PreSonus Quantum 26x26 Thunderbolt 3 Interface

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QUANTUM-2626

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Quantum 2626: 24-bit 192 kHz Thunderbolt-3 Audio Interface with Studio One Professional

Timeless audio
Every design decision during Quantum 2626 audio interface's engineering was made with one goal in mind: blazing-fast speed without any sonic compromise. The Quantum-series proprietary Thunderbolt driver was written from the ground up to deliver ultra-low-latency performance while maximizing efficiency. Cutting-edge 24-bit, 192 kHz converters with 115 dB of dynamic range and superior low-jitter clocking - coupled with ultra-transparent, pure analog XMAX preamps - result in superb audio quality with the lowest round-trip latency of any audio interface available ( < 1 ms).

Superior Sound
Audiophile-grade digital converters, low-jitter clocking, and transparent preamps add up to a superior recording and listening experience. The Quantum 2626 audio interface operates at up to 192 kHz for ultra-high-definition mixing and recording. High-quality converters on every input and output provide 115 dB of dynamic range to capture complex musical harmonics smoothly and naturally with no audible distortion. Highly praised XMAX Class A analog microphone preamps deliver incredibly high headroom, deep lows, smooth highs, and a rich overall sound so you'll hear every breath, transient, and detail in your recordings.

Expansive audio
Impressive speed combined with stunning sound quality means that the Quantum Thunderbolt audio interface is an ideal recording solution for any size of studio. Need more mic preamps? Connect the PreSonus DigiMax DP88 to your Quantum interface's ADAT/dual S/MUX ports. Once synced, the DigiMax DP88 preamps can be remotely controlled via Studio One or UC Surface. Want to insert your favorite gear? The Quantum 2626 features two direct preamp outputs with dedicated returns, so you can insert your favorite analog compressor and your favorite plug-ins with ease.

Award-Winning Recording Software Included
While compatible with any macOS or Windows recording application, the Quantum 2626 ships as a complete recording studio with Studio One Artist music production software included. Easy to learn, Studio One enables you to compose, record, and produce without getting distracted by the tools. Need a new loop or sample for your latest production? Studio One lets you shop, audition, and purchase new content right from your production environment - including powerful extensions for Studio One like the Presence XT Expansion packs and the PreSonus Channel Strip Collection.

The Quantum Leap
Industry-leading speed and pristine audio quality combined with jaw-dropping expandability are the hallmarks of the Quantum interface design. Record and monitor from your favorite DAW with any plug-in engaged. Insert your favorite outboard analog gear with ease. Regardless of your studio's size, Quantum audio interfaces will streamline your recording process - you'll make better music, faster.

Includes Studio Magic Plug-in Suite
This suite of plug-ins adds a wealth of fresh virtual instruments and effects to Studio One. Cherry-picked from the first names in virtual instruments and effects, each plug-in brings a different flavor of practical magic to your songs. These plug-ins aren't gimmicky one-trick ponies - these are real-deal workhorses that you'll rely on for countless mixes.

Features
• 26x26 Thunderbolt 3 ultra-low-latency audio interface
• < 1 ms roundtrip latency; record direct to DAW with your favorite plug-ins engaged
• 24-Bit/192kHz Operation with high-quality 115 dB A/D/A converters
• Studio One Artist and Studio Magic plug-in bundle included
• Simultaneous I/O up to 26 inputs / 26 outputs (at 44.1 or 48 kHz)
• 8 pristine XMAX preamps
• 2 Instrument Inputs
• 8 balanced line inputs
• Dual headphone outputs with independent level control
• Balanced stereo main outputs with independent level control
• 8 DC Coupled balanced line outputs
• 2 preamp direct outputs with returns to insert outboard gear
• Main Output Level Control
• Balanced Stereo Main Output (TRS)
• Eight Balanced Line Outputs (TRS (outs 1 & 2 share a DAC with the main output))
• Two Preamp Outputs (channels 1 & 2)
• Two Line Returns (channels 1 & 2)
• ADAT Optical/Dual SMUX inputs/outputs: 16x16 channels at 44.1 or 48 kHz; 8x8 channels at 88.2 or 96 kHz
• Stereo S/PDIF coaxial input and output
• Thunderbolt 3 high-speed bus
• 24-bit resolution and up to 192 kHz sampling rate
• BNC word clock input and output with low-jitter clocking
• MIDI I/O

System Requirements
Mac
• Mac OS X 10.11.6 64-bit or later
• Intel Core i5 or better
• 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Windows
• Windows 10 64-bit or later
• Intel Core i5 or better
• 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Mac and Windows Systems
• Thunderbolt 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 port (Note: Your computer's motherboard must support Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt 3 requires an adapter, not included.)
• Internet connection (required for Studio One Activation and Content download)
• Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
• 30 GB hard disk space
• Monitor with 1366x768 resolution

Specifications
Microphone Preamp
Type: XLR Female (via Combo), Balanced
Maximum Input Level: +10 dBu (Balanced, min. gain)
Gain Control Range: 60 dB
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-0.15 dB, unity gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range: > 110 dB (A-wtd, min. gain)
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.005% (1 kHz, min. gain)
EIN: < -131 dBu (max gain, 40Ω, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd)
Input Impedance: 1.6 kΩ
Phantom Power: +48V, > 8 mA per input
Instrument Inputs
Type: 1/4" TS Female (via Combo), Unbalanced
Maximum Input Level: +15 dBu (Unbalanced, min. gain)
Gain Control Range: 60 dB
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-0.2 dB, unity gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range: > 106 dB (A-wtd, min. gain)
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.005% (1kHz, min. gain)
Input Impedance: > 1 MΩ
Line Inputs
Type: 1/4" TRS Female (via Combo), Balanced
Maximum Input Level: +18 dBu (Balanced, min. gain)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-0.05 dB, unity gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range: > 118 dB (A-wtd, min. gain)
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.005% (1 kHz, min. gain)
Input Impedance: 10 kΩ
Main and Line Outputs
Type: 1/4" TRS Female, impedance balanced, DC Coupled (Line Outputs only)
Maximum Output Level: +18 dBu (Balanced)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-0.05 dB, unity gain, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range: > 118 dB (A-wtd)
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.0035% (1 kHz, +4 dBu)
Output Impedance: 51Ω
Headphone Outputs
Type: 1/4" TRS Female, Stereo, Unbalanced, x2
Maximum Output Level: 175 mW/channel (56Ω load)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (0.5 dB, 48 kHz)
Dynamic Range: > 110 dB (A-wtd)
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.03% (1 kHz)
Headphone Impedance (working range): 16Ω to 300Ω
Crosstalk
Input to Input: < -110 dB
Output to Output: < -115 dB
Input to Output: < -120 dB
Signal Level LEDs
Clip: -0.5 dBFS
Signal: -50 dBFS
Digital Audio
Connection Type: Thunderbolt 3 (Thunderbolt 1 and 2 compatible)
ADC Dynamic Range: 115 dB (A-wtd)
DAC Dynamic Range: 115 dB (A-wtd)
Bit Depth: 24 bits
Internally Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Clock
Jitter: < 70 ps RMS (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
Jitter Attenuation: > 60 dB (1 ns in = > 1 ps out)
Power
12 VDC, 5A, external power supply (included)
Physical Dimensions
Height: 1.75" (44.45 mm)
Depth: 7" (177.8 mm)
Width: 19" (482.6 mm)
Weight: 6 lbs (2.72 kg)

Super Stable, incredibly Fast.0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
Solid, smooth, easy and reliable. Forget using onboard dsp. This thing is fast enough to use your DAW or standalone vst with less than 1ms latency. This is the real deal and a bargain as well.
Posted by Des Rodman on Dec 28, 2021
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Great interface, fast roundtrip.1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg (Wall St.), Manitoba
I'm running a ryzen 5 32GB Win10 PC. This interface works, I can get roundtrip latencies at 1-2ms with some software running it as an effects pedal. Depending on the sample buffer size and the DAW software, the # of instances of VST's and tracks etc it can be more, but it's always useful. The preamps are clean. You can insert on channel 1 and 2 with no preamps if you want which is nice because I use an SSL SiX. Lots of I/O for the money. Windows 10 is a little glitchy and will kick the interface out with embedded videos such as youtube. This is a known problem, and if it is annoying you can quickly switch to another interface and back to bring the sound back on your system tray, inconvenient yet not a dealbreaker because at this level you are buying the I/F for watching youtube. I imagine this is a beast on mac and will hang on to it for when I get one. No real bells and whistles on the Device control software (Universal Control) - level indicators, fft spectrum analyzer, no software level manipulation though, that has to be done through the DAW or VST software running on it.
Posted by Rob S on Jul 2, 2021
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Blazing Fast Interface!0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
The Quantum 2626 has got to be the fastest audio interface on the planet! Round Trip Latency at 96kHz with a 64 sample buffer was an astonishing 1.6 milliseconds! It just blows the competition out of the water as far as low latency performance goes! So far It's been a very solid, stable and reliable piece of gear! The preamps are very clean, quiet and remarkably detailed in their recreation of the sources being recorded. At the asking price I don't know why anyone would buy any other interface. This makes anything on a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 connection obsolete. I'm really very impressed!
Posted by Pat L on Dec 15, 2020
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This is a WICKED fast interface!3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCambridge, Ontario
I'm running the Presonus Quantum 2626 on a Windows 10 PC based on a Gigabyte Z390 Motherboard with a thunderbolt 3 connection, with 64 Gigabytes of DDR4 Ram, and an Intel i9-9900k CPU. All my software is installed on a Samsung EVO860 SATA SSD. I'm recording into REAPER v6.15 at 24 bit 96kHz.
In a project with a 128 sample buffer running 26 tracks with 12 virtual instruments and 48 plugins Reaper is Reporting: 128spls~1.4/1.5ms ASIO latency. No clicks, no pops, no dropouts. That is simply astonishing! That means you can track with all these virtual instruments and plugins activated and It just flippin works!
A loop back test revealed a dead on sample accurate ASIO driver performance with no manual latency adjustments needed. Presonus have coded a very accurate ASIO driver for this piece of hardware.
The XMAX preamps are clean and quiet with a nice rounded warmth to them. Blowing a C-harp into an Shure SM-58 with a bit of Reverb on it sounded huge!
It comes with a nice software package featuring Studio One 4 Artist, Ableton Live lite, 6 virtual instruments and 9 different plugins. The download links for the Studio Magic Software package on the Presonus Site don't appear to be working, or at least they weren't working for me so that's points off the scoreboard. But you can go to the plugin manufactures sites and download and register them from there.
All together the Presonus Quantum 2626 is an incredibly good piece of hardware at a very fair price. It's solid, stable, easy to operate and like I said It just flipping works!
I'm really happy with it!
Posted by Just Another Peasant on Nov 24, 2020
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Great Interface but Failed2 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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I bought the PreSonus Quantum 2626 in January 2020 and received it in April 2020. I bought it because it is thunderbolt 3 and was reasonably priced. It is in very high demand and was back ordered. It does a great job for me in my home studio. Recently, it stopped working. They are on back order so it can't be replaced with the same unit. I'll probably have to buy another make while the quantum 2626 is being repaired.
Posted by John Elliott on Aug 21, 2020
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