NAMM 2020: PreSonus’s Quantum 2626 audio interface has loads of I/O and promises super-fast performance

NAMM 2020: PreSonus is back on an audio interface tip with the announcement of the Quantum 2626. This is a rackmountable Thunderbolt 3 device that promises “barely measurable roundtrip latency” - as low as <1ms, apparently - meaning that recording and monitoring through plugins at 24-bit/192kHz should be possible.

As its name implies, the Quantum 2626 has 26 inputs and 26 outputs, with 115dB of dynamic range on each slice of analogue I/O. You get eight XMAX Class A mic preamps, two instrument inputs and six balanced line-level inputs on front-mounted combo jacks. Inputs 1 and 2 have direct outputs and dedicated returns for patching in outboard gear, and 18 channels of digital I/O can be accessed over ADAT/dual SMUX and S/PDIF.

Round the back you’ll find eight 1/4-inch TRS outputs, two balanced main outputs, two high-volume headphone outputs with volume controls and MIDI I/O. There’s BNC word clock I/O, too.

Shipping with a copy of the Studio One Artist DAW, the Quantum 2626 costs $600. Find out more on the PreSonus website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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