Antelope Audio announced its “most accessible and versatile recording tool” last week at Musikmesse 2016. Antelope’s Zen Tour features an ultra portable form factor, Thunderbolt and USB connectivity, 8 analog inputs and outputs, high-end DSP effects, hardware-based guitar amp/cab simulations and more.
With 8 inputs, including 4 switchable Mic/Line inputs and 4 HiZ/Line inputs, Zen Tour provides plenty of options for tracking several instruments simultaneously — as well as digital ADAT & S/PDIF I/O for increased connectivity options.
Zen Tour’s 8 outputs are designed to enable an all-in-one workflow, and dual independent headphone outputs enable two musicians (or a musician and engineer) to listen in without additional hardware. In addition, there are dual monitor outputs for A/B monitor switching, dual reamp outputs, and a talkback button on the front panel.
Zen Tour incorporates the same parallel DSP processing capabilities found on Antelope Audio’s professional studio devices, enabling low recording latency and the use of Antelope’s “hardware-quality” effects. With the low latency of Antelope’s Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) processing, guitar amplifiers respond “with the same immediacy of real tubes, carrying an authentic tone and realistic sound.”
Zen Tour also boasts innovative software-based hardware control, with its “impressive” touch screen, a handy mobile app, and a cross-platform software control panel. With its networking and remote control implementations, users are able to manage all Zen Tour features from multiple computers in the same network, as well as from a smart phone or tablet via iOS and Android mobile apps.
Pricing and Availability. Antelope Audio’s Zen Tour portable audio interface is expected to begin shipping at the end of May, 2016 at the retail price of $1,495 / EUR 1,495.