Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface 888365409528

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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 soft... Read More

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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 27 reviews)

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Awesome Interface

I've owned this interface for a few years and no item you buy is %100, I don't care how much money you spend. You have to learn to love it, and deal with...Read complete review

I've owned this interface for a few years and no item you buy is %100, I don't care how much money you spend. You have to learn to love it, and deal with it. Before hand it only worked on 32bit systems and I had a 64 bit comp (that i had dropped a shiny penny on just so i could record with this bad boy). Had to wait over a year for presonus to get on that. The 64bit drivers are out now and i've actually been able to record for over a year now with it. Cubase Le was most of the issue. To first hand software users it can be intimidating. You have to find then figure how to mono all the channels if you want to use all 8 simontaneously and then match them up on each channel that you specifically set up for it blablabla hassle after hassle with that program (thanks for nothing presonus/steinberg forums, THANK YOUTUBE users). Its not easy finding everything on that program. I'm going to school on how to use recording software just so I can get the most out of my recordings. I don't want to evaluate the software too much, but thats what comes with it and it's likely that's what'll you'll use, it's still a good software. As for the interface. Solid unit, easy to understand if you read the manual and watch some vids on youtube. My mic collection is a sure sm57, Akg perception 120, and an AKG D112 and a few others, THEY ALL SOUND AMAZING. Clean, clear, they get that sound I want, I love the quality of my tracks, my guitar sounds so good, and my vocals are as clean and clears as could be and my drums sound great. No humming, no buzzing, nothing. I'm getting a few other condesors to mic the rest of my cymbals and I'm looking forward to using the preamps which work great on my perception. I really like this unit, I'm going to get a digi reference drum mic kit and i'm looking forward to using all 8 channels simuntaneously (i've only used 4 so far :P). No complaints about the unit. None at all, I love it. The software though is going to demand some patience on my part and yours. Make sure you know how to use that ish if you're impatient like me and hate reading boring mundane and often vague manuals. Get this unit though, you wont be dissapointed. It's flippin' amazing.

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not reliable.

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...Read complete review

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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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!

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional Sound Quality and Setup

By Osvaldo E Amaro

from DeKalb, IL

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

I had a 32-channle recording setup already but had to replace my legacy Terratek EWSMT88's with something more up-to-date. I ordered/purchased 4 of these PreSonus FireStudio's at once. I made absolutely sure to purchase a compatible firewire card with the Texas Instruments chipset. I installed them one at at time like the manual said to and SHAZAM! I had my 32-channel recording studio back in about 30 minutes! WOW!! AMAZING sound! Very nice deep bass response. I used Cubase 7 along with the direct outs of my own preamps in my Soundcraft 40-ch mixer and went direct out via TRS balanced lines to the front 1/4 on the PreSonus FireStudio units. I cannot say enough good stuff about the setup. The only issue I have had is during the shutdown of my PC/monitoring system. I have to be sure to turn the FireProject units off first. I could not be happier with this purchase. I'm doing 32 channels at a time straight to the PC with no problems (quad core intell system, 8GB mem and 2 Raptor 10k spin drives).

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5.0

junk drivers

By Curtis Boggs

from va bch va

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

I had 2 of these for almost 2 years and had nothing but trouble. The drivers are terrible!! They wouldn't sync 1/2 the time, the other times I'd have to restart several times till they would finally sync up. Sometimes they would sync but have a VERY distorted sound. Seems like nice gear but the software / drivers suck !

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1.0

Poor Support

By Andrew Belanger

from Atlanta GA

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

First off i will never buy a presonus product again and its not because of the product. Its the tech support i have returned this item 3 times and it still fails. I have been unable to use this device for the past 8 months and have a terrible time getting anyone to reply from tech support. Quite frankly probably a good product but with such pathetic timeliness with getting back to a customer, I cant think of why id ever buy a product from them again.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ideal Home Studio Setup

By Jon Perieda

from Oklahoma City, OK

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

Keeping it basic for all parties getting into home studio recording. First, this unit by itself can do so much at your finger tips. Pre-amps already there with gain control, and able to record a full band if your clever setting up the mics. I consider myself a professional home studio. I have two of these daisy chained to record a full drum set and other instrumentalist if needed. I run these with Logic Studio and I couldn't be happier. I had the Presonus Firepod before the Firestudio for 7 years and upgraded to two of these because I enjoy the ease of these units. If you are setting up a home studio for basic recording, grab these. If you are setting up a large professional home studio, grab these! This will get your business operational and only lead you to success. I give this a 4 star only because I wish the XLR inputs were in the back, but overall work ease and setting up? Wonderful!

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5.0

Exactly what I needed

By Matthew Lindstrom

from Hazelwood Missouri

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

I was deciding between the M-Audio 610 or the Presonus Firestudio Project. I chose the Firestudio and I'm glad I did. Ease of use, functionality, and the recording software Studio One. ( By the way if you install it you get Studio One 2 free upgrade.) I am running a Macbook Pro Lion 10.7.3 with Studio One 2, Presonus Firestudio Project, Alesis SR 18, Line 6 Pod XT Live. I plan on recording my band with this and it will be no problem. I used to run Windows XP with Cakewalk Sonar 4XL, M-Audo 410. This is a great upgrade. Love it. Highly recommended. The Presonus Studio One forums are excellent and search on YouTube.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Firewire Legacy Drivers

By Mitch Myers

from MN

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

I have this unit.. its absolutely awesome.. if your like some of the people here having trouble with the firewire then I think I have an answer for you. Duder who couldn't get it to work with firewire(Jason): you need to go in to device manager and right click your firewire device, then change it to legacy drivers. should be support for this somewhere on Presonus's website. works great.

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4.0

Great if you know what you are doing.

By Steve B

from Crossville, TN

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

This interface works with all ADS Tech firewire cards. It is very picky with other firewire cards, and even having a supported firewire card, I had to get the latest drivers and software from presonus' website, and then update my firmware on the interface itself with Universal Control before I could even use the interface. I knew there was firewire issues going into this, but I was prepared to deal with them. Now my interface is up an running great with Nuendo and I get a latency of 1ms through the AD/DA converters. Not a bad buy if you know what you are doing. Perhaps there are better made interfaces out there, but this one does the trick and does it well once it's up and running.

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