Edge is a modeling microphone by Antelope Audio, suited for the manufacturer’s real-time mic preamp modeling. Combined with the already highly acclaimed Antelope Audio FPGA Vintage Compressors & EQs, this new modeling microphone will comprise a true cutting edge front end that will usher in a new era for modern recording.
Edge features dual edge-terminated capsules for a smooth/natural sound, reproducing the expressiveness and character of expensive classic microphones. Antelope founder Igor Levin designed groundbreaking, fully discrete electronics. The hand-selected capsules are encased in a carefully crafted enclosure with contours and shape for optimal sonic performance. Edge is an exquisite large diaphragm microphone with excellent transient response and capable of multiple polar patterns.
2. Safety Notes
Phantom power – ensure phantom power supply is 48V.
3. Connecting Edge
Edge comes with an Y-XLR cable. Each of the 3-pin XLR cable ends conveys the signal from the Front & Back membranes of the microphone.
In order to use the microphone with the Antelope Audio Mic Emulations, you need to connect both cables to neighboring mic preamps on your Discrete 4 or Discrete 8 device.
Phantom power is required on both channels (Red & White cables).
Edge can be used in mono as a standard cardioid mic. However, using it as such, you won’t be able to use the Antelope Audio FPGA Mic Modeling system.
4. Claim and assign features
- Open Antelopeaudio.com and click LOGIN.
- Enter your credentials and password
- Navigate to Claim Features
- Enter the voucher code ME*****, mark the checkbox on the End Users License Agreement and click “Claim”
- Open the Discrete Control Panel and go to the Help tab (the “?” button)
- Open the Administration panel
- Mark “Register device and assign features” and continue
- Mark the checkbox with the Microphone Emulations and continue
- The device will restart and your new Mic Emulations will be available.
5. Load a Mic Emulation in Discrete 4 or Discrete 8.
Open the Discrete 4 or Discrete 8 Control Panel and click on the little settings icon on the preamp gain control.
To have access to the mic settings, the input should be in Mic mode.
When you load a Mic Emulation the following screen will pop up.
Note: 48V Phantom power will be automatically enabled.
The following controls are available on the pop-up window:
Phase invert – allows you to invert the polar pattern of the signal in the selected Mic input.
Phantom power switch – by default switched on when you’re loading a Mic Emulation in the Discrete 4 and Discrete 8 Control Panel.
Mode switch – allows you to switch between Verge, Edge or turn the emulation off.
Channel swap – this function is Edge exclusive since it uses two inputs. It allows you to switch the channels order F-B (L-R) or B-F (R-L).
Emulation select – here you can choose the exact model of the mic you wish to emulate. For the moment available are the following: Berlin 47 FT, Berlin 87, Berlin 67, Tokyo 800T and more will be released very soon.
Pattern selector – only active if the microphone has multiple patterns.
6. Technical Specifications
Diaphragm: Condenser – Double sided with gold sputtered membranes
Freq. response: 20HZ ~ 20KHZ
Sensitivity: -35dB | 18mV/Pa (-1 to +3dB)
Power Requirements: 48V DC Phantom Power
Output Connector: 5-pin male XLR
Breakout Cable: 16.4′ (5meters) 5-pin female XLR to dual 3-pin male XLR (High grade OFC Y cable)
Weight (mic body): 1.23 lbs. (560 grams)
Dimensions (mic body): 8.6″ x 2.1″ (219mm x 53mm)
Mount: Shock absorber type
In The Box:
- Edge Modeling Microphone
- Y-XLR oxygen free copper cable
- Shock mount with pop filter
Can be transformed into a vintage replica via the Antelope Audio Mic Emulation Packs.
Vintage Mic Emulations:
Berlin 47, Berlin 87, Berlin 67, Tokyo 800T
Coming soon: Berlin M103, Berlin 57, Vienna 12, Oxford 4038, Sacramento 121R, Vienna 414, Berlin 49T