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PreSonus Expands Thunderbolt Interface Line With New Quantum 2626

Thunderbolt 3 bus designed to provide very low roundtrip latency to foster recording and monitoring with up to 24-bit, 192 kHz fidelity.
Front and rear views of the new PreSonus Quantum 2626 interface.

The newest model in the PreSonus Quantum series of audio interfaces, the Quantum 2626, utilizes the Thunderbolt 3 bus to achieve very low roundtrip latency (as low as <1 millisecond), intended to foster recording and monitoring with up to 24-bit, 192 kHz fidelity through plugins without leaving the DAW.

Connverters on every analog input and output are stated to provide 115 dB of dynamic range to capture musical harmonics smoothly and naturally with low to no audible distortion.

Quantum 2626 provides up to 26 inputs and 26 outputs, with eight PreSonus XMAX Class A analog microphone preamps, two instrument inputs to directly connect basses and guitars, and six balanced line level inputs for synths — all on front-mounted combo jacks. The first two inputs are equipped with direct outputs and dedicated returns to patch in outboard gear. An additional 18 inputs and outputs are available via ADAT/dual SMUX and S/PDIF.

There are also eight 1/4-inch TRS outputs that are DC coupled for sending control voltages, plus two balanced Main outputs, two high-volume headphone outs with dedicated volume controls, and MIDI I/O. BNC word clock I/O helps ensure Quantum 2626 and other digital audio devices operate in tight sync. The interface is protected by a 1U rack-mountable, all-metal chassis with metal knobs.

The Studio One Artist DAW is included with Quantum 2626, and the interface is also compatible with any recording software that supports Core Audio (macOS) or ASIO (Windows). Free PreSonus UC Surface control software for Mac and Windows provides access to full metering, including metering for connected PreSonus DP88 8-channel A/DA preamp/converters, as well as UC Surface’s integrated Real-Time Analyzer (RTA).

Quantum 2626 is available now at PreSonus dealers at a U.S. street price of $599.95.


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