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PreSonus FireStudio Project FireWire Interface, New

Record 8 mic channels at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution! This 10x10 FireWire interface also provides 8 analog outs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O and more. (46) Read 18 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Some musicians prefer to work alone, spending untold hours in their bedrooms crafting little masterpieces of esoteric pop weirdness. The rest, however, play in bands. If you want to start recording real people playing real music together, you're going to need more than the two inputs most affordable digital audio interfaces provide. It's time to step up to the PreSonus FireStudio Project, a FireWire interface with ten simultaneous audio inputs and all the routing options you'll need to start making serious recordings. It delivers professional fidelity, reliable stability with Mac or Windows systems, and ships with a full suite of recording software and effects including the Studio One Artist 2 multitrack recoding program.

Eight Class-A Preamps, and More

Because PreSonus wanted to make the FireStudio Project a self-contained multitracking solution, they outfitted it with eight of their pristine XMAX Preamps. These class-A pre's have a low noise floor and high enough headroom to accommodate a wide variety of recording sources. All eight microphone inputs can supply true +48V phantom power for your condenser mics -- a must for recording vocals, acoustic instruments, and drum overheads. Best of all, the input connectors are XLR-1/4" "combi" jacks, meaning you can connect instruments or 3-pin microphone cables to the same input without having to reach around to the back of the unit--and inputs 1 and 2 are especially built to accept Hi-Z signals from electric guitars and basses. Add to the eight analog inputs two digital S/PIDF inputs, and you've got yourself a setup that can easily be expanded to include additional digital mic preamps. There's also eight analog and two digital outputs for flexible monitor routing, and full MIDI I/O to incorporate drum machines, hardware synth modules, and more. Should you want to increase your available inputs further, the PreSonus FireWire driver supports multiple, daisy-chained interfaces. Simply connect a second FireStudio for twenty inputs, and a third for thirty, and a fourth -- as many as your computer software and hardware can keep up with!

Zero Latency Monitoring And Improved Jitter Elimination

The importance of zero-latency monitoring can't be understated. Even with ten simultaneous recording inputs, you're going to want to make overdubs, and having access to zero-latency monitoring without relying on exterior routing is the most reliable way to get perfectly synchronized overdubs and punch-ins. The PreSonus FireStudio touts zero-latency mixing via its intuitive software-controlled, digital mix routing. Another problem inherent in digital recording systems is jitter. Jitter occurs when the converters that transform analog audio information into digital information don't sync properly. Think about analog-to-digital conversion like a camera taking a picture of the incoming audio. When recording at 44.1kHz (or CD-quality) that's 44,100 pictures every second--or 352,800 when recording on eight simultaneous inputs. If those virtual cameras don't capture their images at the same instant, issues like phasing, loss of low-end focus, and digital hiss can become audible. The FireStudio employs JetPLL jitter elimination technology and upgraded converters to combat these common issues, making sure the audio you record is as accurate and musical as possible.

LED Meters For Instant Level Monitoring

You ever see those huge studio consoles with their fancy LED meter bridges? Wouldn't it be nice to have one of those to give you instant input level feedback in your home setup? Quit pining: the FireStudio Project has three-segment input monitoring built right into its front panel, giving you immediate monitoring over all eight analog inputs. No more relying on your software to tell you if your preamps are clipping, let the preamps themselves tell you.

Compatible With Most Major DAWs

If you've already got a digital audio workstation you're comfortable with, chances are the FireStudio Project will integrate seamlessly with your setup. Its near-universal Mac and Windows drivers mean the FireStudio works as the perfect front end for users of Apple Logic, Cakewalk Sonar, and even Propellerhead Record. On the other hand, if you're really starting from scratch, PreSonus stuffs the FireStudio box with a copy of Studio One Artist 2, so you can get down to recording right away. Best of all, PreSonus is one of the most diligent and frequent updaters of driver software in the industry, so you can invest in your FireStudio Project with absolute confidence.

Satisfy your recording jones! With a PreSonus FireStudio Project at the front of your computer recording system, you'll be well on your way to making pro-sounding, full-band recordings. .. or whatever else you need to point your mics at! The FireStudio Project is hard to beat at this price, and this price is unbeatable through zZounds!

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Computer System Requirements

New Universal Control version 1.11 software. Compatible with 64-bit Windows XP and Vista and will support 64-bit operation in Mac OS X 10.5 and later.

Windows:
- OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP1
- Computer: Windows compatible computer with FireWire port.
- CPU/Clock: Pentium, Celeron with 1.6Ghz or higher
- Memory(RAM): 512 MB (1 GB recommended)

Macintosh:
- Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later (32-bit and 64-bit)
- PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz processor (2 GHz or faster recommended)
- 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)

Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) that you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals.
Monitor resolution for both PC and Macintosh should be no lower than 1024x768 pixels.


FireStudio Project Specifications

Microphone Preamp

Type: XLR Female Balanced

Frequency Response (+/-0.5 dB): 20 Hz to 50 kHz

Frequency Response (+/-3.0 dB): 20 Hz to 150 kHz

Input Impedance (Balanced): 1600 ohms

THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain: < 0.0003%

EIN (unwtd, 55dB Gain, 150 ohms Input, 20Hz to 22kHz: -126 dBu

S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20Hz to 22 kHz: > 101dB

Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, 55 dB Gain): > 55dB

Gain Control Range (+/-1dB): -4 dB to 50dB

Maximum Input Level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +14 dBu

Signal Level LEDS:
Red / Clip (+/-0.5 dB)
Yellow (+/-0.5 dB)
Green (+/-0.5 dB)

+10 dBu (o dBFS)
+4 dBu (-6 dBFS)
-30 dBu (-40 dBFS)

Phantom Power (+/-2 VDC): +48 VDC

Instrument Input (channels 1 & 2 only)

Type: XLR Female Balanced

Input Impedance: 1 Milliohms

Line Inputs

Type: XLR Female Balanced

Frequency Response (+/-0.5 dB): 20 Hz to 50 kHz

Frequency Response (+/-3.0 dB): 20 Hz to 150 kHz

Input Impedance (Balanced): 10 K ohms

THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain
< 0.0003%
S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20Hz to 22 kHz: > 101dB
Gain Control Range (+/-1 dB): -16dB to +16dB
Maximum Input Level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +10 dBu
Maximum Input Level (Minimum Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +22 dBu

Line Ouputs (including Preamp Output, General Purpose Outputs and Main Outputs)
Type: 1/4 in. TRS Balanced
Output Impedance: 51 ohms

Headphone Output
Type: 1/4 in. TRS Active Stereo
Maximum Output: 150 mW/CH @ 60 ohms Load
Frequency Response (+/-1.0 dB): 10 Hz - 70kHz

Digital Audio
ADC Dynamic Range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114 dB

DAC Dynamic Range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114 dB

Bit Depth: 24

Reference Level for 0dBFS: +10 dBu

Internal Sample Frequency Selections (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96

External Sample Frequency Input: S/PDIF

Power
Input Connector Type: IEC

Input Voltage Range: 90 to 230 VAC

Power Requirements (Continuous): 20W
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 12 x 5 in
Presonus Warranty Presonus offers a one year warranty (parts and labor) on all new products. All non-new Presonus products carry a limited warranty of 90 days.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 225-216-7887

Product Description

The FireStudio Project is a complete 24-bit/96K professional recording system combining eight Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers, 24-bit/96k sample rate conversion, zero-latency matrix router mixer, and the PreSonus ProPak Software Suite featuring PreSonus Artist One recording and production software, over 25 real-time plug-in effects (EQ's, compressors, reverbs), and more than 2 GB of drum loops and samples.

Great for professional studio recording, live sound recording, performance, podcasting and more, the FireStudio Project is designed for flexibility and ultra-high sonic performance. Whether you need to record a live drum set, mic a guitar amp, or a complete band, the FireStudio Project is ready and more than able. With the FireControl Mixer/Router you can send up to five individual mixes to different musicians during recording so that every band member can have a custom headphone mix.

Based on the award-winning FP10(FirePod) the FireStudio Project starts with eight PreSonus Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers found in the FP10(FirePod) and adds the folllowing improvements:

- Improved analog to digital converters (114dB dynamic range)
- Improved syncronization with JetPLL (jitter elimination technology)
- FireControl Mixer/Router to send up to five separate zero-latency stereo mixes to musicians during recording
- Three-segment LED input metering on all analog channels
- Internal IEC-based power supply
- ProPak v3 software suite with Artist One, BFD Lite, and Wave Arts plug-ins.

XMAX Class A Preamplifiers

The FireStudio Project starts with eight custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers.

Many other companies offering recording interfaces add the cheapest possible microphone preamplifier as an afterthought to the interface.

PreSonus knows that the preamplifier is a key component in the sonic quality of a recording. The job of a microphone preamplifier is to boost microphone level signals to line level so that the signal can be converted from analog to digital. This mic to line boost is generally a preamplification of over 400 times the voltage of the original mic level signal. This preamplification stage is one of the most important stages that the signal will go through before converted to digital, and is why a high performance preamplifier is important to achieving great results. A cheap "off the shelf op-amp" type mic preamp that is found in most interfaces translates into thin, noisy and harsh results.

DICE II and JetPLL

The FireStudio Project is loaded with the DICE II FireWire chipset delivering 10 channels of simultaneous inputs and outputs at professional-quality 24-bit. The strength of the DICE II chip lies with its ability to easilly handle high channel count at high bit-rate while minimizing latency and load on your computer.

The synchronization of the FireStudio Project is handled by patented JetPLLTM jitter reduction technology. JetPLLTM incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio band jitter. JetPLLTM ensures the highest converter performance possible, resulting in better stereo separation and clearer more transparent audio. JetPLLTM delivers ultra-fast locking to any digital format, through a wide range of frequencies and is extremely robust, and tolerant of wide variations in clock frequencies. JetPLLTM ensures near perfect clock performance when networking audio devices thus creating the most stable and robust synchronization to the computer and all devices synchronization with the FireStudio Project.

FireControl - Zero Latency DSP Mixing/Routing

The FireStudio Project also includes the FireControl mixer/router a 18x10 DSP mixer/router for flexible mixing and direct routing any input to any output including the headphone output, with zero latency. The FireControl software application lives between your FireStudio Project interface and your DAW software enabling the mixing and routing of input streams coming into your FireStudio Studio Project interface and playback stream coming from your DAW software. The FireControl is capable of creating up to five stereo mixes and then routing to the outputs of your FireStudio Project for headphone mixes and various aux sends. This way everyone in the band and the recording engineer can have a custom mix. Also, the FireStudio Project is loaded with internal flash memory so that all FireControl settings are saved and recalled in the FireStudio Project during power off/on. This allows you to configure your FireStudio as a stand-alone device, without being connected to a computer for uses such as a submixer, A/D and D/A-converter, headphone mixer, format converter, instrument or microphone pre-amplifier!

Software Package

The FireStudio Project is bundled with an exceptional software package, featuring PreSonus Studio One Artist 2, the amazing DAW software for Mac OS X and Windows XP and Vista that makes producing high-quality projects easier than ever before. As part of the Studio One Artist 2 package, you get 20 additional PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins and virtual instruments and a generous bundle of third-party loops, software, and instrument sounds.

Features

- High-speed FireWire (IEEE 1394) audio interface
- Up to 96K sampling rate
- 8 XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers (+60dB gain) w/ Trim Control
- 8 analog Mic/Line inputs, 2 instrument inputs
- 8 analog line outputs
- S/PDIF digital input and output, MIDI input and output
- Balanced Send / Return for Channels 1 and 2
- Zero latency monitoring with FireControl mixer/router
- Separate balanced main outputs and 8 balanced analog outputs
- Software Package including PreSonus Studio One Artist 2, 20 additional PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins and virtual instruments and a bundle of third-party loops, software, and instrument sounds.
Customer Reviews
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"Firestudio Project is the SHIZNIT"
Sound: Very beefy sounding preamps. Not noisy like my old M Audio. I'm very happy with the sound I'm getting. Feature: Love the meters. They really help you to see whats happening. The built in software mixer is also a huge help. I did a session with a four piece band and was able to send every musician a separate headphone mix. Kind of wish it had ADAT inputs but then again that's what the other Firestudio is for. Ease of Use: Installation took about 15 minutes. I have a PC (Pentium 4/3gHz) and it sync'd up in a few seconds and I was recording within 20 minutes. Quality: The knobs feel sturdy and I love how they are detented as well. The other nice touch is no wall wart. This unit looks amazing in my rack. Value: It's simply the best interface that you can buy below an RME that costs twice as much (TRUST ME I'VE TRIED THEM ALL). Manufacturer Support: I called Presonus because I was missing a serial number in my software bundle. They were very cool about it. I haven't had any other reasons to call but they seemed to be easy to reach. The Wow Factor: Great metering and it looks sexy in my rack. Overall: I think my search for interfaces is done. This one is great.
Style of Music: Rock
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Sound: The interface sounds pretty decent, not really any coloration which is a good thing. The preamps are relatively easy to clip but you can just boost the signal on your computer if necessary. Feature: 8in/8out gives you a lot of flexibility along with the sends and returns you can make what ever set up work (guitar/bass di then feed the signal into an amp to mic up). The phantom power is selectable in pairs which is a good thing. You can bypass the preamps on all of the channels if you have better preamps, and with the S/PDIF in you open up 2 more channels with a stereo mic preamp. Although other people have had issues with 96hz recording i have had no problem with my mac. Also you can daisy chain multiple presonus interfaces to expand your inputs and outputs. Ease of Use: Plug in and set your levels and the rest is up to your computer. Quality: Its fairly well put together but its plastic so if you don't take care of it problems could occur. I like that the knobs have notches so you can make slight adjustments to the gain which helps to find the sweet spot where the signal is hot with out peaking(the preamps are easy to peak if proper care isn't taken). Value: Its $100 cheaper than any other similar product and works like a charm. Its perfect for taking the leap into recording. Obviously there are better products out there for professionals but this is great for getting your feet wet. Manufacturer Support: I have not dealt with presonus but i was unable to install the included software to my mac even the updated versions on the website. I believe the software can give you more control for monitoring, not sure though. I didn't make a fuss about it because my computer isn't in the best shape so its probably a problem on my end and the interface works great with logic pro The Wow Factor: I can record my whole band live and mix it latter or record a whole drum kit with 8 mics. I can finally make good sounding recordings. Overall: I ve been recording with this interface for about 2 months and I am really pleased. A great beginner interface.
Style of Music: Metal, Punk, Folk, and Contemporary Christian
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