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PreSonus FireStudio FireWire Recording Interface Featured

 
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... - 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 compatible


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Comments This is an upper echelon recording interface for the home hobbyist to semi-pro project studios. It can capture up to 26 channels at various resolutions depending on the number of inputs used. I use it as my main recording interface for home recording and it is more than I will ever need. Consequently, I've not used all of its features extensively. The Smux and world clock features are more than I need for my modest set-up. That said, I like knowing that if I ever did need to do several tracks simultaneously, I won't need an up-grade. The digital conversion and track recording possibilities are as quieter and more precise than any of my previous recording situations which include the Lexicon Omega USB interface, a Fostex 8 track digital recorder and various other stereo recording devices. This unit is great for someone who is looking to do live recordings with a full band or has a lot of mics on a source. It's a bit overkill for someone just doing their own projects and recording things one at a time. The included Cubase software is decent but very simple and as is the case with most of these DAW's, there is a learning curve. There's also some compatibility issues with certain processors and OS systems, so check their site to make sure that you'll be ok. They have a list of these in the support section.


Liked about it 1. Good AD/DA conversion.
2. Flexible routing options.
3. Good Dynamic range - 110dB


Didn't like 1. Inputs are not next to their volume/gain knobs making it confusing sometimes to adjust input levels.
2. Clipping LED is only one LED and you don't really know when you'll clip until you do.
3. Learning curve on the software, both the Firestudio's and Cubase LE.


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4.0

By smooth55
Oct 07, 2009
 
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Very good start for someone who is a little computer savvy.

Comments This firewire interface is good for project recording and 5-piece band sets if you have enough microphones. Firewire is a very reliable source feed for recording. However, the learning curve on this type of console is somewhat complex if you are not familiar with mixers and software recording.


Liked about it Very simple and straight forward in most cases. If you already have computer knowledge, you won't have a hard time getting the software up and running. The versatility is there if needed. You can record many instruments simultaneously if needed, but small projects work well also.


Didn't like For what is it and the price, there is little not to like -- it gets the job done for what it needs to do. The unit also seems very stable. It can be complex for someone not familiar with firewire/mixer recording. Therefore, someone starting out should switch to something easier in regards to computer software and mixers.


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5.0

By DarrenD
May 11, 2010
 
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