Antelope Audio Unveils New Modelling Mics

by Ronnie Dungan • in
  • MMR Global
• Created: September 27, 2018

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Following the success of theEdge and Verge modelling microphones, Antelope Audio has unveiled the next generation of its mic modelling technology.

The new Edge Family consists of three large-diaphragm condensers — the fixed cardioid pattern Edge Solo, the multi-pattern Edge Duo, and the dual-capsule Edge Quadro.

Together with Antelope’s continually expanding range of vintage mic emulations, available both as native plug-ins and as FPGA FX running on Antelope’s own audio interfaces, the new Edge mics deliver the characteristic sound of some of the most sought-after mics of all time. Developed specifically for each mic, the emulations are based on exacting measurements of the original mics made in anechoic chambers.

Set to ship in October, the Edge Family makes Antelope’s unrivalled mic modelling technology available at a variety of different price points while expanding the range of possible recording applications — from mono to stereo to 3D audio.

Antelope Audio founder Igor Levin commented: “We are constantly looking to innovate and deliver greater value to our users. With

the Edge Family, we’ve grown our mic modelling ecosystem into a complete recording solution. We set out to deliver not just the best modelling mics available but the best microphones in the industry, period.”

Built at Antelope’s European headquarters and featuring electronics designed by Levin himself, Edge Solo is the simplest of the three

new mics. Connecting via a regular mono XLR cable, it houses a single large-diaphragm capsule with a fixed cardioid pickup pattern. It’s specifically designed to work hand-in-hand with Antelope’s mic modelling plug-ins to emulate some of the greatest cardioid-pattern mics in history.

Edge Duo features a dual-membrane capsule with independent outputs, allowing the signal from each membrane to be individually processed and recombined. It means users can vary the polar pattern from within the plug-in, even after recording, it also allows the Edge Duo to accurately emulate the characteristic pickup pattern and on- and off-axis response of each mic for multi-dimensional mic modelling.

Edge Quadro is a stereo/surround mic with two dual-membrane capsules and a rotating head. Delivering four channels for independent processing will allow for stereo techniques like M/S, X/Y, Blumlein, and even 3D sound. Users can select a different emulation and polar pattern for each head. The upper head can be rotated noiselessly even while the microphone is actively recording, delivering variations in tonality and stereo image.

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