Clocking is the heartbeat of every digital system and the most crucial component of digital audio. The clock tells your converter when to take a sample of the analog sound wave and turn it into digital bits for recording, then when to convert it from digital bits back to analog sound waves when playing back or mixing.
For example, when working at a sample rate of 96kHz, your converter is capturing and playing back these samples at 96,000 times a second; it’s the clock’s job to manage the timing of this process. Timing variations and inconsistencies in this process – often referred to as jitter – can have negative impacts on your sound and cause anything from a collapsed stereo imaging, all the way to clicks and pops in your audio.
A clock signal is most commonly generated by crystal oscillators. Being discrete components these will vibrate at a slightly different rate and the consistency can even be impacted by conditions like room temperature.
Antelope Audio’s answer to this are crystal oscillators housed in a temperature controlled “oven” to ensure maximum stability.
Each and every individual piece of digital equipment in your studio has its own clock so it’s crucial to have a master clock when you have more than one piece of digital equipment in your studio so all your gear is running at the same sample rate in complete sync.
Aside from synchronizing multiple pieces of equipment together, a high quality clock can provide vast improvements of the quality of your audio.
Antelope’s Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator, combined with their Acoustically Focused Clocking jitter management technology helps the converter pick up sound in a more natural way, letting you hear everything that’s there so you to make the best decisions when tracking, mixing or mastering.