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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 5 reviews9 %
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 9 reviews16 %

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...

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Posted by: DreaminginStereo (January 1-, 2005)

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!
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!

Coco_RatelRoad's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super Interface!"

PreSonus FireBox
My choice was motivated by a positive view of its decision on the one hand, and the possibility of mobile use on the other.
For now, I use Pro Tools on Windows 9 (CM Asus P6T SE, Intel Core 7, 12goRAM, Win7 64bit).
Right now, I basically made guitar and electric violin but I did catch the voice and keyboards without pre-amp: nickel!


No problem with Pro Tools 9, I did not with Cubase SX3.
The number of tracks depends on the computer and not the card ...

Only drawback, especially in the case of mobile use, the firewire connection between the Firebox and the PC is capricious. Sometimes just plug in a USB cable around so that the card "wins"! In general, disconnection and reconnection, here we go again, sometimes you have to reboot ...


I remember a mandatory procedure under Windows XP. with my last installation, I had no problem.

Simple configuration, a software mixer that's it.


I've had at least 5 years.
I also had the PCI Luna II Creamware. I much prefer the Firebox ...

fordajam's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a repeat purchase"

PreSonus FireBox
I want a laptop sound card and not having enconbrante not many inputs and outputs, coupled with a behringer amp all for a microphone and guitar use.


Drivers very stable with Cubase VST and several clicks with no audio 28 tracks seamlessly with very low latency


The installation is done it without problems?

The general configuration is easy?


The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

Not need


How long have you use it?
since its release
Have you tried many other models before buying it?

It's fun because that never had a problem reinstalling XP plussieur same time, I repeat without any concern
Flying G09/18/2008

Flying G's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
Able to record my guitar and having an affair Midi primarily motivated my choice recommended by the seller on the Firebox, I finally bought.
My hardware configuration: Intel 2.4 Ghz Mac, Mac OSX 10.5.
Instruments branches: electric guitars and classic keyboard with Midi interface, Effects Korg AX3000G pdalier Link Midi sound banks.


Installation qu'aise more, since on my Mac, the hardware was recognized t instantly.
No bug or incompatibility of use (Cubase LE and Garage Band).
The setup is transparent and the manual unnecessary.

I put 10 in implementation because it is REALLY no problem on Leopard.


Stability is exemplary: I do not use that in between my guitar to record mono or midi with an old Casio keyboard.
The software I use is Garage Band and I have never had a problem: just connect the Firebox before You Started Garage Band, so it is DTECT automatically. This is normal.
I have not measured the latency, but is low trs.


I use DJ for two months. I do not find much wrong, as I was looking for a recording interface easy to use, quality of correct (this is the case). The criticism that we can make it, that is to turn off the power, you must unplug the FireWire, and a switch supplmentaire t wise.
Qualitprix report is correct: it is not the least CHRE, but it has a good quality of pre-amp.
With hindsight, yes, because I really had no problems with the Firebox.

Alexbaryton's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
I use the firebox every day in my classroom for 1 year.
I record my classes in Stereo.
I have a pc collge (for those who know, it's cheap and not fast trs)


The installation is done without problem. There was no conflict. The manual is not helpful for this opration.


The drivers are stable. I had no problem yet. I use the version of Cubase that came with the card. Latency is imperceptible. To record two tracks stro there is no problem. I also used as a low prampli.


I like the ease of use with the collection's outdoor rglages. Sometimes there are sound rendering problem with windows media player, but I wonder if this does not come from the same pc it is in network. And a network of collge ...
I have not tried other models before buying one but I FIREstation home that works perfectly. So I had confidence in presonus.
I would do it again this choice today.

Nico66's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
Usage: home studio, recording vocals and electric and acoustic guitars.
Config: Pentium 4 HT 2.8 CHZ PC with 2 GB of RAM
I use Cubase SE 3 for now and soon on imac (hi hi hi) and nickel!
I transplanted a Line 6 Vetta II combo and it is happiness!


Installation without any problem in less than 5 minutes, I already started recording.
Compatible with no problems and an easy grip.
Manuel? or does it? anyway, no need, the interface is very clear and easy.


The drivers are stable, orderly ... no problem and recorded with ... attention ... 0 lag ... and yes ... 0! impeccable!
High-quality preamps, the sound is hot!
But for the voice, I still recommend going through a mixing desk before entering the firebox to make a little gain and pre EQ.
In any RSAC with Cubase LE and Cubase SE 3, no but really no worries!
I recorded with two XLR inputs simultaneously, and nothing to say!


I've had a year now, and it is:
more firewire is fine, we go out faster than a direct or USB card (I recommend the passage ...)
I would not change that to make the Studio!

Naunaud's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?
Pramp Neutrik, Reduces size, various connectors.

- For what purpose?
Home studio, sound recording and MIDI CONTRL.

- What is your config (motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
An Acer laptop 12.1 "(Pentium M 1.7Ghz, 1GB DDR2, 80GB 5400rpm HDD), a tower (A64 3000 + DFI LP on Ultra-D, 1GB DDR1, Seagate 7200rpm HDDs)

- Which instruments or Systmes (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...
A couple of microphones bte capacitor (XLR), an old synth (MIDI jack and 6.35).


- Installation is it without problem?
All done, just follow the instructions.
Install drivers, wait until the installation requires the insertion of the cable into the port FW FW to Get You Started installing the drivers and it's done.

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?

- The configuration gnrale is easy?
Any fact, the interface is a bit gross but it's clear.

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Everything is sufficient.


- The drivers are stable?
No instability point (despite 3 sound cards, PCI, USB and FW branches at the same time).

- Are they often put day?
No IDE, we'll see.

- What software do you use most often?
Cubase SX, Ableton Live.

- What you get lag?
5 ms

- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
I have not had the opportunity to test more than 7 tracks (including VSTi), but works with 7.


- How long have you use it?
A little over a month.

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Most: its size
The least: no toslink

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

- How do you report qualitprix?
Excellent, the quality of pramps is bluffing Reduces the price (under 300).

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
Yes, everything.