Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System 889406226548

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The PreSonus FireStudio Mobile Recording System combines the superior analog-circuit design and advanced platform technology of PreSonus' acclaimed FireStudio rackmount interfaces with the ability to run on bus power in field applications. Now you can have enhanced audio performance for music recording and creation anywhere you can lug your laptop.

The FireStudio Mobile is a 10-input, 6-output professional audio recording system that combines 2 PreSonus XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers; 6 line-level, analog input channels; S/PDIF digital input and output; MIDI I/O; and headphone monitoring with separate gain control. The FireStudio Mobile gives you tons of flexibility and a high input count making it possible to record a whole band. It's also bundled with PreSonus Studio One Artist, a groundbreaking music creation program, and over 4GB of virtual instruments, plug-ins, loops, and samples to get you started making music immediately.

True 48-Volt Phantom Power-Even When Powered By Your Laptop
Here's a dirty little secret: bus-powered mobile interfaces from other manufacturers deliver much less than the full 48 volts of phantom power that is specified by microphone manufacturers. This means even the finest condenser microphone can't work at optimal internal gain levels, potentially compromising sound quality even before the signal gets to the mic preamp. To get around this, the PreSonus' team of engineers created an "internal switching power plant" that lets the PreSonus FireStudio Mobile convert computer bus power into a full 48 volts of phantom power, as well as delivering 30 volts to power the superb mic preamps you'll read about next.

XMAX Class A Preamplifiers to Go
PreSonus knows that the mic preamplifier is a key component in the sonic quality of a recording. The FireStudio Mobile includes custom-designed, high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers that are suitable for use with all types of microphones. The job of a microphone preamplifier in an audio interface is to boost a microphone-level signal to line level before conversion to the digital domain. A good preamp boosts the level to almost 400 times that of the original signal, making the preamp one of the most important stages in an interface. With XMAX preamps, the sonic quality is limited only by what microphone you plug into it.

XMAX preamplifiers are built with 3 key elements:
High Voltage-The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. These higher-voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound.

Discrete components, not op-amps-PreSonus uses genuine transistors, resistors, and capacitors. Op-amps add noise, coloration, and harshness to a signal. The PreSonus' discrete design delivers ultralow noise and transparency.

Class A-Class A circuits have no crossover distortion and deliver purer, clearer, and more musical results than the Class AB designs that are more common in other preamps.

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and-most important-musicality and transparency, with smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.

On the Front
A pair of 3-LED level/clip indicators let you check the signal levels for channels 1 and 2, and a button enables 48V phantom power for the 2 mic channels. Also on the front panel are gain knobs for the 2 mic/instrument inputs and for the main stereo outputs and a stereo headphone output with gain knob. Gain for the mic inputs ranges from -10dB to +70dB; the high-impedance instrument inputs range from -30dB to +50dB of gain. Finally, a power/sync indicator LED shows whether the FireStudio Mobile is receiving adequate power and is correctly receiving word clock.

Ins and Outs
For a compact, portable unit, the FireStudio Mobile is loaded with I/O. It starts with a pair of combination XLR/TS mic/instrument jacks, which are in the inputs for channels 1 and 2. The XLR mic inputs are routed to the aforementioned XMAX solid-state mic preamplifiers. The high-impedance, TS instrument inputs let you plug guitars or basses directly into the front panel.

On the back are 6 more balanced, 1/4" line level inputs for channels 3 through 8, plus a DB9 connector that accepts a breakout cable (included) to provide stereo S/PDIF digital I/O and MIDI I/O. You get 2 FireWire 400 ports: one port connects to your computer, and the other can be used to connect a hard drive or to daisy-chain any FireStudio-family interface allowing you to integrate the FireStudio Mobile into a larger system.

Digital Converters and JetPLL Sync
PreSonus FireStudio Mobile's A/D/A converters have a dynamic range of 118dB for unbelievable clarity. Synchronization to your computer is stable and robust, thanks to JetPLL synchronization technology. JetPLL incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio-band jitter, ensuring near-perfect clock performance and optimal converter performance when networking two or more digital-audio devices. JetPLL quickly locks to any digital format through a wide range of frequencies and is extremely robust and tolerant of wide variations in clock frequencies. As a result, you'll experience better stereo separation and clearer, more transparent audio.

Universal Control
Like all members of the PreSonus FireStudio family, the FireStudio Mobile comes bundled with Universal Control software. Universal Control is a powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use control-panel application that allows you to daisy-chain up to 4 FireStudio family devices for a maximum of up to 52 inputs and outputs (assuming your computer can handle that many tracks).

Universal Control consists of the Launch window and the Device window. In the Launch window, you can set the sample rate, clock source, safe mode, buffer size (PC only), and WDM routing (PC only) for all connected FireStudio Mobile-series interfaces. Each device is listed at the bottom of the window, along with Device Window buttons that open each interface's Device window.

The Device window provides level and routing controls for each FireStudio-series interface's internal mixer, enabling you to set up zero-latency cue mixes. Input and output metering have been optimized for ultrafast screen display and minimum CPU usage, and you can give each interface a custom name. You can use any device in the chain as the master clock source, or you can slave the entire chain to an external digital device using any of the available digital inputs in the chain.

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

  • The first mobile interface with PreSonus' renowned studio-interface audio quality
  • Plug-and-play, high-speed FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394)
  • 24-bit resolution with 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz sampling rates
  • Record/playback 10 inputs and 6 outputs
  • 2 XMAX PreSonus microphone/instrument preamplifiers with true 48V phantom power for condenser mics
  • 8 line inputs, 2 line outputs
  • Stereo S/PDIF and MIDI input/output ” DB9 break-out cable included
  • Zero-latency monitoring
  • Headphone output with gain control
  • Software router/mixer
  • Powered via FireWire bus or using included power supply
  • Windows- (32- and 64-bit) and Macintosh-compatible
  • Universal Control control-panel software
  • DICE II Chipset ” extremely efficient data transfer
  • JetPLL ” jitter-elimination technology
  • Road-rugged construction
  • Shockproof, reinforced metal chassis
  • Silky-smooth, sealed rotary controls
  • Military-grade circuit board
  • Chassis-mounted input/output sockets resist strain from jacks
  • Full shielding from external interference
  • Daisy-chainable with the PreSonus FireStudio family of products
  • Full version of Studio One Artist multitrack-recording software and bundled extras:
  • Easy integration with no setup or configuration
  • Music-creation software with an intuitive, practical, single-window interface
  • Unlimited tracks, insert effects, sends, virtual instruments, buses, and effects channels
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Full-featured, flexible automation
  • Powerful realtime auto/manual time-stretching and resampling engine
  • Control Link (advanced MIDI mapping made easy)
  • 20 - 32-bit Native Sound plug-ins, including reverbs, amp modeling, and EQ
  • 4 virtual instruments, including a sampler and an analog-type subtractive synth
  • Ability to control FireStudio Mobile's software mixer to create zero-latency cue mixes
  • System Requirements
    OS: Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista
    CPU/Clock: or Athlon 900MHz (1.5GHz or higher recommended)
    Memory(RAM): 1GB (more recommended)

    OS: Mac OS X 10.4.x or later (10.5 supported with driver update)
    CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/Dual 1GHZ or faster, all Intel-based Mac models
    Memory(RAM): 1GB (more recommended)

    Windows and Macintosh Systems:
    IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Port
    Internet connection
    DVD-ROM drive
    Internal or external 7200RPM storage drive is highly 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 1024 x 768 pixels.

    System Requirements for Studio One Artist
    Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher, PowerPC G4 1.25GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM
    Recommended: PowerPC G5 or better or Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor or better, 2GB or more RAM
    Win: Windows XP or Vista, Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion), 1GB RAM
    Recommended: Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz EM64T or better or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ or better, 2GB or more RAM
    Windows and Macintosh Systems: Internet connection, DVD-ROM drive, a monitor resolution no lower than 1024x768 pixels

    Known compatible and incompatible hardware
    Microphone preamp (XLR Balanced)
    Frequency response (+0, -0.5 dB): 20Hz to 50kHz
    Frequency response (+0/-3.0dB): 20Hz to 150kHz
    Input impedance: 1.6 kOhms
    THD + N (unwtd, 1kHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain): < 0.008%
    EIN (unwtd, 55dB Gain, 150? Input, 20Hz to 22kHz): ”130dBu
    S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22kHz): >101dB
    Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1kHz, 55dB Gain): >55dB
    Gain Control Range (± 1dB): ”10dB to 70dB
    Maximum Input level (Unity Gain, 1kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +14 dBu
    Phantom Power (± 2 VDC): +48 VDC

    Instrument Input: (1/4" TRS, Channels 1 & 2)
    Type: TS Female Unbalanced
    Input Impedance: 1 MOhms

    Main Outputs:
    Type: 1/4" TRS Impedance Balanced
    Output Impedance: 51Ohms

    Headphone Output
    Type: 1/4" TRS Active Stereo
    Maximum Output: 150 mW/CH @ 60 Ohm Load
    Frequency Response: 10Hz-70kHz

    Digital Audio:
    FireWire (IEEE 1394) Speed: 400 Mbps
    ADC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48kHz): 118dB
    DAC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48kHz): 118dB
    Bit Depth: 24 bits
    Reference Level for 0 dBFS: +10dBu
    Internal Sample Frequency Selections: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz

    Jitter: <20 ps RMS (20Hz-20kHz)
    Jitter Attenuation: >60dB (1 ns in => 1 ps out)

    Bus Power: 6-pin FireWire 400 or FireWire 800
    Optional power supply available from vendor (card with details included in box)

    Dimensions (WxHxD): 5.5" x 1.75" x 5.5"/ 139.7 mm x 44.5 mm x 139.7 mm
    Weight: 4.5 lb./2 kg
One year parts and labor warranty.

  • Customer Reviews

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PresonusFireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Versatile (3)


No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)

Most Liked Positive Review



This is a great unit! Right out of the box I plugged it into my IMAC and it immediately worked with garage band. I installed the studio one software it came with, no...Read complete review

This is a great unit! Right out of the box I plugged it into my IMAC and it immediately worked with garage band. I installed the studio one software it came with, no problem and have been recording vocals, guitars with sheer delight. I think the other reviewers have computer or user issues. Unit sounds great, great preamps. I am very pleased.Clean crisp vocals, guitar is clean, no playback issues, no latencey issues.


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Major Compatibility Issues

I previously owned a PreSonus FireBox, so when it bit the dust a had no reservations with replacing it with another PreSonus product. Thus I purchased a FireStudio... Installing the software was...Read complete review

I previously owned a PreSonus FireBox, so when it bit the dust a had no reservations with replacing it with another PreSonus product. Thus I purchased a FireStudio... Installing the software was simple, however that's where the simplicity ended... I was only able to get it to sync with my computer once, a problem that never occurred with the FireBox... So after a day of troubleshooting I took it back to Guitar Center to get another one thinking it was a faulty unit. G.C. was great to deal with and exchanged it on the spot, however the same problem resulted... then I went to the Forms and it seems that this is an all to common problem... and to compound the issue PreSonus Tech support is almost unreachable.. I hope this review helps others eliminate (in advance)the mistake I made.

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Still Love This Little Unit

By Groovy

from Idaho Falls, Idaho

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer


  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

    This is my second Firestudio mobile. My first one lasted several years. I leave it connected to my computer at my home studio. It is so easy to use and gives me good quality recordings. I like the new option of being able to turn it off on the chord I think this will help prolong the life of the unit.


    Awesome Unit

    By Jammer456

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Experienced


    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

      This is a great home studio unit. For such a small device it has a ton of inputs. I haven't had any latency issues with it, and it has a good variety of smaple rates/bit depths.
      This thing can get kind of warm after a while, so make sure to not block the vent holes.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Had this for years!

      By Stiffler

      from Orlando, FL

      About Me Professional Musician


      • 8 Inputs
      • 96k24bit Recording
      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile


      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

      I've has this Presonus box for years. The tubes are great, but I always recommend you using Pre-Amps. It's compact, gives you 96k/24bit recording, firewire and works with every program I have. Never had a problem. Best interface to start with!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Amazing little thing

      By Genypig

      from Kansas

      About Me Professional Musician


      • 8 Inputs
      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile


      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

      I actually ended buying this little guy used. And when I did, I really didnt know much about interfaces. I did my homework with researching them online, but still never had my hands on different kinds. But I am really glad that I ended up buying this interface.

      First off, it uses FireWire, which in my opinion is good because I dont end up running out of USB's on my mac and also I believe the firewire port may be faster and more reliable.

      Anyway, Im amazed how crammed this thing is, it's got 8 inputs, (4 sterero pairs) And a physical db LED meter, letting you know where abouts your volume is and if it's too much or not enough, although unfortunatly it's only for the 1st and 2nd input only.

      Phantom works great, never had an issue, just dont turn it on with the preamps on, it might pop.

      Now IDK why some people think that installing this thing was hard, because it literally took like 1 min, infact, by computer just did it all by itself.

      The only real issue ive noticed is that sometimes when i wake my computer up, even tho the LED indicator is on, the interface isnt working, so I have to unplug and plug back in the firewire cable.
      But other than that, I love it, and for the price, it's great!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      Great little interface.

      By QCman

      from TX


      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use


        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

        I have a Presonus' StudioLive 16.4.2 so I am familiar with how these preamps sound, and this unit is on par with the StudioLive. This is a great unit if you're on the go, or just need to lay down a quick track or two. It's very easy to use and the recorded signal is nice and clean.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


        Mac users

        By TODD BROOKS

        from Neoga, IL

        Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

        FireStudio was easy to set up. Had a problem with Studio One disc but techs helped. I have a iMac Mid 2011 and had to purchase a 6 pin to 9 pin firewire cable. It'll tell you that in the manual.

        (3 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


        Mr.been jammin


        from Arkansas

        Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

        I hope I... learn how to run it!!!
        If you buy this studio you better be ready to do some serious study to learn how to use it~!
        Seems good do far but hard to operate.
        The price is always too high.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


        Quality Unit

        By Cindy Gabriel

        from Kansas City,Mo.

        Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

        I use a Digitech GSP1101 to run into the firestudio mobile and it works great for me.The included Studio One (Artist) software is an added bonus but you will want to upgrade to get VST/Rewire support.The mic preamps on this unit sound very good.......i would buy this product again if it was ever stolen.............You can't go wrong buying this product............

        (2 of 23 customers found this review helpful)



        By T-RON

        from New Mexico

        Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

        Bought this unit to replace my beloved Native Instruments Guitar Rig Session interface, which was damaged in a freak accident. I decided to go with the Presonus because of the glowing reviews, and I thought that going with firewire speed from USB would cut out all latency. After I plugged in my guitar, I was sorely disappointed in the sound quality. All of the presets I meticulously created on my recording software now sound like total crap when I play through this thing. I've wasted countless hours trying to tweak it to get back my sound without success. Specifically, my overdriven/distortion sounds are not as good as they were. The clean guitar sounds are ok, but that encompasses only a small part of my playing. I'm gonna return this box asap.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


        Lives up to its name

        By Jonathan Hooper

        from Baton Rouge, La

        Comments about Presonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

        I've been using the original FireStudio for a little while now, and I really liked it. My latest project features several vocalists as well as ambient sounds from around my home town. As a result, I've done a lot of traveling with the big FireStudio and it got a little cumbersome. I ordered the FireStudio Mobile because it looked like it would better fit my needs for this project. I had some waterfall sounds I wanted to record, and thanks to this unit I didn't have to hike 5 miles through the woods with my other FireStudio and the bus powered phantom power let me uses a condenser (which actually turned out pretty bad because I dropped my bag and broke my favorite condenser mic, I think my 58 might have held up a little better).Also, It makes it much easier to get with my vocalists. I get this, a mic, my laptop, and a firewire cable and we can lay down tracks in their kitchen. Its pretty awesome.I would recommend this item to anyone who wouldn't have a problem with the fact that it has eight inputs bet only two preamps, so they can't record a full band without some mic preamps.

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