PreSonus is now shipping its Studio 26 and Studio 68 USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interfaces. They tell us that both interfaces record at up to 24-bit, 192 kHz resolution and feature the PreSonus XMAX microphone preamps, audiophile-grade digital converters, ultra-low-jitter clocking, and MIDI I/O.
As with all PreSonus recording systems, Studio-series interfaces come with the company's Studio One Artist DAW software and Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for Mac and Windows. The Studio Magic bundle includes seven popular plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats. Here's a product description in Presonus' own words...
The Studio 26 2x4 bus-powered audio/MIDI interface features two front-panel combo mic and switchable line/instrument inputs with +48V phantom power for condenser mics. In addition to the L/R main outputs, you get two balanced line outputs for monitor mixing, while LED meters indicate input and output levels. A Cue Mix A/B function lets you toggle between two mixes while monitoring through headphones--perfect for DJs and to listen in on a performer's monitor mix. This combination makes Studio 26 a great choice for podcasters, singer/songwriters, DJs, live streaming, or a couple of guitarists who want to collaborate or jam. Use it for recording sermons and teaching music, too!
An excellent choice for small studios, the Studio 68 6-in, 6-out audio/MIDI interface sports 2 front-panel combo mic/line/instrument inputs and 2 rear-panel mic/line inputs. In addition to the L/R main outputs, you get two balanced line outputs for monitor mixing or speaker switching plus S/PDIF I/O. A Cue Mix A/B function lets you toggle between two mixes while monitoring through headphones--perfect for DJs and to listen in on a performer's monitor mix.
Pricing and Availability:
Both PreSonus Studio-series audio/MIDI interfaces are available immediately at PreSonus dealers. Expected U.S. MAP/street prices are: Studio 26 $199, Studio 68 $299.