This is a basic guide demonstrating how to route and utilise the FPGA FX as HW inserts in your DAW (dedicated to Discrete 4 and 8).

This can be achievedwith a simple routing scheme allowing you to access the AFX on anytrack in your DAW.

You will have accessto different amounts of inserts depending on your devices and AFXpackage bundle: 

1. Discrete 4 Basic– only the first 2 channel strips are available (I/O 1 and 2 in theDAW)

2. Discrete 4Premium – all of the 4 channel strips are available (I/O 1 to 4 inthe DAW)

3. Discrete 8 Basic– only the first 4 channel strips are available (I/O 1 to 4 in theDAW)

4. Discrete 8Premium – all of the 8 channel strips are available (I/O 1 to 8 inthe DAW)

For the routingitself we will firstly look into the Discrete Control Panel. 

Both models arehandled in the same manner, so it does not matter with which of thetwo you are working. 

The Computer Playcorresponds to the DAW outputs and the Record to the inputs. 

1. In the DiscreteCP navigate to the DAW section

2. Bear in mind thatthe DAW IN/RECORD channels are predefined from the routing matrix.

3. From the drop down menu above the AFX channel strip select the Computer play channels that will correspond to the same channels in your DAW that will be set as Inserts or External FX, for example we will use channels 3 and 4.

The Play and Record channels should be matched. if you are meaning to use an Insert with I/O 3 and 4 you should navigate to the third and forth AFX channel strip (which are predefined to be armed on DAW IN/RECORD 3 and 4) and from the drop down menu select Computer play and Computer play 4.

4. Navigate to the Monitors and Headphones tab, stereo link the two AFX channel strips(LINK button just bellow the faders).

5. Click on the AFXchannel strip box and initiate your desired AFX.


Discrete 4 Basic bundle users are entitled to arm AFX only on the First Two channel strips. 

This means that youwill be able to arm an Insert only with I/O 1 and 2. 

By default every DAWis set to send its main outputs to 1 and 2 (Computer play 1 and 2) soyo would need to change that to 3 and 4 or above in order to properlyutilize the inserts on channels 1 and 2 (this goes for every routingscheme including using inserts on I/O 1 and ). 

Now lets check howthe routing of your AFX is handled and easily done in some of themost commonly used DAW systems. 


1. Navigate to the Devices tab/Studio tab → VST connections/Audio Connections.

2. Go to externaleffects and create a new external effect.

3. Set the I/O forthe effect to match the one used in the control panel for the ChannelStrips (3 and 4 for example)

4. Set the send andreturn to the same channels

5. On the Audiotrack which you want to apply the effects to select external plug-insAntelopeAudio.

Pro Tools: 

1. Click on a sloton the insert tab of your track navigate to I/O and select Insert 3and 4


1. Select the I/Oplug-in for the track you want to use. Select outputs and input 3 and4


1. Select RealInsert as a VST on your audio track and select the send and return to3 and 4


1. Select the Audiotrack to be used and select Show in console or double click on the track itself.


2.Select pipelinestereo as an insert effect and set the inputs to 3 and 4 


1. On your audiotrack select External In as an input.

2. Configure theinputs and outputs to access 3 and 4 and set the on the audio track.

By following theseinstruction you will be able to implement the Antelope Audio FPGAeffects in your project and benefit from the pristine analoguequality, zero-latency workflow and easy to transfer AFX instances andsettings via the session save/load options. You can have a dedicateAFX insert setup for every project.