Antelope Audio Introduces Satori — a Next Gen Monitoring Controller, Combines True Analog Monitoring and Summing Capabilities
Satori Offers a Comprehensive Feature Set and Extreme Efficiency in a Sleek 1U Rack
Antelope Audio [AES booth 1019] introduces a true analog monitoring and summing system. Satori, a Japanese Buddhist term referring to enlightenment, is designed to deliver an ‘epiphany’ experience to the sound engineer. Antelope’s renowned relay-controlled stepped attenuator, the extremely versatile connectivity options and great selection of stereo effects such as mid-side monitoring, place the Satori among the most advanced monitoring controllers in the world, equally suited to both commercial and project studios.Building on its unrivaled pedigree of high-end mastering solutions like Eclipse 384, leading professional audio gear manufacturer
Extremely Transparent, Coherent Audio Processing
Satori expands upon the acclaimed design architecture of Eclipse 384 – Antelope’s award-winning mastering AD/DA and monitoring controller. Carefully designed analog circuits and fast, transparent relay attenuators ensure the audio integrity throughout the whole signal path. The 0.05 dB platinum relays provide supremely accurate volume control and perfect L/R balance, even at the lowest listening levels.
“We wanted to design a clean and transparent monitoring controller that would not compromise the quality of our converters and will provide sound engineers with a genuine listening experience,” commented Igor Levin, founder and CEO of Antelope Audio. “Satori is a part of our concept for creating a coherent signal path all the way from the analog source through conversion, recording and playback. Along with Satori, this philosophy is expressed in our latest product additions: MP32, Pure2, and Orion32.
Dedicated Headphone Amps
Four independent headphone outputs allow individual source selection and volume control, enabling separate feeds for musicians or vocalists. The headphone drivers on Satori employ the same audiophile-grade circuitry found in Antelope’s line of premium home audio products, and are able to drive both low and high impedances.
Great Flexibility and Efficiency
Satori offers a plethora of functionality such as talkback and level trims, as well as stereo effects like mute, mono, dim and mid-side. The mid-side effect is rarely implemented in monitor controllers, yet routinely requested by mastering engineers. Gain offset is available for any input and output, making A/B testing extremely easy and efficient. In addition to providing outstanding monitoring capabilities, Satori includes a fully analog 8-channel summing mixer. This kind of analog summing, with warm punch and excellent dynamics, allows engineers who work completely “in-the-box” to mix signals in the analog domain for a more natural blending of instruments.
Abundant Input/Output Options
With a generous amount of connectivity options, Satori fits perfectly in any studio and represents the ultimate in user flexibility. With eight stereo inputs, four stereo outputs, a range of connectivity options including XLR, 1/4” TRS and D-Sub 25, the 1U unit is unique in its class. In addition to four stereo speaker outputs, Satori features a dedicated subwoofer output. The unit also features D-Sub 25 connectivity, elegantly solving the issue of connecting to multi-channel converters such as Orion32.
User-friendly Front Panel and Remote Control
Satori’s delicately machined aluminum volume knob and large LED front panel push buttons allow easy access to the most commonly used monitoring functions such as input and monitor selectors, gain adjustment and level trimming. The unit also ships with the next generation of software application [Mac and PC] enabling flexible and accurate control. The software control panel allows fast and responsive source and speaker switching, accurate volume control, stereo effects selection, headphone controls and user-recallable presets. Analog summing is fully controllable via the software application.
Satori is scheduled to ship later in Q4 of 2014 and will be priced at $1,475.