PreSonus is shipping the new Quantum 4848 Thunderbolt audio interface (24-bit, 192 kHz), a professional recording solution that includes the company’s Studio One Professional recording, mixing and mastering software for macOS and Windows. The 1U rack-mount Quantum 4848 features A/D/A converters with 120 dB dynamic range on every input and output and offers 32 channels of DB25 line-level I/O.
An additional 16 channels of ADAT Optical I/O are available to add Lightpipe-equipped digital gear or extend a user’s analog I/O to 48×48 by connecting two PreSonus DigiMax DP88 A/D/A converters with recallable XMAX Class A preamps and line-level inputs. BNC word clock I/O and low-jitter clocking ensure the Quantum 4848 and other digital audio devices operate in tight sync for superior imaging. The unit’s front-panel level meters can be switched between input and output monitoring.
For applications requiring more than 48 channels, up to 4 Quantum 4848 interfaces can be stacked via Thunderbolt to create a 192×192 system. Alternatively, the Quantum 4848 can be stacked with any Quantum-series interface to add recallable XMAX mic preamps, SPDIF I/O, and MIDI I/O. The Quantum 4848’s second Thunderbolt port also can be used to add peripherals such as hard drives.
The Quantum 4848 is compatible with any recording software that supports Core Audio (macOS) or ASIO (Windows) and includes PreSonus’ Studio One Professional to provide you with a complete recording solution, from tracking to mastering. Studio One Professional’s Pipeline plug-in lets you insert hardware processors into your Studio One session with automatic latency compensation, so your outboard gear can be used with the same flexibility as a plug-in in your session. You also get the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite, a collection of seven plug-ins from leading developers.
Some DAWs limit your I/O access when you use third-party audio interfaces. The Quantum 4848 resolves this by providing three Channel Profile modes that allow you to adapt the input and output channel configuration when the application you’re using limits you to 32 inputs and outputs. Set the Quantum 4848 to use 32 analog inputs with 16 channels of ADAT, 24 analog inputs with 8 channels of ADAT, or 16 analog inputs with 16 channels of ADAT to customize the assortment of analog and digital inputs for your needs. Or launch Studio One Professional to record up to 192 simultaneous inputs.
It’s available immediately at PreSonus for $1,499.95. The specs for the Quantum 4848 are here.