PreSonus FireBox
PreSonus FireBox

FireBox, FireWire audio interface from PreSonus.

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Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 58 reviews )
 26 reviews45 %
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a.k.a's review"Sturdy and reliable"

PreSonus FireBox
The features that motivated my purchase are basically the inputs and outputs: I have the need to connect a bass + mic + sampler and record all this, which this soundcard allows.
I t has two high-impedance inputs with two preamps and 48V phantom power, two standard line inputs, 6 outputs, S/PDIF and MIDI In and Out, headphones output. There's also the AC connector (but no power switch) and two Firewire 400 connectors (which is an important detail, since I needed to buy an adapter to go from FW 400 to 800 when I changed computers).
I've used it for 8 years in different but recurring setups: audio recording of electric instruments (guitar, bass), digital instruments (sampler, synths) and acoustic sources (didgeridoo, flute, percussions, and vocals). I also use it to arrange and mix my songs. I have never had the need to use the mixing and routing software included with the soundcard.
I connect it directly to my computer (a 2011 iMac) via Firewire.


From 2006 to 2011 I used PCs and the stability of the soundcard depends a lot on the system itself. I had incompatibility problems with the DVD player of one of my computers, which was a real pain for months. It worked fine with my other computers.
On the Mac I've had no issues. There are no drivers: You just connect the soundcard, it pops up in the audio peripherals and that's that. I use it with Live to make music, but also with VLC when I listen to music or watch a film. It is always connected to the computer. I have never been limited by the number of tracks during recording, but I usually use it alone or with two or three musicians, tops.
The total latency I get (input and output) is 14 ms, which is pretty decent.


See the compatibility problems above and the threads regarding this problem in the forums.
On a PC, there's no guarantee of compatibility unless you have a solid chipset and a real Firewire input, I guess.
On Mac it's smooth and silky, you don't even need the manual.
I give it 6 because I had a hard time with my previous computers. If I were to only consider the time I have used with the Mac, I'd give it a 9.


I've used it since autumn 2006. I didn't test any other model before buying this one: I simply identified my needs and an interesting opportunity arose.
I love its stability and sturdiness, I know it's not gonna fail me while I'm working on my music, it never crosses my mind.
Two details bug me a bit after several years of use: To use MIDI and S/PDIF you need to add a snake cable to the rear of the soundcard. Furthermore, the level knobs (input and output) on the front panel are small and very close to each other, which makes it hard to get to the master volume. But you get used to it.
Great value for money, as far as I'm concerned. I bought it secondhand, still under warranty and for a very decent price.
Odds are high that I would buy it again... Maybe not if I have a PC.

theaudioandvideoguy's review"handly interface"

PreSonus FireBox
The best thing about using the PreSonus Firebox I that it is very easy to use and understand. it’s a very small interface that worked great with my laptop. You can get your DAW to recognize the Firebox very easily in the audio out settings of your daw. As long as your drivers are up to date you will have no problem getting Firebox to work great. If you need more stuff plugged in at the same time I don’t suggest getting firebox, you will only be able to record one thing at a time so this was more of a laptop on the road thing for me. Though I have seen some people use it at home in there bedroom studio just because they don’t need a bunch of mic and instrument inputs to record at the same time.


PreSonus Firebox is very easy to install and use, it is very small you can fit it right in your laptop case with your laptop. In fact, that is where I left mine at, right in my laptop case so that whenever I was going somewhere I automatically had an interface with me so I could record.


The program that came with it, I cant remember what it was but I didn’t use it to record because I already was using a few other programs but just in case you are new to recording it does come with a software so you can record with.


It’s a great buy, just make sure you have a fire wire port on your computer and you will be good to go. If you have an older computer you may have some issue’s though and some serious lag. Just be careful of which interface you buy, you should also check out it will work with your computer before you buy. Read the specs.

songboy's review

PreSonus FireBox
The main thing I love about this unit is the firewire powering capability. Not needing a wall wart or any other power source makes this unit very convenient for live recording or live performing situations especially with my laptop. With a full battery, I can run the presonus firebox, two usb powered keyboards and all my software programs for three hours without the need of a power source! One of the best setups for creative people on the go.
My mobile rig consists of a MacBook (2.2ghz, 120gb internal HD, 320gb usb powered external HD, 4 gb ram), 2 M-Audio keyboards (88 weighted key, and 61 axiom) and Logic 8 and multiple NI programs.
I use the Firebox to simultaneously record my bands performance (stereo track from mains) and out put all my synth/key/samples/pads to the mains. This thing is so convenient.


The firebox is plug and play with Logic but unfortunately, I am having problems getting my Native Instruments to recognize it. I bypass that problem for the time being by selecting the firebox as my computers main output.
The general configuration is pretty simple. The firebox mixer application is a little confusing to me. I have not really dived into any help features yet. They did not send me any paper manuals, but the there is plenty of help on line. I wish there was a paper manual though, those always seem clearer to me.


The drivers are great. I haven't noticed any updates yet, unless it does them without my knowledge. I use this mostly with logic 8 and they work together seamlessly. Like I said before, plug and play with Logic. It also has 24k recording capability which logic supports so thats a big plus. As for latency, I have been able to put most programs down to zero latency (at least thats what they claim) and so far, no problems. As for tracks, 16 internal software tracks is the most I have ever used thus far. I notice that when I first open up those tracks, logic gets "overloaded" when a part comes up with a lot of midi data, but I believe that is Logics fault. Its not a really big issue, it only stops that once. The next time through it works fine.


I have had the Firebox for 4 months and it has yet to disappoint. Again, the best thing is the firewire power capability. Other pluses are the 24k recording, 6 1/4" outputs for sending different signals to different amps/mixes, and the overall high quality sound I get out of my recordings. I didn't any other models personally but I talked to a lot of people who use the this device and the some of M-audio's interfaces and everyone recommended the firebox. I also did a lot of research online and found the same to be true. I would absolutely buy this item again. Its a must have for computer based/assisted musicians/engineers.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

PreSonus FireBox
Nope,worked right out of the is bus powered which makes it very moblie,comes with everthing you need to get started even Cubase LE



This thing was a walk in the park,set you sample rate and your all set.the Mixer is very easy to use aswell


Very rugged steel design,I've droped it off a table moving the mic that was pluged into it and it still works like a champ.


Very very clearn Class A Preamps and this unit will produce crystal clear Audio no need for EQing.I give it a 9 becuase I am sure there is something that sounds better but I am sure its about twice as much.

I love it for the easy of use and the sound quality is Amazing.well worth the money best investment I've made yet...

Originally posted on
Posted by: DreaminginStereo (January 1-, 2005)

goodbyebluesky's review

PreSonus FireBox
In this price range, there were only a couple interfaces to choose from and presonus has a good reputation and from reviews I read the Firebox produced less latency due to the high speed firewire connection as opposed to USB.
I used this interface with a homebuilt 1.3ghz PC with a gig of ram, and Cubase LE which was free with the Firebox, and my wharfedale 8.1 monitors. I was mostly using it (and its phantom power) to record acoustic and electric guitar with a large diaphram condensor mic, I rarely went direct through it except for bass which it handled nicely. Having 2 quality XLR inputs right on the front is nice so I'm not groping around back. It would have been nice to have all the inputs on the front, but.... I only use 1 or 2 anyway.
I have to say, this thing is pretty beefy with its metal case and metal knobs. As small and portable as it is (a huge plus for those of us on the go with our gear) it would have been nice to get a dedicated carrying case instead of a foam lined package it comes in.


The software installed no problem, compatible from the get go which is great because I am NOT a techhead. Cubease LE was a bit of a challenge getting the settings on the Firebox ready to record, but the manual helped.


Once I got it rolling, I never had a problem with the software. I only got noticeable latency when I was using my Drumkit From Hell which hogs up the ram on my computer, and it was bad. I only recorded one track at a time so I guess I've never really put it through its paces, it can record 4 simultaneously.


What I like most about it is its simplicity, I would think its ideal for an informed beginner like myself. I dig the way its small and sits right up on top of my wharfedale monitors easily within reach.
It was pretty comparable to a few other manufacturer's interfaces, so I feel like I got a good deal. I wish we had affordable technology like this and the FirePod back in my band recording days, decent quality preamps and 24 bit digital converters all in one package.

Knowing what I know now, I might fork out a little extra money for a more dedicated field type recording unit and do without computer software for an even more portable setup, but for PC/Mac I would still use Presonus, either Firebox or Firepod. Most definitely.

rens666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Presonus Firebox"

PreSonus FireBox
I was looking for a firewire audio interface of good quality at a fair used to replace an aging fire Terratec DMX avit price that allowed me to teach me computer music in cubase vst 5.0. Next step I wanted to continue on Linux with Ardour / Hydrogen and I read on the internet that cartye worked well both on Windows / Mac and Linux dond towards the right corner and I have invested in this map.
The computer level I tested initially on Windows XP with a dual-core / 2GB Ram Cubase SX and then I moved to Linux (Tango Studio 2.2, with Ardour 3) I record guitars / bass with SansAmp GT2 and a battery via hydrogène yet. Its nickel hardware recognized under Tango studio carefree ....


no need for drivers under Debian, it is allowed to Windaube lol


On Windows XP after installing the drivers the hardware is recognized without any problems. Linux (computer music-oriented Distribution Tango Studio) I put a little more time but after the proper setting in the Jack server no worries ...


I would do the same choice without worries, compared to my expectations perfectly adequate ... I am not a professional sound and have absolutely no intention of becoming one.

patmar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" blah blah blah"

PreSonus FireBox
Not top of the preamp but as I recorded the line level it did not bother me.
Hyper sensitive Firewire (beware deco hot, she does not like at all)


Unstable and annoying latency drivers (not monitoring for it there has a direct monitor in the "console"). Require to readjust all my tracks.
Never could get less than 20ms without tends to stall.


While traveling at this level.


Map for beginners, but you certainly disgusted with computer music.
I do not know the competition in this price range but for trying the TC Konnect 24 I think their entry level would be more "qualitative"

But hey, it do its job when even.

Timo_SW's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A quality / price excellent!"

PreSonus FireBox
I got this little gem from a friend who has bought an external soundcard Steinberg.
I use it to record my guitar tracks / vocals and bass.


Usage is CLEAR.
Go to the Presonus site and download the drivers. One can note that the drivers of this external sound card are still downloadable even if this card is no longer done. Again, Presonus makes common sense. Cubase, using the sound card is very intuitive. Latency is editable, and you can get a more than satisfactory result.


Installation takes only a few minutes, and the general configuration is very easy to assimilate. This is a very intuitive interface.


In short, I'm using it since about 6 months now. This external sound card is really ideal for musicians wanting Laying out his home.
He found even among the small + large number of outputs, we only regret that there are no XLR output for connecting to the monitor speakers. That said, I connected the output of the external sound card has a mixer in order to manage the sound card's external and internal computer simultaneously. And thus, my monitor speakers are connected by XLR mixer ;).
The metal case is a pleasure. We are pleased that the body is solid.

For me, this little external sound card is fine!

efbie's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent quality / price ratio"

PreSonus FireBox
My choice was motivated by the reputation of Presonus and the user-reviews on AF.

It is connected to the monitor speakers output and a JP-8000 is connected at the input and the MIDI IN and OUT ports.

Old config:

XP SP2 32bit
Athlon X2 4800 +
2GB of ram
2 of 36GB raptors in raid 0

New config:

XP SP3 32bit
3.3 GHz Core i5 2500k
8GB of ram
HDD: WD caviar black 1T0


The drivers are super stable, I toured with the original version. They are (or rather were) regularly updated.

I use it with Cubase SX3. I shoot with an average of 50 tracks for a latency of 3 ms on the new bike and 6 to 8 ms on the former. Everything is ultra stable. No cracking or audio drops. See the trick I posted for those who have problems.


Installation could not be more simple, as is the configuration. The manual is simple and clear.


I use it for over 6 years and is really happy.

The drivers are really on top. In general, I had problem with almost 0.

The convertos are of relatively good quality. on the other hand, the amplification stage is rather feeble entered on lines 3 and 4 but we can fix all this by boosting the signal of 12 dB through the config panel of the card.

With experience, I do it again this choice and if mine were to let go, I repeat the same.
DJ - buisson02/04/2012

DJ - buisson's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Exellent and cheap"

PreSonus FireBox
For my PC 24h/24




installed in 10 minutes


7 years is the bomb!