PreSonus announced the release of Quantum 2 – a more compact and affordable version of its flagship Thunderbolt-interface Quantum, which went on sale this summer. In comparison with the predecessor, Quantum 2 has a smaller number of input and output audio channels (22 and 24, respectively), but costs almost 1.5 times less. As for sound quality, in this respect the novelty should not yield to an expensive “colleague”, because it uses the same microphone preamplifiers XMAX, operating in Class A, and the same 24-bit AC / DA converters with a dynamic range of 120 dB.
Let’s take a closer look at the switching capabilities of PreSonus Quantum 2. In addition to the two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the device has four microphone / line combo inputs (two of which can be used as instrumental ones), four balanced line outputs, a powerful stereo headphone output, digital ADAT and S / PDIF, as well as MIDI I / O and Word Clock ports. You can increase the number of channels by stacking up to four of these interfaces.
Among other advantages of Quantum 2 is the close integration with the DAW Studio One® Artist bundled with the kit and the ability to remotely control most interface functions via the desktop software UC Surface.
- 22×24 Thunderbolt™ 2 ultra-low-latency audio interface
- PreSonus’ fastest interface; record direct to DAW (no DSP)
- Stack up to four Quantum interfaces via Thunderbolt for a monster system
- Assignable output level control
- 6 8-segment LED meters (4 input, 2 output)
You can purchase PreSonus Quantum 2 in the near future (the expected date of the beginning of deliveries is the end of October). The cost of this interface is only $ 699.95.