Antelope adds Atmos monitoring
Posted on: Saturday 23rd of July 2022
Antelope Audio has introduced a major addition to the functionality set of the Galaxy 32 Synergy Core [review Resolution V21.6] surround and immersive audio monitoring control and speaker calibration functionality.
This addition to the flagship interface allows its users to configure and control a surround/immersive monitoring setup of up to 16 channels, or 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos. Comprehensive speaker calibration makes room correction easier, while the monitoring control functionality increases the ease-of-use of the entire system and speeds up workflow. The Galaxy 32 Synergy Core becomes the perfect interface for any surround or immersive audio setup – from studio use such as music mixing and mastering, film, TV, game and VR.
Broad compatibility via full I/O access
The full connectivity of the interface is available for surround monitoring, allowing seamless integration into any facility. Up to 16 channels from any source, or combination of sources, including Thunderbolt playback, Dante, MADI, HDX, ADAT, SPDIF or analog line- level audio can be processed and monitored via any output or combination of outputs.
More than 23 format variations supported
Seamless setup of a wide range of formats, all the way from stereo and 2.1, up to Dolby Atmos 9.1.6 at the top, is available via the new Surround section of the software control panel. SMPTE and film path orders can be selected to easily match the incoming monitoring signals and apply adjustments, with configuration presets available for storing and recalling settings. Besides the 23 preconfigured setups, any other channel/object/scene-based format or speaker configuration within the 16-channel limit can also be configured when utilizing the flexibility of the interface’s signal routing matrix.
Powerful monitoring control built-in
The speaker layout visual representation acts not only as your way of accessing the selected speaker’s settings but also allows mute and solo functionality. Directly above them pre- or post-processing metering is available for the respective channels which follow the same order, labeling and color coding. Main volume adjustment for the selected speaker configuration is of course available, alongside dim and mute functionality. The interface’s front panel encoder knob can now be used to adjust this volume level as well.
Comprehensive speaker calibration capabilities
Each of the sixteen supported channels utilizes an 8-band parametric equalizer and up to 100ms of delay per channel for speaker tuning, room and distance correction adjustments. Color coded graphs show the applied EQ settings, crossover filters and resulting output, for each speaker. Per channel level adjustments are also available, as well as phase invert. Global “lip-sync” delay is also available, with an additional 100ms, offsetting all speakers.
Bass management enables low-frequency content monitoring
Flexible crossover filters on each speaker channel allow for sending low-frequency information to the LFE channel, to facilitate mixing on monitoring setups lacking full-range speakers across the setup. Comprehensive settings such as filter type, order and cutoff frequency are available for the respective low-pass and high-pass cross over filters, which are all visualized in each channel’s EQ graph. To-LFE send levels are configured via a separate mixer window, with the option to send these low-passed signals before or after the channel’s EQ as well as mute, solo and bypass options. These settings can be individual per channel or linked as required.
All 16 available monitoring channels support the following:
– 8-band EQ with cut and shelf filters for the low and high bands
– Level trim from –60dB to +16dB, with one decimal place accuracy available o Up to 100ms delay for calibration purposes, with one decimal place accuracy available
– Phase invert
– Processing and crossover bypass buttons; copy, paste and reset EQ buttons Global “lip-sync” delay for the main output, with up to 100ms available with one decimal place accuracy as well
– Bass management functionality via a dedicated mixer window, providing cutoff frequency, filter type (Butterworth or Linkwitz-Riley), filter order and bypass for the high-pass and low-pass crossover filters. Per-channel level controls for sending low-passed signals to the LFE channel are available, with mute and solo functionality.