PreSonus has started shipping their new Thunderbolt interface, the Quantum. The Quantum is packed with connections at a price point you've never seen out of a Thunderbolt interface. Today, we will go over a few key features that sets the Quantum apart from the rest.
Dual Thunderbolt Ports
The Quantum is a true thunderboltdevice with dual ports. This allows for the engineer to stack up to four Quantum interfaces together for an impressive 96x96 recording system. The ports can also be used for any thunderbolt peripherals such as an extra monitor.
No DSP for Faster Connections
PreSonus decided against putting any DSP in this interface to increase the speed of transfer. The Quantum, along with all other PreSonus interfaces, ships with Studio One Artist, the next standard DAW in digital recording. Within the program, you can put any native plugin on the input and print that sound to the track, just like using DSP. Typically, DSP within interfaces limits the engineer to just a few plugs. Using Studio One with plugins on the inputs allows for greater flexibility with no hardware DSP to slow your session down. All PreSonus interfaces also include the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite with amazing software from Eventide, Lexicon, maag Audio, SPL, brainworx and Plugin Alliance.
Similar to the Studio 192, the Quantum has a built-in talkback microphone. This is extremely helpful for people tracking live drums. If you've ever recorded a drummer without using a talkback microphone, you know exactly what I mean. Screaming at them to stop playing is the only way to communicate unless you plugged a microphone into your interface and ate up one of your channels. Drums are the instrument I record the most, so I can really appreciate PreSonus' consideration for keeping the 8 inputs and having a dedicated talkback microphone.
PreSonus has announced that from now on, all of their interfaces will be equipped with DC-coupled outputs. These outputs can send control voltages to hardware synthesizers. You can then manipulate responses of the synths like attack and decay time of the waveform. The new Studio 2|6 and Studio 6|8 interfaces have DC-coupled outputs as well.
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