PreSonus FirePod 24-bit/96k FireWire Recording System  

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The PreSonus FirePod FireWire interface is a complete recording studio solution with highly musical Class A mic preamps, superb 24-bit/96kHz A/D/A converters, and Steinberg's Cubase LE 48-track record... Click To Read More About This Product

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The PreSonus FirePod FireWire interface is a complete recording studio solution with highly musical Class A mic preamps, superb 24-bit/96kHz A/D/A converters, and Steinberg's Cubase LE 48-track recording software.

The 8 XMAX microphone preamplifiers are custom-designed, ultralow-noise, high-headroom preamps perfect for recording a wide variety of sources including vocals, drums, guitars, bass, piano, keyboards, guitars, synths, horns, orchestras, and choirs. Each preamp has its own level control knob on the front input to let you easily control the input gain of each one.

Inputs 1 and 2 of the FirePod can be switched between microphone or instrument level while inputs 3 thru 8 can be switched between microphone or line input. Phantom power (+48V) is available on every channel in groups of 4. Channels 1 and 2 feature fully balanced send and return TRS connectors on the rear of the rugged metal chassis for inserting outboard dynamics, EQ, and effects processors. The FIREPOD recording system has 8 balanced TRS line outputs as well as 2 balanced TRS main outputs and cue outputs for additional monitoring. 2 channels of S/PDIF input and output as well as MIDI input and output are also included.

The front-panel stereo headphone output and mix control lets you balance monitoring levels between mixed input and main output signals for zero-latency monitoring.

The FirePod comes ready-to-go with Steinberg's Cubase LE 48-track 24/96 recording software and is also compatible with many popular ASIO/WDM and Core Audio based applications.

Cubase LE is based on award-winning Cubase SX technology featuring 48 audio tracks, VST plug-ins, and full VSTi support. Cubase LE combines powerful audio and MIDI recording features with professional editing and effects. Cubase LE and all included plug-ins are compatible with both Mac and PC systems. Cubase LE is the perfect entry into professional recording software giving you the ability to produce professional-level recordings right-away and giving you a system that you can expand into the future!

  • High-speed FireWire network audio interface
  • Up to 96k sampling rate
  • 8 discrete microphone preamps (+60dB gain) with trim control
  • 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
  • Zero latency monitoring
  • Separate main and cue mix outputs
  • Minimum computer system requirements:
    OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP1
    Computer: Windows-compatible computer with FireWire port.
    CPU/Clock: Pentium, Athlon with 900MHz or higher (1.5GHz)
    Memory(RAM): 256MB (512MB recommended)
    OS: Mac OS X within CORE AUDIO - drivers now built into OS X 10.3.5
    Computer: Apple Macintosh series with onboard FireWire port.
    CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/800MHz or higher (G4/Dual 1 GHz recommended)
    Memory(RAM): 512MB or more
    Preamp Bandwidth: 10Hz to 50kHz
    Preamp Input Impedance: 1.3kOhms
    Instrument Input Impedance: 1Mohms
    Preamp THD : <0.005%
    Preamp EIN: -125dB
    Preamp Gain : 54dB
    Preamp Send Output Impedance: 51 ohms
    Preamp Return Input Impedance: 10kOhms
    Line Trim: +/-20dB
    Line Input Impedance: 10kOhms
    TRS Output Impedance: 51 Ohms
    TRS Main Outputs Impedance: 51 ohms
    TRS Cue Outputs Impedance: 51 ohms
    Headphone Output: 150mW/Ch 20Hz-20kHz
    Phantom Power: 48V +/- 2V
    Power Supply: Ext line Transformer, Internal Switching
    Analog to Digital Converters (ADC): 24 bit / (44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz)
    ADC Dynamic Range: 107dB
    DAC: 24 bit / up to 96kHz
    DAC: Dynamic Range 110dB
    IEEE1394 Speed: 400mbps
One year parts and labor warranty.

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Firepod! amazing peace of gear!

By Drew

from Mo

I bought a Firepod around a month ago. I researched equipment like this for months after wanting one of these for a couple of years. In all the research I did this was the best for the $$. I am blind and the way this thing is set up is very easy for me to use, for example, all the nobs and xlr/quarter inch input jacks are on the front pannel. The nobs click when turning allowing me to count how many clicks for memmory of a desired volume. Their is no onboard EQ so everything goes in flat. As far as sound quality, I have only run headphones from the firepod through the front pannels phones jack. The sound quality is unbelieveible through my Bo's headphones. As far as the quality of the inputs, I have run my Guild Songbird acoustic, my five string Sheckter Bass, and a fender Violin in direct through quarter inch. The only problems I found was with the bass hearing a slight high end ticking sound that is solved by running it through a direct box. I have miked my drum kit with eight mikes, my Roland qube guitar amp and vocals, and their all very clean. I experience very little change in quality from playback to Recording at 48000 KHZ. I haven't used the q bass software, so can't comment on that. I'm using Guitar Tracks 2/Pro and it works Great. Another nice feture about the Firepod is that you can link upto three giving many more channels for entire band recording projects. So you can use what you buy today without having to get used to an entire new interface set up. in concluding I love this unit and am glad I'm able to use it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By Jason

from Michigan

I bought my Firepod about a month ago and it is absolutely fantastic! I have been using it to work on my own demos, friends' projects and for live recording and it stands up in any situation superbly. Multichannel recording is one of the greatest joys in the world and the Firepod makes everything so easy. Going into a Mac running Ableton Live 5 and Cubase SX is so simple and sounds so good, I don't know if I'll ever have need for another interface, save if I go professional in a few years. I would love to buy two more and have a full 24 tracks to work with but the purse strings are tight. As are the mic preamps. Extremely clean with plenty of headroom. Even using a tube mic on long cable runs is no problem when I crank up the gain. All of my recordings are sounding wonderful and I couldn't ask for more, except for a power switch on the front. It does get annoying sometimes reaching around the back of a rack to find one power switch, but other than that, the Firepod is by far one of my favorite pieces of gear that I have ever purchased. My buddy owns a Digi002 Rack and envies all of the mic inputs on my Firepod. If you want to stay away from ProTools and use a great interface, pick the FIREPOD! It cannot be beat!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By DeadTheory

from West Covina, CA

I got the Firepod and it's awesome. I'm a newbie at recording. I have a garage band and we recorded our own demo with this. This is a great investment and very easy to use.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


put the firepod to work

By rhabanga

from Severn MD

First off, for the money best Digital I/O interface. 8 XLR's combo connection. Using the PreSounus Firepod for well over a year theres been zero latency. To that I say "Cheers". Once you pick this up you will have to upgrade to Cubase SX.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent for Quality Recording

By ApolloSC

from New York, NY

This piece of equipment will get you high quality recordings when used in conjuction with good mics and a good room acoustics. The pre-amps are really high quality and each track can be recorded as independent channels within your software. Pro-tools does not support this hardware but it can be used with other high quality software. I personally use Adobe Audition and it works great. Definitely a good buy. There shouldn't be a need to upgrade after buying this. Use it to record drums, guitar, vocals, and anything else. It includes phantom power option for condenser mics too.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great combo with Cubase

By Woody

from Garden City, MI

I have owned this device for about a year and have upgraded to Cubase SX3. It has done more for my homegrown stuff than I ever could have imagined. With some decent mikes and your imagination the sky is the limit. AMD3200-1gig ram-120mbhd 7200rpm,8mb cache-dual monitors.


Best Recording Interface!!!

By fivesixonesk8er

from Palm City, FL

I bought this about 2 years ago for my home studio and Wow! All the features I wanted were in it! From the 8 Built-In Pre-Amps to the SPIDIf in, its a great buy for an advance to novice recorder! The Cubase LE software is a Profesional Tool to get Great Sounding recordings and all effects built in!


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from fullerton CA,

this is a great interface,nice, but not super great mic pres.its a good Idea to get the Cubase upgrade , definitly worth its weight.


A Nice Interface

By RipThorn

from WA

The Presonus Firepod is one of the best computer recording interfaces on the market, in my opinion. It has 8 high quality mic preamps, MIDI capabilities, firewire connectivity and everything else that is needed to be able to make high quality audio recordings on a computer. I don't use the recording software that comes with it, but that is because I have a program that I have been using for a long time. I have heard rumors of problems with the Presonus clocks, but I have not heard even the slightest jitter in my signal. The firewire makes it nice because you just have to plug the thing in and away you go. If you want to use multiple units, you can stick them all in a rack and work that way and have as many input channels as you need. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking to start or expand a project or home studio.


Great peice of equipment

By Greg (Phelt)

from Myerstown, PA

The Fire pod is awesome. I just got it a couple of days ago, like 3 days. I loaded the drivers and had at it. I was amazed with the quality it gives of. I can't wait to start my projects. I give this Firepod 10 all the way to the top.

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