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PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod)

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The PreSonus FP10 FireWire recording interface (formerly known as the FirePod) is a complete 24-bit/96kHz recording system that combines 8 high-quali...Click To Read More About This Product

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8 top-notch preamps matched to premium converters deliver the performance your music deserves!

The PreSonus FP10 FireWire recording interface (formerly known as the FirePod) is a complete 24-bit/96kHz recording system that combines 8 high-quality PreSonus XMAX microphone preamplifiers with 24-bit/96kHz analog to digital conversion. PreSonus includes Studio One Artist music creation and production software with the FP10. Studio One Artist gives you the same platform and intuitive interface as Studio One Pro but with an unlimited track count. The music software also has S/PDIF and MIDI inputs and outputs for convenient and compact, professional-quality, no-hassle recording. Studio One Artist works with Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista, and 7.

XMAX Class A preamps

The FP10's XMAX Class A preamps are custom-designed by PreSonus. They run on power rails of 30V with no op amps, and are always in an "on" state for zero crossover distortion. This allows them to deliver high headroom with low-noise sonic performance, wide dynamic range, wide frequency range, and, most importantly, musicality and transparency. This gives you smooth highs, solid, deep lows, without losing everything in between. It's perfect for recording diverse sources. 8 potentiometers are on the front panel to easily control the input level of each preamplifier.

Ins and Outs

Inputs 1 and 2 of the FP10 interface can be switched between microphone or instrument level while inputs 3 through 8 can be switched between microphone or line input. Phantom power (+48V) is available on every channel in groups of 4. Channels 1 and 2 feature fully balanced send and return TRS connectors on the rear of the rugged metal chassis for inserting outboard dynamics, EQ, and effects processors. There are 8 balanced TRS line outputs, 2 balanced TRS MAIN outputs, and CUE outputs for addtional monitoring. Using a stereo headphone output on the front panel, as well as mix control to balance monitoring levels between mixed input and main output signals, zero-latency monitoring is achieved. 2 channels of SPDIF input and output as well as MIDI input and output are also included. 2 FireWire ports make it possible to daisy-chain multiple FP10's together creating the possibility for adding additional inputs and outputs (with mic preamps) to your system.

Studio One Artist—Plus: Gigabytes of 3rd Party Resources
The FP10 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
  • 8 XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers (+60dB gain) w/trim control
  • 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
  • Zero latency monitoring
  • Separate main and cue mix outputs
  • Daisy-chain multiple FP10's for additional inputs/outputs
  • Studio One Artist software included

Affordable, clean, and quiet sound great for home studios. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Minimum computer system requirements:
  • Windows:
  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP1
  • Computer: Windows-compatible computer with FireWire port
  • CPU/Clock: Pentium, Athlon with 900MHz or higher (1.5GHz)
  • Memory(RAM): 256MB (512MB recommended)
  • Mac:
  • OS: Mac OS X within CORE AUDIO - drivers now built into OS X 10.3.5
  • Computer: Apple Macintosh series with onboard FireWire port.
  • CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4/800MHz or higher (G4/Dual 1 GHz recommended)
  • Memory (RAM): 512MB or more
Hardware:
  • Preamp Bandwidth: 10Hz to 50kHz
  • Preamp Input Impedance: 1.3kOhms
  • Instrument Input Impedance: 1Mohms
  • Preamp THD : <0.005%
  • Preamp EIN: -125dB
  • Preamp Gain : 54dB
  • Preamp Send Output Impedance: 51 ohms
  • Preamp Return Input Impedance: 10kOhms
  • Line Trim: ±20dB
  • Line Input Impedance: 10kOhms
  • TRS Output Impedance: 51 Ohms
  • TRS Main Outputs Impedance: 51 ohms
  • TRS Cue Outputs Impedance: 51 ohms
  • Headphone Output: 150mW/Ch 20Hz-20kHz
  • Phantom Power: 48V ±2V
  • Power Supply: Ext line Transformer, Internal Switching
  • Analog to Digital Converters (ADC): 24 bit/(44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz)
  • ADC Dynamic Range: 107dB
  • DAC: 24-bit/up to 96kHz
  • DAC: Dynamic Range 110dB
  • IEEE1394 Speed: 400mbps
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
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PreSonusFP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod)
 
4.2

(based on 46 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pure Excitement

I was a little skeptical about the FP10 due to its mixed reviews but I must say that I'm very relieved. After reading about all the problems people had with installation of these things...Read complete review

I was a little skeptical about the FP10 due to its mixed reviews but I must say that I'm very relieved. After reading about all the problems people had with installation of these things I was a little hesitant to add these to my cart but I went ahead and ordered two of these bad boys with hopes for the best. Thankfully, installation was a breeze. I haven't done too much experimenting with the setup yet but both of them are running with full capabilities on my xp desktop without any problems. There is a lot of flexibility with them working along with Cubase 5. I absolutely love being able to record more than 8 tracks! I must admit though.... I was a little scared that I couldn't get signal out of some channels, but that was only my stupidity wanting to be under the impression that the top four level knobs were for channels 1-4 and not the odd numbered ones. For some reason that would just make more sense to me. I was very relieved to find that I was just being dumb. All in all I'm very happy so far with my decision to go ahead and try these out. I was definitely scared into getting a good long warranty though. Hopefully I won't be eating these words and be forced to deal with their dreaded tech support :P

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

FP10 Is Poortly Made and a waste of money

I am amazed at home many times the Presonus FP10 has let me down. If you're thinking about buying this, please reconsider. This is one of the worst made audio devices I've ever...Read complete review

I am amazed at home many times the Presonus FP10 has let me down. If you're thinking about buying this, please reconsider. This is one of the worst made audio devices I've ever used. The firewire conectors WILL break on you. I've had mine repaired several times. You WILL NOT be able to consistently connect to computers running Windows 7 despite what Presonus says. And finally, when you need it most, it WILL let you down and not work. This is the first time in my life that I am writing a negative review, but Presonus left me no choice with their horrible attention to detail and poor quality. I feel obligated to help others learn from my mistakes and not spend their hard earned money on such a horrible product.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

FP10 Is Poortly Made and a waste of money

By DrumTchr

from Boston, MA

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

I am amazed at home many times the Presonus FP10 has let me down. If you're thinking about buying this, please reconsider. This is one of the worst made audio devices I've ever used. The firewire conectors WILL break on you. I've had mine repaired several times. You WILL NOT be able to consistently connect to computers running Windows 7 despite what Presonus says. And finally, when you need it most, it WILL let you down and not work. This is the first time in my life that I am writing a negative review, but Presonus left me no choice with their horrible attention to detail and poor quality. I feel obligated to help others learn from my mistakes and not spend their hard earned money on such a horrible product.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Win 7 Drivers

By Buzz-6RBII

from Beulville, NC

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

I have owned this equipment for about a year and a half. With windows vista this device worked flawlessly. I upgraded to windows 7 and it hasn't worked since. Called tech support then waited 2 weeks then called again. They finally sent me a driver and the system recognizes the device but it still will not operate in the audio function. Called again and gave them information from my system. It has now been 6 months and not so much as a whisper from Presonus. THIER TECH SUPPORT STINKS.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

not impressed

By Lukas101

from ste-anne

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

ill start off by saying this thing worked great for a little while but now i just want to throw it in the garbage. First off the first firewire port stopped working after that the unit wouldnt turn on, got that fixed and right after that the second firewire port wouldnt work on it. I paid close to 700$ for this thing when it first came out and for that price i would expect this thing to last for years and years. I Think it was very cheaply made and wouldnt recommend it at all first and last time i buy a presonus product.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Interface, Can't Beat for the Cash!

By SuperSweet

from AZ

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

Not sure what all these other people are talking about, but they must've gotten lemons...I've had my FirePod for 3 years and it hasn't failed me yet. I had some driver issues when I updated my computer to Windows 7, however, they've since came out with new drivers that work flawlessly on it.Maybe the quality went down when they changed the name to the FP10, but mine sounds great and I've been using it in my studio for years to track guitars, drums, bass, vocals, etc - it all sounds great and professional with it.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

When it works, it's great...

By KittyLugnut

from Southern California

Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

Granted, I've had this thing for a few years. However, I've taken it out of the box less than a dozen times, always babying it because it was a very big investment for me. It's gotten a total usage time of maybe 50 hours of gentle use, and when it's not in use it always goes directly back into the box, packed carefully in the original foam. Despite all this extra care, both of the instrument inputs now buzz like crazy. I have to prop the cord up in exactly the right position or there's loud buzzing or no input at all. It is not the cord - I've tried several that all work fine in other devices. I can't afford to replace or repair it and the warranty is long expired, so I'm stuck keeping a paper weight in front of it to keep the cord in position and standing or sitting perfectly still while playing any guitar or bass parts. I am extremely disappointed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pure Excitement

By Jadias

from Martinsburg, WV

Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

I was a little skeptical about the FP10 due to its mixed reviews but I must say that I'm very relieved. After reading about all the problems people had with installation of these things I was a little hesitant to add these to my cart but I went ahead and ordered two of these bad boys with hopes for the best. Thankfully, installation was a breeze. I haven't done too much experimenting with the setup yet but both of them are running with full capabilities on my xp desktop without any problems. There is a lot of flexibility with them working along with Cubase 5. I absolutely love being able to record more than 8 tracks! I must admit though.... I was a little scared that I couldn't get signal out of some channels, but that was only my stupidity wanting to be under the impression that the top four level knobs were for channels 1-4 and not the odd numbered ones. For some reason that would just make more sense to me. I was very relieved to find that I was just being dumb. All in all I'm very happy so far with my decision to go ahead and try these out. I was definitely scared into getting a good long warranty though. Hopefully I won't be eating these words and be forced to deal with their dreaded tech support :P

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not good

By drumzalot92

from New Iberia, Louisiana

Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

I ordered this as a christmas present and right out of the box it wouldn't sync up with my mac. Customer support insisted it was a driver problem when I had the latest drivers installed. If you're going to spend this much money, I'd at least expect it to work. In short, after reading other reviews, it pops, it clicks, it doesn't even work!!! Do not buy this product.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Lousy customer support

By Disappointed-iQKTL

from Atlanta

Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

My 15 year-old son got this for Christmas of 08, and has been trying without success to set it up with his PC ever since. He has called and e-mailed the company about this on multiple occasions, and they have not returned calls or responded to his e-mails. This maybe a good product (at least with a Mac), but these guys really need to get their act together on customer support.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Preamps!

By Particle

from Milwaukee, WI

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

I picked one of these up from a friend and it has been great. The preamps are clean and work great, even when I'm cranking up the Cascade Fathead ribbon mics I have, which require a lot of clean gain. I've recorded myself and a few other bands with it without any issues. I'd recommend getting an extra tube preamp for when you want a warmer sound or some natural compression, but overall this works and sounds great. I'm looking to get another one because you can link them together and then have 16 channels (plus 4 spdif if you use it).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Had it forever.

By Matty-sLMvS

from Nashville, TN

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

Owned my Firepod for about 4 years. It has NEVER let me down. Originally ran into a laptop running Windows XP. No problems. I read a lot of complaining on here about sturdiness. It must be user error. Take care of your gear. Last week I ran 8 simultaneous inputs into my macbook pro to record a jam session, and it sounds GREAT! I cannot comment on the Studio software it now comes with. It came with Cubase LE when I bought it. Quit complaining people. Buy it.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still working great in 2014

By Godrifle

from Fort Thomas, KY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Native Support Mavericks

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Voiceover work

Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

Just broke out my Firepod (same thing as an FP10), and it works perfectly on my iMac running Mavericks 10.9.1. I'm pleased that PreSonus saw fit to build a device that conforms to Apple's specs so tightly that it's continued to be support after all these years (unlike my Alesis IO|26, which has *no* Mavericks support).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

One Year Lifespan

By Richie Rocks

from Washington, DC

Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

Ive heard the horror stories of how presonus products often die not too far after their warranty is done for and laughed assuming that they had bad care takers or improper use, but now that my firepod, less than a month after the warranty ended, has stopped working, and a friends firebox will no longer sync, im becoming a believer. My product simply stopped trying to sync all together. It doesn't read firewire and just seems to be sync'd but does nothing. Presonus is very unresponsive on their forums and others have complained of paying for repair and receiving a STILL faulty product. I will NOT be going with presonus again. I know they say "this is one experience of thousands" but go check out their website forum for proof.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT...until it breaks.

By needlesnpins

from Grand Rapids,MI

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

i have owned the FP10 for about 8 months now. a few months ago 1 of the two firewire inputs on the back of the machine stopped working. i was able to use the second firewire port to make it work for an additional few months until yesterday both completely stopped working. This machine was awesome when it was working and i had no problems with it until this. after researching and troubleshooting it seems this happens to a very LARGE percentage of the people who buy them and presonus has offered no slid answers. it is my understanding that if the product is under warranty it is a free fix other wise it cost 80 dollars. i understand some units fail but this seems to be a large recurring problem that presonus needs to address.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

FP10

By Saucygent-htlDr

from NJ

Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

I own two FP10s. I've had them for 3 years. Popping/clicking can be resolved by changing the settings in Cubase (or other software). More Ram may also helped to resolve this. The first FP10 now experiences some connectivity issues but can be resolved if I place a fan on the back of the machine. If its too hot or too cold the unit will loose connection. I blame this on stacking the two units on top of one another without any space when I first got them and they got extremely hot. I May have fried the ports a bit. As long as I keep the temp right the units work well and sound good.

 
3.0

Firepod with Cubase was a bad choice

By Levi Kitchen

from Longview, Tx

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

I purchased the firepod along with Cubase LE 4 and I have never felt so shafted. The thing's preamps weren't very versatile. While using the FP10 driver, the audio never stopped popping and clicking...there was lag and problems throughout the entire usage of this product. Yesterday, the FP10 just flat out stopped working. The thing is my new paperweight at this point, because I won't be able to resell it in non-working condition. I only used it for about a year, and not often. It was a decent BEGINNER studio set up, but I'm going back to using Pro-Tools now.

 
5.0

Great Preamps shaky implementation.

By JC Campbell

from New Mexico

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

First of all, when this interface works, its great. The preamps are what you would expect from Presonus, and having 8 of them on the front panel is a godsend. The bad: I'm using a Phenom processor with 4GB of 800MHz ram and an SATA hard drive, so computing power is not an issue. Nonetheless, using the newest Cubase 4, I frequently have audio dropouts, even when using only 2 channels with no VST effects/instruments in line. If you have wireless, you have to disable it while using the Firepod. I also find that every time I reboot my system, I have to physically disconnect the unit's firewire cable and then reconnect and power cycle the unit to get it to work properly. I thought maybe it was a bad unit, but I have tried it with 2 separate units with the same results. I have been to the forums, loaded the most current drivers/firmware updates, and replaced both the cables and firewire cards in order to eliminate those things. Conversely, I hooked up a cheap Phonic Firefly 302 and have no problems whatsoever?? Hopefully Presonus will come out with better divers/firmware for Windows XP users. Like I said, earlier, when you get it to work, its great.

 
5.0

Great experience

By Apostulos Panagiotopulos

from San Francisco

Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

It's been great using the FP10 on a Mac Book Pro with Logic Pro. The front work with XLR cables or you can plug your guitars directly into these inputs as well, such a relief. A handy thing to have with this is headphones for your whole band, couple audio splitters, and headphone jack extensions. Then you can record your band live using virtual amps. However if you want to use it to full capacity and record 10 simultaneous analog tracks you will need an adapter for the SPDIF. Trust me you will be stoked to have the two extra tracks. The most inexpensive adapter I found was the GefenTV Analog to Digital Audio Adapter. If anyone finds a cheaper one let me know, thanks!

 
5.0

Love this beast

By xxxLPStratPlayerxxx

from Rochester, NY

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

I just got this bad boy. Its awesome! Hands down. Great sound quality, low latency. No driver issues, pops or clicks. I had it up and running with Sonar 7 in a half hour and have been recording on it non-stop. Great value if you ask me. I use mine with a Dell XPS 410 Desktop with Windows XP Pro.

 
3.0

Constant Driver Problems

By Paul-gJDYM

from Chicago

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Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

Seems like I'm always reinstalling drivers or on the phone with tech support for this unit. Very touchy. Sounds good when I can get it to work.

 
5.0

Great buy!

By The Sidepocket Kid

from Ames, IA

Comments about PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface (Firepod):

I decided to go a different route after my MBOX 2 decided to clock out early and this was a great choice. The preamps are exremely quiet and provide plenty of gain if you're on the go and don't feel like dragging your rack along. The presonus FP10 with an Avalon M5 and Joe Meek OneQ will be all I ever need. However, I would defenitely suggest upgrading the included software(Cubase 4 LE). Great job presonus!

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