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PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface   (Used)

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Gives you professional I/O options, integrated mixing, and Class A preamps.

The FireStudio from PreSonus is a 26-in/26 out FireWire recording interface loaded with 8 of PreSonus' acclaimed mic preamps. It has MIDI, S/PDIF, word clock, and ADAT (dual SMUX) I/O plus a 36x18 DSP matrix routing mixer. Firestudio also gives you up to 26 simultaneous inputs and outputs. Combined with the speaker volume and mix control of the optional Monitor Station Remote (MSR), it gives your studio advanced digital capabilities.

You can easily think of the FireStudio as the big brother to the award-winning FirePod with more I/O, and adding the MSR (Monitor Station Remote) really upgrades your setup. The MSR is a complete surround-capable desktop remote control that gives you the ability to switch between Track, Mix, and Surround modes, as well as a talkback, dim, mute, mono, and dual headphone amplifiers. Track Mode delivers nine stereo mixes for monitoring in headphones during tracking, Mix Mode allows the user to switch between three sets of stereo monitors, and Surround Mode enables 5.1 surround control for mixing in surround sound. See the Recommended Accessories box below to add the MSR to your FireStudio order.

FireStudio Includes Studio One Artist - Plus Gigabytes of Creative Resources
The FireStudio is bundled with an exceptional software package, featuring PreSonus Studio One Artist, the amazing new DAW software for Mac OS X and Windows XP and Vista that 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.

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

Features

  • FireWire audio interface
  • 24-bit/96kHz sampling rate
  • 8 Class A mic preamps
  • 8-channel 96kHz ADAT I/O (dual SMUX)
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • Word clock I/O
  • 32x18 DSP matrix mixer/router

Mac and Windows compatibleMSR Features (optional)

  • Connects via cat-5 cable
  • Main speaker volume control
  • Two headphone amplifiers
  • Track Mode: 9 stereo mixes available during tracking
  • Mix Mode: switch between 3 sets of stereo monitors
  • Surround Mode: enables 5.1 surround
  • Switch between surround and stereo
  • Talkback, dim, mute, mono, and more

Studio One Artist

  • All-meat, no-bloat, music-creation software with an intuitive, practical, single-window interface
  • Unlimited tracks, insert effects, sends, virtual instruments, buses, and effects channels
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Full-featured, flexible automation
  • Powerful real-time auto/manual time-stretching and resampling engine
  • Control Link (advanced MIDI mapping made easy)
  • Twenty 32-bit Native Sound plug-ins, including reverbs, amp modeling, and EQ
  • Four new virtual instruments, including a sampler and an analog-type subtractive synth
  • Ability to control the software mixer in any FireStudio-series interface to create zero-latency cue mixes.

Ready to take your studio from project to professional? Order your FireStudio today!

 

FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface Specifications:

  • System Requirements:
  • Windows
  • Windows XP SP2 (32- or 64-bit) or later or Vista (32- or 64-bit; 64-bit requires driver version 3.4.1 or later)
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion) (2.5GHz or faster recommended)
  • 1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended)
  • Macintosh
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later (10.6 supported in driver version 3.4.2)
  • PowerPC G4 1.25GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
  • 1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended)
  • Windows and Macintosh Systems
  • IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Port
  • Internet connection recommended
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
  • Other Specs
  • Microphone Preamp (XLR Balanced)
  • All measurements Microphone Input to Direct Output
  • Frequency response (+0,- 0.5dB): 20Hz to 50KHz
  • Frequency response (+0/-3.0 dB): 20Hz to 150KHz
  • Input impedance: 1600Ω
  • THD+N (unwtd, 1KHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain); <0.003%
  • EIN (unwtd, 55dB Gain, 150Ω Input, 20Hz to 22KHz): -126dBu
  • S/N ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22KHz): >101dB
  • Common mode rejection ratio (1KHz, 55dB Gain): >55dB
  • Gain control range (±1dB): -6dB to 55dB
  • Maximum input level (Unity Gain, 1KHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +17dBu
  • Phantom power (± 2VDC): +48VDC
  • Instrument Input (1/4" TRS, Preamps 1 & 2)
  • Input impedance: 1 MegaΩ
  • Line Inputs (1/4" TRS, Preamps 3 to 8)
  • All measurements Line Input to Direct Output
  • Frequency response (+0,- 0.5dB): 20Hz to 50KHz
  • Frequency response (+0/-3.0 dB): 20Hz to 150KHz
  • Input impedance (Balanced): 10KΩ
  • THD+N (unwtd, 1KHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain): < 0.003%
  • S/N ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22KHz): >101dB
  • Gain control range (±1dB): -9dB to +12dB
  • Maximum input level (Unity Gain, 1KHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +23dBu
  • Insert Jacks (1/4" TRS)
  • Send Output impedance (Unbalanced, Ring): 51Ω
  • Return input impedance (Unbalanced, Tip): 10KOhm
  • Direct Outputs/DAC Outputs (1/4" TRS)
  • Output impedance (impedance Balanced): 51Ohm
  • Signal Level LEDs
  • Clip (± 0.5dBu): +18dBu
  • Digital Audio
  • ADC dynamic range (Awtd, 48KHz Sample Rate): 107dB
  • DAC dynamic range (Awtd, 48KHz Sample Rate): 110dB
  • Bit depth: 24
  • Reference level for 0dBFS: +18dBu
  • Digital audio output (2-Toslink Connectors, 8 channels): ADAT/SMUX
  • Digital audio input (2-Toslink Connectors, 8 channels): ADAT/SMUX
  • Internal sample frequency selections (KHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
  • External sample frequency inputs: BNC, ADAT (SMUX),SPDIF
  • BNC Word Clock output level (75Ω load): 4.5V
  • BNC Word Clock input level Range: 3.0 to 5.5V
  • Power
  • Input Voltage Range: 18 to 30VDC
  • Power Requirements (Continuous): 24W
  • DC Input Connector Type: 5.5mm OD/2.1mm ID Barrel, Center Positive
  • External Switching Power Supply: 90-230VAC/35W
  • Digital
  • Jitter: <20ps RMS, 20Hz-20kHz
  • Jitter Attenuation: >60dB, 1ns in=>1ps out
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PreSonusFireStudio FireWire Recording Interface
 
3.7

(based on 26 reviews)

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It works, but has SW issues on Mac OSX

The Presonus FireStudio hardware seems rock solid, very nice sounding preamps, low latency built in mixer, 8 full XLR/phono inputs, lots of output options.I added a Digimax FS to expand to 8...Read complete review

The Presonus FireStudio hardware seems rock solid, very nice sounding preamps, low latency built in mixer, 8 full XLR/phono inputs, lots of output options.I added a Digimax FS to expand to 8 more channels, worked like a charm. The base firewire driver works well with Logic Express, all the channels show up in the I/O configuration, and you can do many flexible things. I recorded band practice one night, 16 full channels 16 bit 44 khz into my Macbook Pro for about 3 hours steady, no dropouts, no problem.The Quality issue I have is not with the hardware, or the core driver, it's with the "Control Panel" software to set up the unit. You are supposed to be able to label all your inputs and mixes and save them away for later recall. The input naming only works while it is powered up and connected. The input names don't stay around, and are not restored with the save/restore feature. The mix names get partially lost if you power it down, (some come back, some reset to factory - randomly) but at least the restore mix from file feature works. This buggy mixer control software means I would not trust it to use in a live situation as a digital mixer. For recording, the software does the job. Hopefully Presonus clean up the Mac control software and give this great hardware the software quality to match.

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Not worth the Hassle

Let me start by saying this, when working, this unit is great. The preamps are very nice and loud, you rarely have to turn them up past 1/2 on most mics. ...Read complete review

Let me start by saying this, when working, this unit is great. The preamps are very nice and loud, you rarely have to turn them up past 1/2 on most mics. It worked fine on my PC(vista) with Sonar, worked great with my MacBook Pro (Logic and Protools). Drivers are easy to download and the firewire is very quick. Those are the pros, the cons start with not having a pad button or phantom power option (even though all inputs have phantom power already). The unit stopped working after 7 months and the real horror story is the so called Tech Suppport, which consists of a couple of young guys sitting in a room, not doing there jobs. When you call you usually get a busy tone, then when you get through your on hold for at least 10 minutes minimum ( i was on hold for 26 minutes the other day). They Tech team dosen't seem to know much about the products and try as hard as possible not to help you. It took me four days to even get through. Don't bother with this product, go with the MOTU 8pre instead (it's cheaper) and built better. Presonus has great preamps but if only the company even pretended like it cared about it's customers.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT, if you get it working properly.

By Drums1225

from New York, USA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Sensitive To Power Surges

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Live Drum Tracks
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

The Firestudio 2626 (as it's now called), coupled with a Digimax FS, form the foundation of my project studio and teaching studio. I am a professional musician and private music teacher, and my recording system gets used every day for several hours. I've had my Firestudio 2626 since, I believe, 2007. It has served me well, but on two occasions, I had to send it back for repairs (at my expense) because it stopped syncing with my Windows 7 system. Both times were after power surges caused by a short power outage. I leave my computer and my interfaces on 24/7, so maybe it's time to re-think this. Both times, the unit came back and worked perfectly and synced instantly, the second I plugged it in.

I also have a Firestudio Mobile that I've used as backup while the FS 2626 was out for repairs, so fortunately, my only down time was re-assigning inputs and outputs in my DAW (Cubase 6.5) to reflect the differences between the 2626 and Mobile.

These units are easy to use and sound great. I would have given this unit 5 stars except for the two times it stopped working. The other Presonus units in my signal chain have weathered power outages/surges with no issues.

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't TRUST IT!

By Buzz

from Jacksonville, NC

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No support
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

Have owned this device for three + years. As with the FP-10, they tell me that it was the wrong firewire device (4 differing devices and 3 computers later IT STILL DOES NOT WORK). It worked with XP. When I upgraded to Vista it took them a year to get the drivers right. It never has worked with windows 7.

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(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Presonus Makes Garbage

By Dow Jones

from Undisclosed

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

I spent $700 on this Firestudio at my local Guitar Center about 3 years ago. Since that time I have used this thing about 10 times. I would use it much more but the drivers don't work consistently enough to rely on this for studio projects.

After things got busy at work, I had to stop using it for about 6 months. I came back to use it with the same computer and exact same set up and the software didn't work. I have called their tech support and waited for an hour and a half with no answer. If you email them it takes about a week for a response asking for more information from you.

Recently I upgraded my computer and the Firestudio won't work with Windows 7. I expect when I spend this much money on a product, it will work with a brand new computer without problems. Presonus is glorified trash.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It works, but has SW issues on Mac OSX

By Gord Wait

from Vancouver BC

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

The Presonus FireStudio hardware seems rock solid, very nice sounding preamps, low latency built in mixer, 8 full XLR/phono inputs, lots of output options.I added a Digimax FS to expand to 8 more channels, worked like a charm. The base firewire driver works well with Logic Express, all the channels show up in the I/O configuration, and you can do many flexible things. I recorded band practice one night, 16 full channels 16 bit 44 khz into my Macbook Pro for about 3 hours steady, no dropouts, no problem.The Quality issue I have is not with the hardware, or the core driver, it's with the "Control Panel" software to set up the unit. You are supposed to be able to label all your inputs and mixes and save them away for later recall. The input naming only works while it is powered up and connected. The input names don't stay around, and are not restored with the save/restore feature. The mix names get partially lost if you power it down, (some come back, some reset to factory - randomly) but at least the restore mix from file feature works. This buggy mixer control software means I would not trust it to use in a live situation as a digital mixer. For recording, the software does the job. Hopefully Presonus clean up the Mac control software and give this great hardware the software quality to match.

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5.0

No issues!!

By modest_in_oly

from Olympia

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

Tons of IO, rack mountable, drivers work great.Never an issue with this product...have used it on countless systems over the last year dragged all over the place and never a problem other than a faulty firewire port on a mobo. I have a TI approved card I threw in and worked flawlessly.I think most issues are system and mainly hardware related....the 1 pc in question was built with VERY good products, it all boiled down to the faulty firewire on the mother board.

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4.0

Sounds great, once you get it working right...

By Cameron

from Fort Collins, CO

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Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

I've ran into a lot of problems with the firestudio in the past. Most of it was driver issues and going through 5 firewire cards before I caved in and bought an Avid approved TI chipset card. Once it got over it's random driver communication issues it worked great, and sounded amazing. But only at 44.1 or 48 khz sample rates. When I step up to double rates I get the same problem as others have stated, constant pops/clicks and dropouts. The weird thing is that this is only in the D/A converters because the clicks arent in the monitor sends, just the mains out. But it is serious enough that it also causes dropping out constantly in a DAW. If you are only planning on recording at base sample rates then the firestudio is awesome, just make sure to use new drivers and a TI firewire card. But if you ever plan on doing HD recording it's the luck of the draw.

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4.0

Very poor support

By styphon

from Buffalo, NY

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

At present (5/23/10) the current drivers will NOT work for 96khz in a 32bit or 64bit windows OS unless you love constant clicking/stuttering under even 1 track and no VST's loaded.If you roll back to software version 1.1, firmware version 216, it will support 96khz audio without any skipping/clicking in 32bit windows system

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4.0

Useless in 64bit system

By styphon

from Buffalo, NY

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

At present (5/23/10) the current drivers will NOT work for 96khz in a 32bit or 64bit windows OS unless you love constant clicking/stuttering under even 1 track and no VST's loaded.If you roll back to presonus software version 1.1, firmware version 216, it will support 96khz audio without any skipping/clicking in 32bit windows system

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big step up

By AudioServant

from Tyler, TX

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

My last interface was a Digi002. The Firestudio sounds ten times better and is actually more expandable. I'm using the Firestudio on a Quad Core running Windows 7. Make sure you check Presonus site for compatible chipsets. I see others have had problems but it works perfectly for me. I also love the fact you can daisy chain two of them. (not that I need to but it's nice to see that you can)

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Excellent Hardware - HORRIBLE Software

By Anonymous-Qb7rG

from United States

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

I purchased the Firestudio about a year ago. To this day I have not been able to get it to work properly. I've built two custom computers, one with a quad-core processor and 8 GB of RAM, and tested it on two additional computers. I've spent a great deal of time, energy, and money trying to fix the problems I've encountered with this product. I've had it sent in to PreSonus 3 times for repairs. The "repairs" took 2 months, and when I received it back they had LITERALLY done nothing to fix it. They said that they tested it on three systems and that it worked fine. Recently, they admitted that proper testing may have been overlooked due to a busy time of the year. After nearly a year of protest, frustration, and anger, they've finally CONSIDERED acknowledging that they may have "failed to notice" a problem with their drivers. Indeed they! Take a look at these threads on their forums:http://forums.presonus.com/showthread.php?t=8229&highlight=clicks+popshttp://forums.presonus.com/showthread.php?t=12996http://forums.presonus.com/showthread.php?t=1263There are countless others.You, the customer, are probably thinking that this is specific to my system? Let me be the first to warn you that it is not. My systems have far exceeded the requirements provided by PreSonus, and the problems that I have encountered are not isolated cases (although they would like to claim that they are). The hardware on the PreSonus Firestduio is outstanding for the price; unfortunately their drivers are exceptionally poor in quality. They are quite simply not compatible with all systems. Do yourself a favor and quickly browse through some more of the threads in the PreSonus techsupport forums BEFORE you even consider buying this. An excellent piece of hardware such as this is completely useless without working drivers.Please save yourself the time and wasted energy, and purchase a product from another company. You will regret any purchase from PreSonus, and I would like to personally tell you that I will never purchase a product from them again.

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