So today marks a week since my Antelope Audio Orion Studio Synergy Core was delivered.
The one thing I have to say that was a bit disappointing was the fact that a Thunderbolt 3 cable is not included, which meant that I had to track down and buy my own, which is surprisingly difficult, and an added inconvenience when I just want to open the box and go. Read more
It comes with a USB 3 cable, but since it is advertised as a Thunderbolt 3 device, it really should include a Thunderbolt 3 cable. But at least it does say that there is no TB3 cable in the box, so I planned ahead and bought the cable before the device was delivered.
As an aside, they need to do something about that name, it is probably the longest interface name I've seen.
Anyway, I've had other interfaces before this one, and some of them had a very complicated, time consuming initial setup and device registration process. But with this one, it was as simple as plugging the device into the power and connecting it to my laptop. I had already installed the driver and launcher app before hand as they were available for download on the Antelope website. As soon as it loaded the Launcher app, I was prompted to login with my Antelope Audio account info, and it already recognized the device, and just updated to the latest firmware, and I was all set.
After that the first thing I did was plug in my headphones, and played some of my favorite tracks through Roon, and let's just say that I was very happy I'd decided to buy this interface. It's sounds amazing!
The only slight learning curve with this device that I've found so far is getting the hand of using the Routing system in the Control Panel, but once you get used to how it works, it's pretty cool. I ended up getting the AFX2DAW add-on, because I wanted to be able to use the same FX in the DAW sometimes, instead of routing everything out of the DAW to inserts,... and installing it was as simple as clicking on a check box and hitting update, and it was all set.
The one thing that might be "tricky" to some is figuring out how to claim your products. If you were to purchase additional plugins, etc. you get an email with a "claim code", and then you log into the Antelope Audio website, and then click on the dropdown menu in the top-right corner under your username, and you see the link "Claim Features", then you paste the claim code and click the two check boxes, and submit, and then you have to go back to the Launcher app, click on Devices, Manage, click the checkbox "Register device or assign features", and continue, and it will add those new products to your interface, and then you'll be able to see those new FX in the control panel in the "effects" tab. It would be nice if Antelope Audio could add the "claim features" process to the Launcher App, so you don't have to go to their website to do it, and also streamline the process a bit.
One last thing, I purchased this device through Studio Economik, and it was a great experience, good communication, they answered all of my questions, and I would definitely buy products from them again in the future.