PreSonus: Quantum Thunderbolt Interface

by Michael Eddy
The front of the Quantum Thunderbolt Interface from  PreSonus
The front of the Quantum Thunderbolt Interface from PreSonus

PreSonus® is now shipping its Quantum Thunderbolt™ 2 interface. Designed for a wide variety of recording environments, the 26x32-channel Quantum is the company’s fastest audio/MIDI interface, taking advantage of the high-speed Thunderbolt 2 bus and a no-frills, direct-to-DAW signal path to achieve extremely low latency. The unit’s 24-bit, 192 kHz converters with 120 dB of dynamic range are combined with PreSonus’ recallable XMAX microphone preamps. For more I/O channels, simply stack up to four Quantum interfaces via Thunderbolt to create a 96x96 system. 

The Quantum offers two combo mic/instrument/line inputs and six combo mic/line inputs, each with a digitally controlled XMAX preamp and +48V phantom power. It also includes two ¼” TRS main outputs, the aforementioned eight ¼” TRS line outputs, and two independent headphone outs with dedicated volume controls. With ADAT Optical I/O and S/PDIF stereo digital I/O, users can have up to 18 additional digital inputs and outputs for a total of 26 in and 32 out. BNC word clock I/O ensures user’s Quantum and other digital audio devices operate in tight sync. Of course, users get MIDI I/O, too.

Designed to be the central hub for any recording studio, the Quantum offers two main and eight auxiliary balanced line-level outputs that are great for monitor mixing. An onboard talkback mic can be routed to any mix, and users can listen to any mix from either of two headphone amps. Users also get Mute/Dim and Mono controls.

The back view of the PreSonus Quantum Thunderbolt InterfaceWith the Quantum, user’s audio interface is an integrated extension of the recording environment. Launch the included PreSonus Studio One® Artist DAW, and users will find full preamp control functions integrated into the recording environment. Most of the Quantum’s features can also be controlled in PreSonus’ free UC Surface control software, so even if users employ third-party recording software, they can remotely access the features. To top it off, Quantum owners get the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite free—giving users seven useful plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX format—and can upgrade to Studio One Professional for 50% off.

With its pro features, flexible software, and abundant I/O, the Quantum serves as a combination audio interface and studio command center that fits into any recording and production environment. The Quantum interface is available immediately.

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