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Presonus FireStudio Project Firewire Interface

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Presonus FireStudio Project

The Presonus FireStudio Project is a versatile FireWire interface featuring six microphone/line-level inputs and two microphone/instrument inputs. All inputs feature integrated XMAX™ Class A solid-state preamps. What’s more, each mic/inst channel includes an insert loop for incorporating outboard effects.

The interface’s rear panel includes eight general purpose outputs and L/R main outs. The only difference between the two is that the FireStudio Project’s primary value knob controls the output level of the main outs.

For those requiring digital I/O, the FireStudio Project also sports stereo S/PDIF and MIDI I/O for enhanced connectivity options. Multiple units can even be chained together for even more inputs and outputs.

FireStudio Project Features

  • Input/Output
    • 8 dual-purpose front-panel channel inputs, each with high-headroom Class A XMAX™ mic preamplifiers
    • 6 combo XLR/¼” mic/line inputs
    • 2 combo XLR/¼” mic/instrument inputs
    • 2 balanced ¼” main (L/R) line outputs (carry the same signal as general-purpose outs 1 and 2)
    • 8 general-purpose balanced ¼” line outputs
    • 1 ¼” stereo headphone output with volume control
    • 2 balanced ¼” line-level insert sends (for channels 1 and 2)
    • 2 balanced ¼” line-level insert returns (for channels 1 and 2)
    • S/PDIF in/out (coaxial)
    • MIDI In/Out
    • 2 FireWire 400 ports
  • Meters, Controls, and Features
    • Individual channel-trim controls with -16 to +16 dBV line / -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
  • 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 10.7 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
  • Software
    • Studio One® Artist 2
    • PreSonus’ revolutionary new 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


  • Windows: Windows® XP SP3, Vista x64/x32 SP2, Windows 7 x64/x32 SP, Windows 8 x64/x32, Intel® Core™ Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core 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)
  • Windows and Mac Systems: 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
  • 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): 1600Ω
    • THD+N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain): < 0.003%
    • EIN (unwtd, 55 dB Gain, 150Ω Input, 20 Hz to 22 kHz): -126 dBu
    • S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 22 kHz): > 101 dB
    • Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, 55 dB Gain): > 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: ¼” TRS Female Unbalanced
    • Input Impedance: 1 MΩ
  • Line Inputs
    • Type: ¼” TRS 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 KΩ
    • THD+N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain):  < 0.003%
    • S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 22 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 Main Outputs)
    • Type: ¼” TRS Balanced
    • Output Impedance: 51Ω
  • Headphone Output
    • Type: ¼” TRS Active Stereo
    • Maximum Output: 150 mW/ch @ 60Ω 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 sample rate): 114 dB
    • DAC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz sample rate): 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
  • Physical
    • Dimensions: 1U rackmount
    • Height: 1.75” (44.45 mm)
    • Depth: 7” (177.8 mm)
    • Width: 19” (482.6 mm)
    • Weight: 7 lbs. (3.18 kg)



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