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PreSonus FireStudio Project FireWire Audio Interface

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Product Description

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

Firestudio Project Features

  • NOW 64 BIT COMPATIBLE VIA WEB UPDATE
    • Add more inputs to your system by chaining a StudioLive or any Firestudio Family Interface via firewire. 64-Bit Information
  • 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 with FireControl Mixer/Router
  • Separate Balanced Main Outputs and 8 Balanced Analog Outputs
  • Free! Presonus Studio One Artist
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.

Based on the award-winning FP10(FirePod) the FireStudio Project starts with eight PreSonus Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers found in the FP10(FirePod) and adds the folllowing 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

XMAX Class A Preamplifiers
The FireStudio Project starts with eight custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers. 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.

New Advanced Platform Technology - DICE II and JetPLL
The FireStudio Project is loaded with the new ultra powerful DICE II FireWire chipset delivering 26 channels of simultaneous inputs and outputs at professional-quality 24-bit. The strength of the DICE II chip lies with its ability to easilly handle high channel count at high bit-rate while minimizing latency and load on your computer.

The synchronization of the FireStudio Project is handled by patented JetPLLTM jitter reduction technology. JetPLLTM incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio band jitter. JetPLLTM ensures the highest converter performance possible, resulting in better stereo separation and clearer more transparent audio. JetPLLTM 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. JetPLLTM ensures near perfect clock performance when networking audio devices thus creating the most stable and robust synchronization to the computer and all devices synchronization with the FireStudio Project.

FireControl - Zero Latency DSP Mixing/Routing
The FireStudio Project also includes the FireControl mixer/router a 18x10 DSP mixer/router for flexible mixing and direct routing any input to any output including the headphone output, with zero latency. The FireControl software application lives between your FireStudio Project interface and your DAW software enabling the mixing and routing of input streams coming into your FireStudio Studio Project interface and playback stream coming from your DAW software. The FireControl is capable of creating up to five stereo mixes and then routing to the outputs of your FireStudio Project for headphone mixes and various aux sends. This way everyone in the band and the recording engineer can have a custom mix. Also, the FireStudio Project is loaded with internal flash memory so that all FireControl settings are saved and recalled in the FireStudio Project during power off/on. This allows you to configure your FireStudio as a stand-alone device, without being connected to a computer for uses such as a submixer, A/D and D/A-converter, headphone mixer, format converter, instrument or microphone pre-amplifier!

PreSonus Studio One Artist
Incredibly easy to use yet provides a wealth of professional features! Fresh code, innovative drag-and-drop MIDI mapping and plug-in management, auto-configuration with PreSonus hardware, insanely good audio quality, unlimited tracks and plug-ins per track, and a powerful, inventive Start page that literally puts the whole project right in your hands are just a few of the compelling features of Studio One.


Product Specifications

Firestudio Project Specifications

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 Ù
  • THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain: < 0.0003%
  • EIN (unwtd, 55dB Gain, 150 Ù Input, 20Hz to 22kHz: -126 dBu
  • S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20Hz to 22 kHz: > 101dB
  • Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, 55 dB Gain): > 55dB
  • Gain Control Range (± 1dB): -4 dB to 50dB
  • Maximum Input Level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +14 dBu
  • Phantom Power (±2 VDC): +48 VDC

Signal Level LEDS

  • Red / Clip (±0.5 dB): +10 dBu (o dBFS)
  • Yellow (±0.5 dB): +4 dBu (-6 dBFS)
  • Green (±0.5 dB): -30 dBu (-40 dBFS)

Instrument Input (channels 1 and 2 only)

  • Type: XLR Female Balanced
  • Input Impedance: 1 MÙ

Line Inputs

  • 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): 10 KÙ
  • THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain: < 0.0003%
  • S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20Hz to 22 kHz: > 101dB Gain Control Range (±1 dB): -16dB to +16dB
  • 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 Ouputs (including Preamp Output, General Purpose Outputs and Main Outputs)

  • Type: 1/4 inch TRS Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 51 Ù

Headphone Output

  • Type: 1/4 inch TRS Active Stereo
  • Maximum Output: 150 mW/CH @ 60 Ù Load
  • Frequency Response: (±1.0 dB) 10 Hz - 70kHz

Digital Audio

  • ADC Dynamic Range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114 dB
  • DAC Dynamic Range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114 dB
  • Bit Depth: 24
  • Reference Level for 0dBFS: +10 dBu
  • Internal Sample Frequency Selections (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
  • External Sample Frequency Input: S/PDIF

Power

  • Input Connector Type: IEC
  • Input Voltage Range: 90 to 230 VAC
  • Power Requirements (Continuous): 20W

Computer System Requirements

Below are the minimum computer system requirements for your FireStudio Project.

Windows

  • OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Computer: Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion) (2.5 GHz or faster recommended)
  • Memory(RAM): 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
Macintosh
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Computer: PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz processor (2 GHz or faster recommended) 
  • Memory(RAM): 1 GB RAM (2 GB 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

Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) that you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals. Monitor resolution for both PC and Macintosh should be no lower than 1024x768 pixels.



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