PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface 889406635364

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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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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(64 of 194 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Stay clear of this unit

By Jason

from Austin

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

I couldn't wait to get this thing. It seemed too good to be true. I thought all I had to do was install the drivers, then plug and play. Boy, was I wrong. I've had it for two months now, and am ready to sell it. What the folks at GC failed to tell me was that you need a specific Firewire card for this to work. After extensive research, I've found that you need one with a TI chipset. After 730 trips to the computer store, it still doesn't work. My first Firewire card saw the Firestudio when I plugged it in, but it wouldn't play. Now, it won't even see it. I've spent hours on end trying to figure this out, and Presonus has not been helpful. Even my computer whiz friends are stumped by this. I could have had a CD out by now, but instead I've been screwing with this piece of garbage. Now, I've given up and am going to count my losses and sell it and find another method of recording. Thanks Presonus, thanks Guitar Center, you guys are wonderful. You have another satisfied customer to add to your extensive list.

(22 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid 8 Channel Recording

By Brian K.

from Denver/Aurora, CO

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

Presonus has continued it's style of making solid and affordable interfaces. The Firestudio project is easy to use, sounds great and couldn't be a better buy! This unit is perfect for bands looking to create their first demos, singer/songwriters and anyone who needs more than 2 tracks of recording, but no more than 8 inputs at a time. For more than 8 inputs, get a Firestudio which is expandable via optical inputs and the Digimax FS! This is a great product. Super easy to use, and very reliable.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PERFECT

By Nick

from Chicago, Illinois

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

I bought the project about a week ago and i've already recorded five songs. it was so easy to use. all you have to do is install the drivers and plug it in. plus it comes with cubase le 4 which i am very satisfied. being primarily a drummer, the first thing i recorded was drums and i was blown away. BUY THIS ITEM!

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More than enough!!!

By M. F.

from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

This is my third interface and thankfully the best I have ever had. It has enough inputs for me to record my synthesizer, bass, guitar, vocals and drum set all at once. On top of that the Class A preamps sound great. It offers multi-LED metering in the front and it's build solid and rugged. I normally stuck with M-Audio but Presonus has made me a believer with this piece of hardware.

(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME

By Dan

from MO

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

I just purchased this interface last night, and already, I'm loving it. The preamps sound great. I had 0 problems installing it on my iMac using Logic Studio. Before this, I had a 2 channel M-Audio interface, and the difference is in the sound. The Firecontrol software is great in the studio, for sending different mixes to each person. Quality build. BUY IT!

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great piece of hardware

By Zach Ashcraft

from Denver, Dallas

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

I bought this a week ago and have already done quite a bit with it. I've recorded a solo harp player, solo violin, a band (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals, and synth/keyboard), and a large brass ensemble( about 12 players). Not only was the setup incredibly easy, but the sound quality for every recording I've done so far is fantastic. It really sounds professional. It comes with Cubase LE and a short tutorial on how to get it all synced and recording, and it honestly couldn't be easier to record with. Overall a great quality interface that is very user friendly. I would suggest this interface to anyone.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Interface

By Jurelle Olivarez

from Wildomar California

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording 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 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.

(7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Greatest Thing I've Worked With

By JJ

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

i was kinda mad when i plugged it in. i thought it would be a plug and play device, but you had to install the drivers. after that, i was confused with it, and since i was a recording "noob" at the time, i didnt know how to split the tracks up seperately. as i progressed, i figured out that i had to enable the asio on my computer. once i did that, i was able to split up the tracks and eq seperately on all of them. i was more than happy with the results. greatest thing ive ever used. thanks presonus!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value and great sound!

By Brian Graves

from Mobile, Al

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

Well, here's my experience with the the PreSonus units so far. The good stuff: 1. They sound awesome! Especially on the drums. Huge difference over my MOTU's. 2. The interface setup is nice with the plugs on the front. LED monitoring is pretty good (though it would be nice if you could switch it to output monitoring). The gain controls are really smooth. The bad stuff: 1. The cards will occasionaly lose sync. Seems to be when I have something else open (Outlook or Facebook for instance - I know, I shouldn't be Facebooking when I'm "working" LOL) that's stealing cycles from the audio engine causeing the interfaces to lose sync. Usually resets fine though on subsequent playback.. 2. The Output drivers will stop working sometimes, especially if the computer's been sitting idle for a while. Requires power cycling the interfaces, which is a pain bc the switches are on the back, but it will usually sync right back up. 3. The real time monitoring setup sucks. You can't assign outputs across different interfaces. You have to dedicate inputs to daisy-chain them together which defeats the purpose imo. Using the SPDIF I/O (which I'm not using otherwise) to at least get one mix going whithout having to eat up channels. 4. Have had some blue screen crashes. Usually when I'm doing something outside of of Sonar. Windows reports a driver conflict and that's never happened before on this computer... 5. Not the easiest install ever (with multiple interfaces anyway). Took me a while to get things working right. You really have to jump through some hoops to get the multiple interfaces working together. Follow the instrucions EXACTLY! 6. Can't use WDM drivers with multiple cards. They only show the first interface. Not a huge deal to use the ASIO drivers, but I have to have separate monitoring for multi-tracking and general computer playback bc Windows won't use the AsIO drivers correctly. 7. The interfaces are supposed to save your mixer settings to flash memory - sometimes they don't. Be sure to save you presets! Soo, all in all, not too bad - I guess there will always be "work-arounds" you have to do unless you build a dedicated system from scratch. And the sound pretty much makes up for some of the hassles. Not planning on returning them. Would recommend them. B

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

If only...

By Gabe C.

from Chicago Il

Comments about Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

This is not a very flexible unit. Therefore, if you don't have the exact computer requirements Presonus specifies on the box.. DON'T BUY IT.. When I installed it on my PC laptop, it was probably the best thing I bought to-date, until my laptop crashed because of some virus and failed to restart ever again. (it was an older model / the unit was disconnected at the time). Sure, the laptop had some problems keeping up, but it did its job well, and it had no installation problems whatsoever. After buying a Vista 64-bit computer, I had to install extra drivers that Presonus provides on their website, however, they seemed flawed (at least on my computer) and no longer kept constant contact with my unit. They would work one second and then fail to open the next. It basically made everything seem flimsy and extremely fragile, and honestly it was. But other than my mishaps with this product, it truly was a good piece of equipment (in junction with my laptop). So what can you get out of this? Got a 32-bit windows XP, or any kind of Mac that meets the requirements? BUY IT. Otherwise, don�ۡ���t even bother�ۡ��_ This is a VERY case-specific interface, don�ۡ���t think just getting around one little corner will work because it won�ۡ���t. HARDWARE= 5 starts for sound quality and speed SOFTWARE= 2-3 stars for inflexibility and difficulty of use on other systems Ps. Presonus�ۡ���s tech support people were actually really friendly and patient. From my experience, they didn't give me absurd or vague answers. (don�ۡ���t sound angry, it�ۡ���ll make things roll a lot faster).

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