PreSonus FireBox
PreSonus FireBox

FireBox, FireWire audio interface from PreSonus.

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bagha 08/12/2005

PreSonus FireBox : bagha's user review


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I needed a simple interface, stable and compact for my mini homestudio. I use a Dell Dimension 8300 PC 3ghz and 1 gig of ram sp1. I mainly audio (very few pm), I made the synth, electronic drums, scratching, bass, occasionally singing, percussion and other noisy experiments in my kitchen ... All this is connected to a small console Soundcraft Compact 4 which is very convenient and efficient for the price. I have not tried the MIDI input and output of the firebox, but there's no reason why it does not work since everything else works perfectly.


I have never seen an installation easier. It NIKEL! It took me 5 minutes to install the drivers, the virtual mixer and Cubase Le. 15 minutes in total to record a sound, just enough time to configure the audio in Cubase SX3, Acid 5 and 5 Live. It works perfectly in these three programs, the firebox is recognized immediately. It's great having my galley severely digi 02 rack that I finally sold. So no imcompatibilité for now. Everything is bathed. Latency is inaudible. Just start reading some small jumps when there is more than 10/15 tracks 24bit 48khz more full of plug ins. And since I increased the size of the buffer there's more points. The manual is in English but very clear, in any case is not needed, the use of the firebox is clear.


Regarding preamps, I find them very good, the sound of sweet potato, no breath, and very loyal. Nothing to say. Obviously the ideal is to have more good tube preamp to warm it all. But for the price it commands respect. Otherwise I found that, contrary to what was said by another user, the headphone has a hallucinatory power! I'm barely a quarter of the volume is too high for my Sony MDR7506 headphones (a good headset). If the level if there's even a bit too if you like to listen quietly.
The trick with the firebox boring, and the only, the firewire cable which is about 1m or 1.20m, which is too short. In any case I have to buy me a longer and it still costs 25euros.


I've had a week and I think she and I is made to last. The price / quality ratio is terrible, honestly it's worth, for those who are over budget and did not need a super compact interface, the FIREPOD me look even more complete.