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Four vintage compressors added to Antelope effects library

Four vintage compressors added to Antelope effects library
Murray Stassen

New Gear

05 September 2017: By Murray Stassen

Antelope has added new compressors to its library of Field Programmable Gate Array vintage hardware-based effects, the BA-6A, FET-A78, SMT-100A and Grove Hill Liverpool.

Owners of Antelope Audio’s Thunderbolt and HDX audio interfaces will be pleased to know that the company has added four new vintage compressors to its library of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) vintage hardware-based effects, the BA-6A, FET-A78, SMT-100A and Grove Hill Liverpool (pictured).

According to Antelope, the addition of the compressors "capture the spirit of the company’s commitment to revolutionising the digital audio interface world with its custom FPGA".

 "The addition of these four new compressors to [Antelope's] ever-expanding library of FPGA vintage hardware-based effects enables owners of Antelope Audio’s acclaimed Thunderbolt™ and HDX audio interfaces to ultimately access even more unique hardware models of some of the most desirable vintage effects with real-time performance without relying on DSP or native processing while letting loose with the alternative Antelope Audio Routing Matrix view," continued the company in a statement issued today.

The BA-6A, FET-A78, and SMT-100A are already available for Antelope Audio’s Orion 32HD, Goliath HD, Orion Studio Rev. 2017, Orion Studio, and Orion Studio HD audio interfaces (with Goliath, Orion 32+, Zen Tour, and Zen Studio+ coming soon), while Grove Hill Liverpool is already available for Antelope Audio’s HDX audio interfaces — Orion Studio HD, Orion 32HD, and Goliath HD — with the rest coming soon.

The legendary fifties BA-6A limiting amplifier was originally created for television and radio broadcasting purposes, but became a popular choice amongst recording engineers due to it ease of use. The FET-A78  supports "innumerable pop and rock recordings", and is described as remarkable for treating drums, guitars, or vocals.

The SMT-100A is also perfect for vocals, drums, and punchy bass, with the original unit having proved popular amongst leading audio professionals for over 30 years.

Lastly, the Grove Hill Liverpool delivers tube compression sounds that are rich, wide, and thick "adding a desirable edge without adversely affecting clarity,"