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Great Sounding, Versatile, Expandable Interface for Project Studios

FireStudio Project: 10x10 24-bit, 96 kHz FireWire Recording System

A versatile solution for small project studios.

If you need a versatile recording interface with great sound and enough analog inputs and outputs to mic a large drum kit or a small band, we have two words for you: FireStudio™ Project. 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, plus two line-level audio outputs, MIDI I/O, stereo S/PDIF digital I/O, and an ultra-loud headphone output. That’s easily enough connections for a small project studio. The mic/instrument channels even have insert loops so you can add outboard effects. Need more? Daisy-chain the FireStudio Project with a second FireStudio Project, or with any interface in the FireStudio family, for up to 52 inputs and outputs. With FireStudio-series interfaces, your rig can expand to match your growing needs.

XMAX preamps + 96 kHz sampling = great sound.

The FireStudio Project features high-quality A/D/A converters with 114 dB dynamic range and the same award-winning Class A XMAX preamps found in our popular StudioLive™ mixers, so you can record and play back 24-bit audio 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. In short, the FireStudio Project provides the audio quality you need to succeed.

The microphone preamplifier is a key component in the audio quality of a recording, and all mic preamps are not created equal. The FireStudio Project includes custom-designed, high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers that are suitable for use with all types of microphones.

The job of a microphone preamplifier in an audio interface is to boost a microphone-level signal to line level before conversion to the digital domain. A good preamp boosts the level to almost 400 times that of the original signal, making the preamp one of the most important stages in an interface. Inexpensive or poorly designed preamps can lead to thin, noisy, or even harsh and brittle results. But with XMAX preamps, the sonic quality is limited only by what microphone you plug into it.

XMAX preamplifiers are built with three key elements:

  • Class A. Class A circuits have no crossover distortion and deliver purer, clearer, and more musical results than the Class AB designs that are found in many preamps.
  • 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 a richer overall sound
  • Discrete components—not op-amps. We only use genuine transistors, resistors, and capacitors. Op-amps add noise, coloration, and harshness to a signal. Our discrete design delivers ultra-low noise and transparency.

 

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range, extended frequency response, and—most important—musicality and transparency.

Plentiful I/O—and expandable too!

The FireStudio Project’s six mic/line inputs and two mic/instrument inputs make it extremely versatile, enabling you to use it with almost any source. You also get two line-level audio outputs, MIDI I/O, stereo S/PDIF digital I/O, and an ultra-loud headphone output. If you need more inputs, simply daisy-chain the FireStudio Project with a second FireStudio Project, or with any interface in the FireStudio family, for up to 52 inputs and outputs. With FireStudio-series interfaces, your rig can expand to match your growing needs.

Zero-latency monitoring and software mixing and routing.

The FireStudio Project features an internal 18-input software mixer/router that allows you to set up 10 cue mixes. 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 control-panel software or 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 Project 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.

A professional solution designed for the project studio.

A great companion for any recording software, the FireStudio Project comes equipped with Studio One Artist to provide you with a complete recording solution right out of the box. So if you need a versatile, expandable, professional recording interface that is designed specifically for project studios, check out the FireStudio Project at your favorite PreSonus dealer.

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® 3 Artist
    • PreSonus’ revolutionary new digital audio workstation, with unlimited track count and 6+ GB of third-party resources. 
  • Universal Control control-panel application for Mac OS X and Windows

Computer system requirements:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for the FireStudio Project:

Windows

  • Windows 7x 64/x86 SP1 or Windows 8/8.1 x64/x86 or Windows 10 x64/x86
  • Intel® Core™ 2 processor (Intel® Core™ i3 processor or better recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more RAM 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 or Thunderbolt Port and Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
  • 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
The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.
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) than you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals. Monitor resolution for both PC and Macintosh should be no lower than 1024x768 pixels.
Known compatible and incompatible hardware

Technical 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)  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)
 

 

 

Current Stock:
Weight: 3.18 KGS
Width: 48.62
Height: 4.45
Depth: 17.78
SKU: FIRESTUDIO PROJECT

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