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Presonus Studio26c



Desktop 2×4 USB Type-C Audio/MIDI Interface

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Offering ultrahigh-resolution conversion, two pro-grade preamps, and a powerful software package, for vocalists, musicians, producers, and podcasters in home studios and mobile setups, the PreSonus Studio 26c desktop 2x4 USB audio/MIDI interface blends studio-quality sonic performance, liberating portability and refreshing ease of use.

With selectable 48V phantom power and two XMAX-L solid-state mic preamps fed via XLR-1/4" combo inputs, the Studio 26c can accommodate any source from condenser microphones and active DI boxes to electric instruments and line-level mixer outputs with clarity and natural tonality. All inputs and outputs feature quality converters that can operate at resolutions up to 24-bit / 192 kHz without sacrificing channel count or interface functionality.

Whether you monitor through speakers, headphones, or both, the Studio 26c provides equally ideal operability with its 1/4" headphone output, two main line/monitor outs, two additional line outputs, and independent main/headphone volume controls. The four line outputs are DC-coupled, so you can send MIDI sync and sequencer data from your DAW as CV (control voltage) to external analog synthesizers and drum modules.

The headphone mix can be sourced from outputs 1-2 or 3-4 via the A/B switch, a simple solution for getting a special cue mix to the artist. A quick press of the Mon button enables direct monitoring, mixing the latency-free analog input signal with the return from your computer. Unlike many budget interfaces, the Studio 26c sports 4-segment LED meters for both inputs and the main outs.

The 5-pin MIDI I/O jacks on the rear panel allow simple hookup with a MIDI controller, synthesizer, or groovebox, making the Studio 26c advantageous for beatmakers, keyboardists, and electronic music producers.

The bus-powered Studio 26c includes USB Type-C and USB Type-A cables for easy connectivity to your compatible macOS- or Windows-equipped computer. The interface is bundled with the robust and versatile Studio One Artist DAW software and the Studio Magic plug-in suite, delivering a host of effects, virtual instruments, and third-party loops, software, and instrument sounds to kickstart your creativity.

XMAX-L Microphone Preamps

The Studio 26c's two XMAX-L solid-state mic preamps are designed to perform optimally on bus power, allowing you to take great sound with you wherever you record. With switchable 48V phantom power, XLR-1/4" combo inputs, and a line/instrument switch, the interface is more than capable of accommodating dynamic or condenser microphones, electric instruments such as guitar, bass, and keyboard, or line-level signals from mixing consoles or outboard mic preamps.

High-Resolution Converters

Boasting support for digital resolutions up to 24-bit / 192 kHz, the Studio 26c is equipped to perform AD/DA conversion with clarity and precision. It can also serve as a quality DAC for playback of ultra-high-resolution files from your computer.

Headphone and Monitor Outputs

Thanks to the interface's two 1/4" main line/monitor outputs and stereo headphone output, you can easily hook up a pair of speakers and studio headphones and independently adjust their volume levels via separate knobs on the front panel. The A/B button toggles between each mix (out 1-2 and 3-4) while listening in on headphones.

DC-Coupled Outputs

All four line outputs on the Studio 26c are DC-coupled, allowing them to send MIDI sync and sequencer data from your DAW as CV (control voltage) to external analog synthesizers and drum modules. This makes the Studio 26c well suited for marrying analog sequencers, synths, and Eurorack gear with your DAW.

Input and Output Metering

The front panel of the Studio 26c is adorned with 4-segment LED meters for both inputs and the main outputs, letting you keep an eye on your input and mix levels when you're recording by yourself.

Direct Monitoring

The Studio 26c features a straightforward direct-monitor function. Just press the Mon button on the front panel to enable direct monitoring, which mixes the latency-free analog input signal with the return from your computer.


Integration of MIDI equipment is no problem for the Studio 26c. It offers traditional 5-pin MIDI I/O for straightforward connectivity with common gear such as a MIDI keyboard controller, synthesizer, or drum machine.

Bus Powered over USB

Travel light with the Studio 26c. It is powered via a USB connection to your Mac or Windows computer, so you don't need to bring an external power supply. Two USB cables are included for proper hookup to USB Type-C or Type-A ports.

Studio One Artist Software

  • Single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Intuitive MIDI-mapping system
  • Real-time audio time-stretching and resampling
  • Multitrack comping and MIDI editing
  • Transient detection and editing, plus groove extraction
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Advanced automation
  • Integrates tightly with Celemony Melodyne
  • Instantly configures to PreSonus interfaces
  • Compatible with ASIO, Windows Audio, and Core Audio compliant interfaces
  • 26 native effects (32-bit effects) and virtual instrument plug-ins
  • Over 10GB of third-party software, loops, and instruments
  • Mac and Windows compatible

Studio Magic Plug-In Suite

The Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for Mac and Windows includes Ableton Live Lite, tutorials from Melodics, six virtual instruments, and nine popular plug-ins in VST, AU, and AAX formats.

  • Arturia Analog Lab Lite
  • Brainworx bx_opto
  • Brainworx bx_rockrack
  • Cherry Audio Voltage Nucleus
  • iZotope Neutron Elements
  • Klanghelm SDRR2tube
  • KV331 Audio Synthmaster Player
  • Lexicon MPX-i Reverb
  • Mäag Audio EQ2
  • Native Instruments REPLIKA
  • Output Movement
  • SPL Attacker Plus
  • Studio Linked Trophies
  • UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 PHAT
  • UVI Model D
Form Factor Tabletop
Display 4 x Multi-Segment LED Meter
Channels of I/O Analog:
2 Inputs / 4 Outputs at 192 kHz
Max Sample Rate/Resolution 192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps 2
Input Level Adjustment 2 x Knob
Expansion Slots None
Pad None
Gain/Trim Range Mic/Line/Hi-Z Inputs:
70 dB
High-Pass Filter None
Solo/Mute None


Analog Audio I/O 2 x Combo XLR-1/4″ TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input
4 x 1/4″ TRS Balanced Line/Monitor Output (DC-Coupled)
1 x 1/4″ TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom Power 48 V, Selectable On/Off (Applied to All Inputs)
Phantom Power Current 10 mA
Digital Audio I/O None
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB Type-C (Class-Compliant USB 2.0)
USB (Non-Host) None
Sync I/O None
Network I/O None
MIDI I/O 1 x DIN 5-Pin Input
1 x DIN 5-Pin Output
Wireless Connectivity None


Frequency Response Mic, Line Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB (at 48 kHz, Min Gain)
Hi-Z Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.15 dB (at 48 kHz, Min Gain)
Monitor Outputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB (at 48 kHz, Unity Gain)
Line Outputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz 0.1 dB (at 48 kHz, Unity Gain)
Headphone Outputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz 0.2 dB (at 48 kHz)
Max Input Level Mic Inputs:
+4.5 dBu (Balanced, Min Gain)
Line Inputs:
+19.5 dBu (Balanced, Min Gain)
Hi-Z Inputs:
+14 dBu (Unbalanced, Min Gain)
Max Output Level Line/Monitor Outputs:
+10 dBu (Balanced)
Headphone Output Power 30 mW per Channel into 56 Ohms (Max)
Impedance Mic Inputs:
1.6 Kilohms
Line Inputs:
10 Kilohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
1 Megohm
Headphone Outputs:
32 to 300 Ohms
Dynamic Range AD/DA Converters:
114 dB
Mic/Line/Hi-Z Inputs:
110 dBA (Min Gain)
Monitor Outputs:
108 dBA
Line Outputs:
113 dBA
Headphone Outputs:
104 dBA
THD+N Mic Inputs:
0.004% (1 kHz, Unity Gain, at -1 dBFS)
Line Inputs:
0.007% (1 kHz, Min Gain, at -1 dBFS)
Hi-Z Inputs:
0.008% (1 kHz, Min Gain, at -1 dBFS)
Monitor Outputs:
0.0015% (1 kHz, at -1 dBFS)
Line Outputs:
0.008% (1 kHz, at -1 dBFS)
Headphone Outputs:
EIN Mic Inputs:
-125 dBu A-Weighted

Digital Audio

Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz (AD/DA Conversion)
Sample Rate Conversion None
Bit Depths Up to 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
Sync Sources Internal
Memory Card Slot None


OS Compatibility macOS 10.13 or Later (64-Bit, Only)
Windows 10 (64-Bit, Only)
Included Software Studio One Artist
Ableton Live Lite
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins macOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Processor Requirement Mac:
Intel Core i3
Intel Core i3
RAM Requirements 4 GB, 8 GB Recommended
Storage Requirements 30 GB
Minimum Display Resolution 1366 x 768
Mobile Device Compatibility None
Required Hardware USB Cable (Included)
Available USB 2.0 Port or USB Type-C Port
Internet Connection Required for Registration, Software/Driver Download


Power Requirements USB Bus Power


Dimensions 7 x 5.5 x 1.75″ / 17.8 x 14 x 4.45 cm
Weight 1.6 lb / 0.7 kg

Packaging Info

Package Weight 2.33 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16 x 7.55 x 2.1″
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