Antelope Audio Announces Major Update for Zen Studio Interface, Including New FPGA-Based EQ Models
Supercharged Update to Zen Studio Includes Five New FPGA-Based
EQ Models and Software Control Panel Updates
Santa Monica, Calif.,
November 22, 2016 — Antelope Audio, a leading interface company specializing in Field Programmable
Gate Array (FPGA)-based vintage FX modeling, announced that it is issuing a
significant software update for its groundbreaking Zen Studio portable audio
interface. The update brings five new FPGA-based vintage
EQ models to the Zen Studio to supplement its existing parametric EQ, including
the VEQ-1A, VEQ-55A, Helios 69, NEU-PEV and the Lang PEQ2. The software update, which will be available by the end of
this month, also includes tweaks to the Zen Studio’s Windows and OSX desktop
application — optimizing its overall flexibility and user responsiveness.
“When we released
the Zen Studio over two years ago, we knew that it was far more advanced than
other portable interfaces on the market in terms of sound quality, I/O, and
features,” says Marcel James, Director of U.S. Sales for Antelope Audio. “We
are proud to say that Zen Studio is retaining its pole position by expanding
the capabilities of its desktop software and taking advantage of Antelope's
advanced FPGA capabilities with these five new EQ models.”
Zen and Now
As a result of the update, users are now able to select among
the five new models in addition to the currently available parametric EQ in any
of the 16 FX stacks in the Zen’s desktop application and combine it with the
Zen Studio’s transparent built-in FPGA compressor and AuraVerb reverb. The
update will also allow users more flexibility in adjusting the size and display
in the application, and also includes workflow improvements such as enabling
users to separate the view into multiple shards and save the names of channels
in the routing tables.
The Zen Studio will now feature the following EQ models:
- VEQ-1A: This EQ breathes new life into a classic — a legendary
60 year old passive tube EQ that became an integral part of every top-tier
professional studio in the world. Unlike the original hardware version,
the VEQ-1A can be used in stereo link mode to reproduce a tight stereo
image. Also, the ability to simultaneously cut and boost the same
frequency imparts a unique sound unattainable with any other EQ. By
adjusting the virtual knobs, users can realize massive bass and gentle
highs — with all the richness of real hardware.
- VEQ-55A: This EQ is able to bring out the details your mix is
missing, adding body and sheen to instruments like guitar, bass or drums.
Applying it across multiple channels, your tracks fit together like a
puzzle and the mix jumps out of your speakers.
- Helios 69: Modeled on a classic British console EQ used in
recordings by well-known artists of the 60s and 70s ranging from The
Beatles to Led Zeppelin, the Helios 69 adds astonishing analog detail to
your audio; it allows Antelope Audio users to achieve depth and texture
formerly the sole territory of standalone hardware. The bass band is a
stepped 50 Hz shelf filter or frequency selectable peak EQ, the
treble band is a fixed 10 kHz shelf EQ, and the mid section sports a
frequency-selectable peak or notch EQ with 8 frequencies available. The
control panel is rounded out with a level knob and EQ bypass. This EQ is
notable for its ability to preserve transparency while adding space and
presence, and Antelope Audio’s model of this highly coveted circuit delivers
- NEU-PEV – The NEU-PEV EQ is modeled on a rare German passive
equalizer designed in the 60s. Its simple interface belies the complex
tonal possibilities achievable with its four main knobs. A low shelving
filter is fixed at 60Hz and can apply a boost or cut. The “Presence”
section offers up to 8 dB of boost for one of 7 selectable
frequencies between 700 Hz and 5.6 kHz, while a 10kHz high shelf
allows boost or cut at the top end of the frequency spectrum. An on-off
switch and output gain control provide users with even more utility.
Notable for its warmth and spacious midrange, the NEU-PEV makes some of
the most compelling sounds of both yesterday and today achievable without
a massive rack of aging vintage gear.
- Lang PEQ2 –The PEQ2,
which is an outstanding addition to the mix bus or on individual channels,
is a solid-state parametric EQ model based on a vintage EQ from the 1960s.
Featuring controls similar to the VEQ-1A tube EQ, the PEQ2 really stands
apart from the pack thanks to its frequency control, allowing users to set
different and separate LF boost and LF cut frequencies. The PEQ provides
plenty of width in the midrange while retaining tightness on the high end
and low end and its high end bands excel at giving tracks that extra
shine, making it an all-star on vocals and drum overheads.