PreSonus FireStudio Project [RESTOCK ITEM]
8-Channel 24-bit/96 kHz FireWire Audio Interface


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The PreSonus FireStudio Project is a complete professional recording system combining eight Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers, 24-bit/96 kHz sample rate conversion, and a zero-latency matrix router mixer. The FireStudio Project's front panel features six mic/line inputs and two mic/instrument inputs, each with high-headroom, sweet-sounding XMAX™ Class A solid-state preamps. That’s easily enough for a small project studio. The mic/instrument channels even have insert loops so you can add outboard effects.

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The FireStudio Project is bundled with PreSonus Studio One Artist, their 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 computer’s processor speed, amount of RAM and computer configuration.

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 - Noop-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 acircuit isrunning 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 interface’s Device window.

The Device window provides level and routing controls for each FireStudio-series interface’s 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.

PreSonus FireStudio Project Features:

  • Individual channel-trim controls with -16 to +16 dBVline / -4 to +50 dBu mic gain range
  • 48V phantom power for condenser microphones (switchable in pairs)
  • 3-segment, fast-acting LED input metering on all analog channels
  • Main-output level 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
  • 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 10.7 Lion 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
  • Studio One® Artist 2 - PreSonus' revolutionary digital audio workstation, with unlimited track count and 6+GB of third-party resources. With Studio One's Nimbit® extension, you can immediately start selling your music.
  • Universal Control control-panel application for Mac OS X and Windows

PreSonus FireStudio Project Specifications:

  • Inputs/Outputs:
    • 8x dual-purpose front-panel channel inputs, each with high-headroom Class A XMAX™ mic preamplifiers
    • 6x combo XLR-1/4" mic/line inputs
    • 2x combo XLR-1/4" mic/instrument inputs
    • 2x balanced 1/4" main (L/R) line outputs
    • 8x general-purpose balanced 1/4" line outputs
    • 1x 1/4" stereo headphone output with volume control
    • 2x balanced 1/4" line-level insert sends (for channels 1 and 2)
    • 2x balanced 1/4" line-level insert returns (for channels 1 and 2)
    • S/PDIF in/out (coaxial)
    • MIDI In/Out
    • 2 FireWire 400 ports
  • Microphone Preamp:
    • Type: XLR Female Balanced
    • Frequency Response (±0.5 dB): 20 Hz to 50 kHz
    • Frequency Response (±3.0 dB): 20 Hz to 150 kHz
    • Input Impedance (Balanced): 1600 Ohms
    • THD+N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain): <0.003%
    • EIN (unwtd, 55 dB Gain, 150 Ohm Input, 20 Hz to22 kHz): -126 dBu
    • S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to22 kHz): > 101 dB
    • Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, 55 dBGain): > 55 dB
    • Gain Control Range (± 1 dB): -4 dB to 50 dB
    • Maximum Input Level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5%THD+N): +14 dBu
    • Signal Level LEDs:
      • Red / Clip (±0.5 dBu): +10 dBu (0 dBFS)
      • Yellow (±0.5 dBu): +4 dBu (-6 dBFS)
      • Green (±0.5 dBu): -30 dBu (-40 dBFS)
      • Phantom Power: (±2 VDC) +48 VDC
  • Instrument Input (Channels 1 and 2 only):
    • Type: 1/4" TRS Female Unbalanced
    • Input Impedance: 1 MOhm
  • Line Inputs:
    • Type: 1/4" TRS Female Balanced
    • Freqency Response (±0.5 dB): 20 Hz to 50 kHz
    • Frequency Response (±3.0 dB): 20 Hz to 150 kHz
    • Input Impedance (Balanced): 10 KOhm
    • THD+N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, UnityGain): < 0.003%
    • S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to22 kHz): > 101 dB
    • Gain Control Range (±1 dB): -16 dB to +16 dB
    • Maximum Input Level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5%THD+N): +10 dBu
    • Maximum Input Level (Minimum Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +22 dBu
  • Line Outputs (Preamp, General Purpose, and MainOutputs):
    • Type: 1/4" TRS Balanced
    • Output Impedance: 51 Ohms
  • Headphone Output:
    • Type: 1/4" TRS Active Stereo
    • Maximum Output: 150 mW/ch @ 60 Ohm Load
    • Frequency Response (±1.0 dB): 10 Hz – 70 kHz
  • Digital Audio:
    • FireWire (IEEE 1394) Speed: 400 Mbps
    • ADC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz samplerate): 114 dB
    • DAC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz samplerate): 114 dB
    • Bit Depth: 24
    • Reference Level for 0dBFS: +10 dBu
    • Internal Sample Frequency Selections: 44.1, 48, 88.2,96 kHz
    • External Sample Frequency Input: S/PDIF
    • Clock Jitter: <20 ps RMS, 20 Hz-20 kHz
    • Clock Jitter Attenuation: >60dB; 1 ns in, approx.1 ps out
  • Power:
    • Input Connector Type: IEC
    • Input Voltage Range: 90 to 230 VAC
    • Power Requirements (Continuous): 20W
  • Dimensions: 1.75" (1RU) H x 7" D 19" W (44.45 x 177.8 x 482.6mm)
  • Weight: 7 lbs (3.18 kg)
  • System Requirements:
    • Universal Requirements:
      • FireWire (IEEE 1394) port
      • Internet connection (only for activation)
      • DVD-ROM drive
      • Monitor with at least 1024x768 resolution
      • 20 GB hard-disk space
      • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
    • Windows:
      • Windows® XP SP3, Vista x64/x32 SP2, Windows 7 x64/x32SP, Windows 8 x64/x32
      • Intel® Core™ Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor (IntelCore 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X4 or better recommended)
      • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
    • Mac:
      • Mac® OS X 10.6.8 or later
      • Intel Core Duo processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core i3 or better recommended)
      • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
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