Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core Audio Interface with TB3: NAMM 2020

Antelope Audio has unleashed an update to its portable audio interface king Zen Tour at NAMM 2020, which the company calls Zen Tour Synergy Core. Although the predecessor featured an outstanding sound quality, the newer model boasts an even higher dynamic range and includes several Synergy Core effects. Zen Tour Synergy Core also comes with upgraded Thunderbolt 3 connectivity providing a massive bandwidth of 40GB/s.

What’s New?

Dedicated Audio Engine Chips

Supporting 4 ARM DSP and 2 FPGA Antelope Audio’s Synergy Core audio engine processors, the new Zen Tour 2020 is capable of processing multiple audio streams with classic FX plugins in real-time without any latency. Since all the effects are processed by dedicated chips withing the interface, the computer doesn’t have to bear any load.

Up to 36 Synergy Core FX come free with this interface comprising of:

  • 2 Preamps
  • 4 Equalizers
  • 5 Compressors
  • 22 Guitar Amps & Cabs
  • 2 Utility FX
  • 1 Reverb

Improved Dynamic Range

While Zen Tour supports up to 129dB dynamic range for monitor outputs, the new Zen Tour Synergy Core update offers a slight upgrade at 130dB DNR with a lower THD+N of -115dB instead of -108dB for better sonic production. Additionally, the D/A converters in the Synergy Core model also support 7dB higher DNR at 127dB. Whereas the A/D converters offer the same DNR of 124dB as the predecessor. However, these converters still offer 2dB lower THD+N at -110dB.

Connectivity

Now, with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, this interface can handle connection speeds up to 40GB/s. This makes latency issues a thing of past. Over Thunderbolt 3, you can work with up to 32 FX channels simultaneously. Whereas the USB 2.0 Type-B connection allows to work with 24 channels.


In terms of clocking, Zen Tour Synergy Core retains the Antelope Audio’s signature 4th generation AFC with 64-bit DDS technology allowing for incomparable artifact-free AD/DA conversion.

Pricing

The new Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core audio interface will ship at a price of $1,995USD.

Is it worth the price difference of $300? In terms of sound quality, the difference is extremely subtle. If you love to record with real-time FX and require the absolute best performance in a portable format, this audio interface is a perfect choice.

Check out the current price or price drop on the Zen tour here.

Antelope Audio Zen Tour vs Zen Tour Synergy Core Comparison

Zen TourZen Tour Synergy Core
A/D Converter124dB DNR
THD + N: -112 dB
124dB DNR
THD+N: -110
D/A Converter120dB DNR
THD + N: -107dB
127dB DNR
THD+N: -106
D/A Monitor Converter129 dB DNR
THD + N: -108 dB
130dB DNR
THD+N: -115
ConnectivityThunderbolt
USB 2.0 Type-B
Thunderbolt 3
USB 2.0 Type-B
Mic/Line Inputs (Analog)4x XLR combo4x XLR combo
Hi-Z/Line Inputs (Analog) 4x TRS4x TRS
DB258 Channels on 1x DB258 Channels on 1x DB25
Monitor Outputs4x TRS (2 channels at a time)4x TRS (2 channels at a time)
ReAmp Outs2x TRS2x TRS
Headphone Outputs22
Digital Inputs 2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
1 x S/PDIF
2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
1 x S/PDIF
Digital Outputs2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
1 x S/PDIF
2 x ADAT (up to 16CH)
1 x S/PDIF
Clocking System4th Gen AFC
64-bit DDS
4th Gen AFC
64-bit DDS
Max Mic Gain65dB65dB
Max Sample Rate192kHz192kHz
Price$1,695USD$1,995USD

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Ishaan Sarna

Founder of Soundelicit.com, Technoiser.com, and Isolapse.com. Music Producer by profession and also a Tech Enthusiast.