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Is it possible to link multiple 2626 units together to have 16 (or 24) analog mic inputs?

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asked Nov 19, 2020 in Thunderbolt - Quantum by brianlabanowski (180 points)
I have an HP envy laptop with thunderbolt usb c.

I am hoping to use two (or 3) 2626 units for both recording and live sound applications.

Is it possible to connect two (or 3) 2626 units together to produce a 24 input system?

Will there be latency issues or other issues doing this?

I am seeing posted latency from 1.5 to 6 ms.  Will this work for live sound reinforcement applications?  I would love to use Cubase due to the plugins I have available.  Does anyone have experience with using Cubase with the 2626?

I know, more than one question.  Thank you everyone for the input.

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answered Nov 23, 2020 by connorguiberteau (26,970 points)
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I'm not seeing anything online about the HP envy series having Thunderbolt compatibility, so the USBC port may just be limited to USB devices. 

In that case, I'd recommend something like the StudioLive 24R for the channel count and flexibility between the studio and live settings.

It can be used alone or with more series 3 equipment. Pretty flexible with the DSP options. 

I also enjoy the sound of the 1824c interface, but 16 mic channels are the max with that option.

Back to Thunderbolt Questions:

Besides running two ADAT Preamps to a single Quantum 2626 to achieve 24 Mic pres, here is what can happen. 

1. Quantum 2626 can be stacked together if the computer in use has two Thunderbolt ports. (I recommend BNC cables for clocking)

2. If the computer only has TB3 one port, you can stack the 2626 using the Quantum Thunderbolt 2 Series. (I still recommend BNC cables for clocking)

More on that is covered in this article

*I have tested the Quantum series in Cubase and I can confirm it is wicked fast.