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PreSonus Firestudio Tube

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Loaded with the features you need for professional results.

The FireStudio Tube is a complete 24-bit/96kHz professional FireWire recording system loaded with a comprehensive combination of inputs and outputs for bands, producers, musicians, and engineers to produce commercial-quality recordings.

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

Two SuperChannels - Tube Preamplifiers with Limiter

The front panel of the FireStudio Tube is loaded with two "SuperChannels" featuring Class-A vacuum tube microphone and instrument preamplifiers, along with full-featured analog limiters.

The tube preamplifiers use a high gain, military grade 12AX7 tube for maximum gain, low noise, and high headroom. Neutrik combo connectors allow both XLR microphone input and hi-Z instrument input. Preamp controls include preamp gain and tube drive to achieve a wide range of sounds from smooth, clean and clear, to warm tube saturation. An 80Hz high pass filter is also located on the front panel to remove room rumble and unwanted lows.

The FireStudio Tube's Limiter features a VCA-based, ultra-fast RMS and peak detection circuit used in the award-winning DigiMax 96K, delivering the most musical limiter available; able to catch the fastest transients eliminating the possibility of clipping during recording while maintaining musicality. Controls for the Limiter include Threshold and Gain make-up as well as an in/out button.

Fast-acting LED metering on the front panel displays preamp input and limiter gain reduction for the two tube SuperChannels.

Perfect I/O for Music Production

The FireStudio Tube delivers all the analog I/O needed for professional recording sessions, featuring 16 analog inputs including two tube SuperChannels on the front panel, as well as eight Class-A XMAX microphone preamplifiers and six balanced TRS line inputs on the rear panel. Outputs include eight balanced TRS outputs and PreSonus' signature ultra loud and clear headphone output. MIDI I/O is also included on the rear panel for MIDI instruments, keyboards, and controllers. The FireStudio Tube's combination of microphone, instrument, and line inputs is perfect for a band to simultaneously record drums, bass, guitar, vocals, and keyboards without any additional preamplifiers.

DSP Mixer/Router
The FireStudio Tube includes PreSonus' 16x10 FireControl mixer/router delivering up to five zero-latency custom monitor mixes easily and quickly.

Digital Converters and JetPLL Sync

The FireStudio Tube touts A/D/A converters with a dynamic range of over 114dB for unbelievable clarity as well as synchronization using patented JetPLL jitter reduction technology. JetPLL incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio band jitter, ensuring the highest converter performance possible, resulting in better stereo separation and clearer more transparent audio. It 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.

ProPak Software Suite

As with all PreSonus recording systems, the FireStudio Tube includes a complete suite of software featuring 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, along with a number of third-party plug-ins, loops, samples, and virtual instruments delivering a complete music production solution.

FEATURES
  • 24-bit/96kHz FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • 16 inputs/10 outputs simultaneous record/playback channels
  • 2 SuperChannels (tube microphone/instrument preamplifier with analog limiter)
  • 8 XMAX microphone preamplifiers
  • 2 PreSonus microphone/instrument preamplifiers
  • 8 balanced TRS line outputs
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • 16 x 10 FireControl DSP mixer/router
  • JetPLL Sync for improved imaging and clarity
  • High performance A/D/A converters (114 dynamic range)
  • Windows and Macintosh compatible
  • ProPak Software Suite including Studio One Artist music creation and recording system
  • 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

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    SPECIFICATIONS
    System Requirements
    • Win: Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista Athlon 900MHz (1.5 GHz or higher recommended) 1Gb RAM (more recommended)
    • Mac: MacOS X 10.4.x or later (10.5 supported with driver update), PowerPC G4/Dual 1GHz or faster, all Intel-based Mac models, 1Gb RAM (more recommended)
    • Both: 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.
    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
    Microphone Preamp 1-8 (XLR Balanced)
    • Type: XLR Female Balanced
    • Frequency response (±0.5dB): 20Hz to 50kHz
    • Frequency response (±3.0dB): 20 Hz to 150 kHz
    • Input impedance (Balanced): 1600 ohm
    • THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz at +4 dBu output, unity gain: < 0.0003%
      EIN (unwtd, 55dB gain, 150 ohm input, 20Hz to 22kHz: -126 dBu
    • S/N Ratio (unity gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22kHz): > 101dB
    • Common Mode rejection ratio (1kHz, 55 dB gain): > 55dB
    • Gain control range (±1dB): -4 dB to 50dB
    • Maximum input level (unity gain, 1kHz at 0.5% THD+N): +14dBu
    • Phantom power (±2 VDC): +48 VDC
    Instrument input
    • Type: 1/4" TS
    • Input impedance: 1 megohm
    Preamps 15 & 16
    • Gain reduction: -16 to +20 dB
    • ThD+N (unwtd, 1KHz at +4dBu Output, Unity Gain): <.2%
      Limiter: 0 to -18dBu
    • Gain control (+/-1dB): +4dB to +58dB
    80Hz filter: < 0.0003%
    Line inputs 9-14 (1/4" TRS)
    • Frequency response (+0,- 0.5dB): 20Hz to 50kHz
    • Frequency response (+0/-3.0 dB): 20Hz to 150kHz
    • Input impedance (Balanced): 10 KOhm
    • THD+N (unwtd, 1KHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain): < 0.003%
      S/N Ratio (unity gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22KHz): >101dB
    • Maximum Input Level (unity gain, 1KHz at 0.5% THD+N): +20dBu
    Headphone output
    • Type: TRS active stereo
    • Maximum output: 150 mW/CH at 60 ohm Load
    • Frequency response (±1.0 dB): 10Hz - 70kHz
    Digital audio
    • ADC dynamic range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114dB
    • DAC dynamic range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114dB
    • Bit depth: 24
    • Reference level for 0dBFS: +10dBu
    • Internal sample frequency selections (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
    • Jitter specification: <20ps RMS, 20Hz-20kHz
      Jitter attenuation: >60dB; 1ns in approx.1ps out
    Power
    • Input connector type: IEC
    • Input voltage range: 90 to 240 VAC
    • Power requirements (Continuous): 20W
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    PreSonusFirestudio Tube
     
    4.6

    (based on 16 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Beautiful sound

    The Firestudio Tube works flawlessly, with beautiful sound. I love it now, however, I went through several months of agony in the Fall of 2009 as a result of incompatibility problems between Windows...Read complete review

    The Firestudio Tube works flawlessly, with beautiful sound. I love it now, however, I went through several months of agony in the Fall of 2009 as a result of incompatibility problems between Windows Vista and Cubase LE. Of course I didn't know this until later - being that I was new to computer recording. I had an expert look at my system and use the interface with his system. The Firestudio Tube interface worked perfectly on his Mac Leopard/Protools and never would work my Vista/Cubase - it would record for 15 to 30 seconds and freeze up or quit recording. Eventually, I got an iMac and Logic Studio 9. It's been magic ever since. Nine compositions have been completed and many more are in the works. In reality, informed use of a 15" Macbook Pro with Garage Band or Logic and the Firestudio Tube will provide all the power and sonic clarity needed to produce world-class recordings.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    when it works...

    I got this unit after a 7 month long ordeal with a Mackie Onyx 1200f that disappointed to say the least. I was convinced that this would be at least a good interim answer...Read complete review

    I got this unit after a 7 month long ordeal with a Mackie Onyx 1200f that disappointed to say the least. I was convinced that this would be at least a good interim answer until I was ready to shell out a much larger amount. I recieved it, and though it was okay to look at, it lacked a lot of features I feel are important. I went ahead and plugged it into my new MacBook Pro 17 2.66 ghz, 8 GB installed Ram, 320 GB HD and 2.0 TB external 7200 RPM disk array via te firewire port. The Mac initial;ly liked this product for a reasonable enough time that I tyhought things would be okay. If I recorded a few tracks at once with 16 or 24 bit and sample rates of 44.1 or 48 KHz if I sampled above that with even a few tracks, playback would all of a sudden fall into scxreaming feedback, hang the MacBook Pro, launch into the debugger, fire of a few reports to apple, attempt to recover, and then fall into all sorts of new crashing behaviors, off any of the drives-though all of these drives plasy back the files without any major load on them when you view the CPU/HD usage meter in Logic. Oddly, enough, the same files that invoke this behavior do not occur when using the built in audio for playback. I had other issues as well, but this was the deal breaker. Audio fidelity was very good, but not incredible, the tube pre is only so -so. It sure isnt a replacement for a high quality tube pre, but it does work. I just didn't care for it's tonal shape.

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    5.0

    Heck yes, it rocks!

    By Joshua-va3uH

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    Me and another guy in my band both got the Firestudio Tube. It has served us great so far. The fact that you have 16 inputs that are all analog is awesome. We daisychained them to record a live gig and got 32 tracks to my MacBook Pro 15" 2.4gHz. No hiccups, no issues. THANKS PRESONUS!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Glad I got it

    By BrotherZ Productions

    from Las Vegas

    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    I am using the Firestudio Tube on a HP Laptop (Core2Duo 2.2gHz) and it has been an absolute blast to to work with. I have been able to record all sixteen inputs at a time while sending different headphone mixes for each of the band members. The software was not hard at all to figure out. I had to ask a question the got a reply back from Presonus in a day. I'll be adding one of their headphone amps to replace this old Rane I have.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Project Studio Interface!

    By Bassball39

    from Nashville TN

    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    I just bought this and have run several tests on Drums Vocals Guitar and Bass.... and this sounds really good with all of them. The Tube pres add a nice warmth to kick drums and vocals. I have a ART TPSII and with a bass run through that into one of the regular pres I'm getting a killer Bass tone. I am using this with Sonar 8 and it has seem to run fine still going back and forth between WDM and ASIO driver etc but both work it's just a matter of tweaking to find the settings that are the fastest while being the most stable. I think for the money you won't find a better interface. I've never A-B'd it with the Maudio 2626 etc. but this thing sounds really good. The only thing it lacks is an ADAT lightpipe but you can daisychain 2 of these and have more than enough ins and outs for any size project. I give it two thumbs up!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great pro interface for any need

    By Guitar101

    from New Haven

    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    Wow, this thing really sounds great! Presonus really hit the nail on the head with this product. I was looking for more than 8 inputs out of the box and the Tube gives you 16! The tube based channels are really clean and warm. Everything I record with this sounds great.I really don't have a complaint with this interface! The customer support was really helpful when I had a question setting it up.Thumbs up Presonus!!!

     
    3.0

    when it works...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    I got this unit after a 7 month long ordeal with a Mackie Onyx 1200f that disappointed to say the least. I was convinced that this would be at least a good interim answer until I was ready to shell out a much larger amount. I recieved it, and though it was okay to look at, it lacked a lot of features I feel are important. I went ahead and plugged it into my new MacBook Pro 17 2.66 ghz, 8 GB installed Ram, 320 GB HD and 2.0 TB external 7200 RPM disk array via te firewire port. The Mac initial;ly liked this product for a reasonable enough time that I tyhought things would be okay. If I recorded a few tracks at once with 16 or 24 bit and sample rates of 44.1 or 48 KHz if I sampled above that with even a few tracks, playback would all of a sudden fall into scxreaming feedback, hang the MacBook Pro, launch into the debugger, fire of a few reports to apple, attempt to recover, and then fall into all sorts of new crashing behaviors, off any of the drives-though all of these drives plasy back the files without any major load on them when you view the CPU/HD usage meter in Logic. Oddly, enough, the same files that invoke this behavior do not occur when using the built in audio for playback. I had other issues as well, but this was the deal breaker. Audio fidelity was very good, but not incredible, the tube pre is only so -so. It sure isnt a replacement for a high quality tube pre, but it does work. I just didn't care for it's tonal shape.

     
    5.0

    Yes Yes Yes

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    I'm glad to say that if you use this with Windows XP and Vegas you will love it. Sorry Mac people...Absolutely no problems here even with 16 live tracks.

     
    5.0

    this is the ticket

    By Scuba jim

    from Tampa Fl.

    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    If you are looking to do sixteen track live digital recording with two tracks with tube preamps this is the piece of gear to get. The learning curve was easy. I am using it on my powerbook mac with no problems. Also it has plenty of options for monitoring your recording. This was my first firewire I/O device and not my last. I hope to find out soon if you can daisy chain two or three units for more inputs. Thumbs up to presonus

     
    5.0

    Impressed with the Price and Features

    By Honkatonk

    from Carlsbad, CA

    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    Here is a flagship of the medium priced, next generation Firewire interfaces. The Tube channel handled bass as well as any interface I have used. All of the issues I had with latency, clicking ect. are a thing of the past. I will continue to stress test this on my apple power G5. Smooth sailing, I had no glitches with garage band and Logic 8. If I do, I will update this review but honestly, for the price 16 inputs with this type of ease of use, its a no-brainer. This weekend we will be recording the whole band using all inputs at once, that will be the tell all. I just bought this, and they threw in a fader controler.

     
    5.0

    Nice Job

    By GG-zIpOM

    from Dallas, TX

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    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    Well I think that this a great audio interface for the price and the features. It has 10 preamps and this interface can record 16 imputs at the same time. I use it with Cubase and I do not have problems at all. The Video is very helpfull because it shows you how to install it in your computer and also how to use the program.

     
    5.0

    Beautiful sound

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about PreSonus Firestudio Tube:

    The Firestudio Tube works flawlessly, with beautiful sound. I love it now, however, I went through several months of agony in the Fall of 2009 as a result of incompatibility problems between Windows Vista and Cubase LE. Of course I didn't know this until later - being that I was new to computer recording. I had an expert look at my system and use the interface with his system. The Firestudio Tube interface worked perfectly on his Mac Leopard/Protools and never would work my Vista/Cubase - it would record for 15 to 30 seconds and freeze up or quit recording. Eventually, I got an iMac and Logic Studio 9. It's been magic ever since. Nine compositions have been completed and many more are in the works. In reality, informed use of a 15" Macbook Pro with Garage Band or Logic and the Firestudio Tube will provide all the power and sonic clarity needed to produce world-class recordings.

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