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PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface

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The FireStudio from PreSonus is a 26-in/26 out FireWire recording interface loaded with 8 of PreSonus' acclaimed mic preamps. It has MIDI, S/PDIF, wo...Click To Read More About This Product

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Gives you professional I/O options, integrated mixing, and Class A preamps.

The FireStudio from PreSonus is a 26-in/26 out FireWire recording interface loaded with 8 of PreSonus' acclaimed mic preamps. It has MIDI, S/PDIF, word clock, and ADAT (dual SMUX) I/O plus a 36x18 DSP matrix routing mixer. Firestudio also gives you up to 26 simultaneous inputs and outputs. Combined with the speaker volume and mix control of the optional Monitor Station Remote (MSR), it gives your studio advanced digital capabilities.

You can easily think of the FireStudio as the big brother to the award-winning FirePod with more I/O, and adding the MSR (Monitor Station Remote) really upgrades your setup. The MSR is a complete surround-capable desktop remote control that gives you the ability to switch between Track, Mix, and Surround modes, as well as a talkback, dim, mute, mono, and dual headphone amplifiers. Track Mode delivers nine stereo mixes for monitoring in headphones during tracking, Mix Mode allows the user to switch between three sets of stereo monitors, and Surround Mode enables 5.1 surround control for mixing in surround sound. See the Recommended Accessories box below to add the MSR to your FireStudio order.

FireStudio Includes Studio One Artist - Plus Gigabytes of Creative Resources
The FireStudio is bundled with an exceptional software package, featuring PreSonus Studio One Artist, the amazing new DAW software for Mac OS X and Windows XP and Vista that 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.

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

FEATURES
  • FireWire audio interface
  • 24-bit/96kHz sampling rate
  • 8 Class A mic preamps
  • 8-channel 96kHz ADAT I/O (dual SMUX)
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • Word clock I/O
  • 32x18 DSP matrix mixer/router
  • Mac and Windows compatibleMSR Features (optional)
    • Connects via cat-5 cable
    • Main speaker volume control
    • Two headphone amplifiers
    • Track Mode: 9 stereo mixes available during tracking
    • Mix Mode: switch between 3 sets of stereo monitors
    • Surround Mode: enables 5.1 surround
    • Switch between surround and stereo
    • Talkback, dim, mute, mono, and more
    Studio One Artist
    • All-meat, no-bloat, music-creation software with an intuitive, practical, single-window interface
    • Unlimited tracks, insert effects, sends, virtual instruments, buses, and effects channels
    • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
    • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
    • Full-featured, flexible automation
    • Powerful real-time auto/manual time-stretching and resampling engine
    • Control Link (advanced MIDI mapping made easy)
    • Twenty 32-bit Native Sound plug-ins, including reverbs, amp modeling, and EQ
    • Four new virtual instruments, including a sampler and an analog-type subtractive synth
    • Ability to control the software mixer in any FireStudio-series interface to create zero-latency cue mixes.
    • Gigabytes of third-party resources, including Native Instruments Kore Player with custom SoundPack (150 instruments), Native Instruments Guitar Rig LE, Toontrack EZDrummer Lite, and over 1.4GB of loops
    SPECIFICATIONS
    System Requirements:
      Windows
      • Windows XP SP2 (32- or 64-bit) or later or Vista (32- or 64-bit; 64-bit requires driver version 3.4.1 or later)
      • Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion) (2.5GHz or faster recommended)
      • 1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended)
      Macintosh
      • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later (10.6 supported in driver version 3.4.2)
      • PowerPC G4 1.25GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
      • 1GB RAM (2GB or more recommended)
      Windows and Macintosh Systems
      • IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Port
      • Internet connection recommended
      • DVD-ROM drive
      • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
      Other Specs
        Microphone Preamp (XLR Balanced)
        • All measurements Microphone Input to Direct Output
        • Frequency response (+0,- 0.5dB): 20Hz to 50KHz
        • Frequency response (+0/-3.0 dB): 20Hz to 150KHz
        • Input impedance: 1600Î
        • THD+N (unwtd, 1KHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain); <0.003%
          EIN (unwtd, 55dB Gain, 150Î Input, 20Hz to 22KHz): -126dBu
        • S/N ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22KHz): >101dB
        • Common mode rejection ratio (1KHz, 55dB Gain): >55dB
        • Gain control range (±1dB): -6dB to 55dB
        • Maximum input level (Unity Gain, 1KHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +17dBu
        • Phantom power (± 2VDC): +48VDC
        Instrument Input (1/4" TRS, Preamps 1 & 2)
        • Input impedance: 1 MegaÎ
        Line Inputs (1/4" TRS, Preamps 3 to 8)
        • All measurements Line Input to Direct Output
        • Frequency response (+0,- 0.5dB): 20Hz to 50KHz
        • Frequency response (+0/-3.0 dB): 20Hz to 150KHz
        • Input impedance (Balanced): 10KÎ
        • THD+N (unwtd, 1KHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain): < 0.003%
          S/N ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22KHz): >101dB
        • Gain control range (±1dB): -9dB to +12dB
        • Maximum input level (Unity Gain, 1KHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +23dBu
        Insert Jacks (1/4" TRS)
        • Send Output impedance (Unbalanced, Ring): 51Î
        • Return input impedance (Unbalanced, Tip): 10KOhm
        Direct Outputs/DAC Outputs (1/4" TRS)
        • Output impedance (impedance Balanced): 51Ohm
        Signal Level LEDs
        • Clip (± 0.5dBu): +18dBu
        Digital Audio
        • ADC dynamic range (Awtd, 48KHz Sample Rate): 107dB
        • DAC dynamic range (Awtd, 48KHz Sample Rate): 110dB
        • Bit depth: 24
        • Reference level for 0dBFS: +18dBu
        • Digital audio output (2-Toslink Connectors, 8 channels): ADAT/SMUX
        • Digital audio input (2-Toslink Connectors, 8 channels): ADAT/SMUX
        • Internal sample frequency selections (KHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
        • External sample frequency inputs: BNC, ADAT (SMUX),SPDIF
        • BNC Word Clock output level (75Î load): 4.5V
        • BNC Word Clock input level Range: 3.0 to 5.5V
        Power
        • Input Voltage Range: 18 to 30VDC
        • Power Requirements (Continuous): 24W
        • DC Input Connector Type: 5.5mm OD/2.1mm ID Barrel, Center Positive
        • External Switching Power Supply: 90-230VAC/35W
        Digital
        • Jitter: <20ps RMS, 20Hz-20kHz
          Jitter Attenuation: >60dB, 1ns in=>1ps out
        Reviews
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        PreSonusFireStudio FireWire Recording Interface
         
        3.7

        (based on 27 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (9)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (10)

        • 3 Stars

           

          (2)

        • 2 Stars

           

          (2)

        • 1 Stars

           

          (4)

        67%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        No Pros

        Cons

        No Cons

        Best Uses

        No Best Uses
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          • Professional musician (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        It works, but has SW issues on Mac OSX

        The Presonus FireStudio hardware seems rock solid, very nice sounding preamps, low latency built in mixer, 8 full XLR/phono inputs, lots of output options.I added a Digimax FS to expand to 8...Read complete review

        The Presonus FireStudio hardware seems rock solid, very nice sounding preamps, low latency built in mixer, 8 full XLR/phono inputs, lots of output options.I added a Digimax FS to expand to 8 more channels, worked like a charm. The base firewire driver works well with Logic Express, all the channels show up in the I/O configuration, and you can do many flexible things. I recorded band practice one night, 16 full channels 16 bit 44 khz into my Macbook Pro for about 3 hours steady, no dropouts, no problem.The Quality issue I have is not with the hardware, or the core driver, it's with the "Control Panel" software to set up the unit. You are supposed to be able to label all your inputs and mixes and save them away for later recall. The input naming only works while it is powered up and connected. The input names don't stay around, and are not restored with the save/restore feature. The mix names get partially lost if you power it down, (some come back, some reset to factory - randomly) but at least the restore mix from file feature works. This buggy mixer control software means I would not trust it to use in a live situation as a digital mixer. For recording, the software does the job. Hopefully Presonus clean up the Mac control software and give this great hardware the software quality to match.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Not worth the Hassle

        Let me start by saying this, when working, this unit is great. The preamps are very nice and loud, you rarely have to turn them up past 1/2 on most mics. ...Read complete review

        Let me start by saying this, when working, this unit is great. The preamps are very nice and loud, you rarely have to turn them up past 1/2 on most mics. It worked fine on my PC(vista) with Sonar, worked great with my MacBook Pro (Logic and Protools). Drivers are easy to download and the firewire is very quick. Those are the pros, the cons start with not having a pad button or phantom power option (even though all inputs have phantom power already). The unit stopped working after 7 months and the real horror story is the so called Tech Suppport, which consists of a couple of young guys sitting in a room, not doing there jobs. When you call you usually get a busy tone, then when you get through your on hold for at least 10 minutes minimum ( i was on hold for 26 minutes the other day). They Tech team dosen't seem to know much about the products and try as hard as possible not to help you. It took me four days to even get through. Don't bother with this product, go with the MOTU 8pre instead (it's cheaper) and built better. Presonus has great preamps but if only the company even pretended like it cared about it's customers.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        It works, but has SW issues on Mac OSX

        By Gord Wait

        from Vancouver BC

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        The Presonus FireStudio hardware seems rock solid, very nice sounding preamps, low latency built in mixer, 8 full XLR/phono inputs, lots of output options.I added a Digimax FS to expand to 8 more channels, worked like a charm. The base firewire driver works well with Logic Express, all the channels show up in the I/O configuration, and you can do many flexible things. I recorded band practice one night, 16 full channels 16 bit 44 khz into my Macbook Pro for about 3 hours steady, no dropouts, no problem.The Quality issue I have is not with the hardware, or the core driver, it's with the "Control Panel" software to set up the unit. You are supposed to be able to label all your inputs and mixes and save them away for later recall. The input naming only works while it is powered up and connected. The input names don't stay around, and are not restored with the save/restore feature. The mix names get partially lost if you power it down, (some come back, some reset to factory - randomly) but at least the restore mix from file feature works. This buggy mixer control software means I would not trust it to use in a live situation as a digital mixer. For recording, the software does the job. Hopefully Presonus clean up the Mac control software and give this great hardware the software quality to match.

        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Don't TRUST IT!

        By Buzz

        from Jacksonville, NC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • No support
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        Have owned this device for three + years. As with the FP-10, they tell me that it was the wrong firewire device (4 differing devices and 3 computers later IT STILL DOES NOT WORK). It worked with XP. When I upgraded to Vista it took them a year to get the drivers right. It never has worked with windows 7.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not worth the Hassle

        By Melmoth

        from Florida

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        Let me start by saying this, when working, this unit is great. The preamps are very nice and loud, you rarely have to turn them up past 1/2 on most mics. It worked fine on my PC(vista) with Sonar, worked great with my MacBook Pro (Logic and Protools). Drivers are easy to download and the firewire is very quick. Those are the pros, the cons start with not having a pad button or phantom power option (even though all inputs have phantom power already). The unit stopped working after 7 months and the real horror story is the so called Tech Suppport, which consists of a couple of young guys sitting in a room, not doing there jobs. When you call you usually get a busy tone, then when you get through your on hold for at least 10 minutes minimum ( i was on hold for 26 minutes the other day). They Tech team dosen't seem to know much about the products and try as hard as possible not to help you. It took me four days to even get through. Don't bother with this product, go with the MOTU 8pre instead (it's cheaper) and built better. Presonus has great preamps but if only the company even pretended like it cared about it's customers.

        (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Presonus Makes Garbage

        By Dow Jones

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        I spent $700 on this Firestudio at my local Guitar Center about 3 years ago. Since that time I have used this thing about 10 times. I would use it much more but the drivers don't work consistently enough to rely on this for studio projects.

        After things got busy at work, I had to stop using it for about 6 months. I came back to use it with the same computer and exact same set up and the software didn't work. I have called their tech support and waited for an hour and a half with no answer. If you email them it takes about a week for a response asking for more information from you.

        Recently I upgraded my computer and the Firestudio won't work with Windows 7. I expect when I spend this much money on a product, it will work with a brand new computer without problems. Presonus is glorified trash.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Excellent Hardware - HORRIBLE Software

        By Anonymous-Qb7rG

        from United States

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        I purchased the Firestudio about a year ago. To this day I have not been able to get it to work properly. I've built two custom computers, one with a quad-core processor and 8 GB of RAM, and tested it on two additional computers. I've spent a great deal of time, energy, and money trying to fix the problems I've encountered with this product. I've had it sent in to PreSonus 3 times for repairs. The "repairs" took 2 months, and when I received it back they had LITERALLY done nothing to fix it. They said that they tested it on three systems and that it worked fine. Recently, they admitted that proper testing may have been overlooked due to a busy time of the year. After nearly a year of protest, frustration, and anger, they've finally CONSIDERED acknowledging that they may have "failed to notice" a problem with their drivers. Indeed they! Take a look at these threads on their forums:http://forums.presonus.com/showthread.php?t=8229&highlight=clicks+popshttp://forums.presonus.com/showthread.php?t=12996http://forums.presonus.com/showthread.php?t=1263There are countless others.You, the customer, are probably thinking that this is specific to my system? Let me be the first to warn you that it is not. My systems have far exceeded the requirements provided by PreSonus, and the problems that I have encountered are not isolated cases (although they would like to claim that they are). The hardware on the PreSonus Firestduio is outstanding for the price; unfortunately their drivers are exceptionally poor in quality. They are quite simply not compatible with all systems. Do yourself a favor and quickly browse through some more of the threads in the PreSonus techsupport forums BEFORE you even consider buying this. An excellent piece of hardware such as this is completely useless without working drivers.Please save yourself the time and wasted energy, and purchase a product from another company. You will regret any purchase from PreSonus, and I would like to personally tell you that I will never purchase a product from them again.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        GREAT, if you get it working properly.

        By Drums1225

        from New York, USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Sensitive To Power Surges

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Live Drum Tracks
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        The Firestudio 2626 (as it's now called), coupled with a Digimax FS, form the foundation of my project studio and teaching studio. I am a professional musician and private music teacher, and my recording system gets used every day for several hours. I've had my Firestudio 2626 since, I believe, 2007. It has served me well, but on two occasions, I had to send it back for repairs (at my expense) because it stopped syncing with my Windows 7 system. Both times were after power surges caused by a short power outage. I leave my computer and my interfaces on 24/7, so maybe it's time to re-think this. Both times, the unit came back and worked perfectly and synced instantly, the second I plugged it in.

        I also have a Firestudio Mobile that I've used as backup while the FS 2626 was out for repairs, so fortunately, my only down time was re-assigning inputs and outputs in my DAW (Cubase 6.5) to reflect the differences between the 2626 and Mobile.

        These units are easy to use and sound great. I would have given this unit 5 stars except for the two times it stopped working. The other Presonus units in my signal chain have weathered power outages/surges with no issues.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Big step up

        By AudioServant

        from Tyler, TX

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        My last interface was a Digi002. The Firestudio sounds ten times better and is actually more expandable. I'm using the Firestudio on a Quad Core running Windows 7. Make sure you check Presonus site for compatible chipsets. I see others have had problems but it works perfectly for me. I also love the fact you can daisy chain two of them. (not that I need to but it's nice to see that you can)

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very poor support

        By styphon

        from Buffalo, NY

        See all my reviews

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        At present (5/23/10) the current drivers will NOT work for 96khz in a 32bit or 64bit windows OS unless you love constant clicking/stuttering under even 1 track and no VST's loaded.If you roll back to software version 1.1, firmware version 216, it will support 96khz audio without any skipping/clicking in 32bit windows system

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My first experience with digital recording

        By Phil-_c.N_

        from old bridge, NJ

        See all my reviews

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        After doing months of research in digital recording and learning as much as I possibly could I just happened to come across the Presonus Firepod and was intrigued by its low price. I had toyed with the idea of a stand alone DAW with built in burner but I had a slight fear of them due to having so many parts that could possibly break (manufacturing and QC is really taking a decline over the years). After discovering that the XLR inputs on the Firepod were also 1/4" connections I was sold... until I saw the Firestudio - the Firepod's big brother. After seeing all of the extra features the Firestudio had over its Firepod counterpart coupled with the free items that were offered I instantly bought it. After I received my equipment 3 days ago, I purchased a firewire PCI card for my computer, plugged in my Firestudio and after learning how to work to the darn thing I was in LOVE! I don't know why everyone is up in arms about Cubase LE - it has some limitations but my version can support 8 simultaneous inputs and with all of the plugins that came with it I was able to do a beautiful sounding recording last night with no problems at all. I am very pleased with my purchase - especially because the MXL990 microphone that came with it sounds fantastic in my studio. While it may not be the best it is PERFECT for a hobbyist looking to make his first home recording.

         
        4.0

        Good value with a catch

        By Kraftwerkian Nights

        from Edmonton, Alberta

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Driver support
        • Poor tech support

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        I purchased this unit as a reasonably priced replacement for my now defunct MOTU gear. I pulled it out of the box and had a heck of a time getting the driver to work. After endless trolling via Google reading links of Presonus blaming their customers hardware and computers for what is really poor driver implementation, I managed to manually install the driver via the Device Manager. Lucky for me, my Firewire Chipset is compatible! The unit linked up right away and is functional on Windows 10 in Bitwig, Reason and the included Studio 1 Software (which seems really nice, but does not come with VST support so on the shelf it goes)

        The pre-amps are as nice as people say they are and there is tons of headroom. Latency is decent at 96K. My only gripe is the output to monitors is quite noisy at mid to higher gain settings.

        All in all, no regrets about the hardware and I will continue to use it.

         
        5.0

        Recording Made Easy

        By Traa22

        from Chicago

        See all my reviews

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        I researched recording gear for many months before making my purchase. I was leaning towards getting some type of m-audio equipment, but didnt like the fact that I would be restricted to only being able to use pro-tools.I stumbled on the presonus firestudio and did a little research, and was very well pleased with all the features that were described. I was looking for a very easy set up and the firestudio had just what I wanted. I might have spent 20 min. to install the drivers and set it up, before I was recording. It truly is plug and play. I thought the sound quality of the recording was great, especially if you master it with another program like izotope ozone3.This thing was also loaded with bundled software. Many virtual instruments and plug-ins.Cubase takes a little while to learn though, but this package also comes with a 2 hour tutorial dvd for cubase le.If your still not sure about this unit, I reccommend going to presonus.com and check out their videos and reviews. All-in-all, I feel that this is a great recording set-up for a reasonable price.

         
        2.0

        Not worth the $

        By Mezz

        from Ohio

        See all my reviews

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        My Hercules 18/10 fire wire interface went out after a few years of near-flawless performance. I needed a new interface quick so I thought I would upgrade to a better one and get the Preonus Firestudio. Boy was I wrong. Everything that I did with the old interface, like 10 tracks at a time recording and mix down, became impossible! Even two tracks mastering with the included Cubase LE worked for a few minutes then, if Cubase wasn't frozen yet, the audio would start to crackle and pop until you couldn't hear it anymore. I tried the interface with Live... same thing. I got the interface to work with Logic 7, but not flawlessly, I need it to work with every program I have anyway. It also drops out when I'm listening to iTunes and I try to burn a disc on my fire wire burner, which never happened with my old interface ever! I'm using the headphone output on my computer while it sits in my rack with the power turned off! On top of all that, the serial numbers for the software that came with it didn't work and I had to get new ones, but they are just demos or light versions anyway and not worth the install. Yes, I spent many hours tweaking my computer and e-mailing tech support with no luck. I will be returning or selling the Fire studio.

         
        5.0

        Just buy it. Firestudio rules.

        By Ben K.-FioT5

        from salt lake city

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        Great box. Kills my 002r that I have owned for the last 2 years. Preamps are quiet but have plenty of gain. I was up and running with it in about 15 minutes. Can't wait to get the MSR remote to go with this puppy.

         
        5.0

        Best Interface

        By bumblebee productions

        from atlanta, ga

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        This is a great interface for anybody that needs a lot of bang for the buck. The preamps and converters sound great and the expandibility is awesome. I'm using a Digimax FS to get sixteen preamps recorded for my band's live gigs. My Macbook Pro and an external hard drive is all I bring to gigs and connect the Firestudio to the direct line outputs of my board. Our recordings have never sounded better.

         
        4.0

        Works awesome on Vista64

        By Dog Productions

        from boston, MA

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        Just make sure you download the new driver from their site. I'm so glad they finally came out with this driver. It took about 10 minutes to be up and recording. The preamps are extremely nice sounding. Now I'm thinking about adding a Digimax FS to make it 16 inputs. Not so wild about Cubase. That's why it didn't get a perfect score. But it works with basically everything out there.

         
        4.0

        Great unit for the price

        By why

        from Arlington, VA

        See all my reviews

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        I have a small project studio and bought this last year, but I didn't end up using it with my old setup. A few months ago I built a new PC specifically for audio work and hooked this baby up. I find that it's perfect for my needs. I can mic up an entire drum kit or record 3-4 musician's at a time with no problems, and the sound quality with my Audio-Technica mics is great. Even an SM57 sounds great, and recording bass and guitar direct through this is much better than it ever was through the M-Audio Delta series I had forever.Now that it's even cheaper, I'd say this is an excellent value for the money. Sure it's not a super high-end unit with the greatest A/D converters and preamps like you'd find in a pro studio, but it's a decent piece of kit for home use.My only complaint was that I was forced to stay with XP 32-bit to use this, but now that Presonus have just released a beta driver for 64-bit I'm psyched to try this out with Vista and release the full potential of my machine.

         
        1.0

        Not well implemented

        By gtrman59

        from Fairfax, VA

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        I've used a lot of awesome Presonus gear over the years(and still do) but this one is not as good as advertised. The mic preamps are weak with absolutely no way to bypass. The line level inputs actually route through the preamps. They're not line level at all. The software is a great idea but doesn't run well when operating at 96k. I use a powerful new Macintosh laptop that is up to date and I have years of experience producing records so you can be sure that it's not me causing the issues. I thought Presonus would have learned their lesson after the Firestation mlan mess.

         
        3.0

        not compatible with windows vista 64 bit

        By manonfireforGod

        from St. Louis MO

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        I'm sorry to report that after I purchased the firestudio I found out that it is not compatible with windows vista 64 bit OS...so it sits here at the house waiting for the patch to come out from presonus, so I can use it. I'm hesitant to buy anything studio software related at this point.

         
        4.0

        Steer clear...steer WAY clear...

        By Antonio_4346

        from Denver

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        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        When this works, it's nice as a main interface. When it doesn't, which happens all too often, you'll regret buying it.The PreSonus Firestudio is excellent in theory, but very poor in actual form. There are no line level inputs; each line input is routed through the preamps, meaning if you were to buy a higher quality preamp than the ones included (which wouldn't be very heard, considering the Firestudio preamps are probably the worst possible option available for ANY money) you still have to route the good sounding signal through pres that sound like they were fashioned by Mcgyver from dirt and spit. The software included is shabby. The monitor mixer is excellent...if you can get a driver version that works with your OS. PreSonus tech support is nearly non-existent. I bought my first Firestudio and it broke within two months. Presonus refused to honor my warranty.To sum up: very noisy preamps, incredibly shaky compatibility, no tech support, lowest-of the low quality. For the money, I would HIGHLY recommend this unit's main competitor: the M-Audio Profire.

         
        4.0

        Sounds great, once you get it working right...

        By Cameron

        from Fort Collins, CO

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        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface:

        I've ran into a lot of problems with the firestudio in the past. Most of it was driver issues and going through 5 firewire cards before I caved in and bought an Avid approved TI chipset card. Once it got over it's random driver communication issues it worked great, and sounded amazing. But only at 44.1 or 48 khz sample rates. When I step up to double rates I get the same problem as others have stated, constant pops/clicks and dropouts. The weird thing is that this is only in the D/A converters because the clicks arent in the monitor sends, just the mains out. But it is serious enough that it also causes dropping out constantly in a DAW. If you are only planning on recording at base sample rates then the firestudio is awesome, just make sure to use new drivers and a TI firewire card. But if you ever plan on doing HD recording it's the luck of the draw.

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