabinets. Coupled with Antelope Audio’s latest 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking jitter management system, those Class-A mic preamps and audiophile-grade AD/DA conversion combine to deliver top-tier, studio- quality sound. Saying that, the acclaimed clocking can be distributed to suitably-equipped external studio equipment via Goliath HD | Gen 3’s twin WC OUT (Word Clock outputs) on BNC (Bayonet Neill–Concelman) connectors. Additionally, Antelope Audio’s 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock can be used for reference (connected on BNC via the dedicated 10M IN input).
Thanks to those brand-new, state-of-the-art AD/DA converters achieving a stunning 136dB DNR on its mastering-grade monitor outputs while retaining the centrepiece 3.5-inch high-resolution TFT (Thin-Film-Transistor) display with 262,000-colour capacitive touchscreen panel enabling immediate access to metering, preferences, gain adjustment, and mission-critical functionality, the world’s most powerful audio interface has become even more powerful, as Antelope Audio’s improved and refreshed Goliath HD | Gen 3 clearly demonstrates. Designed to handle working with the most demanding studio setups, it offers the most comprehensive connectivity the pro audio industry has yet seen… and heard!