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Presonus Studio 1824c

USB-C 18x18 Audio Interface

  • 24 Bit / 192 kHz
  • 2 Combo inputs Mic/Line/Inst on the front: XLR/jack
  • 6 Combo inputs Mic/Line on the back: XLR/jack
  • +48 V phantom power
  • 8 XMAX L mic preamps
  • Optical ADAT input: 8-Channel / 48 kHz, 4-channel / 96 kHz
  • 2 TRS jack outputs with level control
  • Mono and mute buttons
  • 8 TRS jack line outputs
  • DC-coupled line outputs allow CV/Gate signals to be sent out of the DAW
  • 2 Stereo headphone outputs with independent mixes
  • LED meter on all analogue inputs and main outputs
  • S/PDIF and MIDI I/Os
  • BNC word clock output
  • Flexible routing
  • Latency-free monitoring
  • Power supply via external power adapter (included)
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Mac OSX 10.11 or higher
  • Dimensions: 19" / 1 U
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cable as well as Presonus Studio One Artist software + Studio Magic plug-in suite (Ableton - Live Lite, Arturia - Analog Lab Lite 3 and much more)

Further Information

Recording / Playback Channels 18x18
Number of Mic Inputs 8
Number of Line Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 10
Headphone Outs 2
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock 1xOut
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 483 mm
Depth in mm 140 mm
Height in mm 44 mm
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KMickP, 19.11.2020
I upgraded to the 1824C, having used a basic Presonus audio interface for 5 years, as my skills around Studio One have increased and my requirements are increasing as my knowledge improves. I use the interface in my home studio to produce radio/cd quality music and the fact that it used the same DAW & software and the fact that unlike a lot of the rackmount products, did not bust the bank!
The first impression is that 1824c is a quality product, solidly built and with great basic features. I don’t need 8 inputs as I generally record in stereo, so only use 2 at a time but, the others are there if required in future to record more instruments at the same time. Right out of the box it slotted into my rack & was up and running immediately as I have a Presonus user account so log in, register the product & you are all set!
The only advice I would give is that when you upgrade from Studio One, finish current projects/songs before upgrading as even though it is “compatible”, there are issues which will have you tearing your hair out! Presonus Studio is not exactly intuitive but you figure it out and even though there are copious online manuals, learning by doing will be the route most will take!
So great product but be prepared for some messing around at the outset, mainly due to software/ system issues!

Thanks to the Thomann guys who cleared up a couple of questions I had prior to placing the order, which arrived in a couple of days, so great service as usual.
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Perfect audio interface for a small studio
PolyTrigger, 02.04.2021
I have been searching for a professional audio interface with a decent amount of line inputs (since I have a lot of hardware synths) and a trustworthy upgrade for my Steinberg UR-44.
After the necessary research I ended up with the Presonus because the specifications were attractive and it did the job "on paper".
I opted for a USB 3.0 interface. There was some doubt on going for the Quantum 48/48 range but that is (way) more expensive and to be honest: after using the Studio 1824c for a while now, it does its job perfectly.

The provided software is easy to configure (channel routing).
Build quality is excellent, this is professional equipment!

Low-latency "promise" is excellent. I haven't got a beast of a computer but once you get it set up right, the interface works like a charm.

I would highly recommend it over other interfaces because it is a modern looking interface, has excellent build quality and does what is says it does.
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multiple assembly issue - probably coincidence?
mrataj, 19.05.2020
It's a great piece of gear for that price! I think it's comparable to some way more expensive stuff. Only it came with rattling parts inside the gear - not once, but 2 times in a row once Thoman (big thanks, Thoman love!) directly exchange the pieces for a new one. Now all ok, great pro sound results (writing this with my UAD Apollo 8 next to it)
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My third audio interface and probably the best!
Ady , 08.01.2020
I need 8 channels to record my drums. This is the best affordable audio interface specifically due to my purpose and YES it does. It comes with lots of features and software especially the Studio One Artist (which I upgraded to professional). It has two headphone inputs which is great. It works perfectly with it's own DAW.
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