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.


- 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 with the Studio Magic plug-in bundle -- free! read more

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. It comes with all of Live's essential workflows, instruments and effects -- everything you need to record songs, create hands-on with your controller, take music made in your apps further and so much more. (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 Intro gives you access to the most iconic synth and keyboard sounds of all time, taken from Arturia's 28 expertly crafted V Collection instrument emulations. From analog synthesizers to revolutionary digital workstations, these are the sounds that made history.

Brainworx bx_opto compressor compressor 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 boasts eight famous amp models in a single plug-in. On top of that, 40 impulse responses are included, offering just the right variety of tone and timbre for your guitar rig. Brainworx gives you a powerful selection of perfectly recorded boutique cabinets captured with complete effects chains from studios featuring great-sounding amp rooms and stellar gear.

Cherry Audio Voltage Modular Nucleus is the ultimate introduction to modular synthesis -- a collection of 22 modules and 67 presets. This package includes all of the fundamentals of subtractive analog synthesis. With Voltage Modular Nucleus, you can discover the thrill of patching modules together in new and endlessly creative ways and explore all of the capabilities of Voltage Modular.

Cherry Audio Surrealistic MG-1 Plus is a fun and funky virtual synthesizer from Cherry Audio -- a super-authentic recreation of the Realistic MG-1 synthesizer sold in Radio Shack stores in the '80s. The Surrealistic MG-1 Plus delivers fat analog tone in spades, along with a unique polyphonic oscillator section, "bell tone" ring modulation, glide, auto repeat note triggering, oscillator sync, and a number of improvements that tremendously expand its capabilities.

Ghosthack Essential Sounds is the perfect sound pack for music producers and content creators alike. Expect professional one-shots, loops, MIDI files and full music tracks.

iZotope Neutron Elements is part of iZotope's Neutron family of mixing plug-ins, featuring 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 adds warmth, depth and character to your tracks. SDRR2tube can be a saturation processor, a compressor, an EQ, a bit-crusher, or a subtle stereo widener -- or it can simply add movement to your tracks. A comprehensive set of controls enables you to manipulate the character of the saturation to make it sit perfectly in your mix.

KV331 Audio Synthmaster Player is a simplified version of SynthMaster with limited editing capabilities designed for users who prefer to use presets rather than designing their own sounds. It comes with 1800 factory presets. Users can edit the 12 easy parameters or the bypass states of layer/global effects assigned for each preset by the sound designer.

Lexicon's MPX-i Reverb 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. Input and output metering let you monitor levels at a glance.

Mäag Audio EQ2 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. An input attenuator lets you normalize levels after applying EQ.

Melodics is the ultimate tool for developing your playing skills and building better practice habits. Musicians around the world are using it to stay motivated with their daily practice, work on their rhythm and timing, and practice with music they love. Unlock an exclusive course of piano lessons for free with your qualifying PreSonus product.

Native Instruments' Replika packs two professional-quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface. Simple to use with a resonant filter and classic phaser built in, REPLIKA is a versatile delay for anything from subtle slapback to warped sheets of noise.

Output Movement is an exciting effects plug-in for the studio or stage that lets you transform any instrument, synth, raw sound, or full track, by adding powerful rhythms to any input in real-time. Movement's four rhythm engines let you add rhythm with reverb and compressors pumping, filters and EQs opening and closing, delays morphing, and tube distortion warming and cooling.

Soundsnap is home to over 380,00 high-quality, project-ready sound effects. Soundsnap members include filmmakers, podcasters, game designers, and musicians. Working with some of the world's best recordists & sound designers guarantees top-quality sound effects ready to be used in your next project. Join the next .wav today by joining the number one SFX source for some of the industry's biggest names. Studio Magic owners get access to Soundsnap for 30 days.

SPL Attacker Plus Microplug delivers part of the same magical envelope shaping provided by the original Transient Designer hardware, replicating the edge and punch provided by the Attack knob. Providing just a single knob that lets you dial in all the transient punch you could ever need, Attacker Plus also sports a soft peak limiter and a dry/wet control, allowing total flexibility across a wide range of content and a worry-free workflow in the digital world.

UJAM Virtual Bassist Rowdy is your loudmouthed, high-energy bassist with bite! If your bass has to cut through heavy drums and a wall of guitars, ROWDY is the perfect solution. ROWDY confidently adds picked, overdriven electric bass sounds to your track, suitable for a variety of styles, from powerful punk to rock and modern metal. It can be tame, but it's wild. With a hand-picked, heavily modified vintage bass guitar, hot amps, a fuzz box and even an octave guitar. It's definitely a rocker and could use a shower, but we're too scared to ask...

UVI Model D lets you experience the presence and power of a Concert Grand Model D, captured in one of the finest studios in the world with deep tone-shaping tools, pro-grade effects, and adjustable mic positions. Model D delivers a finely tempered software piano exhibiting the effortless playability and sound of a real concert grand. Each note was carefully multi-sampled at a number of velocity levels with and without sustain. These samples were then carefully scripted with advanced keygroup layers and rule switching provided by the UVI Engine, allowing the sustain pedal and release samples to articulate in a natural way, reflective of the physical instrument to ensure the most natural feel and the best playability possible.
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Note: Thunderbolt cable not included.

Computer system requirements:

- Mac OS X 10.11.6 64-bit or later
- Intel Core i5 or better
- 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

- 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

- 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

- 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): 2777600102
Scratch and Dent, USED
Shipping Weight: 8 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 25 x 10 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2777600102

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 225-216-7887

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted February 13, 2022 by fartbox tonguepuncher
"Decent for the price point"
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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I've been using this interface for around 3 years now and have never experienced what the only other review (at the time of writing) is talking about with "audio dropping out" and having to unplug it and plug it back in, so not sure who "everyone" is that's complaining about this. Sounds like user-error to me, which seems to be a huge problem with user reviews at large - but I digress.For the price point, it's a decent interface. Anecdotally, the XMAX preamps do impart a somewhat sterile quality in comparison to my much cheaper and smaller SSL 2+. I have not used the scientific method to back this claim up quite yet, but thought it would be worth mentioning that to my ears there is something about the preamp's character that I don't love.Some complaints I have are that you cant manually switch the inputs to LINE mode, you have to insert a TRS cable to do so. Also, I cannot personally figure out if there is a way to make outputs 1 and 2 separate from the main outs. As far as I can tell, there is no way to do this, so you're essentially down 2 outs for a total of 6 when you look at it like that (there's 2 headphone mix outs on the front already). I spent far too much time spelunking the internet for this information to no avail. This leads me to my final and perhaps most pertinent complaint - the customer support from PreSonus. That is to say, it appears to be non-existent, or at least it did when I tried to contact them via phone for weeks in hopes of finding out whether or not read more it's possible to route signals that are NOT identical to the main outs to outputs 1 and 2. To be fair, this was over a year ago, so hopefully something has changed since then. Their support forums also appeared to be largely abandoned by anyone but confused customers. What dey got goin' on over dere in baton rouge, them?

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