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Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface
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High-quality circuitry, practical versatility, and a generous software package make you more productive and deliver great sound.

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:

â?¢Improved analog to digital converters (114dB dynamic range) for more headroom and cleaner sound
â?¢Improved synchronization with JetPLL (jitter elimination technology) for more accurate sound
â?¢FireControl Mixer/Router to send up to five separate zero-latency stereo mixes to musicians during recording
â?¢Three-segment LED input metering on all analog channels for instant audio feedback
â?¢Internal IEC-based power supply for easy portability and compatibility
â?¢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.

Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface 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
    Nearly 1,400 drum loops (1.4 GB) by Bandmate Loops

Presonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface 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

    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

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    As reviewed by Nick on 1/26/2009

    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!

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  • More than enough!!!

    As reviewed by M. F. on 6/2/2009

    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great value and great sound!

    As reviewed by Brian Graves on 12/15/2010

    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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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