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The FireStudio Tube is a complete 24-bit/96kHz professional FireWire recording system loaded with a comprehensive combination of inputs and outputs for bands, producers, musicians, and engineers to produce commercial-quality recordings.Note:As of 5/26/09, you can make your FireStudio Tube 64-bit compatible via a PreSonus web update.Two SuperChannel...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The FireStudio Tube is a complete 24-bit/96kHz professional FireWire recording system loaded with a comprehensive combination of inputs and outputs for bands, producers, musicians, and engineers to produce commercial-quality recordings.

Note:As of 5/26/09, you can make your FireStudio Tube 64-bit compatible via a PreSonus web update.

Two SuperChannels - Tube Preamplifiers with Limiter

The front panel of the FireStudio Tube is loaded with two "SuperChannels" featuring Class-A vacuum tube microphone and instrument preamplifiers, along with full-featured analog limiters.

The tube preamplifiers use a high gain, military grade 12AX7 tube for maximum gain, low noise, and high headroom. Neutrik combo connectors allow both XLR microphone input and hi-Z instrument input. Preamp controls include preamp gain and tube drive to achieve a wide range of sounds from smooth, clean and clear, to warm tube saturation. An 80Hz high pass filter is also located on the front panel to remove room rumble and unwanted lows.

The FireStudio Tube's Limiter features a VCA-based, ultra-fast RMS and peak detection circuit used in the award-winning DigiMax 96K, delivering the most musical limiter available; able to catch the fastest transients eliminating the possibility of clipping during recording while maintaining musicality. Controls for the Limiter include Threshold and Gain make-up as well as an in/out button.

Fast-acting LED metering on the front panel displays preamp input and limiter gain reduction for the two tube SuperChannels.

Perfect I/O for Music Production

The FireStudio Tube delivers all the analog I/O needed for professional recording sessions, featuring 16 analog inputs including two tube SuperChannels on the front panel, as well as eight Class-A XMAX microphone preamplifiers and six balanced TRS line inputs on the rear panel. Outputs include eight balanced TRS outputs and PreSonus' signature ultra loud and clear headphone output. MIDI I/O is also included on the rear panel for MIDI instruments, keyboards, and controllers. The FireStudio Tube's combination of microphone, instrument, and line inputs is perfect for a band to simultaneously record drums, bass, guitar, vocals, and keyboards without any additional preamplifiers.

DSP Mixer/Router
The FireStudio Tube includes PreSonus' 16x10 FireControl mixer/router delivering up to five zero-latency custom monitor mixes easily and quickly.

Digital Converters and JetPLL Sync

The FireStudio Tube touts A/D/A converters with a dynamic range of over 114dB for unbelievable clarity as well as synchronization using patented JetPLL jitter reduction technology. JetPLL incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio band jitter, ensuring the highest converter performance possible, resulting in better stereo separation and clearer more transparent audio. It 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.

ProPak Software Suite

As with all PreSonus recording systems, the FireStudio Tube includes a complete suite of software featuring 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, along with a number of third-party plug-ins, loops, samples, and virtual instruments delivering a complete music production solution.


  • 24-bit/96kHz FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • 16 inputs/10 outputs simultaneous record/playback channels
  • 2 SuperChannels (tube microphone/instrument preamplifier with analog limiter)
  • 8 XMAX microphone preamplifiers
  • 2 PreSonus microphone/instrument preamplifiers
  • 8 balanced TRS line outputs
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • 16 x 10 FireControl DSP mixer/router
  • JetPLL Sync for improved imaging and clarity
  • High performance A/D/A converters (114 dynamic range)
  • Windows and Macintosh compatible
  • ProPak Software Suite including Studio One Artist music creation and recording system
  • 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
    System Requirements
    • Win: Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista Athlon 900MHz (1.5 GHz or higher recommended) 1Gb RAM (more recommended)
    • Mac: MacOS X 10.4.x or later (10.5 supported with driver update), PowerPC G4/Dual 1GHz or faster, all Intel-based Mac models, 1Gb RAM (more recommended)
    • Both: IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Port, Internet connection, DVD-ROM drive, Internal or external 7200RPM storage drive is highly recommended
    • Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) that you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals.
    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
    Microphone Preamp 1-8 (XLR Balanced)
    • Type: XLR Female Balanced
    • Frequency response (±0.5dB): 20Hz to 50kHz
    • Frequency response (±3.0dB): 20 Hz to 150 kHz
    • Input impedance (Balanced): 1600 ohm
    • THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz at +4 dBu output, unity gain: < 0.0003%
      EIN (unwtd, 55dB gain, 150 ohm input, 20Hz to 22kHz: -126 dBu
    • S/N Ratio (unity gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22kHz): > 101dB
    • Common Mode rejection ratio (1kHz, 55 dB gain): > 55dB
    • Gain control range (±1dB): -4 dB to 50dB
    • Maximum input level (unity gain, 1kHz at 0.5% THD+N): +14dBu
    • Phantom power (±2 VDC): +48 VDC
    Instrument input
    • Type: 1/4" TS
    • Input impedance: 1 megohm
    Preamps 15 & 16
    • Gain reduction: -16 to +20 dB
    • ThD+N (unwtd, 1KHz at +4dBu Output, Unity Gain): <.2%
      Limiter: 0 to -18dBu
    • Gain control (+/-1dB): +4dB to +58dB
    80Hz filter: < 0.0003%
    Line inputs 9-14 (1/4" TRS)
    • Frequency response (+0,- 0.5dB): 20Hz to 50kHz
    • Frequency response (+0/-3.0 dB): 20Hz to 150kHz
    • Input impedance (Balanced): 10 KOhm
    • THD+N (unwtd, 1KHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain): < 0.003%
      S/N Ratio (unity gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22KHz): >101dB
    • Maximum Input Level (unity gain, 1KHz at 0.5% THD+N): +20dBu
    Headphone output
    • Type: TRS active stereo
    • Maximum output: 150 mW/CH at 60 ohm Load
    • Frequency response (±1.0 dB): 10Hz - 70kHz
    Digital audio
    • ADC dynamic range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114dB
    • DAC dynamic range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114dB
    • Bit depth: 24
    • Reference level for 0dBFS: +10dBu
    • Internal sample frequency selections (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
    • Jitter specification: <20ps RMS, 20Hz-20kHz
      Jitter attenuation: >60dB; 1ns in approx.1ps out
    • Input connector type: IEC
    • Input voltage range: 90 to 240 VAC
    • Power requirements (Continuous): 20W
    Pro Coverage
    Manufacturer's Warranty
    One year parts and labor warranty.

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    Great piece of gear!!!

    By Luis Hernandez

    from Fl

    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    I acquired this interface 6 mos. ago. I'm incredibly happy with this. I used this for drums and I don't need anything else. It covers everything and covers all my needs. 16 channel inputs and 10 of them XLR's @2 of them super channels with limiters. I used this for my snare drum top and bottom . I recommend this this with my eyes closed!

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