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PreSonus FireStudio Recording Interface



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The FireStudio Project a complete 24-bit/96K professional recording system combining eight Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers, 24-bit/96k sample rate conversion, and a zero-latency matrix router mixer.

The FireStudio Project is bundled with PreSonus Studio One Artist, our groundbreaking music creation program, and over 4 GB of virtual instruments, plug-ins, loops, and samples to get you started making music immediately.

Great for professional studio recording, live sound recording, performance, podcasting and more, the FireStudio Project is designed for flexibility and ultra-high sonic performance. Whether you need to record a live drum set, mic a guitar amp, or a complete band, the FireStudio Project is ready and more than able. With the new FireControl Mixer/Router you can send up to five individual mixes to different musicians during recording so that every band member can have a custom headphone mix.

The FireStudio Project can be daisy-chained with one or more FireStudio Projects or FireStudio Tubes to expand your number of recording inputs. Two and three units daisy-chained in any combination has been tested at PreSonus, however, the total number of units that can be daisy-chained depends on your computers processor speed, amount of RAM and computer configuration.

The FireStudio Project is the next-generation of the award-winning FP10/FirePod with the following improvements:

Improved analog to digital converters (114dB dynamic range)
Improved syncronization with JetPLL (jitter elimination technology)
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
Internal IEC-based power supply
PreSonus Studio One Artist bundle with Native Effects plug-ins and third-party instruments, loops, and applications.

8 XMAX Class A Preamplifiers
The FireStudio Project includes eight custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers for all types of microphones. Many other companies offering recording interfaces add the cheapest possible microphone preamplifier as an afterthought to the interface. PreSonus knows that the preamplifier is a key component in the sonic quality of a recording. 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 mic preamp that is found in most interfaces translates into thin, noisy and harsh results.

All XMAX preamplifiers are built with the same three elements:

High Voltage - The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off the shelf op amp based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs and an overall fuller sound.

Discrete - No op amps. Only transistors, resistors and capacitors. Op amps add noise, coloration and harshness to a signal. Discrete designs deliver ultra low noise and transparency.

Class A - When a circuit is running in Class A mode the circuit is always in an "on" state operating at its optimal voltage requirements. Class A mode has zero crossover distortion and delivers purer, clearer and more musical sonics than class A/B designs which are found in most op-amp circuits.

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range and wide frequency range, and most importantly, musicality and transparency - smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.

Digital Converters and JetPLL Sync
The FireStudio Project 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. 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.

Universal Control
All members of the FireStudio family of interfaces, including the StudioLive 16.4.2 mixer, come bundled with Universal Control software. Universal Control is a powerful, flexible, and easy to use control-panel application that allows you to daisy-chain to up to 4 FireStudio-family devices for a maximum of up to 52 inputs and outputs.

Universal Control consists of the Launch window and the Device window. In the Launch window, you can set the sample rate, clock source, safe mode, buffer size (PC only), and WDM routing (PC only) for all connected FireStudio-series interfaces. Each device is listed at the bottom of the window, along with Device Window buttons that open each interfaces Device window.

The Device window provides level and routing controls for each FireStudio-series interfaces internal mixer, enabling you to set up zero-latency monitor mixes. Input and output metering have been optimized for ultra-fast screen display and minimum CPU usage, and you can give each interface a custom name. You can use any device in the chain as the master clock source, or you can slave the entire chain to an external digital device using any of the available digital inputs in the chain.

Studio One ArtistPlus Gigabytes of Creative Resources
The FireStudio Project 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.

Compare Studio One Artist and bundled extras to what comes with competing mobile interfaces:

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 1.4 GB of loops!

Features:
8 dual-purpose front-panel channel inputs, each with high-headroom Class A XMAX mic preamplifiers
6 mic/line inputs
2 mic/instrument inputs
Individual channel-trim controls with -16 to +16 dBV line / -4 to +50 dBu mic gain range
3-segment, fast-acting LED input metering on all analog channels
48V phantom power for condenser microphones (switchable in pairs)
Headphone jack with level control
Main-output gain control
Power/Sync LED (indicates unit is synced to word clock)
Daisy-chain multiple FireStudios or other FireStudio-family products to create a large, custom system
Studio One Artist digital audio workstation software included

Input/Output
2 FireWire 400 ports
2 combo XLR/ mic/instrument inputs
6 XLR mic/line inputs
2 balanced main (L/R) line outputs
8 general-purpose balanced line outputs
1 stereo headphone output with volume control
2 balanced line-level insert sends (for channels 1 and 2)
2 balanced line-level insert returns (for channels 1 and 2)
S/PDIF in/out (coaxial)
MIDI in/out

Digitalia
24-bit resolution and up to 96 kHz sampling rate
High-definition A/D/A converters (+114 dBu dynamic range)
JetPLL Jitter Elimination Technology (improved stereo imaging and clarity)
Zero-latency monitoring via 18x10 DSP matrix mixer/router
Mac- and Windows-compatible, including Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Windows 7
Supports ASIO, Core Audio, Direct Sound (Windows XP), Windows Audio Session API (Windows Vista and Windows 7)

Physical
1U 19 rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
Sealed, detented, metal rotary controls
Internal power supply with standard IEC power cord

Software
Studio One Artist
PreSonus revolutionary new digital audio workstation, with unlimited track count and 4+ GB of 3rd-party resources.
Universal Control control-panel application for Mac OS X and Windows
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 19 July, 2011.

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