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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
    • Nearly 1,400 drum loops (1.4 GB) by Bandmate Loops
    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 70 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (44)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (9)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (14)
    • Easy to use (13)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Durable (11)
    • Compact (8)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (14)
    • Professional recording (10)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Performances (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (6)

    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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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Still going strong 4 years later...

    By Chris from DE

    from Delaware

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    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.

        (5 of 24 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.

        (4 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Better hope it doesnt stop working!!

        By Saintjames72

        from Mauldin, SC

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

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        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Superior Value and Performance

        By ShibusaSound

        from Washington State

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

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        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).

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great interface

        By Alec

        from Euless, TX

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

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        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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Interface! Worth the money!

          By Beezner777

          from Ohio

          See all my reviews

          Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

          So many options! I'm super happy with it. The ONLY possible trouble you should have with this interface is finding the right cord to connect it to your computer. It comes with the FIreWire400, and computers are moving away from the 400. My 2011 MacBookPro has an 800 port and i had to buy two different cords before it connected properly. So, the cord is the ONLY issue i've had with this bad boy. LOVE IT! once I get the money, I'm buying another one so I can daisey chain for 16 inputs.
          Everything I've wanted in an interface! Great pre's. Extremely versitile. Can do so much! Worth every every dollar!
          Everything looks really solid and well built. Sounds great! I compared it to my M-audio interface and it is much clearer!
          Well built, sounds great, pretty affordable. what more could you ask for?! Great value.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hit or Miss? This is a hit!

          By Mark Ferrer

          from Wilmington, NC

          Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

          See above in ratings.
          I read all of the reviews before trying FP, figuring I had nothing to lose. For a little over $700, I could buy two and daisy chain them for 16 inputs. Since I have 6 mics on the drums alone, any live recording would need more than the 8 xlr inputs, hence the 2nd unit. As an experiment, I decided to try out my 3 year old HP laptop, with Intel Centrino duo core 1.67 gb and 2 gigs ram. Carefully read the Presonus warnings about chipset compatibilities and bypassed the internal firewire port and purchased a Star Tech 1394a expresscard adapter. Within a half hour, I had installed the Star Tech, loaded the Presonus driver (I had already loaded StudioOne) and connected the FP to my rack. Turned everything on, threw two mics on an acoustic and one for my vocals and VOILA! Everything worked. Perfectly. No latency, clicks or computer problems. Next, I had a few buddies come over and jam, using the drum setup and a total of 12 concurrent tracks. Recorded 10 minutes, played everything back and got a nice clean recording with no problems. Multitracked two harmony tracks over that and again, no problems.
          I'm guessing the people who had problems with the interface were having software compatibilityissues with a non-Presonus product. I'm content with this current setup for now and for the money, it's a steal. The plastic parts and light weight design would keep me from giving this a 10 however.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          holy wow sun of a gun.

          By Garthe

          from pacific north west

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

            this is a great product, it changed the hole dynamic of my recording. I upgraded from a echo audio Lyla G3 I bought 7 years ago and wow what can I say. the echo was awesome this baby is for lack of a better word " is freeking perfect " . the channel separation is so well defined and the dynamic range is superb. for the money there is no better interface. " just be shur you have a Texas interments 1394 fire wire chipset "

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good Pre-amp But beware

            By JimmyJames

            from Detroit

            See all my reviews

            Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

            Good value for the $$
            Pretty typical for features
            OK - so this is a really good Pre-amp at this price BUT, the Presonus hardware IS NOT cpmpatible with all computer hardware, particularily your Firwire card. I had problems with my firewire card and Prsonus' recommended replacements would not work with my Computer motherboard. Ended up replacing the computer. I now have an Apple system and it works perfectly, what a pain though.
            Good value for the money!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for Beginners and small Budget Studios

            By Afterlife Studio's

            from Merrill, IA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Home Studio
            • Recording

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

              I have been using this interface for 5 years now. So far it has worked as advertised. I daisy chain two of them to have 16 channels available to record our band live. I use Sonar X2 producer running on Windows 7. When I first installed it Sonar found and loaded it fine. I like the ability to change each channels gain and the ability to select which channels (pair) have the phantom power.

              When live recording I use one and a partial of them to mic each drum of the drum set along with overheads and room mics. The other one I use with 2 guitars, bass, separate mixer (Vocals) and a CD player. There is no noticeable lag even after playing for 20 min. straight. We even had 10 hour sessions and they did just fine, no issues.

              When i over dub I can record tracks live as if the playback is the band playing live. It has been a great tool in our studio and we use it for everything.

              This is a great interface for a low budget studio. If you need multiple inputs and want separate track recording capability this system works great. The sound quality is great with the mics and equipment we are using. This unit will serve you well in your projects.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Another great product from Presonus

              By Claudio

              from West Palm Beach

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

                Worked perfectly with StudioOne 3. Auto configured it self. Has the right amount of channels I need.

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                I would never buy a PreSonus Product again

                By Engineer123

                from Eastern USA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

                  Easy to open, easy to download, and hasn't ever worked. Never. A flickering blue to red interface error light and ZERO help to get this fixed. Replaced fireworks, cables, software. Nothing works. After reloading and reinstalling downloads and hours and hours of researching "tips and tricks" to get it to work, I contacted PreSonus: no help there. Forums show this is a frequent and unfixable problem apparently attributable to the product design/manufacturing. So, I assume PreSonus is AWARE of this and has yet to fix it. Their Support page on their website is confusing and very hard to navigate through in order to find any references to interface problems. Perhaps, because they don't want to publish that the answer is to get a different audio interface system? After MANY hours, I quit searching their information. You take your chances with this product.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Home Studio interface

                  By wes

                  from Charlotte, NC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

                    I bought this in order to self-produce my band's EP, which required being able to record the drums on separate tracks. Your mileage may vary, but I was able to record and monitor (through the software) the drums and a scratch guitar track (8 tracks total) on a late-2011 Macbook Pro with no discernible latency at 24 bit / 48kHz. For anyone with Firewire capability, I would definitely recommend this interface for a home studio where 2 channels isn't enough.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great product! Minor hassle.

                    By Nickname

                    from Bend, OR

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • 1 Power Switch On Back
                    • 2 Firewire Card Issues

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

                      FIREWIRE: Not every firewire card works. In my case, my card worked for one "Project" but not for cascading two. So, I had to buy another firewire card. The fix/card was twenty bones. Minor hassle. Search Presonus for compatible cards.

                      POWER: I'm not sure why Presonus didn't put the on/off switch on the front. I have two "Projects" stacked with other audio gear in an audio rack...so I now have to reach behind to turn on/off. On/off would have been better on front.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great interface!

                      By Dantrell Johnson

                      from Florida

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

                        I purchased this interface with the intent to start recording semi-pro records, at a small budget in mind. I really like how there are led light meters for each mic pre! It is lighter than the old FP10. If anyone thought about daisy chaining the fire studio with the FP10, I could not get them to sync. I currently use the project for church recording and personal tracking. Great product for the price!

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Great product when it works. Flaky TechS

                        By Wraith

                        from Chicago

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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.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Presonus is awesome.

                        By Drummer Dan

                        from Ann Arbor, MI

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                        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.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Love it

                          By gabobarrios54

                          from Guatemala

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                          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

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Amazing value in interfaces

                            By AKA-Y80OL

                            from queens, NY

                            Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

                            I was a fan of the Firepod and just got the Firestudio Project because it has some more features like being able to send separate headphone mixes to several musicians. I was expecting it to be better but I'm blown away. The sound quality is literally twice as good as my Firepod was. And the software mixer is easy to understand and will make everbody in the band happy because they can each have their own mix. GREAT PRODUCT.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great for home studio

                            By Anonymous

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Project Recording Interface:

                            Been using this for a few months now and it's really done a great job. The two active inputs are good for direct line in, but do note that you'll have to crank the preamps a bit on the others for dynamic mics. Otherwise if you're feeding in line inputs or whatnot it's just fine; I picked up a couple of TubePre's and they complemented the line inputs wonderfully. Same goes for lines directly from stompboxes/active basses.I'll mention that some reviews online say they had technical problems; be sure to use a compatible (TI) firewire card! My onboard firewire lagged the whole unit so much it was unusable; added in a discrete TI card and it was instantly better. The cheap onboard firewire that came with your computer is likely not up to par.Great unit for the price, quite happy with it so far.

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