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Designed for creative electronic music production.


Ideal for producers and small bands who want to record audio from a wide range of sources. A complete, all-in-one recording package, the Studio 1810c offers control-room integration with included Studio One Artist music production software and free UC Surface control software and is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections.

The 18-in, 8-out Studio 1810c audio interface features USB-C computer connectivity and records up to 18 simultaneous inputs, including 4 microphone inputs with XMAX mic preamps, 4 dedicated line inputs, 8 channels of ADAT Optical input (4 channels at 96 kHz), and S/PDIF inputs. In addition to the main L/R outputs, you get four DC-coupled line-level outputs that can send control voltages. You also get two headphone outputs with A/B switching for monitoring different mix streams. A built-in MIDI interface enables connection to a keyboard, sound module, or control surface.

Features

Input/Output
• Simultaneous I/O up to 18 inputs/8 outputs (8x6 at 192 kHz)
• 2 mic/instrument/line inputs with XMAX Class A mic preamps
• 2 mic/line inputs with XMAX Class A mic preamps
• 4 balanced 1/4" TRS direct-to-ADC line inputs
• 8 channels of ADAT Optical input (4 channels at 96 kHz)
• 2 balanced 1/4" TRS main outputs
• 4 balanced 1/4" TRS line outputs for monitor mixing
• 2 stereo headphone outputs with the same mix or independent mixes
• MIDI In/Out
• Stereo S/PDIF digital I/O
• 1 USB-C 2.0 port

Integrated Software
• Studio One Artist for Mac and Windows
• UC Surface control software for Mac, Windows, iPad, and Android
• Studio Magic Plug-in Suite

Meters, Controls, and Features
• 18x6 onboard DSP monitor mixer
• Front-panel mute and level controls for main outputs
• True +48V phantom power for condenser microphones (global)
• 6 ladder-style 8-LED level meters (4 input, 2 main output)

Physical
• Road-rugged construction with all-metal chassis and metal knobs
• Dimensions (H x D x W): 44 mm x 317 mm x 140mm (1.75" x 12.5" x 5.5")
• Weight: 1.45 kg (3.2 lbs)

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Closest StoreEdmonton Whyte Ave., Alberta
I picked this interface to replace the Studio 192 Mobile, which I used with my secondary, Windows-based workstation (Lenovo IdeaPad 330 Intel 6-Core i7 8th Gen. 8750H (2.20 GHz), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4 GB, 16 GB DDR4 Memory, 16 GB Optane Memory, 1 TB SSD, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 3.1). The Studio 192 Mobile offers USB 3 connectivity whereas the Studio 1810c is supposedly much faster USB 3.1 (that is USB C). I thought it was a no-brainer. How wrong I was! When I A/B tested both interfaces, the Studio 1810c failed rather disappointingly. The positives: 1) it is well built; 2) it looks nice (so important, right?); 3) it has an ample number of I/O's including four decent front panel XMAX preamps; 4) it has two headphone outs, which is quite useful; 5) it has MIDI I/O, which is crucial for keyboard players and composers using MIDI-driven software such as Finale; 6) the Main knob and the headphone rotary controls give you a lot of oomph (unlike the Studio 192 Mobile this interface is "loud"). The negatives: 1) the preamps are not as quiet as advertised and the hiss in the upper gain range is annoying (perhaps there is something wrong with my hearing, but the ones with which the Studio 192 Mobile is fitted seem to me quieter; and it has Burr Brown converters to boot) - if you are into loud stuff you will not have to worry but I work mostly with acoustic sound sources and it is essential to me to have quiet preamps with a lot of headroom (whenever possible I use the Warm Audio WA273 or Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII); 2) since the 1810c preamps are not recallable there is no way to set preamp gain perfectly from session to session (the Studio 192 Mobile offers numerical gain indicators on the front panel display - and you can control the preamps remotely!); 3) phantom power is not selectable - it activates all four preamps (the Studio 192 Mobile allows you to apply phantom power to either channel); 4) the Studio 1810c has very weird dark colouration - in fact, the difference in sound colour between the two interfaces is pronounced and certainly favours the much cleaner and crispier Studio 192 Mobile; 5) most importantly and astonishingly, in order to function properly the USB 3.1 Studio 1810c requires higher latency settings that its USB 3.0 Studio 192 Mobile counterpart! While on my Lenovo laptop the Studio 192 Mobile works perfectly with 32 samples and 64 samples to be totally safe, the Studio 1810c will not perform well unless latency is set to 128 samples! This makes the USB 3.1 connectivity redundant. No matter how hard I tried the Studio 192 Mobile performed better than the newer interface (PreSonus introduced the new Studio ‘C’ line in January 2019). Let me say this: I finally realised there are reasons why the Studio 192 Mobile costs $200 more than the Studio 1810c - that $200 is a difference in every aspect of the overall quality (build, sound, ease of use, expandability). The conclusion is simple and sad: the new ‘C’ line of PreSonus interfaces is a major step back and down. The two Studio 192 interfaces (i.e. Studio 192 and Studio 192 Mobile) are being phased out - the Studio 192 Mobile is carried by fewer and fewer retailers. PreSonus has changed its focus to the Thunderbolt-compatible Quantum line (I tried one of them on my MacBook Pro, experienced major problems and decided to get the Apogee Element 46 instead, which works like a charm). If I had to recommend an interface similar to the Studio 1810c yet offering much stabler performance it would certainly be the Rubix44 from Roland. And you can apply phantom power to either pair of its inputs, very handy. Rubix44 is still USB 2.0 (it will work with USB 3.0 connectors but naturally will not be any faster for that), yet it is a fast, low latency interface - a very solid performer. And is a cool $100 cheaper than the half-baked Studio 1810c. But first and foremost I would recommend it for its superior pristine tone, which really shines on thick, track-heavy mixes. P.S.: I returned the Studio 1810c and took back my beloved Studio 192 Mobile. As always, great service from the guys at the L&M Whyte Avenue store in Edmonton. Thank you for making this transaction so painless!
Posted by Piotr Grella-Mozejko on Jun 24, 2019
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