Grammy Winning Producer/Mixer/Engineer Rafa Sardina Relies on Antelope Audio Clocking Technology
Sardina, Who Has Recently Worked with Plácido Domingo, Harry Connick Jr., Josh Groban and Many Others, Says His Trinty / 10M and OCXs are 'Foundational' to his Set Up
"I have been experimenting with many clocks over the years and now use Antelope Audio exclusively,"
After his initial 'honeymoon period' with Antelope, Sardina then began experimenting with Antelope's atomic clocking technology and soon purchased the Trinity / 10M combination. Since then, he has never looked back and says difference it has made in his studio is 'absolutely audible.'"You really have to compare clocks side by side to hear the difference. And after you first hear it, you realize that the Antelope clocking technology is superior."
Sardina currently has an Antelope Audio Trinity / 10M combination in his main studio, in addition to two OCX-Vs that he uses in his Pro Tools rig and a separate B-room upstairs. For Sardina, the Trinity/10M combination adds another dimension to the audio. "People tend to concentrate too much on preamps and EQs when upgrading their studios, but for me, great clocking makes all the difference,"
As for the sonics of the Trinity/10M combo, he says this "opens up the soundstage for everything. You can always feel the wideness of the track with Antelope. You can't hear this width when using inferior word clocks." He says his Trinity/10M also makes the sonic image more defined across the frequency range: "I feel a more defined low end with less distortion, and a greater openness in the high end," he says. "Antelope's clocks opened up my eyes in many ways."
Oftentimes, investing in clocking technology may not be the most popular choice when upgrading a studio - but not for Sardina. "When artists ask me for advice when setting up their home studios, they are always surprised when I am not hyping the latest preamps or converters. Instead, I am talking about speakers and clocks. This is because it is most important to know what you are listening to."
1) Rafa Sardina pictured next to his Antelope Audio Trinity /10M combination.
2) Rafa Sardina in the control room of his commercial studio, 'After Hours.'
About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.
In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.
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