Presonus Quantum 4848 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with Studio One Professional

Designed for the needs of the recording professional, the Quantum 4848 offers the best possible value solution on the market to take your analog gear into the digital domain. The Quantum 4848 fills a big hole in the market - integrate all your vintage gear with your DAW without breaking the bank!

    • Presonus Quantum 4848  Features:

      Complete digital integration for the analog studio.

      Equipped with 32 inputs and outputs of DB25 line-level connectivity and pristine digital conversion with 120 dB of dynamic range, the Quantum 4848 allows you to bring vintage and boutique analog gear into your DAW at blazingly fast speed thanks to its near-zero-latency Thunderbolt™ interface. 16 additional channels of ADAT Optical I/O let you tie in digital gear, and you can expand your simultaneous I/O to 192 channels. The included Studio One® Professional DAW features Pipeline XT, allowing you to use your analog gear as plug-ins inside your Studio One session.

      The perfect companion for your patchbay.

      With the Quantum 4848, your audio interface is an integrated extension of your recording environment. Rear panel DB25 line-level I/O makes connecting your Quantum 4848 to your existing analog patchbay a breeze. With 32 channels of inputs and outputs at sample rates up to 192 kHz, you can route audio from your vintage gear and analog recording console to your DAW and back in pristine quality, capturing every nuance of your boutique equipment. Integrating digital gear is facilitated by 16 channels of ADAT I/O. For a full compliment of 48 channels of conversion, you can simply add two DigiMax DP88s via the 16 ADAT channels. A true Thunderbolt device, up to 4 Quantum 4848 interfaces can be stacked to create a 192x192 system—or combine the Quantum 4848 with Quantum and Quantum 2 interfaces to add PreSonus’ recallable XMAX Class A high-headroom preamps.

      Superior software integration.

      Studio One Professional’s Pipeline XT plug-in lets you insert hardware processors into your Studio One session with automatic latency compensation. Once inserted, Pipeline XT functions just like any other plug-in effect, allowing you to drag and drop it from one channel to the next or change the insert order. Studio One’s latency management allows you to stay in the native processing domain throughout the entire production process, so you can easily mix and match your favorite plug-ins with your favorite boutique hardware processors. Furthermore, Studio One allows the Quantum 4848 to go as fast as you need—flexible dropout protection reduces the risk of audio dropouts in large, CPU-heavy songs, even at very small buffer settings.

      Superior speed.

      Every design decision during Quantum’s engineering was made with one goal in mind: speed. Quantum sports high-speed Thunderbolt connectivity and a no-frills, direct-to-DAW architecture that was designed to transport your audio to and from your DAW with an imperceptible amount of latency. Cutting-edge 24-bit, 192 kHz converters with 120 dB of dynamic range ensures the fidelity of your audio as it moves to the digital domain.

      General Features

      • 48x48 ultra-low-latency 24-bit 192 kHz Thunderbolt™ 2 audio interface
      • 32 line-level inputs and outputs via rear-panel DB25 connectors
      • Dual ADAT inputs and outputs for 16 channels of digital I/O at base sample rates.
      • Stack up to four Quantum 4848 interfaces via Thunderbolt for 192x192 simultaneous inputs and outputs
      • Stack any combination of four Quantum, Quantum 2, and Quantum 4848 interfaces via Thunderbolt to create a custom system

      Integrated Software

      • Tight integration with included Studio One® Professional DAW software (Mac®/Windows®) for multitrack music production and mastering
      • Native Studio One Pipeline XT plug-in provides easy integration of analog processors in a digital recording environment
      • Select the Channel Profile modes, monitor levels, switch the front panel level meters (input/output), and more with free UC Surface touch-control software (Mac/Windows/iPad®/Android™*)
      • Wireless control of Studio One Professional using free Studio One Remote for iPad/Android tablet
      • Studio Magic Plug-in Suite included
      • Compatible with most recording software for Mac and Windows

      * Note: there is no stand-alone support for iOS and Android. You can control Quantum-series interfaces from these devices, but the interface must be connected to a computer that is on the same network as the tablet.


      • Simultaneous I/O up to 48 inputs/48 outputs
      • 32 line-level inputs and outputs via rear-panel DB25 connectors
      • ADAT Optical/Dual SMUX inputs/outputs: 16x16 channels at 44.1 or 48 kHz; 8x8 channels at 88.2 or 96 kHz
      • Channel Profile modes allow you to customize I/O configurations for third-party recording software that limits simultaneous recording streams
      • Dual Thunderbolt ports for stacking multiple units and connecting Thunderbolt peripherals


      • Thunderbolt 2 high-speed bus
      • 24-bit resolution and up to 192 kHz sampling rate
      • 120 dB A/D/A converters
      • BNC word clock input and output with low-jitter clocking


      • Rugged construction with all-metal chassis
      • 1U rack-mountable
      • 12 VDC, 5A external power supply (included)
    • Presonus Quantum 4848  System Requirements:

      Computer system requirements:

      Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for the Quantum 4848 interface.


      • 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 3 requires 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
      Note: The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.
      Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience while monitoring audio signals.

      ** Please note, system requirements may change. For the most recent system requirements please visit the manufacturer's official product listing **