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ART TubeFire 8 FireWire Recording Interface

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The ART TubeFire 8 FireWire Recording Interface is an excellent 8-channel preamp for recording direct-to-drive to FireWire equipped Macs or PCs. Fitt...Click To Read More About This Product

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Warm up your FireWire DAW with eight channels of tube pres.

The ART TubeFire 8 FireWire Recording Interface is an excellent 8-channel preamp for recording direct-to-drive to FireWire equipped Macs or PCs. Fitting nicely into a single rack unit,TubeFire 8 has 8 quality second-generation Class-A vaccuum tube mic preamps and eight balanced outputs. Every input channel has both XLR and 1/4-inch TRS balanced inputs with, 70db of gain, -10db Pad, high pass filter, phase invert, clip indicators, and wide range LED meter for monitoring levels. These warm, tube driven mic/line inputs provide clean, quiet gain and a high-level of transparency.

On the flip side, the ART TubeFire 8 can be turned into a reliable multichannel audio output for your computer through its high-quality D/A converters and 8 balanced outputs. You can use the headphone output or for low-latency input monitoring, or you can combine the channels for an integrated mono or stereo mix for general monitoring of audio playback from the computer. Either way, you'll be impressed with the quality of the sound you're getting.

As a bonus, TubeFire 8 is packaged with Cubase LE software.

  • 8-channels
  • XLR and 1/4-inch TRS balanced input
  • Wide range LED monitor
  • Comes with Cubase LE for Mac/PC

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  • Inputs: 8 x TRS/XLR combo Microphone/Line (rear panel), 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Instrument (front panel), 1 x BNC Wordclock
  • Output: 8 x 1/4" TRS phone (rear panel), 1 x BNC Wordclock Thru
  • Phantom Power: +48V, switchable in banks of four (channels 1-4 and channel 5-8)
  • Dimensions: 19"W x 14.4"D x 1.75"H
  • Weight: 13.2 lbs
  • Mic/Line gain range: 70dB
  • Instrument gain range: 40dB
  • Maximum output level: +24dBu, balanced, +18dBu, unbalanced
  • Frequency response: 12Hz to 60kHz, +0/-1dB (analog in to analog out), 12Hz to 20kHz, +0/-1dB @ 44.1kHz sample rate (analog in to digital out), 16Hz to 42kHz, +0/-1dB @ 96kHz sample rate (analog in to digital out)
  • Noise: EIN: 130dBu, A-weighted, input shorted, maximum gain
  • Specialties: Dual 6-pin FireWire connectors

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A little frustrating, but worth the hassle

By gelatindischarge

from southern CA

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Overall a great product! Again, I run 2 units in my home studio. Very warm, very clean, very detailed audio representation. Driver issue was a bummer to work through, but thankfully WIN7 seems to have resolved my problems. Running stable in Tracktion 2, Tracktion 3, Pro Tools 9, Reaper 4, WIN7 environment.
My only gripe - missing dedicated monitor 1/4" outputs. All other features are what are to be expected in an interface of this nature (and it has tubes!).
Pre-amps are awesome! I bought the interface based on 2 things - 1) tube preamps, and 2) AD/DA connectivity to my PC based DAW.

The tube compression and limiting make it a dream to work with in the cold digital audio environment. It can be as clean, or as warm, or as dirty as you want it to be.

The drivers on the other hand are questionable. Was having non stop issues on my XP system with the supplied, and updated drivers from ART. The unit would cut out, or disconnect frequently. Tried all the XP hotfixes, TI based firewire cards, PCI-E dedicated card - nothing worked (as far as getting stable performance). Mac users were stating they were not having issues. When I upgraded to WIN7 my issues went away. Unit handles in/out streams like a champ. I'm convinced it was XP's ability to handle firewire streams and their audio stack. WIN7 runs more of a core-audio type stack similar to Mac. Running stable on WIN7 and WIN8 DEV.
I have 2 units at the heart of my home studio. Very upset that this unit has been discontinued. I think this is/was the best bang-for-your-buck interface - especially with TUBES!

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Not Great

By Derrick-mVvee

from Saint John NB Canada

I purchased this unit to use as an add on to my existing system (Alesis Multimix firewire) and they do not work together.If you are looking at this unit to work alone, it may be great. But it does not work as an addition. However for me ..... it's going back!!!


Good product

By Sam-q.tqD

from Austin, TX

This thing is solid. The preamps are pretty good, clean with 70db of gain. You can get a little crunch from the starved plate tubes too. It could use some more features, like a dedicated monitor out. The best thing the the tubefire has going for it is the converters....they sound really good! I have done a transfer off 1/2" tape through this at 24/88.2 and then done the same song through some SSL converters....and ended up liking the sound of the tubefire better!


Best interface out there

By wayne-ZX0vo

from south

I've tried a variety of Firewire and USB interfaces for my Mac,and this is the most reliable, best sounding and simplest to use.And at a great price. Very clean yet warm sound, simple controls,just a joy to use.


Good Value for Money

By Sam Gill

from Keller, Tx

I bought the Tubefire8, because I needed to drive AKG C3000 mics, which typically need 55-60db of gain. The Art is capable of 70db of gain. The first unit I received had an issue, and I returned it. I have had no issues with the 2nd unit. The a/d d/a conversion is very good, and better than my last unit that I bought. I run it on a iMac 10.5 with Logic Studio. Every so often I believe CoreAudio has an issue, and I need to power cycle the Tubefire. The headphone jack can do mono or stereo, but the volume is loud quickly, not at the full end of the dial. The only issue I have is that you can not control the output volume from the speaker volume within the mac. All the volume controls on the mac become locked. The Art relies on CoreAudio driver, just like the SSL, and the Apogee products.

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