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Presonus FIREBOX 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Recording System

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The PreSonus FireBox is a 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Recording System with a 6-in, 10-out computer recording interface that fits in the palm of your hand. It boasts 2 crystal-clear Class A preamps with 45d... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The PreSonus FireBox is a 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Recording System with a 6-in, 10-out computer recording interface that fits in the palm of your hand. It boasts 2 crystal-clear Class A preamps with 45dB gain, ultra-wide 10Hz-50kHz frequency response, and professional 24-bit/96kHz converters with 110dB dynamic range for a big, musical sound.

It has 2 mic/instrument preamps with 48V phantom power conveniently located on the front panel. On the back you'll find 2 balanced TRS line inputs, 6 balanced TRS analog outs, MIDI I/O, and S/PDIF I/O. You can record through 6 inputs and playback through 8 outputs simultaneously. It also has a stereo headphone output and the main volume control on the front panel.

The FireBox is compatible with both Windows XP and Mac OS X and comes with Studio One Artist music creation and production software. It has the same platform and intuitive interface as Studio One Pro and has an unlimited track count. The FireBox is also compatible with many popular ASIO/WDM and Core Audio-based applications, including Sonar, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Digital Performer, Premier, and many others.

FEATURES

  • 24-bit/96kHz FireWire recording interface
  • 2 front panel inputs with preamps and 48V phantom power
  • 2 balanced TRS line inputs
  • 6 balanced TRS analog outs
  • MIDI I/O
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • Recording and playback through 6 inputs and 8 outputs simultaneously
  • Stereo headphone output
  • Volume control
  • Compatible with most ASIO/WDM and Core Audio based applications
  • 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
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    • Presence Sample Player Virtual Instrument with 200 sampled instruments by Digital Sound Factory
    • SampleOne Sampler Virtual Instrument
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    SPECIFICATIONS
  • Preamp Bandwidth: 10Hz-50kHz
  • Preamp Input Impedance: 1.3k Ohms
  • Instrument Input Impedance: 1M Ohms
  • Preamp THD: <0.005%
    Preamp EIN: -125dB
  • Preamp Gain: 45dB (+12dB digital boost switch)
  • Line Input Impedance: 10k Ohms
  • TRS Output Impedance: 51 Ohms
  • TRS Main Outputs Impedance: 51 Ohms
  • Headphone Output: 150mW/Ch 20Hz-20kHz
  • Phantom Power: 48V +/- 2V
  • Power Supply: Ext line Transformer, Internal Switching
  • Bus Power: 6-pin FireWire Port
  • Analog to Digital Converters: 24-bit/up to 96khz
  • ADC Dynamic Range: 107dB
  • DAC: 24-bit/up to 96kHz
  • DAC Dynamic Range: 110dB
  • IEEE1394 Speed: 400MBps
  • 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
    Pro Coverage
    MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
    One year parts and labor warranty.


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    4.5

    (based on 18 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Perfect for a home studio

    At first when I purchased the Firebox I had problems with the audio droping in and out, even on the low CPU setting. I figured the FIREBOX was not the interface for me....Read complete review

    At first when I purchased the Firebox I had problems with the audio droping in and out, even on the low CPU setting. I figured the FIREBOX was not the interface for me. BUT! When I reformatted my computer it eliminated a lot of the CPU usage happening in the background, therefore the FIREBOX worked excellent after the fact. Even the sound quality changed dramatically. I can now play it at its highest settings. So, anybody interested in purchasing a Firebox I suggest you surpass the system requirments and download the firewire patch for SP2 if your running Windows and disable your internet connection when recording. This is a great interface that will produce great sound quality for any project studio. ------ 3.0 Ghz P4 768 Ram

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    Pre-Amps are Disappointing

    I purchased this unit and it worked right out the box, was quiet and it appeared to be a solid, great unit - until I purchased a dynamic microphone. The pre-amps in this...Read complete review

    I purchased this unit and it worked right out the box, was quiet and it appeared to be a solid, great unit - until I purchased a dynamic microphone. The pre-amps in this unit are not strong enough to power even an entry-level dynamic microphone. When PreSonus is contacted, they tell you that the unit is designed like that "on purpose" so it can be bus-powered via FireWire. This unit has a power adapter, so that's a little confusing. They then try to up-sell you to a different unit or suggest you buy one of their pre-amps and use it through the line-ins on the back. If you need those line-ins and you have a dynamic mic, you're not going anywhere. This unit is advertised as having quality pre-amps. If they can't even power a dynamic microphone and I'm forced to use a pre-amp with the line-ins - then what's the point?

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    (21 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for a home studio

    By Ekzpi

    from San Francisco

    At first when I purchased the Firebox I had problems with the audio droping in and out, even on the low CPU setting. I figured the FIREBOX was not the interface for me. BUT! When I reformatted my computer it eliminated a lot of the CPU usage happening in the background, therefore the FIREBOX worked excellent after the fact. Even the sound quality changed dramatically. I can now play it at its highest settings. So, anybody interested in purchasing a Firebox I suggest you surpass the system requirments and download the firewire patch for SP2 if your running Windows and disable your internet connection when recording. This is a great interface that will produce great sound quality for any project studio. ------ 3.0 Ghz P4 768 Ram

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Value for Project Studios

    By TenDaysAfter

    from Chattanooga, TN

    I opted for the Presonus Firebox over the larger, more expensive Firepod as I am just setting up my studio and I am very pleased with its overall performance. Easy setup, no problems with compatibility. I originally thought I would just use a BLUE Snowball and not have to get an interface, but my experience with a Mac G5 and Logic Pro was that the Snowball didn't jive with my system. The Firebox, however, gets along fine with my gear. They chat, have tea...they're buds. Anyway, the preamps and 48V phantom power eliminate the need for separate power supplies, the signal is clean, and the product is reliable. Not to mention that if you do decide to upgrade to the Firepod (I mean let's face it--you're not recording drums with this anytime soon), you can link them up and get more inputs. Great product, great value, especially for smaller studios.

    (11 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No, I Don't work for Presonus.....

    By Jay T

    from Mandeville, LA

    ....This thing is just that good! I finally purchased my FireBox a week ago. Spent hours researching and listening to every interface I could find. Nothing in this price range compared to the "BOX". Got home, opened it up, and read the manual. Ten minutes later I plugged the included firewire plug and opened Sonar 4 Producer(my software of choice). Grabbed my guitar and started recording. The preamps are perfect. You gotta love covinience of the combo jacks on the front two channels. Presonus made my modest computer recording setup look pro with the brushed aluminum faceplate and blue anodized control knobs up front. I plan on adding a Presonus Blue tube DP preamp using the two inputs in th rear of the unit. Tons of outputs back there two. Bottom line is this, the Firebox fills all of my recording needs perfectly and dosen't max out my Guitar Center Perfered Player Card. Check it out at any Guitar Center store, you will thank me for it!

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Buy

    By Anonymous

    from MO

    I work in Pro Audio sales and i must say... if you're looking for an interface for $300 or under this is the one to get. Features are comparable to the M-Audio 410... but the Firebox has less self noise and better converters. Affordable and professional sounding.... I own one and its a great buy.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Choice

    By Working Man

    from Seattle, WA

    This box is great. 2 XLR inputs and 2 TRS is plenty for me and you can output all 6 TRS outputs at the same time. Zero latency monitoring of the input and DAW software is handled by the software mixer, which is great when tracking vocals with phones (internal with no cables required), but I wish it had the effects like the Saffire so that I use reverb/delay with the tracking instead of only dry (tracking with effects requires you route through your DAW software which adds latency). The preamps work fine, but I use a mic channel unit and feed it into the Firebox. The knobs all feel nice with detents to make remembering a previous level easy. The TRS jacks on the back are solid and accept balanced and unbalanced cables. A really nice feature is that there is a Main Level knob on the front that makes adjusting the volume of your monitors easy (since most monitors don't have volume knobs on the front!). It feels very solidly built. My first had a bad pot on the headphone knob, but they replaced it with a new unit. The bundled software is great, mini-ACID 6, mini Cubase, and a bunch of plug-ins that are somewhat useful. The latency on it is great at 44.1 or 48 (4ms), but above that, I had to set the latency (on my 2.8GHZ P4) at 18ms to use it, 20ms if the tracks get up into the teens.

    (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Pre-Amps are Disappointing

    By Anthony

    from St. Petersburg, FL

    I purchased this unit and it worked right out the box, was quiet and it appeared to be a solid, great unit - until I purchased a dynamic microphone. The pre-amps in this unit are not strong enough to power even an entry-level dynamic microphone. When PreSonus is contacted, they tell you that the unit is designed like that "on purpose" so it can be bus-powered via FireWire. This unit has a power adapter, so that's a little confusing. They then try to up-sell you to a different unit or suggest you buy one of their pre-amps and use it through the line-ins on the back. If you need those line-ins and you have a dynamic mic, you're not going anywhere. This unit is advertised as having quality pre-amps. If they can't even power a dynamic microphone and I'm forced to use a pre-amp with the line-ins - then what's the point?

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Never lets me down

    By bandeeto

    from lehi, utah

    I bought my firebox a little over a year ago. Since then it's been my constant companion both on stage and while recording, be it in my home studio or on location. It has never let me down, has held up, shows practically no signs of wear, and gives me the confidence to do what I do musically anywhere, at any time. My brother in law just went on a 4 week tour with this thing as his front end. No problems whatsoever. This was after borrowing it (of and on)for the previous 4 months to record his album. You can hear exactly what the firebox sounds like at "topher blair" at myspace music. I've owned presonus tube pre, and their little compressor, and have never had a problem. If this thing ever kicks the bucket I'll get either this or that other new compact presonus interface. I'll probably shop around first (like I always do) but I can't put a price on the confidence I've developed in their products. I whole heartedly recommend any presonus gear (not affiliated with them in any way) and especially the firebox.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really Satisfied

    By Marcoloco123

    from Arlington, TX

    I've been looking for an A/D preamp for a long time now. I'm not a professional recording artist, but I know quality! I looked at the Mbox2, Saffire and others but for the money, this has them beat. The software is nice and the aluminium box is well built. Plus, the firewire ensures zero-latency monitoring. Also, the headphone knob goes to 11! (LOUD!)

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Most Features

    By colorprotocol

    from Columbia, Maryland

    I bought a firebox recently, and it has been a great little device. It has plenty of inputs, and with an external mic pre, you could get 4 mics easily into this thing. It also has a whole lot of outputs most of which arent really useful to me. The included software mixer is great, allowing really easy monitoring. The one bad thing is it has a some electronic noise when you crank it, especially on the main and headphone outs.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect Intro-to-Home Studio Setup

    By Bass2Yang

    from Clovis, CA

    Just what I need to do what I have to do. The great thing about this box is that whenever you want, (or, when you are financially and skillfully capable) you can always add professional preamps to the line-ins and high quality converters through the S/PDIF. Remember, people will always hear talent first, not hi-fi setups. Rule of thumb all musicians (that includes recording engineers): (Great Musician) x (Great Mic and Technique) x (Great Converters) x (Great Monitors) = Great Sound Practice hard and play hard - reward yourself with hi-end equipment when possible.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    High quality at a low price

    By BuckminsterFuller

    from Milwaukee WI

    I had been looking at the firebox's big brother, the firepod, since it was first announced. I held off because I didn't need all those preamps. Since I record alone, a pair of mic inputs and some line inputs were all I needed. Luckily presonus came out with the firebox. Small, self powered, and amazingly high quality, it does everything I need in a small package.Preamps are clean, the headphone out packs plenty of punch for every headphone, and flexible routing options make it a breeze to use. I use the included firebox mixer software to quickly switch between my computer speakers to studio monitors based on what I want to hear. Zero latency monitoring is handy, but I end up using it most with reason and doing my audio recording with a digital multitrack (just personal preference). With the firebox I can hook them together when I want to combine the guitar tracks and midi tracks from reason. My only complaint: Switching the S/PDIF to match word clock with another wasn't clearly explained in the manual, but a quick call to presonus support solved the problem in a minute.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It works!

    By Rod

    from Houston, TX

    I don't really understand the technical reasons why I need this as part of my recording set-up. I just know it works - no more audio drop-outs/latency problems and it is noise free. I use Cakewalk Sonar HS6. The PreSonus tech support guys are awesome. I had converted from PC to Mac when I bought the Firebox. I just could not get it to work - after several frustrating days I realised the problem was not the Firebox but a faulty Mac that went back to the store and I got a new PC. Everything worked perfectly first time after that.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    very bad

    By jim

    from texas

    This is one of the bad interface I have ever been used.Firewire is loosing connectivity frequently.Always do the job plug and unplug.Don't buy this product for professional use.

     
    4.0

    Fairly clean project studio interface

    By stephen727

    from Urbana, IL

    The firebox is a great interface for your project studio, especially if you want to be able to do mobile recording. The preamps, inputs, and outputs are all pretty clean, and the MIDI ports are quite responsive. I would rather have 10-in and 6-out than 10-out and 6-in, but that's picking nits. The lack of a hardware mixer is one major knock on this device; when the software mixer isn't running, then inputs aren't put through, which prevents this from being a handy on-the-go mixer. The firepod may be a good upgrade to the firebox if you've got the extra cash.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Firebox wins with right computer

    By Dan Lenard

    from Buffalo, NY

    One thing that is obvious about Presonus products is that they are an excellent value. A great deal of thought goes into each product so that they are easy to understand and use. More importantly, Presonus products just sound better! My Firebox has been my DI for over two years. Initially I had some problems with my old Mac Powerbook G-4 and the Firebox, which Presonus made no bones about. My New i-Mac and Firebox get along just dandy. Its multiple functions and inputs give it high marks, if you can figure them out. The software mixer is hard to understand and I've never really been able to figure it out. Seeing as I only record one mono track at a time, it hasn't been a problem. IF you understand how to use the Firebox for multi-input recording interface, YOu have a dynamite product at a great price. I should also say that their customer service representatives are very professional and believe in their product.

     
    5.0

    Great value

    By Tony

    from Oregon

    I am a beginner when it comes to home recording but I was very impressed with this product. It was recommended to me by a friend and he was right. The only complaint I have is that the SPDIF input could have been documented a little better. It took me a bit to figure it out but I got it setup the way I wanted eventually.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not So Fast

    By Magnificent Butcher

    from Chicago,Il

    I've had a Firebox for 7 months. It worked great while I was using XP and XP64. My pc died recently and I purchased a new one, more powerful than the last, this time with Vista64. I have had nothing but problems ever since. I experience random audio drop outs and the only recovery is to reboot my pc and even then it still fails. It seems as though it loses sync without any indication on the main LED. The main level knob makes a hissing noise when being turned. The presonus team makes statements about being incompitable with certain firewire chip sets. Right now my system is totally down with no solution except to find a different audio interface. Not worth it! Find something stable and reliable!

     
    5.0

    Big Bang for buck

    By Bruce Teague

    from Mesquite, Tx

    Bang for buck ratio is super. Very versatile for it's size. I've been using this for a long time now and never had a problem from install on. Do wish it has on/off switch. You can clip the input. But once I found the sweet spot I just leave it.

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