About a week before the NAMM 2020 show kicks-off in Anaheim, California, PreSonus is unveiling its brand new Thunderbolt 3 audio interface. The Quantum 2626 is a direct successor to the company’s extremely low-latency, previous generation Quantum interface with a series of enhancements, even more, I/O possibilities and the same (or better) lag-free recording experience. Jump below the fold for more details and a closer look at the launch trailer.
New Thunderbolt 3 audio interface from PreSonus
Much like the previous generation model, PreSonus’ latest Thunderbolt 3 audio interface is among one of the more affordable options out there considering the amount of inputs and outputs it provides. There are interfaces for less than the $599.95 MSRP on the new 2626, but not by much, and not very many of them include 25+ inputs, insert returns, and the latest high-end connection standard.
Inputs and outputs for days
The Quantum 2626, as the name implies, provides users with up to 26 inputs and 26 outputs. That’s a whole lot of I/O for $600, even if most of them are available over digital ADAT/dual SMUX and S/PDIF connections. More importantly, you have access to 8 XMAX Class A analog microphone preamps spread across as many combo jacks with a pair of dedicated instrument inputs (for guitars and basses) as well as six balanced line-level inputs for synths and the like. All of that, along with dual headphones inputs, gain controls for each jack, a master volume control, and more are mounted directly on the front-side of the machine. And trust me, you do not want to be reaching around the back of your interface very often to change inputs after a million cables have been hooked up to it, and it’s finally in just the right place in your studio. Thanks, PreSonus.
It also sports eight TRS outputs, a pair of main outputs, word clock I/O, and “high-end” converters with 115 dB of dynamic range.
Thunderbolt 3 + Insert/Send Returns
The rest of the digital I/O and the awesome insert send/return system are found along the back of the new Thunderbolt 3 audio interface. A new addition to the Quantum lineup, PreSonus has added direct inputs and outputs on the first two channels. This means you can connect your outboard hardware, effects, pre-amps, and more directly into the signal chain before the audio gets recorded on your Mac.
The Quantum 2626 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface is now available from PreSonus dealers and over at Amazon for $599.95 shipped. That certainly isn’t the most affordable options out there, but when it comes to a Thunderbolt option with enough inputs to almost multitrack a whole band at once, it certainly one of the most competitive out there.
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