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10x6 mobile FireWIre interface with XMAX mic preamps, digital conversion, JetPLL Sync, and more.

The PreSonus FireStudio Mobile Recording System combines the superior analog-circuit design and advanced platform technology of PreSonus' acclaimed FireStudio rackmount interfaces with the ability to run on bus power in field applications. Now you can have enhanced audio performance for music recording and creation anywhere you can lug your laptop.

The FireStudio Mobile is a 10-input, 6-output professional audio recording system that combines 2 PreSonus XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers; 6 line-level, analog input channels; S/PDIF digital input and output; MIDI I/O; and headphone monitoring with separate gain control. The FireStudio Mobile gives you tons of flexibility and a high input count making it possible to record a whole band. It's also bundled with PreSonus Studio One Artist, a groundbreaking music creation program, and over 4GB of virtual instruments, plug-ins, loops, and samples to get you started making music immediately.

True 48-Volt Phantom Power-Even When Powered By Your Laptop
Here's a dirty little secret: bus-powered mobile interfaces from other manufacturers deliver much less than the full 48 volts of phantom power that is specified by microphone manufacturers. This means even the finest condenser microphone can't work at optimal internal gain levels, potentially compromising sound quality even before the signal gets to the mic preamp. To get around this, the PreSonus' team of engineers created an "internal switching power plant" that lets the PreSonus FireStudio Mobile convert computer bus power into a full 48 volts of phantom power, as well as delivering 30 volts to power the superb mic preamps you'll read about next.

XMAX Class A Preamplifiers to Go
PreSonus knows that the mic preamplifier is a key component in the sonic quality of a recording. The FireStudio Mobile includes custom-designed, high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers that are suitable for use with all types of microphones. The job of a microphone preamplifier in an audio interface is to boost a microphone-level signal to line level before conversion to the digital domain. A good preamp boosts the level to almost 400 times that of the original signal, making the preamp one of the most important stages in an interface. With XMAX preamps, the sonic quality is limited only by what microphone you plug into it.

XMAX preamplifiers are built with 3 key elements:
High Voltage-The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. These higher-voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound.

Discrete components, not op-amps-PreSonus uses genuine transistors, resistors, and capacitors. Op-amps add noise, coloration, and harshness to a signal. The PreSonus' discrete design delivers ultralow noise and transparency.

Class A-Class A circuits have no crossover distortion and deliver purer, clearer, and more musical results than the Class AB designs that are more common in other preamps.

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and-most important-musicality and transparency, with smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.

On the Front
A pair of 3-LED level/clip indicators let you check the signal levels for channels 1 and 2, and a button enables 48V phantom power for the 2 mic channels. Also on the front panel are gain knobs for the 2 mic/instrument inputs and for the main stereo outputs and a stereo headphone output with gain knob. Gain for the mic inputs ranges from -10dB to +70dB; the high-impedance instrument inputs range from -30dB to +50dB of gain. Finally, a power/sync indicator LED shows whether the FireStudio Mobile is receiving adequate power and is correctly receiving word clock.

Ins and Outs
For a compact, portable unit, the FireStudio Mobile is loaded with I/O. It starts with a pair of combination XLR/TS mic/instrument jacks, which are in the inputs for channels 1 and 2. The XLR mic inputs are routed to the aforementioned XMAX solid-state mic preamplifiers. The high-impedance, TS instrument inputs let you plug guitars or basses directly into the front panel.

On the back are 6 more balanced, 1/4" line level inputs for channels 3 through 8, plus a DB9 connector that accepts a breakout cable (included) to provide stereo S/PDIF digital I/O and MIDI I/O. You get 2 FireWire 400 ports: one port connects to your computer, and the other can be used to connect a hard drive or to daisy-chain any FireStudio-family interface allowing you to integrate the FireStudio Mobile into a larger system.

Digital Converters and JetPLL Sync
PreSonus FireStudio Mobile's A/D/A converters have a dynamic range of 118dB for unbelievable clarity. Synchronization to your computer is stable and robust, thanks to JetPLL synchronization technology. JetPLL incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio-band jitter, ensuring near-perfect clock performance and optimal converter performance when networking two or more digital-audio devices. JetPLL quickly locks to any digital format through a wide range of frequencies and is extremely robust and tolerant of wide variations in clock frequencies. As a result, you'll experience better stereo separation and clearer, more transparent audio.

Universal Control
Like all members of the PreSonus FireStudio family, the FireStudio Mobile comes bundled with Universal Control software. Universal Control is a powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use control-panel application that allows you to daisy-chain up to 4 FireStudio family devices for a maximum of up to 52 inputs and outputs (assuming your computer can handle that many tracks).

Universal Control consists of the Launch window and the Device window. In the Launch window, you can set the sample rate, clock source, safe mode, buffer size (PC only), and WDM routing (PC only) for all connected FireStudio Mobile-series interfaces. Each device is listed at the bottom of the window, along with Device Window buttons that open each interface's Device window.

The Device window provides level and routing controls for each FireStudio-series interface's internal mixer, enabling you to set up zero-latency cue mixes. Input and output metering have been optimized for ultrafast screen display and minimum CPU usage, and you can give each interface a custom name. You can use any device in the chain as the master clock source, or you can slave the entire chain to an external digital device using any of the available digital inputs in the chain.

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.

FEATURES
  • The first mobile interface with PreSonus' renowned studio-interface audio quality
  • Plug-and-play, high-speed FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394)
  • 24-bit resolution with 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz sampling rates
  • Record/playback 10 inputs and 6 outputs
  • 2 XMAX PreSonus microphone/instrument preamplifiers with true 48V phantom power for condenser mics
  • 8 line inputs, 2 line outputs
  • Stereo S/PDIF and MIDI input/output ” DB9 break-out cable included
  • Zero-latency monitoring
  • Headphone output with gain control
  • Software router/mixer
  • Powered via FireWire bus or using included power supply
  • Windows- (32- and 64-bit) and Macintosh-compatible
  • Universal Control control-panel software
  • DICE II Chipset ” extremely efficient data transfer
  • JetPLL ” jitter-elimination technology
  • Road-rugged construction
  • Shockproof, reinforced metal chassis
  • Silky-smooth, sealed rotary controls
  • Military-grade circuit board
  • Chassis-mounted input/output sockets resist strain from jacks
  • Full shielding from external interference
  • Daisy-chainable with the PreSonus FireStudio family of products
  • Full version of Studio One Artist multitrack-recording software and bundled extras:
  • Easy integration with no setup or configuration
  • 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 realtime auto/manual time-stretching and resampling engine
  • Control Link (advanced MIDI mapping made easy)
  • 20 - 32-bit Native Sound plug-ins, including reverbs, amp modeling, and EQ
  • 4 virtual instruments, including a sampler and an analog-type subtractive synth
  • Ability to control FireStudio Mobile's software mixer to create zero-latency cue mixes
SPECIFICATIONS

FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System

  • System Requirements
    Windows:
    OS: Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista
    CPU/Clock: or Athlon 900MHz (1.5GHz or higher recommended)
    Memory(RAM): 1GB (more recommended)

    Macintosh:
    OS: Mac OS X 10.4.x or later (10.5 supported with driver update)
    CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/Dual 1GHZ or faster, all Intel-based Mac models
    Memory(RAM): 1GB (more recommended)

    Windows and Macintosh Systems:
    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.

    Monitor resolution for both PC and Macintosh should be no lower than 1024 x 768 pixels.

    System Requirements for Studio One Artist
    Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher, PowerPC G4 1.25GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5GHz 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

    Known compatible and incompatible hardware
    Microphone preamp (XLR Balanced)
    Frequency response (+0, -0.5 dB): 20Hz to 50kHz
    Frequency response (+0/-3.0dB): 20Hz to 150kHz
    Input impedance: 1.6 kOhms
    THD + N (unwtd, 1kHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain): < 0.008%
    EIN (unwtd, 55dB Gain, 150? Input, 20Hz to 22kHz): ”130dBu
    S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22kHz): >101dB
    Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1kHz, 55dB Gain): >55dB
    Gain Control Range (± 1dB): ”10dB to 70dB
    Maximum Input level (Unity Gain, 1kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +14 dBu
    Phantom Power (± 2 VDC): +48 VDC

    Instrument Input: (1/4" TRS, Channels 1 & 2)
    Type: TS Female Unbalanced
    Input Impedance: 1 MOhms

    Main Outputs:
    Type: 1/4" TRS Impedance Balanced
    Output Impedance: 51Ohms

    Headphone Output
    Type: 1/4" TRS Active Stereo
    Maximum Output: 150 mW/CH @ 60 Ohm Load
    Frequency Response: 10Hz-70kHz

    Digital Audio:
    FireWire (IEEE 1394) Speed: 400 Mbps
    ADC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48kHz): 118dB
    DAC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48kHz): 118dB
    Bit Depth: 24 bits
    Reference Level for 0 dBFS: +10dBu
    Internal Sample Frequency Selections: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz

    Clock:
    Jitter: <20 ps RMS (20Hz-20kHz)
    Jitter Attenuation: >60dB (1 ns in => 1 ps out)

    Power:
    Bus Power: 6-pin FireWire 400 or FireWire 800
    Optional power supply available from vendor (card with details included in box)

    Dimensions (WxHxD): 5.5" x 1.75" x 5.5"/ 139.7 mm x 44.5 mm x 139.7 mm
    Weight: 4.5 lb./2 kg
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PreSonusFireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lives up to its name

I've been using the original FireStudio for a little while now, and I really liked it. My latest project features several vocalists as well as ambient sounds from around my home town. As...Read complete review

I've been using the original FireStudio for a little while now, and I really liked it. My latest project features several vocalists as well as ambient sounds from around my home town. As a result, I've done a lot of traveling with the big FireStudio and it got a little cumbersome. I ordered the FireStudio Mobile because it looked like it would better fit my needs for this project. I had some waterfall sounds I wanted to record, and thanks to this unit I didn't have to hike 5 miles through the woods with my other FireStudio and the bus powered phantom power let me uses a condenser (which actually turned out pretty bad because I dropped my bag and broke my favorite condenser mic, I think my 58 might have held up a little better).Also, It makes it much easier to get with my vocalists. I get this, a mic, my laptop, and a firewire cable and we can lay down tracks in their kitchen. Its pretty awesome.I would recommend this item to anyone who wouldn't have a problem with the fact that it has eight inputs bet only two preamps, so they can't record a full band without some mic preamps.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not ready for Snow Leopard

This is a well constructed and great sounding unit. It has nice features and nice solid build. The caution is that right now as of March 2010 there are no release drivers for either...Read complete review

This is a well constructed and great sounding unit. It has nice features and nice solid build. The caution is that right now as of March 2010 there are no release drivers for either Windows 7 or OSX Snow Leopard. So if you are using a new computer or have upgraded your software, check the PreSonus site for release drivers first. My experience is that the FireStudio Mobile is not functional on my MacBook Pro running OS X Snow Leopard

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Small and Portable Interface

By Derek-NMEON

from los angeles

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

If you want something that is small but has amazing sound, get this box. It has a better sound than Apogee Duet except you get six extra line inputs as well as two mic inputs. And it also is built like a tank. I use it with both a mac and pc and the drivers worked on both of my computers without a hitch. The meters are also sweet looking. Studio One is great but you probably want to upgrade to the Pro version.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lives up to its name

By Jonathan Hooper

from Baton Rouge, La

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Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

I've been using the original FireStudio for a little while now, and I really liked it. My latest project features several vocalists as well as ambient sounds from around my home town. As a result, I've done a lot of traveling with the big FireStudio and it got a little cumbersome. I ordered the FireStudio Mobile because it looked like it would better fit my needs for this project. I had some waterfall sounds I wanted to record, and thanks to this unit I didn't have to hike 5 miles through the woods with my other FireStudio and the bus powered phantom power let me uses a condenser (which actually turned out pretty bad because I dropped my bag and broke my favorite condenser mic, I think my 58 might have held up a little better).Also, It makes it much easier to get with my vocalists. I get this, a mic, my laptop, and a firewire cable and we can lay down tracks in their kitchen. Its pretty awesome.I would recommend this item to anyone who wouldn't have a problem with the fact that it has eight inputs bet only two preamps, so they can't record a full band without some mic preamps.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great interface

By QB

from Indianapolis

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Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

I've used many interfaces in this price range (Saffire, Fast Track Ultra, Firebox, EMU 1616m). The Firestudio mobile installed within minutes on my Windows XP sp2 machine. Sound quality is great. Preamp's are alot stronger than the Firebox's. Driver seems stable. It also gives you tons of inputs for the price. This is the best interface I've tried in this price range. Highly recommended

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality Unit

By Cindy Gabriel

from Kansas City,Mo.

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

I use a Digitech GSP1101 to run into the firestudio mobile and it works great for me.The included Studio One (Artist) software is an added bonus but you will want to upgrade to get VST/Rewire support.The mic preamps on this unit sound very good.......i would buy this product again if it was ever stolen.............You can't go wrong buying this product............

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Sound, Low Price

By ManicMonkey3

from Leesburg, Virginia

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Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

I bought this to replace my Firebox. I bought it at GC with the idea that I'd compare it and if it wasn't better than the Firebox, I'd return it. I am keeping it. The sound is far superior to the Firebox. My vocals sound loud and clear and cut through the mix better. The mids feel more solid and the bass is also tighter. I had some problems installing it, but I went into the device manager and found a (!) next to the device. I deleted the Firestudio and had Windows redetect it on restart. The drivers were reinstalled and now it works fine. I had the noise issue until I used the AC adapter. I have a Dell desktop with an i7 and the Firewire was noisy. I bought a separate Firewire card and the noise got quieter but didn't go away. Then I tried the AC and the noise was gone. The Firewire card went back to the store. The only devices I've used are this, the Firebox and the EMU 0404, but this is the best by far sound wise. I use Cubase SX3, an LA610 pre, Shure beta58a and sm86 mics, a GT55 mic, Waves plugins, GTR3, Amp Farm and Ampeg amp mods.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome Interface

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

For the price. You cant beat this. However, there are no effects send/return so you have to submix through a mixer (i.e autotune). But thats the only reason i cant give it 5 stars. this is a must buy!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

in love with presonus

By MountEverest

from New England

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Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

We recorded our last record through a higher end presonus interface and it was easy to use and sounded great, so when the guy who owns it left the band I went shopping for a presonus interface of my own. I couldn't afford what we had before but I wanted a lot of inputs. Eight analog ins is just enough, and other gear that I've already got makes up for the lack of preamps on the majority of the channels. The preamps on the first two channels sound great. The whole thing is super quiet. Works perfectly with my DAW (logic 9). I love the portability of it; it fits in my laptop case. I took off a point for features because its light on outputs which I can foresee becoming inconvenient at some time in the future. I also took off half a point on quality because when I run it on bus power instead of the power adapter I hear a hiss. Its easily solved with the power adapter and there's a chance that its a problem with my fire-wire port and not the interface at all. Great interface. love mine. Buy it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little interface.

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

    I have a Presonus' StudioLive 16.4.2 so I am familiar with how these preamps sound, and this unit is on par with the StudioLive. This is a great unit if you're on the go, or just need to lay down a quick track or two. It's very easy to use and the recorded signal is nice and clean.

    (3 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Mr.been jammin

    By MICHAEL TALBERT

    from Arkansas

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    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

    I hope I... learn how to run it!!!
    If you buy this studio you better be ready to do some serious study to learn how to use it~!
    Seems good do far but hard to operate.
    The price is always too high.

    (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Response to what's with the MIDI?

    By Zach-OnpI_

    from Springfield, MO

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    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10x6 FireWire Recording System:

    The MIDI on the back of this model refers to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). Mostly USB has replaced this, but this connection allows for earlier controllers to be connected to the device, a VERY important feature if you've bought products or plan to use older products.

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