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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.

Features

  • 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

Put a FireStudio at the center of your projects. Order now!

 

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
  • Power
  • 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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PreSonusFireStudio Project Recording Interface
 
4.0

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (7)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Amateur recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Still going strong 4 years later...

    Ok. In my first review I'd mentioned how to ensure you had no PC / technical problems with this unit. I have now used this unit on 2 different PCs, Windows XP and...Read complete review

    Ok. In my first review I'd mentioned how to ensure you had no PC / technical problems with this unit. I have now used this unit on 2 different PCs, Windows XP and Windows 7. I am still loving it. Here's why:

    This unit is great. I use Sonar 8.5.1 Producer for my DAW. KRK RockIt Monitors and a Beringher headphone amp. Add a bunch of mics and cables and that is my setup.

    I updated the drivers and firmware when possible. The only problem I have is sometimes the main volume pot gets noisy when turning, but after a few rolls, it is clean.

    I still like the detents on the gain knobs and on-board meters. This saves you so much time when you are getting levels. I now totally understand the Universal Control software and I also have mastered the DAW software and even after all this time, I still use a similar configuration to the one I used in the first months.

    No pops, clicks, etc. I let this unit run for 30 minute tracks when I am loop-layer-tracking multiple takes and no beef.

    I cannot understand where the bad reviews come from on the popular recording sites. I use these "real people" reviews to help decide what I am going to buy, and based on the reviews, I may not not bought this unit. Thankfully, my friend had one and demo'd it and I was impressed. I have not regretted my purchase at all. I want to get another unit, but I am looking to get it used.

    I don't know what I can say that will make you feel comfortable about this unit. The price is outstanding. I can add this: USE GOOD XLR CONNECTORS! I had some popping and stuff on my snare mic and tom mic and it turns out that it was a loose (bad) XLR connector. I bought some Neutrik China knockoffs and re-terminated my cables and they are awesome now.

    This is a great device. The quality is amazing.

    I am a computer professional and very technically savvy, so I experienced no technical issues because I ensured I had no DPC latency before using the unit (read my old review - it covers this information).

    Presonus recommends that you use a texas Instruments firewire chipset, but my current PC is a AMD-based 4core with some no-name firewire chipset and it has no problems running this box.

    I guess if I could wish for anything with this unit, I wish this unit was USB and not firewire as it is very hard to find a cheap laptop with firewire in 2013.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great product when it works. Flaky TechS

    My Love/Hate Relationship with Presonus.
    I just picked up my third Firestudio Project unit. I started with one a few years ago as a trial, expanded to a second unit a year...Read complete review

    My Love/Hate Relationship with Presonus.
    I just picked up my third Firestudio Project unit. I started with one a few years ago as a trial, expanded to a second unit a year later and now a third is trying to get into the action. And I'm remembering how much of a hassle the first two were to set up...

    Countless hours, days even, trying to get the units to cascade. Conflicting information from Presonus about serial ID numbers (they must be connected consecutively - or not?).
    Losing other computer audio functionality...

    Basically I had the first two finally working where I wanted them, and added the third for the additional tracking capability. However, doing so has sent my entire system into a tailspin.

    Admittedly, the first two worked stupendously once I got them synched, and I'm hoping the same will be true with the third, but right now, I have nothing positive to say about Presonus and their "make you wait for 30 minutes only to tell you that you're about to be disconnected and that you need to submit an e-mail instead" tech support (still haven't gotten a reply after 48 hours...)
    But hey, the lights sure are pretty.

    The enclosed manual is more helpful for lining a birdcage than with the operation of the equipment.

    Not worth the hassle in my opinion.

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    2.0

    Great product when it works. Flaky TechS

    By Spike

    from Chicago

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Economical
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Hard To Start-up
    • Unreliable
    • Useless Tech Support

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

    My Love/Hate Relationship with Presonus.
    I just picked up my third Firestudio Project unit. I started with one a few years ago as a trial, expanded to a second unit a year later and now a third is trying to get into the action. And I'm remembering how much of a hassle the first two were to set up...

    Countless hours, days even, trying to get the units to cascade. Conflicting information from Presonus about serial ID numbers (they must be connected consecutively - or not?).
    Losing other computer audio functionality...

    Basically I had the first two finally working where I wanted them, and added the third for the additional tracking capability. However, doing so has sent my entire system into a tailspin.

    Admittedly, the first two worked stupendously once I got them synched, and I'm hoping the same will be true with the third, but right now, I have nothing positive to say about Presonus and their "make you wait for 30 minutes only to tell you that you're about to be disconnected and that you need to submit an e-mail instead" tech support (still haven't gotten a reply after 48 hours...)
    But hey, the lights sure are pretty.

    The enclosed manual is more helpful for lining a birdcage than with the operation of the equipment.

    Not worth the hassle in my opinion.

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    5.0

    Presonus is awesome.

    By Drummer Dan

    from Ann Arbor, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

      This interface is fantastic! The firewire gives it a fast a reliable transfer rate. The preamps are so clear and transparent. They capture missing frequencies you do not get out of other interfaces. The preamps are low noise, and the jitter technology really puts the icing on the cake. The latency is very very low with this A/D converter. I really like the hybrid inputs that allow XLR or 1/4". The slight downside is paired phantom powering, but it is not a big deal to have an extra channel powered. Great bang for the buck in this price range! If you have been looking for a great multi-input interface, look no further.

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It's Pretty

      By musicbaby

      from Joplin, MO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Connection Issues
      • Firewire 6p Cable Card

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

      I look forward to actually reviewing this unit. As of yet, I haven't had the privilege of using it. Although I'm a professional musician, that does not make me a computer tech or a sound engineer. So, here's the problem. I had to order a firewire card because my PC is not equipped with a 6 pin out, and after many questions, online digging, and conversations with geek squad, the card is the solution. No biggie, but it would have been nice to know this at the time I bought the unit as I would have purchased the card at the same time. I have looked at 15 different computers (both Mac and PCs), since the purchase and not one of them had a 6P out. Just a minor detail, but for consumers like myself, it would have been very useful if the product info had highlighted this issue.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Superior Value and Performance

      By ShibusaSound

      from Washington State

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No Avid Integration
      • No Individual 48v

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Live Recordings
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

      This is a great affordable interface. I've had this for about 2 1/2 years now, used it in tons of different applications, and this baby has never really let me down. Clean, transparent preamps. Functional routing options. Lots of connectivity. Solid build quality. Rackmountable. Basically everything an engineer could want from a product like this. The ability to daisy chain with other Presonus products is huge as well. That allows you to have up to 16 balanced line-ins. I only have two issues with this product: the lack of AVID protools integration (I REALLY wish AVID would address this), and the lack of 48v on each channel (instead, every two inputs has one 48v control).

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great interface

      By Alec

      from Euless, TX

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Gain Control
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Starting

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

        This interface is great! Set it up and installed the drivers in less then an hour, and works great. Only 2 problems with it, the drivers that comes with it is outdate (but a updated and working drivers are ready to be downloaded at the website). the second being its a six pin firewire cable. Make sure you computer is equipped with six pin, or you will have to buy an adapter for your firewire port. Other then that, great product.

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        5.0

        Love it

        By gabobarrios54

        from Guatemala

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Love it

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

          Great product for the price, lovely , very strong build. The Pre Amps are TOP preamps.
          The only downside its that, its Firewire, and the new computers dont come with firewire anymore, but if you have firewire on your computer, make shure it will work on your pc/mac.
          Other than that..... GET THIS

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Still going strong 4 years later...

          By Chris from DE

          from Delaware

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

              Ok. In my first review I'd mentioned how to ensure you had no PC / technical problems with this unit. I have now used this unit on 2 different PCs, Windows XP and Windows 7. I am still loving it. Here's why:

              This unit is great. I use Sonar 8.5.1 Producer for my DAW. KRK RockIt Monitors and a Beringher headphone amp. Add a bunch of mics and cables and that is my setup.

              I updated the drivers and firmware when possible. The only problem I have is sometimes the main volume pot gets noisy when turning, but after a few rolls, it is clean.

              I still like the detents on the gain knobs and on-board meters. This saves you so much time when you are getting levels. I now totally understand the Universal Control software and I also have mastered the DAW software and even after all this time, I still use a similar configuration to the one I used in the first months.

              No pops, clicks, etc. I let this unit run for 30 minute tracks when I am loop-layer-tracking multiple takes and no beef.

              I cannot understand where the bad reviews come from on the popular recording sites. I use these "real people" reviews to help decide what I am going to buy, and based on the reviews, I may not not bought this unit. Thankfully, my friend had one and demo'd it and I was impressed. I have not regretted my purchase at all. I want to get another unit, but I am looking to get it used.

              I don't know what I can say that will make you feel comfortable about this unit. The price is outstanding. I can add this: USE GOOD XLR CONNECTORS! I had some popping and stuff on my snare mic and tom mic and it turns out that it was a loose (bad) XLR connector. I bought some Neutrik China knockoffs and re-terminated my cables and they are awesome now.

              This is a great device. The quality is amazing.

              I am a computer professional and very technically savvy, so I experienced no technical issues because I ensured I had no DPC latency before using the unit (read my old review - it covers this information).

              Presonus recommends that you use a texas Instruments firewire chipset, but my current PC is a AMD-based 4core with some no-name firewire chipset and it has no problems running this box.

              I guess if I could wish for anything with this unit, I wish this unit was USB and not firewire as it is very hard to find a cheap laptop with firewire in 2013.

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Better hope it doesnt stop working!!

              By Saintjames72

              from Mauldin, SC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

              I bought this back in 2009 - used it for hundreds of recordings and then in the middle of an album it dies... I treated this thing better than I treated my guitars! It was never dropped or mishandled. It just stopped working. AND THEN.... Presonus wanted to charge (an expensive amount) to fix it. What an insult!! It was their faulty equipment and it should have been free. I wouldnt mind shipping. what an insult. I will never buy from them again.

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Important info that they do NOT tell you

              By MPeterson83

              from Indianapolis, IN

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

                  This product is great, just they kind of scam you with their DAW. It comes with the Studio One Artist DAW which is essentially worthless for everyone's needs. I'm not even sure why you make a product like that because you are not able to import/export any files. So in order to be able to export/import, you have to upgrade to their Studio One Producer DAW, which is an extra lump sum of cash. It was very frustrating to me especially since the product is non-returnable after it is registered. Once I did get it all running though, the product worked like a charm. It is intimidating at first if you are a beginner, but watch a couple of tutorials and you are good to go. All in all good product, I just wish I would've known ahead of time I'd be needing to upgrade my DAW right away.

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                  5.0

                  Works great for me, Pro quality sound

                  By powerkor

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

                    I love the option to enable/disable phantom power with 2 channel groupings. A lot of interfaces group in 4s, which to me is stupid. I use them for my OHs for drums and 2 is plenty, glad I don't need to waste inputs.

                    Studio One software DAW that comes with the interface is amazing too. I recommend switching to it. I used to use Cubase and Sonar but this workflow is so much easier.

                    Going to buy another interface so I can track more mics at once. I have no issues with installing or recording. I researched this product a lot first and bought the required/recommended hardware. No issues at all.

                    Sound is super clear and the dials are easy to use. It picks up sources even if you have it dialed in low volume. There's no need to red line it. still sounds great.

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