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Presonus Studio 24c

USB Audio Interfaces | Product code: APRE040 | ID: 315814

Presonus Studio 24c

Presonus Studio 24c

Portable audio interface. Great for recording studios, mobile musicians, guitarists, podcasters, and live streaming, the bus-powered Studio 24c 2-in, 2-out audio interface features 2 front-panel combo mic/line/instrument inputs with PreSonus XMAX-L solid-state mic preamps, 2 rear-panel line outputs, MIDI I/O, and onboard direct monitoring control. A complete, all-in-one home recording studio, the Studio 24c comes with PreSonus’ award-winning Studio One Artist music production software for macOS and Windows.

Input/Output

  • Simultaneous I/O up to 2 inputs/2 outputs
  • 2 mic/instrument/line inputs with XMAX-L mic preamps
  • 2 balanced 6,3 mm jack TRS main outputs
  • 1 stereo headphone output
  • MIDI In/Out
  • 1 USB-C compatible 2.0 port
  • USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables included for compatibility with most computers

Meters, Controls, and Features

  • Mixer knob for low-latency direct input monitoring
  • Front-panel level controls for main outputs
  • +48V phantom power for condenser microphones (global)
  • 4 ladder-style LED level meters (2 input, 2 main output)

Integrated Software

  • Studio One Artist
  • Studio Magic Plug-in Suite

Digital

  • USB-C compatible port (USB 2.0)
  • 24-bit resolution
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz sampling rates

Physical

  • Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
  • USB bus-powered
  • ADC Converter Dynamic Range: 108 dB
  • DAC Converter Dynamic Range: 108 dB

Microphone Inputs

  • Maximum Level: +10 dBu (±0.5 dBu, min gain)
  • Gain Range: 50 dB
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz (±0.3 dBu, unity gain, unwtd)
  • Dynamic Range: 106 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
  • THD + N: 0.004% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, min gain)
  • EIN: -126 dBu (A-weighted, 150 Ohm, max gain)
  • Input Impedance: 1.4 kOhm
  • Phantom Power: +48 VDC (10 mA total)

Instrument Inputs

  • Maximum Level: +19 dBu (min gain)
  • Gain Range: 50 dB
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.1 dBu, unity gain, unwtd)
  • Dynamic Range: 105 dB (A-wtd, unity gain)
  • THD + N: 0.002% (1 kHz, min gain)
  • Input Impedance: 750 kOhm

Main Outputs

  • Type: 6,3 mm jack TRS, Female
  • Maximum Level: +10 dBu (1 kHz, unity gain, balanced)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.3 dBu, unity gain, unwtd)
  • Dynamic Range: 104 dB (unity gain, unwtd)
  • THD + N: 0.001% ( 1 kHz, -1 dBFS, unity gain)

Headphone Outputs

  • Maximum Power: 47 mW / channel @ 56 Ohm
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.5 dBu, unity gain, unwtd)
  • Dynamic Range: 83 dB (A-wtd, 56 Ohm load)
  • THD + N: 0.01% (1 kHz, 0 dBFS, loaded)
  • Impedance Working Range: 32 Ohm to 300 Ohm
  • Dimensions: 44 x 180 x 144 mm
  • Weight: 0,9 kg
  • Colour: Black/Blue

Recommended accessories

Instrument Cables, Microphone Cables

Parameters and specifications

Microphone Input

2

Instrument Inputs

2

Line Inputs

2

Line Output

2

Number of Preamps

2

Headphone Output

1

Sample Rate

USB version

2.0, 3.0

Phantom Power

Yes

Type

S/PDIF

No

ADAT

No

AES/EBU

No

MADI

No

Ethernet

No

MIDI Interface

Yes

Word Clock

No

UK/EU Power supply included

No

Overall score based on 1 user review:

2,50

Do you own Presonus Studio 24c or have you had a chance to try it?

MATHEY I.

Quality of manufacture

Features/Options

Quality/Price ratio

Overall impression

Date
2020-07-16

Cons: 1. I have installed the Universal Control software on Windows 10 Home 64-bit. But when I have started it I just got a blank window :O So the first thing that I did after registering my interface was to send a ticket to the Support team about it. It is explained in the manual that the Universal Control is a “powerful tool” for configuration. I would say it is a powerless tool because I had to configure the interface through the standard Windows controls :) Because of this I didn’t have any intention to install Studio One Artist or any other software because I didn’t want to write any more tickets to the Support team :| 2. When you install the Universal Control with the default options it installs all the possible drivers for all PreSonus interfaces (usb, firewire, thunderbolt, io, etc). Of course, Cubase listed them all so I had to try them manually one by one just to find that only 1-2 of them were working. So the next time when I re-installed Universal Control I just enabled only the working ones. Still, I expected a smarter solution by PreSonus. 3. The Mixer knob is practically useless. I thought that if you set it to balanced position (in the middle) you will hear both Inputs and Playback to 100% volume. But no! Instead, you hear 50% Inputs/50% Playback so the level of both is quite low. Even if you set all volumes (of headphones, mics, players, system, etc) to 100% almost nothing is heard :( If you record a voice one possible solution would be to set the Mixer knob to 80% Inputs/20% Playback but still you could hardly hear any of them. 4. Because of the above it is practically senseless to use any hardware monitoring. A possible workaround would be to set the Mixer knob to 0% Inputs/100% Playback and to use software monitoring instead. Choose a nice recording program (for example Adobe Audition or another) and enable the software monitoring for a certain channel. The recording volume will be high enough ;) Pros: 1. If you are using a software monitoring you will realize that both pre-amplifiers are quite good and provide a crystal-clear sound. The quality of the recorded files is very high! 2. The ASIO driver is good too and provides a relatively low latency if you set the buffer size to 128KB (or lower). This is quite important because you will be using software monitoring most if the time :) Conclusion: Presonus Studio 24c is a fine interface for its price but don’t expect too much. EDIT: Just to tell you that the Support team have closed the ticket I have created just like that without doing anything about it ;) Enough about Presonus.

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