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:

¢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.

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

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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It's just simply a winner


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Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

The Firestudio Project lies right in the middle of a pretty competitive market; lots of options available for recording today. I didn't rush into this purchase, there was a lot of research done and I just have to say that I couldn't have been more impressed with the Firestudio Project.

I can't remember the last time that I took a driver disc, installed it (less than 4MB by the way), plugged the device in and it worked from the get go. There weren't any 100MB applications running in my system tray, my editing application recognized the device immediately and it sounds phenomenal.

PreSonus produces well made equipment that feels substantial. The knobs have a very precise feel, absolutely no noise or jumpiness in levels. The ability to adjust my control room monitor speakers and headphones seperately are great for voice work. The ability to route any audio to 8 discrete outputs was fantastic for adding a telephone hybrid.

And it comes with Studio1. I haven't even gotten into that. You can't find a better made product in this price point in my opinion.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Firewire Interface


from Seattle WA

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

I've owned my Firestudio Project for about 9 months. This is a very good product. The preamps are very high quality, noise free and accurate. I have heard some reports that this product only works with certain brands of Firewire chips. But, I have had no issues with the Firewire port built into the Gateway laptop that I use with this product. I do not use the Cubase LE software that was included. I use Multitrack Studio from Bremmers Audio. It works just fine with this software. The drivers are now out that allow daisy-chaining of these units. I am seriously considering getting another and chaining them together. I definitely can recommend this product.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Instant gratifacation


from Gulfport, MS

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

Well I play in a band and decided to pick up this little bad boy because I was sick of the lack luster quality of our music. I got it installed the drivers, and plugged it in, and it was instant clarity, low latency jams! our singer has never sounded so clear, our drums came across as if I were in a multimillion dollar studio. Nothing but praise for this unit! The only thing i had to do was unistall some stuff off my computer because it couldn't handle all 8 tracks at one time. Once I freed up some spaces it ran like a dream

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