Antelope | Isochrone Trinity | Specifications | Antelope Isochrone Trinity Specifications

SAFETY NOTES
To reduce the risk of electrical shocks, fire, and related hazards:
Do not remove screws, cover, or cabinet. There are no user serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
Do not expose this device to rain, moisture or spillover of liquid of any kind.
Should any form of liquid or a foreign object enter the device, do not use it. Switch off
the device and then unplug it from the power source. Do not operate the device again
until the foreign object is removed or the liquid has completely dried and its residues
fully cleaned up. If in doubt, please consult an authorized repair centre.
Do not handle the power cables with wet hands!
Make sure the device is switched off when plugging/unplugging it to/from the power
source.
When unplugging from the wall outlet always pull the plug, not the power cable.
Make sure ventilation outlets are not obstructed: putting things on the cabinet or using
the device in a narrow and poorly ventilated place may result in the temperature rising
which could affect its operation or the operation of other closely located components.
If anything goes wrong, turn off the device first and then unplug the power cables. Do
not attempt to repair the device yourself: Consult authorized service personnel or your
dealer.
IMPORTANT
About the 12V DC power supply option, please note the following:
Improper application of the 12V DC power supply may damage the device. When
connecting a 12V DC power cable to the power source, make sure to comply with the
circuit diagram given on page 13 in this manual so that the correct polarity is applied. If
in doubt, consult a competent electronics technician.
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CONTENTS
Front and Rear Panel layout reference .................................................... 3
Introduction .............................................................................................. 4
Getting Started ......................................................................................... 5
Front Panel functions explained ............................................................... 6-8
Rear Panel explained................................................................................ 9-10
Gearboxing in detail ................................................................................. 11
Appendix B: Table of valid input video formats ......................................... 11
Appendix C: Error Messages ................................................................... 12
Installation and connection ....................................................................... 13
Calibration ................................................................................................. 14
Technical specifications ............................................................................ 15-16
Notes ......................................................................................................... 17
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INTRODUCTION
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of the latest generation of master clock
from the world's favourite clocking company. Based on years of research, Trinity is a
brand new design that is the most flexible, best sounding, most stable, and easiest to use
master clock available.
In one box, Trinity will save you time. Imagine! One pass with multiple frequencies and
formats of virtually any choice, all running in perfect synchronization. Well, imagine no
longer, because it's truly possible with Trinity.
Based on Antelope's Oven Controlled Crystal Technology, Trinity has many new features
including 3 Independent Audio Generators up to 384kHz, with Varispeed control. 3
Independent SD Generators, simultaneously offering PAL and NTSC. 3 Independent HD
Generators, presenting a choice of 16 formats, and the latest revision of Antelope's
Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC), now in it's 4th generation and employing 64 bit DSP.
So, that's a mind blowing 9 Independent and Simultaneous Audio/Video Generators, all
perfectly locked. USB allows full remote control via PC and Mac. Firmware updates can
also be applied via USB if updates are available.
The triple display shows the frequencies of the audio generators, varispeed values,
source information, pull-ups/pull-downs, and useful messages.
Temporarily lose sync from your source?... Trinity will seamlessly free-wheel until the
signal returns, and then re-lock using the latest Antelope `Gentle Lock Technology`.
Trinity also maintains features from the OCX-V, but in a brand new design; Features such
as the Antelope Jitter Management Module, Black Burst Generator, Atomic Input for
connection to the 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock, and full Audio and Video Gearboxing with
simultaneous 0.1% and 4% pull-ups/pull-downs.
So, please take some time to read through this reference manual, and familiarize yourself
with the functionality that Trinity has to offer.
Above all, we hope you enjoy your new Antelope Trinity as much as we enjoyed designing
it for you.
All the best,
The Antelope Team
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GETTING STARTED
It only takes a few moments to harness the benefits of the Isochrone Trinity.
1.
Connect Trinity to an AC or DC power source via rear panel connectors 18 or
19 .
2.
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Power on using front panel power button (1).
3.
3 to OVEN, and press to
To use Trinity's internal clock, set SOURCE knob (3)
confirm. If slaving to an external source, connect the master sync device to an
input on the rear panel, and select the corresponding position with the
3 Press to confirm.
SOURCE knob (3).
Note: If using internal OVEN, there is a warm up period when the unit is first powered on.
Pressing the INFO button just after powering on when SOURCE is set to OVEN will show the
OVEN heating up. Correct operating temperature is reached when the OVEN light 14 is lit
solid.
4.
6 to allow the sample rate to be
Set sample rate: Press AUDIO A button (6)
changed on Audio channel A. Select desired sample rate with SAMPLE RATE
knob (4)
4 , and press to confirm.
5.
Trinity is now providing your chosen clock sample rate to Audio outputs A. You can
also use Audio channels B and C in the same way. It is also possible to edit all
audio channels together so that one frequency is sent to all outputs on all channels.
Some devices will automatically sync to clock coming from Trinity. Some will
require that you set them to external clock manually. Other devices may require
additional configuration to be able to sync to the incoming clock. Please consult
the operating manual(s) of your device(s) regarding external clocking.
Note: When making initial connections, it is advised to do so with the studio volume
turned down. Some devices may emit an unpleasant sound until properly configured
to accept incoming clock.
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FRONT PANEL
1.
Power on/off button
2.
AC/DC power indicators
Indicators to show whether AC or DC power is in use.
3.
SOURCE Encoder Knob
The source knob selects the input from which Trinity receives a timing reference.
Select OVEN to use the internal oven controlled crystal oscillator, or if Trinity is
connected to the 10M Atomic Clock via the rear panel Atomic Input. The other five
source knob positions correspond to the remaining physical inputs on the back
panel input section.
If a SOURCE light flashes, the SOURCE is in a state of edit, and needs to be
confirmed by pressing the SOURCE button. If not confirmed within 10 seconds,
SOURCE will revert to previously saved position.
4.
SAMPLE RATE Encoder Knob
The sample rate encoder is used to select standard frequencies, DA mode,
adjust varispeed, and confirm settings. It is used in conjunction with AUDIO
6 , VARISPEED button 10 , and pull up/pull down buttons 12 & 13 .
buttons (6)
DA Mode
In DA mode Trinity takes the incoming audio clock selected by the SOURCE knob
(3)
3 , and puts it through the Jitter Management Module to regenerate a clean,
de-jittered signal that is distributed to the outputs on any channel that is in DA mode.
In DA mode, the outgoing sample rate will always match the incoming reference.
DA mode will not work if the SOURCE knob (3)
3 is set to VIDEO or OVEN, as there is
no audio reference to distribute. In this case the display will scroll the message
“Cannot DA chosen source”. Note that in DA mode Trinity can work with
non-standard sample rates, and any sample rate in the range 27.340 kHz 449.433
kHz is acceptable.
To select DA mode for any channel, press the desired AUDIO button(s) (6),
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turn SAMPLE RATE knob (4)
4 fully clockwise , and then press the SAMPLE
RATE knob to confirm. If not confirmed within a few seconds the audio channel(s)
will revert to their last saved settings.
5.
EDIT indicator
Flashes when in edit mode, but not for HD mode.
Note: Trinity will exit edit mode without saving if there is no user input for
10 seconds.
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6.
AUDIO Channel Edit Select Buttons
These three buttons are used to select the audio channels for editing, and can be
edited individually or all at the same time which, if editing all can give you a big single
channel master clock utilizing all rear panel outputs. If pressed once from standard
mode the current state of the channel(s) will be visible, including varispeed and pull
ups/pull downs.
Note: In edit mode, pull ups/downs are not only shown with lights 12 & 13 , but are also shown
with dashes after the frequency on the main display. So, If 0.1% & 4% pull ups are selected, the
middle and top line of the last digit on the display are lit. If 0.1% & 4% pull downs are selected,
the middle and bottom line of the last digit in the display are lit.
7.
Triple Display
Displays information for everything except HD.
8.
DIMMER Knob
Adjusts the brightness of the triple display.
9.
HD Select Encoders
Use these knobs to select HD rates for the three HD channels. Press to confirm a
change.
HD1, HD2, HD3 signals are sent to the corresponding rear panel output BNC
connections 35 .
10.
VARISPEED Select Button
Press this button when editing an audio channel allowing varispeed adjustment via
the SAMPLE RATE encoder knob (4).
The VARISPEED button toggles between
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adjustment options of cents and percent, where a 'c' on the display signifies cents
mode, and a 'p' on the display signifies percent mode. Press SAMPLE RATE
knob 4 to confirm varispeed setting.
Once any channel has been saved with a varispeed setting, the varispeed
indicator will always light when NOT in edit mode to show that one or more
channels is using varispeed.
11.
SPLIT Mode
This is an advanced function, and to be used only if receiving a varispeed
signal on the input. Using SPLIT will likely cause synchronization errors if
used when the input IS a standard gearboxing frequency. SPLIT mode disables
gearboxing for any channels that are set to DA while in SPLIT mode.
The reasoning behind this function is to avoid TRINITY mis-locking to an input
frequency that is non-standard, but very close to a standard gearboxing frequency.
(See standard gearboxing frequencies in Appendix A). If you know that your input
frequency is a non-standard, non-gearbox frequency, then use SPLIT mode to allow
DA of this non-standard input.
For this function to have any effect, at least one audio channel must be in DA
mode. If no audio channels are in DA mode, and SPLIT is activated, the input
will be ignored. When SPLIT is activated, the audio channel(s) that is/are set to
DA will NOT lock to the SOURCE signal. All channels not in DA mode will
continue to generate the frequency displayed for the respective channel(s), and
will be running on internal oven or external Atomic.
Note: The SPLIT button has no function when SOURCE is set to VIDEO or OVEN.
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12.
USA pull up/pull down (+/-0.1%)
When in edit mode, this button toggles +/- 0.1% pull up/pull down for the channel(s)
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being edited. To confirm an edit press the SAMPLE RATE knob (4).
On the triple
display for the given channel(s), the top line of the digit to the far right is lit for a pull
up, and the bottom line is lit for a pull down.
Notes:
If 0.1% & 4% pull ups are selected, the middle and top line of the last digit on the display are lit.
If 0.1% & 4% pull downs are selected, the middle and bottom line of the last digit in the display
are lit.
13.
European pull up/pull down (+/- 4%)
When in edit mode, this button toggles +/- 4% pull up/pull down for the channel(s)
being edited. To confirm an edit press the SAMPLE RATE knob (4).
On the triple
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display for the given channel(s), the top line of the digit to the far right is lit for a pull
up, and the bottom line is lit for a pull down.
Notes:
If 0.1% & 4% pull ups are selected, the middle and top line of the last digit on the display are lit.
If 0.1% & 4% pull downs are selected, the middle and bottom line of the last digit in the display
are lit.
14.
Status LEDs
LOCK When lit, indicates that Trinity is locked to a valid incoming reference.
The light will flash if there is no input, or a frequency present at the input is not
one of the recognized valid gearboxing frequencies as in Appendix A on page 11.
ATOMIC Will be lit if SOURCE is set to OVEN, and a valid signal is present at the
rear panel atomic input.
OVEN Flashes when Trinity is first turned on, and will light solid when the oven
reaches its operating temperature.
Note: In normal operation OVEN and LOCK or ATOMIC and LOCK will not be lit at the same
time. However, when using the advanced SPLIT mode this is possible.
15.
INFO Button
Press to display further information on the SOURCE. Press again, or wait ten
seconds to return.
16.
HD Pull Down Select Buttons
Toggles -0.1% pull down On or Off for each HD channel. Press HD button for the
given channel(s) to confirm edit(s).
17.
SD Video Select Button
Use this button to select the format that will be present at rear panel outputs SD 3 &
4. This is an instant change that doesn't require confirmation
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REAR PANEL
18.
AC Power Socket
The IES AC Connection supports an input range of 90-250VAC. This enables the
device to automatically accommodate mains voltages in any country.
19.
DC Power Connection
Speakon NL4FX socket for 12VDC 15 Watt power supply.
20.
Word Clock Inputs 1 & 2
BNC connections used to accept word clock reference.
21.
AES/EBU Input
The AES/EBU input is a female XLR connection that accepts AES/EBU clock or
audio.
22.
S/PDIF Input
The S/PDIF input is an RCA connection that accepts S/PDIF clock or audio.
23.
Video Input
The video input is a BNC connection that accepts video reference. See appendix
B on page 11 for supported formats.
24.
Atomic Input
The BNC Atomic Input connection allows Trinity to receive a 10MHz reference from
an atomic clock device, such as the Antelope 10M. When locked to Atomic, the
internal oven on Trinity is automatically bypassed, the front panel ATOMIC LED
lights, and the atomic device becomes the primary timing reference. This effectively
provides 8 day sample accuracy, which means even more detailed sound and
greater stability.
Note: User functionality of Trinity is unaffected by the presence of an Atomic device.
25.
Audio Channel A - Word Clock Outputs 1 to 6
The sample rate on these outputs always matches the sample rate indicated by the
frequency display for channel A on the front panel.
26.
Audio Channel A - AES/EBU Outputs 1 & 2 (male)
These two outputs provide AES/EBU clock at the sample rate shown on the front
panel frequency display for Channel A.
27.
Audio Channel A - S/PDIF Outputs 1 & 2
These two outputs provide S/PDIF clock at the sample rate shown on the front
panel frequency display for Channel A.
28.
Audio Channel A 256x Word Clock Outputs 1 & 2
These two outputs provide 256x Word Clock, a protocol used in some older
Digidesign components.
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Appendix C
Error Messages
Display says: CANNOt dA CHOSEN SOUГCE
Read: Cannot DA Chosen Source
Reason: The Audio channel is set to DA, and SOURCE is set to either OVEN or VIDEO.
Solution 1
Continue in DA mode by changing SOURCE knob to a position corresponding to a valid rear panel input.
Solution 2
Leave DA mode, selecting an internal sample rate.
Display says: NO IПPUt
Read: No Input
Reason: The Audio channel is set to DA, but there is no input on the chosen SOURCE.
Solution 1
Continue in DA mode by applying a valid rear panel input that corresponds to the front panel SOURCE
knob.
Solution 2
Continue in DA mode by changing SOURCE knob to a position where there is a valid rear panel input.
Solution 3
Leave DA mode, selecting a standard sample rate.
Display says: SOURCE OFF-ГAtE
Read: Source Off-Rate
Reason: Input is a non-standard frequency that is not one of the recognized gearboxing frequencies
as in Appendix A on page 11, and is likely a varispeed input frequency.
Solution 1
Continue with the off-rate input, and select SPLIT mode. The audio channel must also be in DA mode.
Solution 2
Change SOURCE knob to OVEN and run on internal clock.
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INSTALLATION AND CONNECTION
1.
Before placing the device into its operating location, consider the following:
To minimize frequency instabilities, the device should not be placed near equipment
generating strong magnetic fields, such as generators, transformers, etc.
To prevent possible interference, observe a minimum distance of 5 centimetres (2
inches) between the cables of this device and any non-coaxial audio cables.
It is all right to use the device unmounted (i.e. not in a rack) as long as the above
conditions are met. There is no requirement for the device to be levelled horizontally
2.
If the DC Power Connection 19 is to be used, make sure the power cable is wired
properly, because reversed polarity may damage the device. Refer to the illustration
below for information on how to make the connection. If in doubt consult a competent
technician.
If the mark on the
Speakon NL4FX plug is…
1+
21-
Connect to the following mark on the
power supply unit circuit board / terminal:
+12 V
Ground
Earth
(optional, use it if available on the power
supply unit)
3.
Mount the device on its operating place in the rack and secure it with screws.
4.
Connect the AC Power Connection 18 and/or the DC Power Connection 19 to the
respective power outlet(s).
Note: When connecting devices, do so with the studio volume turned down as some devices
may emit an unpleasant sound until properly configured to accept incoming clock.
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CALIBRATION MODE:
Trinity can be calibrated periodically by connecting it to the 10M Atomic Clock. This is not
something that necessarily needs to be done very often, but if desired here's how to do it...
Connect 10M to Trinity as normal.
Power on both devices, and wait for 10M device to reach operating temperature.
Set Trinity SOURCE knob 3 to OVEN, and be sure that the ATOMIC LED 14 is lit.
Wait for 1 minute to allow the units to stabilize.
Press Display button 15 , and then Varispeed button 10 . Trinity is now in calibration
mode.
Note: The middle line of the display is the only thing you need to look at when in CAL mode.
If this is stable at +/- 0.5 ppm or greater then it is worthwhile to proceed with calibration. If
the display is not stable, please wait for a minute or two until it stabilizes before deciding
whether calibration is needed or not.
4 Trinity is now
To proceed with calibration, press the SAMPLE RATE knob (4).
calibrated to better than +/- 0.001 ppm accuracy.
Exit calibration mode by pressing the INFO button 15 .
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S/PDIF:
4 RCA @ 75 Ohms
WC Basics
32.0 kHz
44.1 kHz
48.0 kHz
Word clock outputs except Audio A 256x
x1
x2
x4
32.0 kHz
44.1 kHz
88.2 kHz
176.4 kHz
48.0 kHz
96.0 kHz
192.0 kHz
Operating Temperature:
AC, universal input 90 - 250VAC, 15W
DC, 12VDC +/- 1VDC, 15W
0-50 C, 32-122 F
Weight:
4 kg, 8.8 lb
Dimensions:
482mm (W) x 89mm (H) x 203mm (D)
19” (W) x 3.5” (H) x 8” (D)
Power Supply:
16
x8
-
Audio A 256x
x256
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