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Would like to add the the following:
- Universal Audio Apollo x8p works via thunderbolt 3
- Antelope Orion 32HD works via USB 3.0 and 2.0.
Are you running mojave? Antelope wasn't working in mojave last time I checked.
 
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Are you running mojave? Antelope wasn't working in mojave last time I checked.
It is working on USB not Thunderbolt and all drivers (i own Orion Studio) are the same and Antelope states it does not work yet but i have not had any problems since 10.14 beta 1...
 
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Hello @luckyal i just installed mojave with the guide from CaseySJ and all its up and running but i cant figured out how to make the vrs8 to work, please can you give me the steps to make it work?
 
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Would like to add the the following: - Universal Audio Apollo x8p works via thunderbolt 3 - Antelope Orion 32HD works via USB 3.0 and 2.0.
@NoiseCoalition could you share with us which generation Orion device you're connecting? I've heard of serious difficulties using these interfaces over USB on Hackintosh.
 
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@NoiseCoalition could you share with us which generation Orion device you're connecting? I've heard of serious difficulties using these interfaces over USB on Hackintosh.
I have the Orion 32HD. The purple one, not the latest gen. To be honest I mainly use it with a RME HDSPE Card via MADI. But in my short time testing it out via USB, I could record, monitor, and use the routing software. So I haven't done any heavy production via USB.
 
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Thanks for your reply, @NoiseCoalition
I have the Orion 32HD. The purple one, not the latest gen. To be honest I mainly use it with a RME HDSPE Card via MADI. But in my short time testing it out via USB, I could record, monitor, and use the routing software. So I haven't done any heavy production via USB.
Currently I'm using a Digi96 io through an HD Native PCIe card. It's very stable with Pro Tools but the old 96i/o doesn't sound great, and I have a terrible time using the Avid Core Audio driver in Ableton. I don't think that problem is Hackintosh-specific as I've seen many users with the same issues on the Avid DUC.

So I'm looking to upgrade. I know the MADI interface is supposed to be rock-solid but they cost a fortune and after laying out for a good converter set I won't have any budget left for that.

Have you have any trouble with the mixer losing its connection? My understanding is the Orion still has to be connected via USB to manage the internal mixer/routing regardless of what interface you're streaming audio through. An engineer on a local forum had this to say:

Orion32 HD on native MacOS using USB3 is reliable, no issues. On Windows or Hackintosh, it's a different story, it keeps loosing the connection with the Mixer software, sound goes trough with no issues, but the mixer becomes unusable after a few hours of inactivity, only way to resolve is to completely Kill the Antelope Services, cycle OFF / ON the Card, then relaunch the Mixer software.

Bare in mind, the Mixer software is controlled via USB. So regardless if you use HDX connection, MADI or USB3 on Windows, the mixer software Will crap out on you.. constantly. (When in Windows or running it on Hackintosh)

Tested on various motherboards..HP Xeon based motherboards (HP entreprise server), gaming motherboard (gigabyte ga-z170x ultra), as well as asus, toshiba and lenovo laptops..all of which suffered from the same issue with the usb3 and the mixer software running Hackintosh. The Orion32 HD.does not.play nice on Windoze nor Hackintosh.

Running a packet sniffer, I was able to determine the root cause of the USB connection issues with the Mixer. In a nutshell, the Mixer software talks with the Hardware via a USP network connection, and the network sockets on the Hardware ends up freezing somehow, port never gets freed, and instead of allocating a different port dynamically, the IP Stack on the Hardware just stops responding. This is why the only way to fix the issue is to Cycle the Card OFF and ON, the issue is also with the Mixer software itself.. it also freezes.. Cycling the Hardware alone (without killing the process on the computer) does not fix the issue.. you need to do both. Oddly, on MacOS.. no issues, which is uber strange.

Other than that, clocking is supreme, dynamic range is on point, and most of the FPGA's are supreme (didn't compared with UAD DSP's, however, I can tell you that the Antelope FPGA's are good enough for me.)

You are limited in the amount of instances of certain FPGA's which can run simultaneously, when you reach the limit, the FPGA Plugin either dissapears from the list or becomes greyed out (I don't remember which of the two.. i'm too lazy to test).

Good news, in 2019, Antelope's been pushing more updates for the Orion32 HD than any other years since it's production, yet, They have never been able to fix the Windows Issues which is a shame.

Mixer software is really nice, routing options galore. My only complain is that it doesn't have any AES IO's, while the Goliath HD does have AES, it Lacks Analog IO's which is why for me, the Orion 32 HD is king. I hear that the Gen 3 is dope aswell, but, FPGA's aren't included, you need to purchase them separately as opposed to the O.G Orion 32 HD which comes stock with all kinds of FPGA Plugins.

There you have it. If you are on Native MacOS (Like running MacOS on a legit apple desktop or laptop), Go for it. You made a reference to Core Audio in your post, so I guess you are running MacOS.. you shouldn't have any issues (I've had no issues whatsoever running it on my Macbook Air)

If you are running windows or MacOS on a Hackintosh.. the Mixer bugs will **** you off the the fullest at one point or another. On the Audio Side, My friend did some tests comparing the USB3 Audio vs MADI, and he did notice a considerable Improvement running Audio trough MADI.. so make yourself a favor, if you get it, or the Gen3, consider a Madi PCI Card to run audio trough it, as long as you get a quality MADI Card with it, you will be in a better position to really hear how good the Orion32 HD (or Gen3) sounds.

Sounds like you haven't had these problems.
 
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Have you have any trouble with the mixer losing its connection? My understanding is the Orion still has to be connected via USB to manage the internal mixer/routing regardless of what interface you're streaming audio through. An engineer on a local forum had this to say:

Orion32 HD on native MacOS using USB3 is reliable, no issues. On Windows or Hackintosh, it's a different story, it keeps loosing the connection with the Mixer software, sound goes trough with no issues, but the mixer becomes unusable after a few hours of inactivity, only way to resolve is to completely Kill the Antelope Services, cycle OFF / ON the Card, then relaunch the Mixer software.

Bare in mind, the Mixer software is controlled via USB. So regardless if you use HDX connection, MADI or USB3 on Windows, the mixer software Will crap out on you.. constantly. (When in Windows or running it on Hackintosh)

Tested on various motherboards..HP Xeon based motherboards (HP entreprise server), gaming motherboard (gigabyte ga-z170x ultra), as well as asus, toshiba and lenovo laptops..all of which suffered from the same issue with the usb3 and the mixer software running Hackintosh. The Orion32 HD.does not.play nice on Windoze nor Hackintosh.

Running a packet sniffer, I was able to determine the root cause of the USB connection issues with the Mixer. In a nutshell, the Mixer software talks with the Hardware via a USP network connection, and the network sockets on the Hardware ends up freezing somehow, port never gets freed, and instead of allocating a different port dynamically, the IP Stack on the Hardware just stops responding. This is why the only way to fix the issue is to Cycle the Card OFF and ON, the issue is also with the Mixer software itself.. it also freezes.. Cycling the Hardware alone (without killing the process on the computer) does not fix the issue.. you need to do both. Oddly, on MacOS.. no issues, which is uber strange.

Other than that, clocking is supreme, dynamic range is on point, and most of the FPGA's are supreme (didn't compared with UAD DSP's, however, I can tell you that the Antelope FPGA's are good enough for me.)

You are limited in the amount of instances of certain FPGA's which can run simultaneously, when you reach the limit, the FPGA Plugin either dissapears from the list or becomes greyed out (I don't remember which of the two.. i'm too lazy to test).

Good news, in 2019, Antelope's been pushing more updates for the Orion32 HD than any other years since it's production, yet, They have never been able to fix the Windows Issues which is a shame.

Mixer software is really nice, routing options galore. My only complain is that it doesn't have any AES IO's, while the Goliath HD does have AES, it Lacks Analog IO's which is why for me, the Orion 32 HD is king. I hear that the Gen 3 is dope aswell, but, FPGA's aren't included, you need to purchase them separately as opposed to the O.G Orion 32 HD which comes stock with all kinds of FPGA Plugins.

There you have it. If you are on Native MacOS (Like running MacOS on a legit apple desktop or laptop), Go for it. You made a reference to Core Audio in your post, so I guess you are running MacOS.. you shouldn't have any issues (I've had no issues whatsoever running it on my Macbook Air)

If you are running windows or MacOS on a Hackintosh.. the Mixer bugs will **** you off the the fullest at one point or another. On the Audio Side, My friend did some tests comparing the USB3 Audio vs MADI, and he did notice a considerable Improvement running Audio trough MADI.. so make yourself a favor, if you get it, or the Gen3, consider a Madi PCI Card to run audio trough it, as long as you get a quality MADI Card with it, you will be in a better position to really hear how good the Orion32 HD (or Gen3) sounds.

Sounds like you haven't had these problems.
Honestly after I set my routing, I started opening the mixer / routing software less and less and even started leaving the USB cable unplugged. Routing was basically set and forget. I use RME's Total Mix software to handle monitoring. I think Antelope's software, especially the mixer, is very clunky and unintuitive. Hardware sounds great though.

That said, I don't recall the Routing / Mixer software disconnecting randomly. I'll keep the software open for the next few days. It's not a true test since I use the Orion through the RME Madi Card and not USB but maybe will give us more insight into the USB stability if it the routing software randomly disconnects.
 
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