New York, NY (January 31, 2012)—Manhattan mastering facility Masterdisk has installed several of Antelope Audio’s Isochrone Trinity Master Clock and 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock units.
According to owner Scott Hull, Masterdisk’s mastering suites were constructed with very high quality acoustics and solid grounding, and were already well clocked, therefore they did not appear to be candidates for improvement. Yet, the Antelope 10M, which incorporates a reference generator that is 100,000 times more accurate than the quartz oscillators in most equipment, and the Trinity, which offers 64-bit DSP and up to 384 kHz audio streaming, have had a noticeable impact on performance clocking the digital audio converters in the rooms.
“Image stability can’t be generated, and it has to be maintained through the process,” explains Hull. “You can undo certain effects or jitter but you can’t ‘reimage’ something; you can’t get that image back once you lose it.”
He continues, “A lot of processors and many, if not all, workstations give you something back that isn’t quite as stable, as rock-solid, as what you put in.” However, driving every component in the system from a high quality master clock can reduce the likelihood of any degradation.
“Every step along the way where you can give yourself a tenth of a percent, it adds up to something pretty noticeable at the end. And there’s a marked and audible improvement in the final product when everything is Antelope-powered,” Hull states.
Masterdisk is also installing multiple Antelope Audio Zodiac D/A converters at listening stations throughout the facility. “We really have to know exactly what we’re sending out the door,” says Hull. “So we’re putting Antelope Zodiac DACs into several listening stations in our facility just to facilitate quality control passes. Suffice it to say, we consider that to be one of the best and most open and accurate DACs we can get.”