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XMAX preamps + 96 kHz sampling = great sound.

The FireStudio Mobile features the same award-winning Class A XMAX preamps and Burr-Brown converters (with 118 dB dynamic range!) found in our popular StudioLive™ AI mixers. Record and play back at sampling rates up to 96 kHz, with remarkably low noise. And with PreSonus’ lauded JetPLL™ jitter-elimination technology, you get the tightest, most reliable digital sync in the industry. As a result, the FireStudio Mobile provides the sonic quality you need to succeed.

Roadworthy, bus-powered, and ready to travel.

Although the FireStudio Mobile comes with an external power supply, it operates perfectly on FireWire bus power. In fact, thanks to an amazing internal switching power supply, it’s the only interface that delivers true 48V phantom power when bus-powered, and it also supplies a full 30V to the preamps, so your mics always sound their best. All of this hardware is jammed into a 1/3-rackspace box that is built like a locomotive, with a shockproof, reinforced metal chassis; sealed rotary controls; military-grade circuit board; chassis-mounted jacks; and full EMI shielding. And the FireStudio Mobile’s screaming-loud headphone output ensures you can hear your music loud and clear, even in noisy locations.

Zero-latency monitoring and software mixing and routing.

The FireStudio Mobile’s internal ten-input software mixer/router allows you to create three cue mixes with zero latency. A mix control blends the input signal with the computer playback stream for zero-latency monitoring so you can overdub new tracks without hearing annoying delays. You can set up cue mixes in our Universal Control software or in our amazing Studio One™ Artist DAW software for Mac® and Windows®, both of which are included.

Learn more about Universal Control.

World-class recording software included.

The FireStudio Mobile works with virtually all Mac and Windows audio-recording software but it offers additional functionality when used with PreSonus’ Studio One® 3 Artist DAW. Built by creative people for creative music production, Studio One 3 is easy to learn and enables you to compose, record, and produce your masterpiece without getting distracted by the tools. Studio One also enjoys a robust online community of enthusiastic and helpful users you can turn to for advice.

Designed for the studio. Built for the road.

Whether you're just getting into recording or are a veteran producer who wants to go mobile, the FireStudio Mobile will give you great sound in a rugged chassis that's ready to hit the road when you are. The perfect companion for any recording software, the FireStudio Mobile comes equipped with Studio One Artist to provide you with a complete recording solution right out of the box. So if you need a tough, versatile, expandable, professional recording interface that can travel far and deliver the goods every time, get the Little Interface That Can: the FireStudio Mobile. Check it out at your favorite PreSonus dealer.

Ultra-compact 10 x 6 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface with Preamps, 48V Phantom Power, DAW Software, Effects, and Virtual Instruments.

The ultra-compact PreSonus FireStudio Mobile FireWire audio/MIDI interface packs an incredible amount of I/O and features into its road-ready chassis, with absolutely no compromise in quality! You get a pair of premium XMAX preamps, full 48-volt phantom power, and the flexible analog and digital I/O you need. The FireStudio Mobile even comes complete with a full version of PreSonus Studio One Artist production software, amazing effects, and virtual instruments! When you want the power to make professional-grade productions anywhere, you need the FireStudio Mobile!

  • True 48-volt phantom power, from your laptop
  • Top-of-the-line preamps
  • An astounding amount of features and I/O — to go
  • Digital converters and JetPLL sync
  • Outstanding DAW software, effects, and instruments included

True 48-volt phantom power, from your laptop
Although the FireStudio Mobile comes with an external power supply, it operates perfectly on FireWire bus power. In fact, thanks to an amazing internal switching power supply, it’s the only interface that delivers true 48V phantom power when bus-powered, and it also supplies a full 30V to the preamps, so your mics always sound their best.

Top-of-the-line preamps
The FireStudio Mobile includes custom-designed, high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers that are suitable for use with all types of microphones. A cheap, off-the-shelf, op-amp-type mic preamp delivers thin, noisy, harsh results. But with XMAX preamps, the sonic quality is limited only by what microphone you plug into it. The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V, delivering more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound.
XMAX preamps also use genuine transistors, resistors, and capacitors (op-amps add noise, coloration, and harshness to a signal). The FireStudio Mobile's preamps offer discrete design delivers ultra-low noise and transparency, while their Class A circuits deliver purer, clearer, and more musical results than the Class AB designs that are found in many preamps.
The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and — most importantly — musicality and transparency, with smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.

An astounding amount of features and I/O — to go
A pair of 3-LED level/clip indicators let you check the signal levels for channels 1 and 2, and a button enables 48V phantom power for the two mic channels. Also on the front panel are gain knobs for the two mic/instrument inputs and for the main stereo outputs and a stereo headphone output with gain knob. Gain for the mic inputs ranges from -10dB to +70dB; the high-impedance instrument inputs range from -30 dB to +50 dB of gain. Finally, a power/sync indicator LED shows whether the FireStudio Mobile is receiving adequate power and is correctly receiving word clock.

For a compact, portable unit, the FireStudio Mobile is loaded with I/O! You get a pair of combination XLR/TS mic/instrument jacks, which are in the inputs for channels 1 and 2. The XLR mic inputs are routed to the aforementioned XMAX solid-state mic preamplifiers. The high-impedance, TS instrument inputs let you plug guitars or basses directly into the front panel.
On the back are six more balanced, 1/4" line level inputs for channels 3 through 8, plus a DB9 connector that accepts a breakout cable (included) to provide stereo S/PDIF digital I/O and MIDI I/O. You get two FireWire 400 ports: one port connects to your computer, and the other can be used to connect a hard drive or to daisy-chain any FireStudio-family interface, so you can easily integrate the FireStudio Mobile into a larger system.

Like all members of the PreSonus FireStudio family, the FireStudio Mobile comes 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 four FireStudio family devices for a maximum of up to 52 inputs and outputs.

Digital converters and JetPLL sync
FireStudio Mobile's A/D/A converters have a dynamic range of 118 dB for unbelievable clarity. Synchronization to your computer is stable and robust, thanks to JetPLL synchronization technology. JetPLL incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio-band jitter, ensuring near-perfect clock performance and optimal converter performance when networking two or more digital-audio devices. JetPLL quickly locks to any digital format through a wide range of frequencies and is extremely robust and tolerant of wide variations in clock frequencies. As a result, you'll experience better stereo separation and clearer, more transparent audio.

Outstanding DAW software, effects, and instruments included
The FireStudio Mobile 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. You also get 20 new PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins and virtual instruments plus a generous bundle of third-party loops, software, and instrument sounds.

PreSonus FireStudio Mobile 10 x 6 FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface Features:

  • The first mobile interface with PreSonus' renowned studio-interface audio quality
  • Plug-and-play, high-speed FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394)
  • 24-bit resolution with 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96kHz sampling rates
  • Record/playback 10 inputs and six outputs
  • Two XMAX PreSonus microphone/instrument preamplifiers with true 48V phantom power for condenser mics
  • Eight line inputs, two line outputs
  • Stereo S/PDIF and MIDI input/output (DB9 break-out cable included)
  • Zero-latency monitoring
  • Headphone output with gain control
  • Software router/mixer
  • Powered via FireWire bus or using included power supply
  • Windows- (32- and 64-bit) and Macintosh-compatible
  • Universal Control control-panel software
  • DICE II Chipset — extremely efficient data transfer
  • JetPLL jitter-elimination technology
  • Road-rugged construction
  • Daisy-chainable with the PreSonus FireStudio family of products
  • Full version of Studio One Artist multitrack-recording software included; easy integration — no setup or configuration
Requirements for Mac OS X:
  • PowerPC G4/Dual 1GHz or faster, all Intel-based Mac models
  • OS X 10.4 or greater
  • 1GB of RAM minimum; more recommended
Requirements for Windows:
  • Athlon 900MHz; 1.5GHz or higher recommended
  • Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • 1GB of RAM minimum; more recommended

The PreSonus FireStudio Mobile packs an amazing studio setup into a go-anywhere compact interface!

Technical Specifications

Microphone Preamp

Type XLR Female Balanced
Frequency Response (+0, -0.5 dB) 20 Hz to 50 kHz
Frequency Response (+0/, -3.0 dB 20 Hz to 150 kHz
Input Impedance 1.6 kΩ
THD + N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain) < 0.008%
EIN (unwtd, 55 dB Gain, 150Ω Input, 20 Hz to 22 kHz) -130 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) –10 dB to 70 dB
Maximum Input level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz@0.5% THD+N) +14 dBu
Phantom Power (± 2 VDC) +48 VDC

Instrument Input (¼" TRS, Channels 1 & 2)

Type TS Female Unbalanced
Input Impedance 1 MΩ

Line Inputs (Channels 3-8)

Type TRS Female Balanced
Frequency Response (+0, -5 dB) 20 Hz to 50 kHz
Frequency Response (+0/-3.0 dB) 20 Hz to 150 kHz
Input Impedance 10 kΩ
THD + N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain) < 0.002%
S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 22 kHz) >101 dB
Maximum Input level (1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N) +10 dBu

Main Outputs

Type ¼” TRS Impedance Balanced
Output Impedance 51Ω

Headphone Output

Type ¼” TRS Active Stereo
Maximum Output 150 mW/Ch. @ 60Ω Load
Frequency Response 10 Hz - 70 kHz

Digital Audio

FireWire (IEEE 1394) Speed 400 Mbps
ADC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz) 118 dB
DAC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz) 118 dB
Bit Depth 24 bits
Reference Level for 0 dBFS +10 dBu
Internal Sample Frequency Selections 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Clock Jitter <20 ps RMS (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Clock Jitter Attenuation >60 dB (1 ns in => 1 ps out)


Bus Power 6-pin FireWire 400 or FireWire 800
Power Supply External Switching Supply (12 VDC/1A)


Dimensions 1/3U rack-mount (with standard rack tray, not included)
Height 1.75” (44.45 mm)
Depth 5.5” (139.7 mm)
Width 5.5” (139.7 mm)
Weight 4.5 lbs (2 kg)
Current Stock:
Weight: 2.00 KGS
Width: 13.97
Height: 4.45
Depth: 13.97

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