PreSonus Quantum 2626 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

Build your studio around the PreSonus Quantum 2626! With 8 XMAX mic pres and round-trip latency of <1 ms, it's an ideal Thunderbolt 3 front end for your DAW.
Record and monitor through your favorite plug-ins inside your DAW with the blazing fast speed only Quantum interfaces can deliver. The PreSonus Quantum 2626 takes advantage of the jaw-dropping speed of Thunderbolt 3 to achieve a barely-measurable round-trip latency of less than 1 ms.


Get a closer look at the PreSonus Quantum 2626 in our exclusive video:


Superb high-definition digital conversion and eight ultra-transparent analog XMAX mic preamps ensure your audio always sounds its best. Insert your favorite outboard gear with two direct preamp outputs and dedicated line-level returns. Expand your system up to 26 simultaneous inputs and outputs using ADAT Optical. Streamline your recording process and make better music, faster with the Quantum 2626.

Features:

- Round-trip latency of less than 1 ms
- 8 front-mounted ultra-transparent XMAX analog mic preamps
- High-definition 24-bit A/D/A conversion up to 192 kHz sampling rate
- 2 direct outputs with dedicated line-level returns for inserting output gear
- Up to 26-in/26-out when expanded via dual ADAT Optical
- 2 combo mic/instrument inputs and 6 mic/line inputs
- 1/4" TRS Left and Right main outputs
- 8 1/4" TRS line outputs, DC-coupled
- 2 1/4" headphone outputs with dedicated volume
- Dual ADAT Optical, S/PDIF, MIDI, and BNC word clock I/O
- Studio One Artist and Studio Magic Plug-in Suite included

Note: Thunderbolt cable not included.

This PreSonus product comes read more with the Studio Magic plug-in bundle -- free!


See how to install your Studio Magic plug-ins in this video:


Includes Studio Magic Plug-in Suite: Over $1000 in Free Software!

With over $1000 of virtual instruments, effects plug-ins and more, PreSonus' Studio Magic plug-in suite offers something for everyone -- and it's included as a free download with this product. Here's a look at everything included in this bundle:

Ableton Live Lite (a standalone DAW) is a lightweight edition of Ableton Live, with essential instruments and effects. (PreSonus also throws in their Studio One Artist software as a free download, so if you're in need of modern DAW software, you've got two solid choices right off the bat.)

Arturia's Analog Lab Lite 3 (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) is a "Greatest Hits" collection of physically modeled — not sampled — classic analog synths, organs, string machines, and pianos from Arturia's V-Collection of virtual instruments.

Brainworx bx_opto compressor (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) combines the best aspects and anomalies from several legendary, light-dependent compressor circuits. The result is a powerful dynamics processor, teeming with character and delivering sounds that can't be achieved with analog optical compressors.

Brainworx bx_rockrack V3 guitar amp modeling plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) provides boutique tube guitar amp simulations that sound and feel like the real thing, with 8 famous amp models and 40 impulse responses in one plug-in.

Cherry Audio Voltage Modular Nucleus (VST, AU, AAX) is a terrific introduction to modular synthesis with 22 modules and 67 presets.

iZotope Neutron Elements (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) features futuristic, assistive technology and four fantastic-sounding audio processors: Compressor, EQ, Exciter, and Transient Shaper. Like having a virtual assistant, Neutron Elements will listen to your audio, identify instruments, and offer custom starting points for your mix decisions while leaving the creative control to you.

Klanghelm SDRR2tube (VST, AU, AAX) can be a saturation processor, a compressor, an EQ, a bit-crusher, or a subtle stereo widener to add warmth, depth, and character to your tracks.

KV331 Audio Synthmaster Player (VST, AU, AAX) is a simplified version of the developer's SynthMaster semi-modular software synthesizer and effects plug-in, with limited editing capabilities. It comes with 1,800 factory presets from a world-class team of sound designers and offers 12 editable parameters.

Lexicon's MPX-i Reverb (VST, AU, AAX) delivers seven classic Lexicon plate, hall, chamber, and room reverbs. A streamlined interface and 100 versatile, finely crafted presets enable you to quickly get the sound you want.

Mäag Audio EQ2 (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) delivers the sound of the Mäag Audio EQ2 two-band hardware equalizer. Mäag Audio's EQ design allows for exceptionally low phase shift across all EQ adjustments, which helps maintain the integrity of your mix's original sound while enhancing the very high "air" frequencies.

Native Instruments' Replika delay plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP) packs two professional quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface.

Output Movement (VST, VST3, AU, AAX) is an exciting effects plug-in for the studio or stage that adds powerful rhythms to any input in real-time. Movement's four rhythm engines blend seamlessly, while analog modeled effects optimized for modulation let you add rhythm with reverb and compressors pumping, filters and EQs opening and closing, delays morphing, and tube distortion warming and cooling.

SPL Attacker Plus (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP), from Plugin Alliance, is a micro-plug-in that enables all attack events to be amplified, regardless of their signal level. By focusing on the initial transient instead of specific frequencies, SPL Attacker Plus amplifies just the attack curves of a sound event, allowing instruments to be mixed at lower levels.

StudioLinked Trophies (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) is an intuitive and easy-to-use collection of R&B sounds assembled by nine-time Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox. It includes 500 multi-sampled presets across 13 categories, onboard effects, ADSR controls, filtering controls, and a robust library of chord progressions that you can drag and drop into your instrument track.

UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 "Phat" (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone) is all about funky urban drums suitable for everything from retro soul to g-funk. You get 30 different drum styles and 720 patterns recorded across 5 drum kits.

UVI Model D (VST, AU, AAX) lets you experience the presence and power of a Concert Grand Model D piano, captured in the brilliant Guillaume Tell soundstage in Paris.
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Note: Thunderbolt cable not included.

Computer 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 1 and 2 require 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

Technical 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, 40ohms, 22 kHz BW, A-wtd)
- Input Impedance: 1.6 kohms
- 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 Mohms

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 kohms

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: 51 ohms1/4"

Headphone Outputs:
- Type: 1/4" TRS Female, Stereo, Unbalanced, x2
- Maximum Output Level: 175 mW/channel (56ohms 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): 16 ohms to 300 ohms

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

Physical Dimensions and Weight:
- Height: 1.75" (44.45 mm)
- Depth: 7" (177.8 mm)
- Width: 19" (482.6 mm)
- Weight: 6 lbs (2.72 kg)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 8 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 25 x 10 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PRS QUANTUM2626
PreSonus Warranty Presonus offers a one year warranty (parts and labor) on all new products. All non-new Presonus products are not covered by any warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 225-216-7887
(1 ratings)
Submitted March 29, 2021 by Jeff M in San Antonio, TX
"Not reliable"
The audio will drop out pretty much every time I use it. The audio won't come back until you unplug it and plug it back in. It's been out like 3 years now and everyone is still complaining about this.
Musical Background:
Home Studio
Musical Style:
Rock
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