Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface 886830278471

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The FireStudio Project is a premium computer recording interface combining 8 Class A XMAX mic preamps, 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution, a zero-latency matrix DSP router/mixer, and Studio One Artist software. Great for professional studio recording, live recording, performance, podcasting and more, the PreSonus FireStudio Project is designed for flexibility and ultra-high sonic performance. Speaking of flexibility, the FireStudio Project interface can be daisy-chained to any other member of PreSonus' FireStudio series products (except the FP10).

Note: As of 5/26/09, you can make your FireStudio Project 64-bit compatible via a PreSonus web update.

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

¢Improved analog to digital converters (114dB dynamic range) for more headroom and cleaner sound
¢Improved synchronization with JetPLL (jitter elimination technology) for more accurate sound
¢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 for instant audio feedback
¢Internal IEC-based power supply for easy portability and compatibility
¢Studio One Artist music creation and production software which has the same platform and intuitive interface as Studio One Pro but with an unlimited track count, BFD Lite, Wave Arts Plug-ins, and more

XMAX Class A Preamplifiers

The FireStudio Project starts with eight custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers. PreSonus knows that your preamps are a key component in the sonic quality of your recordings. 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 preamp found in most interfaces translates into thin, noisy, and harsh results. With the XMAX preamp you get full-sounding, true-to-life sonic performance to serve your music best.

DICE II and JetPLL advanced platform technology
The FireStudio Project is loaded with the ultra-powerful DICE II FireWire chipset delivering 10 channels of professional-quality 24-bit inputs and outputs simultaneously. The strength of the DICE II chip lies with its ability to easily 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 JetPLL jitter reduction technology. JetPLL incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio band jitter. JetPLL ensures the highest converter performance possible, resulting in better stereo separation and clearer more transparent audio. JetPLL 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. JetPLL 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 and routing
The FireStudio Project also includes the FireControl mixer/router: an 18x10 DSP-based application for flexible mixing and direct routing of 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. It allows you to provide everyone in the band with 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 standalone 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 preamplifier.

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.

Features
  • High-Speed FireWire (IEEE 1394) audio interface
  • Up to 96K sampling rate
  • Improved synchronization with JetPLL (jitter elimination technology)
  • 8 XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers (+60dB gain) w/Trim Control
  • Improved analog to digital converters (114dB dynamic range)
  • 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
  • Up to 5 separate zero latency stereo mixes with FireControl Mixer/Router
  • Separate balanced main outputs and 8 balanced analog outputs
  • Free Studio One Artist software and more
  • Internal IEC-based power supply
  • Three-segment LED input metering on all analog channels
  • Studio One Artist
  • Elegant, single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Advanced automation
  • 32-bit audio processing
  • Easy-to-use sidechain routing
  • Stunning virtual instruments
  • User-friendly sampler
  • Most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available
  • Realtime audio timestretching and resampling
  • K-System metering
  • Compatible with any ASIO-, Windows Audio-, or Core Audio-compliant audio interface
  • Works with key commands from Pro Tools, Cubase, and Logic.
  • Native Effects 32-bit effects library with 20 dynamics processors, reverbs, modulations effects, amp simulators, etc.
  • Ampire - Amplifier-Modeling
  • Auto Filter - Envelope Filter
  • Beat Delay - Tempo-Synchronized Delay
  • Binaural Pan - Stereo Panning Effect
  • Channel Strip - Dynamics Processing and Equalizer
  • Chorus - Mono/Stereo Chorus
  • Compressor - Mono/Stereo Variable Compressor
  • Flanger - Stereo/Mono Flanger
  • Limiter - Mono/Stereo Limiter
  • Mixtool - Phase and MS Utility
  • MixVerb - Mono/Stereo Reverb
  • Phase Meter phase-correlation analysis
  • Phaser mono/stereo phaser
  • Pro EQ 7-band parametric EQ
  • Red Light Distortion distortion processor
  • Room Reverb stereo/mono room reverb
  • Spectrum Meter frequency analyzer
  • Tricomp 3-band compressor
  • Tuner instrument tuner
  • X-Trem mono/stereo tremolo
  • Four virtual instruments
  • Impact Sample Trigger Drum Instrument with 32 drum kits by Ueberschall
  • Presence Sample Player Virtual Instrument with 200 sampled instruments by Digital Sound Factory
  • SampleOne Sampler Virtual Instrument
  • Mojito Analog-Modeling Subtractive Synthesizer
  • Native Instruments Kore Player with 150 instruments
  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig LE
  • Toontrack EZdrummer Lite
Specifications
  • System Requirements
    PC: Microsoft Windows XP SP1, Pentium, Celeron with 1.6Ghz or higher
    FireWire port.
    512MB RAM, 1GB recommended

    Mac: MacOS X 10.4.x or later, PowerPC G4/Dual 1 GHZ or faster, all Intel-based Mac models
    On-board FireWire port.
    512 MB RAM, 1 GB recommended

    Monitor resolution should be no lower than 1024 x 768 pixels

    Power
    Input Connector Type: IEC
    Input Voltage Range: 90 to 230 VAC
    Power Requirements: continuous 20W

    System Requirements for Studio One Artist
    Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher, PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz 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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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PresonusFireStudio Project Recording Interface
 
4.0

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Durable (10)
  • Compact (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (13)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Still going strong 4 years later...

Ok. In my first review I'd mentioned how to ensure you had no PC / technical problems with this unit. I have now used this unit on 2 different PCs, Windows XP and...Read complete review

Ok. In my first review I'd mentioned how to ensure you had no PC / technical problems with this unit. I have now used this unit on 2 different PCs, Windows XP and Windows 7. I am still loving it. Here's why:

This unit is great. I use Sonar 8.5.1 Producer for my DAW. KRK RockIt Monitors and a Beringher headphone amp. Add a bunch of mics and cables and that is my setup.

I updated the drivers and firmware when possible. The only problem I have is sometimes the main volume pot gets noisy when turning, but after a few rolls, it is clean.

I still like the detents on the gain knobs and on-board meters. This saves you so much time when you are getting levels. I now totally understand the Universal Control software and I also have mastered the DAW software and even after all this time, I still use a similar configuration to the one I used in the first months.

No pops, clicks, etc. I let this unit run for 30 minute tracks when I am loop-layer-tracking multiple takes and no beef.

I cannot understand where the bad reviews come from on the popular recording sites. I use these "real people" reviews to help decide what I am going to buy, and based on the reviews, I may not not bought this unit. Thankfully, my friend had one and demo'd it and I was impressed. I have not regretted my purchase at all. I want to get another unit, but I am looking to get it used.

I don't know what I can say that will make you feel comfortable about this unit. The price is outstanding. I can add this: USE GOOD XLR CONNECTORS! I had some popping and stuff on my snare mic and tom mic and it turns out that it was a loose (bad) XLR connector. I bought some Neutrik China knockoffs and re-terminated my cables and they are awesome now.

This is a great device. The quality is amazing.

I am a computer professional and very technically savvy, so I experienced no technical issues because I ensured I had no DPC latency before using the unit (read my old review - it covers this information).

Presonus recommends that you use a texas Instruments firewire chipset, but my current PC is a AMD-based 4core with some no-name firewire chipset and it has no problems running this box.

I guess if I could wish for anything with this unit, I wish this unit was USB and not firewire as it is very hard to find a cheap laptop with firewire in 2013.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great product when it works. Flaky TechS

My Love/Hate Relationship with Presonus.
I just picked up my third Firestudio Project unit. I started with one a few years ago as a trial, expanded to a second unit a year...Read complete review

My Love/Hate Relationship with Presonus.
I just picked up my third Firestudio Project unit. I started with one a few years ago as a trial, expanded to a second unit a year later and now a third is trying to get into the action. And I'm remembering how much of a hassle the first two were to set up...

Countless hours, days even, trying to get the units to cascade. Conflicting information from Presonus about serial ID numbers (they must be connected consecutively - or not?).
Losing other computer audio functionality...

Basically I had the first two finally working where I wanted them, and added the third for the additional tracking capability. However, doing so has sent my entire system into a tailspin.

Admittedly, the first two worked stupendously once I got them synched, and I'm hoping the same will be true with the third, but right now, I have nothing positive to say about Presonus and their "make you wait for 30 minutes only to tell you that you're about to be disconnected and that you need to submit an e-mail instead" tech support (still haven't gotten a reply after 48 hours...)
But hey, the lights sure are pretty.

The enclosed manual is more helpful for lining a birdcage than with the operation of the equipment.

Not worth the hassle in my opinion.

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5.0

Great Pre Amp/Converter

By JonTheBass

from Melbourne Australia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Why No ADAT

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

It is what it is. I really like it but I wish I wish I wish it had ADAT. Limiting really. I wanted to "chain" this with a Profire 2626 but they wont communicate. I quite fancy the idea of running it with some sort of pre amp (To get 16 inputs) but they all see to require ADAT. Other that that it is a great unit. Easy to use and easy to set up. Remember folks.... Universal Controller - (Most people forget that)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Beginners and small Budget Studios

By Afterlife Studio's

from Merrill, IA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Home Studio
  • Recording

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

    I have been using this interface for 5 years now. So far it has worked as advertised. I daisy chain two of them to have 16 channels available to record our band live. I use Sonar X2 producer running on Windows 7. When I first installed it Sonar found and loaded it fine. I like the ability to change each channels gain and the ability to select which channels (pair) have the phantom power.

    When live recording I use one and a partial of them to mic each drum of the drum set along with overheads and room mics. The other one I use with 2 guitars, bass, separate mixer (Vocals) and a CD player. There is no noticeable lag even after playing for 20 min. straight. We even had 10 hour sessions and they did just fine, no issues.

    When i over dub I can record tracks live as if the playback is the band playing live. It has been a great tool in our studio and we use it for everything.

    This is a great interface for a low budget studio. If you need multiple inputs and want separate track recording capability this system works great. The sound quality is great with the mics and equipment we are using. This unit will serve you well in your projects.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    I would never buy a PreSonus Product again

    By Engineer123

    from Eastern USA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

      Easy to open, easy to download, and hasn't ever worked. Never. A flickering blue to red interface error light and ZERO help to get this fixed. Replaced fireworks, cables, software. Nothing works. After reloading and reinstalling downloads and hours and hours of researching "tips and tricks" to get it to work, I contacted PreSonus: no help there. Forums show this is a frequent and unfixable problem apparently attributable to the product design/manufacturing. So, I assume PreSonus is AWARE of this and has yet to fix it. Their Support page on their website is confusing and very hard to navigate through in order to find any references to interface problems. Perhaps, because they don't want to publish that the answer is to get a different audio interface system? After MANY hours, I quit searching their information. You take your chances with this product.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great piece of equipment

      By blah blah blah

      from Red Bluff Ca

      Pros

      • daisy chain
      • Individual Input Levels
      • Quality

      Cons

      • Initial Install

      Best Uses

      • Death Metal
      • Metal
      • Recording
      • Rock

      Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

      So first off I've read some reviews by people that put this unit down,to some degree I agree with them the customer service is not great, installation has a process which means download the universal control before you plug the unit in and make sure you have an internet connection, as far as the "special" firewire card, that's BS I had bought an office depot special for $30 6 years ago when I first purchased the inspire gt and I am still using it for my Fire Studio setup this is actually the second unit I bought and it bridged without a problem to the original unit I have had so for those who put it down sorry about your luck this was easy to setup, if you want to hear what I have done with it so far check out Novus Orsa' reverbnation page

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      1.0

      Bad choice! Highly fickle to say the least!

      By William

      from Wichita Kansas

      Site Member

      Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

      I agree with some of the reviews given as I have found the same problems... Firewire is dead and you have to buy a computer card from a 3rd party. I bought a brand new computer, i5 quad core processor with 16 Gb of RAM. It took quite a bit to get the presonus up and running between the software and the system. After I did, it worked for a few days and then acted like the hardware was non-existent. I don't waste my time with tech support once there are similar problems from other users because I know my time would be wasted trying to re-invent the wheel over and over. I know this problem will not get solved. I said screw it and going with a different system. Sometimes 15 days just isn't enough to find out you screwed up!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Home Studio interface

      By wes

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

        I bought this in order to self-produce my band's EP, which required being able to record the drums on separate tracks. Your mileage may vary, but I was able to record and monitor (through the software) the drums and a scratch guitar track (8 tracks total) on a late-2011 Macbook Pro with no discernible latency at 24 bit / 48kHz. For anyone with Firewire capability, I would definitely recommend this interface for a home studio where 2 channels isn't enough.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great product! Minor hassle.

        By Nickname

        from Bend, OR

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • 1 Power Switch On Back
        • 2 Firewire Card Issues

        Best Uses

          Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

          FIREWIRE: Not every firewire card works. In my case, my card worked for one "Project" but not for cascading two. So, I had to buy another firewire card. The fix/card was twenty bones. Minor hassle. Search Presonus for compatible cards.

          POWER: I'm not sure why Presonus didn't put the on/off switch on the front. I have two "Projects" stacked with other audio gear in an audio rack...so I now have to reach behind to turn on/off. On/off would have been better on front.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          holy wow sun of a gun.

          By Garthe

          from pacific north west

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

            this is a great product, it changed the hole dynamic of my recording. I upgraded from a echo audio Lyla G3 I bought 7 years ago and wow what can I say. the echo was awesome this baby is for lack of a better word " is freeking perfect " . the channel separation is so well defined and the dynamic range is superb. for the money there is no better interface. " just be shur you have a Texas interments 1394 fire wire chipset "

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great interface!

            By Dantrell Johnson

            from Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

              I purchased this interface with the intent to start recording semi-pro records, at a small budget in mind. I really like how there are led light meters for each mic pre! It is lighter than the old FP10. If anyone thought about daisy chaining the fire studio with the FP10, I could not get them to sync. I currently use the project for church recording and personal tracking. Great product for the price!

               
              1.0

              not reliable.

              By Kyle Gregory

              from Binghamton, NY

              Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

              i bought this 2 years ago after the power supply on my firepod blew after 6 years of use. i decided to go with presonus again because i liked my firepod and didn't have any issues with it. after i got the firestudio i found that my computer couldn't support it. so i got a new computer. when i was buying it i was told that firewire was a dead technology and i'd have to buy a firewire card because the computer didn't come with one, but the computer had everything else to meet the requirements of the firestudio. and yet i still couldn't get it to work. 3 emails sent to presonus went unanswered. oh and the software that came with it didn't work for me either. i got frustrated and gave up and didn't record anything for a year. i then reinstalled the drivers and finally got it to sync up with my computer. for a while. the first 2 recording sessions i did it kept going in and out of sync, causing us to end sessions early. and then after those rough few days it worked fine for 6 months. then i move my DAW to a friends house to record another band and for some reason i had to set up the whole thing again because the unit would not sync with my computer. when it finally did sync only 2 of the 8 inputs would show up in Cubase. after 3 hours of trying to get it to work i'm giving up on this unit. i'm going to sell it and buy something else. i will never buy a presonus product ever again.

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