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

PreSonus FireBox
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?
Connections Firewire Midi connectors, standalone operation
- For what purpose?
To make and live tracks.
- What is your config?
Macbook pro 2ghz 2gram
- Which instruments do you use or Systmes the connection and how?
I use it with a religious EMX1 midi and audio directly into Ableton Live 5.2
I connect my firewire firebox directly.
The output of the Firebox is a small mixing desk, which she released on a lamp amplifier (home).


- Installation is it without problem?
No worries .. In fact I have not done much right branch I put the cd for
the two management apps. Otherwise she dtct automatically.
To my surprise reboot the mac in the sound of my emx still running! it works so well and truly stand alone.
- Have you experienced any incompatibility?
Pb no incompatibility.
- The configuration gnrale is easy?
I thought that she silent as easy I done nothing and walk nickel
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Read during the journey, we can not help it. So I find English manual has
shame there against him by no more details on its capabilities ..


- The drivers are stable?
Yes, start the mac and red LED ests when the interface is dtcte it turns blue. The card is dtcte everywhere even in my games. It's not necessarily so CoreAudio third installation.
- What software do you use most often?
I use Ableton Live 5.2 and Reason 3
- What you get lag?
No and it's the only I found my Intrets before I had just a small interface midi / usb c'tait and delay settings in any way. With the presonus I press Play and my emx and is perfectly in sync with Live, just 10 ms of delay settle once and for all and that's good. It is the one really sees the capacity of dialogue noon on the firewire instead of USB! Regarding latency gnral level sound is the core audio so I see no real diffrence from before. Still fluid.
- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
I have not tried m'nerver really on its capabilities, but dej test on 10 tracks and it's perfect.


- How long have you use it?
Two days, so I bought his new universe. I expect not to have a pb quelquonque with this interface it works so well!
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
I love its connectivity in large jack and firewire port connector SERIES noon so that the map does not take much space and can quickly be forgotten.
Fortunately, because it is ugly .. I do not like at all its design but not buy a sound card because she is pretty ^ ^
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
I tried the m (firewire audio> retard excessive twelve o'clock
I tried the tc Konnekt 24D> Too expensive and unnecessary for what I did.
I tried the echo indigo io> input / output minijack to avoid!
- How do you report qualitprix?
Excellent! So I bought new 279 euros.
I find it really excellent I wait a map like this for a long time, the sound is much better, I complained of not knowing make the difference between a particular sound, but there is still a marked change from the sound (dj excellent) of the original mac. For what I intend to make this interface for me, I make music for the live then only with machines, not with instruments, it is on there especially mieu level converter, but it is perfect for beginning and very cheap.
- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
I have long hsiter buy a sound card as a given that I'm going abroad soon. When I dpart I sell it for some money before leaving and it is clear (even after two days of use) I do it again the same choice.

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

PreSonus FireBox
Ability to apply effects on MIC and Line of the box which allows you to use as a firebox housing effects.
Access to VST instruments with reduced latency.


Trouble free installation of the box. My laptop IBM Thinkpad T42 is not equipped with standard IEEE1394 (firewire) I have a cardbus add. I chose the Billionton (Texas Instruments chipset) found Surcouf. Only one small problem: the port is a 6 pin firewire in principle provides power to the firebox. Now mine does not work with firewire and power must be connected via the supplied transformer.


Currently no driver problem or latency. Playing instruments since my old synthesizer VST noon (Yamaha DX11) via Cubase there is no perceived latency, even under a range of effects. No clicks. I seriously before "fat" my Windows XP programs whose residents is mounting consuming memory and CPU. One problem observed: when I play the sounds native to the GM of the PC sound card, the time is considerable. I failed to understand why. In any case this is not the main objective of the firebox. The application of effects on the audio inputs of the card seems to work well too. Line input is not very sensitive: I apply the option of 12 db to hear a synthesizer connected to the input. I'll try the option Mic / Instruments next time.


For the time being very satisfied. Excellent value for money. Technical Support US also seems very responsive.

jeromedu93's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
I have over the past year, I just perform all necessary advice on all makes


Mac, you plug, it works

Or has it not work ... ... we will DCON Vior the merchant.




Well then, ractions, this is just my opinion though sr:

- "The Firebox does not sound PRO": if so, Madonna does that the Firebox now she consoles dnigre totally worth the price of a villa on the hill, and racks 5000 pice, it prfre the Firebox!
-> To 300 and the wheelbarrow, you have an excellent quality sound input and output converters are the strengths of the fact bte
So if you bump on the next album of Michael, I guess you're looking for stuff with 2-3 zros more ...

- "Too much power in the headphone useless" means any fact, that's what I think. But this power s'avre useful when discovering that the output is nothing less than the output Stereo 7 and 8, prvu also to connect the monitors ...
Please note, convertos are worse against invoice, so the risk of reprage be false as the mix of your Ralite

- "A breath, there's no power with a dynamic": the actual, pre-amps and I do not suit me, I come back
Let's say against that with a static gain, although pushed (7-8) is sufficient, and breathless

Firewire it: attention, MUST CONNECT THE OUTLET, there is a risk of burn out port of your computer if not, what is often said in any case

2nd firewire it: he sees me he cot Repair Tool 4 weeks of my Lacie external HD, thankfully still under warranty.
It is strongly deprecated plug something on it because "it is said" that this port is not "stable" ... having paid the price, I believe this rumor, this port overheating crme the device and religious. I think even that I am right in saying that self-same Prsonus advise not to connect it, confirm or ...

Which m'emmne heat: the Firebox is boiling hot! It heats, it heats it brle after 1 hour prliminaires!
-To conclude, therefore, the pre-amps do not suit me, they are relatively correct, but my face is pre-amps analos day and night. At the same time this is not the same price, and my test is limited to catch votes. So my conclusion may be Hative me that the pre-amps of the Firebox are fat, a veil indgraissable serious, even once EQ and limiter ...

Here I leave around 10 symbolically, for the price it is a good map trs, especially since for me it is a way to get my records in the computer, so only the convertos m'intressent and I saw that they are on top, no worries for me
Couple of pre-amps analos connected to the inputs 3 and 4 non-pr-amplified, made sparks

music007's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
I wanted a good quality external card for my laptop, there is one year, but with both low latency, good pramplis with a minimum 2entres out, and if possible to license worthy of the name soft before then later pass on a big station chre very kind Pro tools HD ...
The use of this station prcis is twofold: Secure the sound reinforcement systems and record all auquels concerts I attend during my work ... And occasionally respond to requests for records friend musicians and technicians who see the map ...
My congif is: Dell 6000 with processor 1, 6GHz, 2gig Ram 7200 DD / min, FW800 LaCie external HD with 160 Gig coupled to a PCMCIA card LaCie FW800 and 400 ...
C works very well.
I have already had the opportunity to record a classical percussion training with Shoeps for a very long day, RAS if not 2 total crashes innexpliqus but given my config, it is easy to know aps which beugu. I recorded 44.1 24 Bit, because of space on my hard drive.
I also did 2 rec 2 qt grateux and bass players with rhythmic squence stalling ... We went directly Guitar and bass in the card (thank you High Impedance, not to desoin DI). I put a short rverb, a small compressor, my pasta were delighted they had never heard their guitars ... Ringer as I did in 24/96, with 5 ms latency voluntarily and a very good market.
I have prfr another soft Cubase LE, rather Nuendo, but hey, for the price even when I put 10 ...
Since April 05 I recorded DIFFERENT concerts, you have to be careful even when the crtage when we tickle the 0dB Fs in between ... It twists nasty ...
I recorded Raman Sushella the other day, just one of the outputs console matrix, with 2 AKG 414 in hall ambience, mlang with the matrix of the console ... the fact downright. The result is surprising ... It is necessary that the prciser ing sound Sushella (Maxime), it works very well, and the system was well cal ...


The installation is made in the store because I wanted to be on incompatibility without buying a card with my computer, and no problem.
The config is very simple !!!! You can not do better!
The manual is simple but not the limits of the accuracy of all cards.
I wish I can do this with the 5.1 output card !!!! It's too bte. It would be perfect !!!


I had a concern for stability after a inintrrompu use of 10 H. It's not bad, right? Otherwise no concern !!
I have not yet update the drivers.
I use the cubaseLE but I would love to buy a Native Pyramix, which costs a little more than one card, so I'll wait.
Latency will ask me no problem.
It's always a shame that the 5.1 is not possible, given the quality Gnrale, would have been the icing on the cake ...


I use it for one year.

What I like most is the quality of the converters combines the quality of pramplis. Before making twist pramplis, then back really very strong inside.
The internal routing is quite nice, with the combinations of intressante monitoring. There is also the real prampli headphone that is really very good quality fishing in general ... There is no breath whether between or output.
Almost hear the same thing in between and output. It colors a bit, but as Neve prmplis ... It adds us some harmonics of odd, but it's really lightweight, so we will not complain.

What is missing is the possibility to assign the 5.1 release, as I said. Given the quality of the converters and output amplifiers that's too bad.

I cherch a sound card for a month, asking all my colleagues, and I fell by chance on it, I bought the store saw the First of the characteristics of this card because there was an app that takes little prs the road with Cubase LE. I found what i was looking came except for the 5.1. You can not have your cake and eat it too ... the crmire

I think I would do the same choice, given the price.

Archy1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
I chose him because of his preamps and firewire for computer music amateur but intensive
PowerMac G4 OSX and also PC Athlon Barton 2600 + 2GB RAM


No problem under Windows and Mac, I do not even speak ...
a child can use it without a manual


Stable, very stable ...
Cubase SX3 and lots of VST, VSTi
0 to 6ms
I only records one or two simultaneous tracks


6 months
best quality / price
I hesitated between that and the FA66, but the presonus is better

bodom666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
The firebox is a very good price / quality ratio
it is a very good card with good quality and good preamps converter
it runs fine on my pc (2, 4GB 1024 ram)
I plug my pod xt pro on it and the sound is exellent, really not lost!


Installation is basic drivers and cubase!
well you just configure the input in the sequencer (Cubase LE is included!)
the manual is clear although it silk in English (which is not very serious)


The drivers are not stable Updated!
I use it on Cubase SX and I have no lag!
I save that "simultaneously track but I have not had any problems!


I've had one month and I like it a lot it is really complete cr and more it is pretty!
I had a mi2 Steinberg and I really voi difference!
In any case, given the RAPORT quality / price I would do without this choice eSites!

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

PreSonus FireBox
-What technical specifications motivated your choice?
Nothing sp I just wanted an external sound card worthy of the name, which deals well with the 2 inputs and 2 outputs a minimum, and thank you to the notice of AudioFanzine for their precision ...
-For what purpose?
-What is your config?
Asus P5P800, Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz, 2G RAM, Serial ATA 160Giga
-Which instruments do you use or Systmes the connection and how?
Prampli Hartke3000HA bass, piano twelve o'clock Fatar / Studiologic 990XP midi, midi Roland MPD16 also ...


-The installation is done it without problem?
Have you encountered incompatibilities?
Beginners in the afternoon problem of latency, 12ms minimum otherwise it cracks all over the place ...
The configuration-gnrale is easy?
ybr />-The manual is clear?
I have a jet quick look, without much Intrets, left for the connectors for which you are entitled nice designs trs explicit ...


-The drivers are stable?
For the moment yes ...
-Are they often put day?
I do not know, however I'd have information ...
-What software do you use most often?
-What latency you get?
12ms minimum
-How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment?
Ch not yet tried it with a max of tracks ...


-How long have you use it?
Dja ca am one week, I'll fter ca with her a little surprise, I'll bring it to the restaurant, the champagne and presto! I would fit my big jack ...
-What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The SPDIF connector which also noon ca c cool ... at least not yet trouvbr g />-Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
No, before I work on a Tascam US-224
-How do you report qualitprix?
Frankly for me, quite happy ;-)
-With the exprience, you do again this choice?
I think ...

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

PreSonus FireBox
- What characteristics have motivated your choice?
preamps seemed (according to the reviews of other users ...) excellent
quality. -> This is indeed the case
Two microphone inputs (+ 2 line inputs useful when recording group) and six audio outputs.
Firewire port
Delivery of Cubase LE
48v Phantom Power
Brand reputation
MIDI In - Out

- For what purpose?
Voice recording and flok guitars, basses, and electric.
Use of synthesizers in electronic drum rack +

- What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
Asrock motherboard with AMD Athlon 2.4 Mhz
512MB Ram
80 GB hard drive

- Which instruments and systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...
Behringer B1 condenser microphone with XLR preamp
Bass, electric guitar or folk preamp on DI box
Output to table Behringer Eurorack MX2004A
Synths Korg Legacy Collection Digital Edition
Synths via MIDI
1 point less because we can not (yet) connect two firebox chain to use
8 inputs and 12 outputs with cubase


- The installation is done it without problems?
- Have you experienced any incompatibilities?
- The general configuration is easy?
yes, you just fiddling at the beginning to set the latency
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
... Not open ...


- The drivers are stable?
- Are they often updated?
I looks forward to chain a firebox 2 ...
- What software do you use most often?
- What you get lag?
- How many tracks you get to record / play time? ...


- How long have you use it?
+ / - 2 months
- What is so special that you like most and least?
+++++++ Sound quality
- To chain two firebox (and yes! More ...)
- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
The Tascam US 122 that has a great sound but the firebox was still really better
- How would you rate the quality / price?
- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
yes (and you know ... I also dream of buying another ...: o)

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

PreSonus FireBox
What is my motivation for my choice are the spares out, the quality of pramp.

My usage is moving techno, trs can miking.

My config:
P4 2.4Ghz
SIS motherboard chipset (not the best)
7200Tr 200 GB / m

And I use a piano to noon on MC25 Studiotech and Mackie 1402 VLZ Pro


Installation nikel I busted the driver on the presonus website, its moved to 2 seconds and then you plug the card and roll on.

Was no incompatibility issues.

Config. super simple addition of the documentation is minimal and clear but not required.


I use it for 2 days had no crash problems, stable driver, I'm glad for the update of drivers it seems they are not regularly.

I use Cubase SX and Ableton infrieur latency I get an MS 10 has no worries c nikel ...

Otherwise I therefore test the 6 mono outputs with Stereo recording of the input line nikel no problem, no breath or crack, prcisez I have SP2 installed and nikel his works, no problem with the firewire


Well that's two days but I have really good stuff c is nothing to repeat the above.

I think a very good c rapprot quality price.

I do it again and it is clear that choice without problem.

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

PreSonus FireBox
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?
The seller of Music Data Besanon heavy emphasis. In dpart
j'tais come find out about the EMU see 404 1212.

- For what purpose?
Save / work through simualtions guitar amp (Gsuite among others)
My stuff a little too fair, a SB Live! and the drivers asked me KXproject

- What is your config (motherboard / CPU / RAM / Disk
CM: ASUS A7V8X-X / Barthon 2600 + / 512MB / 1X30G0-7200trs + 80GB 1X-5400trs
FireWire card two bullets stuck on that computer by trainnait l.

- Which instruments or Systmes (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...
The Godin SDXT is connected directly between an instrument. I have my virtual
Behringer V-AMP2 and the console UB802.


- Installation is it without problem?
Haaaa j'ia ben put the CD in the drive following the instructions.
0 bp. No Shuchis.
- Have you experienced any incompatibility?
- The configuration gnrale is easy?
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
No need. It's Plug'n'Roll.


- The drivers are stable?
PBS 0. I kept my old SB live, in case qqchose "goes wrong".
From a given multimedia everything is ok. Except!
Winamp5 has a hard time remembering that I use output
[Presonus FIREBOX 1 / 2] as output, it gives me [Presonus FIREBOX 3 / 4].

- Are they often put day?
I board updates downloads the update as I board not used. Those of CD
is not a pb.

- What software do you use most often?
Cubase LE amp simulator and some blackjack.

- What you get lag?
I put random 6ms.

- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
For now one! , I am not four fingers! (Coluche)


- How long have you use it?
2 weeks

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
+++++ The look kewl. Sound.
- No switch ON / OFF

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

- How do you report qualitprix?

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

In conclusion: a good product that is not the port of all CB's.
It is not far from the irprochable.
No background noise. The solid knobs does not seem quite important.
Manipulations attention in the "live".