January 18, 2022

PreSonus Studio 1824c USB-C Audio Interface | REVEALED

PreSonus Studio 1824c – Full Overview, Setup, & Demo

The PreSonus Studio 1824c is an 18in 18out or 20out depending on how you like to count the outputs, USB C audio interface. 24 bit and up to 192k for your sample rate.

While this interface is USB C, it still uses the USB2 protocol, just like most other USB C interfaces out today. There’s no problem with this since USB3 doesn’t actually offer much, if anything in terms of lower latency. USB3 would offer higher bandwidth, but you’re not going to max that out with this interface anyway. Thunder bolt on the other hand would actually offer improvements in latency because of the way it communicates with the computer, but that’s another topic. So there’s nothing wrong or bad with USB2 interfaces, hit music is made with them every day.

The Studio 1824c has 2 Mic/Instrument/Line combo inputs on the front, and 6 Mic/Line combo inputs on the back. The XMAX Pre-Amps have an 80dB gain range and +65dB of gain, so these pre-amps can drive low output broadcast microphones without an external pre-amp. The XMAX Pre-amps are also very quiet and clean.

There are 8 DC coupled TRS outputs and 2 Main Outputs. 2 headphone outputs, MIDI I/O, SPDIF, ADAT, and Word Clock.

Technical Specifications

General

 
Sample Rates44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Converter Resolution24-bit
Converter Dynamic Range114 dB
Converter Dynamic Range114 dB

Microphone Inputs

 
Maximum Level+16 dBu, min gain
Gain Range80 dB
Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz (unity gain)
Dynamic Range110 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
THD + N0.005% (1 kHz, 0dBu, unity gain)
EIN-128 dBu (A-wtd, 20 kHz BW, Rs=150Ω, max gain)
Input Impedance1400Ω
Phantom Power48V (>10 mA per channel)

Line Inputs

 
Maximum Level+21 dBu (balanced, min gain)
Gain Range40 dB
Frequency Response20 Hz-20 kHz (unity gain)
Dynamic Range112 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
THD + N0.005% (1 kHz, +18 dBu, min gain)
Input Impedance10 kΩ

Instrument Inputs

 
Maximum Level+15 dBu (unbalanced, min gain)
Gain Range80 dB
Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz (min gain)
Dynamic Range112 dB (A-wtd, min gain)
THD + N0.020% (1 kHz, +10 dBu, min gain)
Input Impedance1M Ω

Main Outputs

 
Type¼” TRS female, DC Coupled
Maximum Level+18 dBu, balanced
Frequency Response20Hz – 20kHz (unity gain)
Dynamic Range108 dB (A-wtd, unity gain)
THD + N0.004% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, unity gain)

Line Outputs

 
Type¼” TRS female, DC coupled
Maximum Level+18 dBu, balanced
Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz
Dynamic Range108 dB (A-wtd, -60 dBFS)
THD + N0.004% (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, unity gain)

Headphone Outputs

 
Maximum Power150 mW/channel (60Ω load)
Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz (unity gain)
Dynamic Range103 dB (A-weighted, 1 kHz, unity gain)
THD + N0.250% (1 kHz, 150 mW, unity gain)
Impedance Working Range32Ω to 600Ω

Physical

 
Height1.75″ (44 mm)
Width19″ (483 mm)
Depth5.5″ (140 mm)
Weight4.8 lbs (2.2 kg)
This interface currently includes the Studio Magic plugin bundle and Studio One 4 Artist edition.
Also included is Universal Control, which is your driver software, and UC Surface which let’s you setup different no/low latency monitor mixes.
Studio Magic plugin bundle
Studio_One_4_-_Artist_big
Universal Control
UC Surface

The PreSonus Studio 1824c is an audio interface with lots of I/O and routing options, low latency, amazing pre-amps, a good software bundle, and a nice price. After thoroughly testing this interface, I highly recommend it.

Watch the video to see everything included, and how to set it up and use it.

TIMECODE

Intro – 0:00
What’s Included – 0:16
The Features – 1:50
Register & Downloads – 5:39
Connect to Computer – 8:58
Universal Control – 9:33
Use as Interface for Windows – 13:31
Setup with Pro Tools – 17:34
Record a Microphone – 20:48
Record a Guitar – 24:04

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