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

This can be achieved with a simple routing scheme allowing you to access the AFX on any track in your DAW.

You will have access to different amounts of inserts depending on your devices and AFX package bundle: 

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

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

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

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

For the routing itself we will firstly look into the Discrete Control Panel. 

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

The Computer Play corresponds to the DAW outputs and the Record to the inputs. 

1. In the Discrete control panel navigate to the DAW section.

2. Bear in mind that the 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 AFX channel 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 yo uwill be able to arm an Insert only with I/O 1 and 2. 

By default every DAW is 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 properly utilize the inserts on channels 1 and 2 (this goes for every routing scheme including using inserts on I/O 1 and ). 

Now lets check how the 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 external effects and create a new external effect.

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

4. Set the send and return to the same channels

5. On the Audio track which you want to apply the effects to select external plug-ins AntelopeAudio.

Pro Tools: 

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


1. Select the I/O plug-in for the track you want to use. Select outputs and input 3 and 4


1. Select Real Insert as a VST on your audio track and select the send and return to 3 and 4


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

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

Ableton Live:

1. On your audio track select External In as an input.

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

By following the instructions you will be able to implement the Antelope Audio FPGA effects in your project and benefit from the pristine analogue quality, zero-latency workflow and easy to transfer AFX instances and settings via the session save/load options. You can have a dedicated AFX insert setup for every project.