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PreSonus Inspire 1394 FireWire Audio Interface

Chainable Firewire System. High Quality Pre-Amps. Now ships with the new ProPak Bundle! (60) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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PreSonus Inspire 1394 FireWire Interface

The INSPIRE 1394 is a revolutionary FireWire Recording System featuring professional quality 24-bit/96k analog to digital conversion rate, four simultaneous inputs, software control panel as well as audio recording and production software giving you the smallest, most flexible, most affordable and all-inspiring computer recording studio ever!

What's Inside
The INSPIRE 1394 is loaded with state of the art components and technology enabling the easiest computer recording experience ever. The INSPIRE 1394 installs effortlessly on Windows XP, Vista and Macintosh-based computers and works seamlessly with virtually all popular recording software including Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, Cakewalk, Logic, Logic Express, Digital Performer and many others. The microphone and instrument preamplifiers loaded in the INSPIRE 1394 are designed to deliver ultra-low noise, high gain preamplification for all types of microphones and instruments needed for professional quality recordings.

Ins and Outs
The front panel of the INSPIRE 1394 features two custom-designed PreSonus microphone preamplifiers with +48V phantom power and two instrument Hi-Z inputs. The back of the INSPIRE features selectable line or phono (with RIAA filter) inputs great for all types of keyboards, samplers, drum machines and turntables. Outputs on the INSPIRE 1394 include RCA unbalanced and mini TRS jacks as well as headphone output.

Software Control Panel
The INSPIRE 1394 is completely controlled by an easy-to-use software mixer interface called the CONTROL PANEL. Controls include, input gain, phantom power, limiter (off/on), preamp boost (off/on), sample rate, headphone volume, main output volume as well as zero latency input mixing with playback mixing. This software control panel also serves as a mixer between your computer playback and your inputs for zero latency recording. The software control panel also features LOAD, SAVE functionality so that you can save and recall all of your settings from session to sesson.

Daisy Chain for More Inputs
The INSPIRE 1394 is equipped with two FireWire connectors enabling the ability to daisy-chain up to FOUR INSPIRE 1394's together for up to sixteen simultaneous inputs at 24-bit/96k recording rate.

ProPak Software Suite
The INSPIRE 1394 comes complete with the ProPak software suite including Presonus Studio One Artist recording and production software, Discwelder Bronze, Discrete Drums, 25 real-time effects plug-ins and over 3 GB of drum loops and samples giving you a complete and professional music production environment.

Features:
24-bit/96k A/D/A sample rate

Four simultaneous input channels

Two microphone/instrument preamplifiers

Switchable line input or phono input(with RIAA filter)

Software Control Panel and zero latency mixer

Window XP, Vista and Macintosh OSX compatible

FireWire bus-powered or powered externally

ProPak Software Suite

Presonus Inspire Studio Package Includes
Presonus Inspire Interface

CAD GXL2200 studio condenser microphone

Edirol MA7A Stereo Micro Monitors

20 foot Whirlwind mic cable

On Stage tripod microphone boom stand

Hosa dual RCA to dual RCA cable

zZounds is an authorized dealer of PreSonus products.
Windows
OS: Microsoft Windows XP or Vista
Computer: Windows compatible computer with IEEE 1394 FireWire port.
CPU/Clock: Pentium, Athlon with 900Mhz or higher (1.5GHz recommended)
Memory(RAM): 256 MB (512MB recommended)
For multiple units, the equivalent of a 1.5GHz processor or better and 512MB of RAM or better is highly recommended. Processing power and RAM affect the ability to use multiple units at low latency.

Macintosh
OS: MacOS X ver. 10.3.7 or later (Tiger 10.4.2 recommended) Snow Leopard compatible.
CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/800Mhz or higher (G4/Dual 1 GHz recommended)
Memory(RAM): 256 MB (512MB recommended)
For multiple units, a G4 1.25GHz processor or better and 512MB of RAM or better is highly recommended. Processing power and RAM affect the ability to use multiple units at low latency.
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
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Presonus Inspire 1394 . . . Priceless"
Sound: Awsome and clean. You won't get any better for the money! Feature: Well built, solid construction. Comes with Cubase LE, a full version of Acid and over 1gb of drums samples. I'm personally not crazy about Cubase but you may find it a plus. The control panel is a breeze to operate, and the preamps on the lxrs are warm and clean. I do wish it had real knobs for level control, but that's so minor. Quality: Not only is it built like a tank, but it looks great as well. I would replace it in a heartbeat. The fact that it can be daisychained to four other interfaces, and to the Firebox or fFirepod as well. Just an all around great little piece of geer. Value: worth every penny and then some. You simpley won't find any audio interface with this quality for this price. Manufacturer Support: I emailed the company requesting a manual in pdf, and had an answer with in a couple of hours. Although there was a manual already in pdf on the install disc, which I had over looked, Presounus had me one in a flash. I called the support desk, not for tech support, but for a product suggestion, and the support rep was plesent and inthuseastic. Overall: I'd replace it in a heartbeat. I plan to buy a Firebox of Firepod later down the road, but this was in my budget at the time. It does all I need it to do. I just need a siple interface to record my keyboards and sound modules with, and a mic pre, and this does it for me. There's no digital i/o but I didn't need it at the time. I can't say enough that this is an awsome product. Blows everything in its price range away.
Style of Music: Rock, Country, Island, etc. Play it all.
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Sound: The sounds I got from this unit were pretty good. The preamps are nice and clean, no pops or crackles etc. Sounded good with my studio projects B1. Feature: I wish it had balanced outputs like the presonus firebox. I had a defective unit, I got noise coming from the rca outs when hooked up to my active monitors. I didn't bother trying another unit, as the software control pannel also froze up on me time to time. Ease of Use: It is generally pretty easy to use, I learned a lot from using it, it would be good for beginners. Also there are videos on the presonus website to show you some basics about using it and setting up recording a track in cubase le. Quality: The unit is actually metal, which is suprisinging, I thought it was plastic at first. You could probably drop it a few times and it would still work. It would have been nice to have external volume controls etc on the unit, but then that bumps up the price. Value: It's worth the selling price for a beginner, but it's probably a better idea to go with something like the firebox because of the balanced outputs to your monitors. Manufacturer Support: the support was questionable. I got my emails returned but they were short and frustrating responses. I told them about the noise issue and the guy said the inspire was designed to work with computer speakers not active monitors. Even tho the demonstration videos on the presonus website have a guy using it with krk active monitors. doesn't make sense! The Wow Factor: I think it has appeal. I remember wanting it a lot because it seemed like the answer to a person new to recording. It has the pro pack bundle, and drum loops and hiz inputs and easy to install etc. but really it's not that worth it, trust me. Overall: I returned my unit and am looking into different options for a music recording set up.
Style of Music: rock
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