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Presonus Quantum Thunderbolt Audio Interface  From Presonus

Quantum 26x32 Thunderbolt™ Audio Interface/Studio Command Center

Presonus

$999.99

Retail:  $1,299.95

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Manufacturer's Description from Presonus

The speed of sound.

With a barely measurable round trip latency of less than 1 ms*, it's no wonder Sound on Sound magazine dubbed the Quantum Thunderbolt™ 2 audio interface "the fastest audio interface on the planet." Superb high-definition digital conversion and ultra-transparent XMAX remote-controllable mic preamps mean that your audio will always sound its best—whether you’re recording with or without your favorite plug-ins engaged in real-time.

 

Timeless audio.

Every design decision during Quantum’s engineering was made with one goal in mind: blazing fast speed without 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 120 dB of dynamic range and superior low-jitter clocking, coupled with our ultra-transparent XMAX remote-controllable preamps, result in superb audio quality with the lowest roundtrip latency of any audio interface available (<1 ms*).

*192 kHz, 64 sample buffer in Studio One 3.5 on a MacBook Pro 2016, 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7, running macOS 10.12.5

 

Superior sound. Sublime recall.

Audiophile-grade digital converters, low-jitter clocking, and recallable preamps add up to a superior recording and listening experience. The Quantum audio interface operates at up to 192 kHz for ultra-high-definition mixing and recording. High-quality converters on every input and output provide 120 dB of dynamic range to capture complex musical harmonics smoothly and naturally with no audible distortion. And our recallable 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. With that in mind, we designed Quantum-series interfaces to be stacked with one another for up to 192 inputs and outputs. 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 remote controlled via Studio One or UC Surface, just like the onboard preamps.

 

Seamless integration.

Quantum Thunderbolt audio interfaces are fully integrated with Studio One® to provide unparalleled control over your hardware right from your recording environment. Launch Studio One, and you’ll find full preamp control, talkback, and speaker switching integrated into your Studio One console. Need to track away from your computer? Launch Studio One Remote on your iPad® or Android™ tablet. Quantum preamps can be also controlled via MIDI in Pro Tools, Logic, or Live so you can save the settings with your recordings.

Quantum users receive a complimentary license for Studio One Artist with their registration plus 50% off upgrades to Studio One Professional — as well as Ableton® Live Lite.

 

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. Take advantage of onboard mix features like Mute, Dim, Mono, and integrated Talkback. Regardless of your studio’s size, Quantum audio interfaces streamline your recording process—you’ll make better music, faster.

 

Apple Silicon compatibility—standard.

The PreSonus Quantum-series interfaces are natively compatible with Apple Silicon-based Mac computers*. You'll be able to produce everything from podcasts to folk rock to trap—wherever sound takes you.

*Universal Control 3.6 or later is required for Native Apple Silicon compatibility.

 

Make your own magic.

At PreSonus, we want to make sure that our audio products come with everything you need to craft your own mesmerizing spells in the studio. That's why we include Studio One Artist with every audio interface and controller product we make, from the 2-channel AudioBox USB 96 to the 64-channel StudioLive 64S, ATOM to FaderPort 16, but we didn't stop there. Why? Because here in Louisiana, we have a word: lagniappe. It means "a little something extra," and it's in that spirit that we also include the Studio Magic Suite of software with our audio interface products and–new for 2021–our award-winning controllers as well.

The 2021 Studio Magic includes tutorials from Melodics, sound libraries from Ghost Hack, 7 virtual instruments, and 9 effects plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats to use in Studio One Artist or your DAW of choice with a retail value of over $1000 (US).

Presonus

About Manufacturer

PreSonus Corporation, a developer of audio technologies for the professional and semi-professional digital audio markets, was founded in 1995 and presently has an active distribution network in place that reaches over 20 million audio consumers. PreSonus also manages a high traffic website, www.presonus.com that is experiencing over 100,000 hits per month. The Company has released 18 professional audio products that have shipped to over 41 countries. Presonus has received the Electronic Musician Magazine Editor's Choice Award for four different products. The Company's products have also been nominated several times for MIX Magazine's Technical Excellence in Creativity Awards (TEC). In all, over 150,000 PreSonus products are in use around the world. The Company's primary objective is to leverage its research and development ability, intellectual property portfolio, expertise in manufacturing, well respected brand, and established distribution channels to continue swift growth in revenue and profitability. PreSonus has exhibited consistent growth of an average of 48.6% per year over the past six years and predicts continued double digit growth rates for the next three years. PreSonus was founded on the precept of research and development in new technologies and discovery and exploitation of emerging multi-media markets. The Company has passed the 'proof of concept' stage and is presently utilizing its proprietary designs and patents to expand product offerings. PreSonus has extensive relationships in the music, technology, Internet, manufacturing and consumer electronics industries as well as a highly respected professional audio brand - PreSonus Audio Electronics. Competencies necessary to promote and support digital audio technology include qualified personnel in research, engineering, manufacturing, music and marketing as well as direct experience with branding and business development. PreSonus has developed a talented staff and exceptional reputation and is poised to take advantage of the burgeoning digital audio and digital media consumer markets.

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)
20 Hz to 40 kHz (±0.22 dB, unity gain, 96 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 ¼” 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)
20 Hz to 40 kHz (±0.6 dB, unity gain, 96 kHz)
Dynamic Range > 106 dB (A-wtd, min. gain)
Total Harmonic Distortion < 0.005% (1kHz, min. gain)
Input Impedance > 1 MΩ

 

Line Inputs

 
Type ¼” 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)
20 Hz to 40 kHz (±0.10 dB, unity gain, 96 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 ¼” TRS Female, impedance balanced, DC Coupled
Maximum Output Level +18 dBu (Balanced)
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz (±0.05 dB, unity gain, 48 kHz)
20 Hz to 40 kHz (±0.15 dB, unity gain, 96 kHz)
Dynamic Range > 118 dB (A-wtd)
Total Harmonic Distortion < 0.0035% (1 kHz, +4 dBu)
Output Impedance 51Ω

 

Headphone Outputs

 
Type ¼” 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 1 -2 dBFS
Signal 2 -4 dBFS
Signal 3 -6 dBFS
Signal 4 -10 dBFS
Signal 5 -20 dBFS
Signal 6 -30 dBFS
Signal 7 -50 dBFS

 

Digital Audio

 
Connection Type Thunderbolt*
ADC Dynamic Range 120 dB (A-wtd)
DAC Dynamic Range 120 dB (A-wtd)
Bit Depth 24 bits
Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192

 

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  
Height 1.75" (44.45 mm)
Depth 7" (177.8 mm)
Width 19" (482.6 mm)
Weight 6 lbs (2.72 kg)

 

Computer system requirements:

 

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for the Quantum Interface.

 

Mac®

  • macOS version 10.13 or later
  • 200 MB storage space and 8 GB RAM for Universal Control (required for firmware updates)
  • Available Thunderbolt™ 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 port (NOTE: Your computer's motherboard must support Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt 3 requires an adapter, not included.)

 

Windows®

  • Windows 10 or later (64-Bit Only)
  • 200 MB storage space and 8 GB RAM for Universal Control (required for firmware updates and low-latency ASIO support)
  • Available Thunderbolt™ 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 port (NOTE: Your computer's motherboard must support Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt 3 requires an adapter, not included.)

 

The above are the hardware system requirements for this product.
DAW software and Operating System requirements vary.