PreSonus FireStudio
PreSonus FireStudio

FireStudio, FireWire audio interface from PreSonus in the Firestudio series.

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Average Score:3.7( 3.7/5 based on 13 reviews )
 4 reviews31 %
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 1 user review8 %
 3 reviews23 %
Value For Money : Excellent

AlanForPresident's review"I loved working with the FireStudio"

PreSonus FireStudio
The Presonus Fire Studio was an interface that for the first time I used at the School that I attended a year ago. They had a few of these in different rooms (mainly the second studio rooms and no the main ones). The Fire-studio seemed to work great and do exactly what it said it would do. There was nothing that really stood out with it though to make me want to go out and buy it for myself. It had enough ins and outs to power your whole band and record them all at the same time. That would be the only reason I would suggest someone get this is if they have drums recording into it and guitars and other instruments for a big session. But if your just a one or two microphone type of set up there is no purpose to have this.


I am not sure if the drivers where updated at all during the year I was using it. We recorded up to 4 or 5 tracks simultaneously without any problems, we actually used this interface to record into the “student” version of Pro tools and it worked just fine. I have heard that it was a pain in the butt trying to get pro tools to recognize and work with it though. But this isn’t something I have personally dealt with.


The Manual is extremely clear and well written, I had to use the manual several times when working on new project that would require different set ups. Each time I had to reference to the manual, it was easy to do and I got right to it without any issues.


My favorite part of working with the Fire Studio is how easy it was to record so many things at the same time instead of having to record one person/instruments take and then start over and record something else. We could just run right through our projects and assignments pretty quick. The sound quality (as long as you are using good mics) will be great and will give you nothing to complain about. I have tried a lot of other models of PreSonus interfaces and all of them seem to be great.

ericthegreat's review"Great interface"

PreSonus FireStudio
The Presonus Firestudio Project has excellent quality XMAX mic pres. these pres have neutrik combo jacks which accept traditional 3 pin XLR or 1/4" phono plugs. Although i put a preamp in front of the firestudio, these mic pres are certainly good enough to use without any outboard gear.


Presonus includes Cubase LE4 recording software and a decent tutorial dvd to get you started. The 48 track software is more than adequate for recording your entire band at once or doing track by track recording for solo musicians who play all the parts themselves. There are plenty of plug ins included to help add spice and partiality to your recordings as well as produce broadcast quality masters.


Presonus includes all necessary hookup wires so there is nothing else needed to get started as long as you have a pair of headphones or some other means of monitoring (which by the way presonus made making great monitor mixes a breeze).
All in all, the Presonus Firestudio Project is a great, easy to use firewire interface that can be used as a mobile recording setup, a front end for your home studio or as a mixer for your live performances. When quality counts (as it always does), this is a very inexpensive (and expandable) solution to your digital I/O needs. Purchase with confidence.


Overall, I was able to track the entire band and send each musician a separate headphone mix using the built in mixer and several hp4's. Everybody was happy with the Firestudio Project. The drum sounds we got were really shockingly good. The drummer kept asking me what preamp and eq we were using. I tracked all the drums flat with no eq or compression - just the preamps from the Firestudio Project. Cubase LE4 is a HUGE step up from LE as well. Although I'm probably going to upgrade to Cubase4 soon.

toskidus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Presonus FireStudio 26x26."

PreSonus FireStudio
8 entries combo jack / XLR make a small mixer. outputs too.
we play as a group with a bass guitar, a stereo keyboard, vocals and electronic drums.
Each musician personalized headphone listening. (The top for rpeter)
The PC is a Toshiba P300-220 (PSPCCE) laptop (proc: P8600) 4 GB of RAM under Windows XP. I added a hard drive go 600 7200 r / min, but the original 5400 rev / min cashed as well.


The drives are often (5 -> 10%) of the time of interruption, loss of data (config).
More on my config it take 20% occupancy processor lighting the carte.J 'have a generic firewire chipset. I bought a firewire / expresscard card chispet texas instrument does not change much.
On my fixed config Husky (I7 2600k ssd / 8 gb ram) the driver takes 10% (firewire card chispet Texas instrument purchased from kalea computer.)
I use Cubase 5.
You can record eight tracks simultaneously. The SPDIF input is very temperamental. (Too)
I do not use my system (mobile) requesting latency. I did test can have a latency of 5 ms buffer card 128 using one or two plug-ins without it cracks (equa + reverb on track live)
but do nothing else running (not curly synth ...)

then the system is stable.

The card is no longer sold there is no new update.


Installation is simple. must update the firmware if it is not already.
The config needs to be addressed but it is normal considering the possibility.

incompatibility: The occupation processor shows that it takes a particular hardware configuration that only a specialist can optimized.
I had a set with a P4 3 ghz firewire card chispset the integrated VIA processor occupancy was negligible compared to the idle mode (idle = no action) ... (will include Charles)

The manual is a little light I put it 4/10


I have the card since 09/2009 I used six hours per week.

I had before a top 64 home sound studio pro (1998). Then a Marian Marc 4 midi 2003.

What I like most is that it replaces a mixer'' Acquisition'' in addition to being a sound card.
what I like least is the instability on the drivers.

The value for money is good considering the price of the competition (rm-universal audio ...)

I think I will not repeat that choice and I save to make the most stable malt. But must also follow the PC so it is always a history of investment (money).
Today I still use the card rehearsal (it manages clik for the drummer) + samples and we can make some nice models. In terms of studio recording experience I have is rather positive. it is the enlightened amateur home studio.
YoucasteY production09/12/2012

YoucasteY production's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good product."

PreSonus FireStudio
I use this material in my studio by turning in Fl Studio 9 XXL.


The drivers are stable except for a few times or start the computer it does not recognize it, the problem is solved simply restart the FireStudio will refresh properly, for me it works.

I have a very low latency (2ms), which for me is a big change compared to USB 2. (See my review of the Tascam Us-122 L)

I can easily to record 8 tracks simultaneously with a lot of plugins for it.


The installation went without problems for me, I'm comfortable with this kind of material.
The manual is I never seen so I can not say more.
The configuration is simple, it is the rule from the sequencer or the application that is in your computer.


I use it extensively for 3 months, it is a very good camera very transparent with a good range of gain at the preamp,
up to 60 db I think.
What I like most about this unit is the speed of execution on branch and all drivers on the sequencer it is very practical and can be easily transported.
What I like least neutriks entries that crackles when it shakes or handles the microphone cable to it not look like it.
Be careful to have a Firewire!
In all it is a pure joy for me to switch from usb to firewire and especially with such a device or converters are very clean.
I the past, but if I should buy it I would have no regrets.

pgs's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A disaster ..."

PreSonus FireStudio
Comprehensive connectivity, I bought it to replace my very old Yamaha DSP 2416.


First rub. The drivers are an absolute nullity. Absolutely useless in a professional environment. Yet, after years on my 2416 I was accustomed to DSP drivers whose development was abandoned. But here, congratulations! Of regular updates, of course, but do not solve anything.

So using the Firestudio can be defined as a random experiment. One day it works, then it's a hassle for 1 week. Yet I have tried everything including an OS installation. Nothing to do.

When it works the latency is quite low.


The installation can be a nightmare if the drivers you play tricks. Especially when you make an update to the firmware of the FPGA.


I use it for 1 year and every day I tell myself that I should sell this stuff.

What I like least
1) catastrophic drivers (in Windows I said, I know for MacOSX)
2) the manufacturing quality is not terrible, after a year and a half use half of the knobs has vied spit up off the sound. Yet this device has not left my studio.

What I like most
Characteristics, connectors, neutral preamps

With experience, I would do certainly not the choice. Besides, I think I will stay away as much as possible of any audio product using a Firewire port in favor of a PCI solution.

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

PreSonus FireStudio
Entries The number and d'avoir need a "big machine" Studio motivated my choice for this interface.
I have an iMac with 4GB of Ram and I use Logic Pro Studio.
I play semi-pro music.
I have a big mixer and a lot of keyboards, guitars and basses.







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

PreSonus FireStudio
These are the 8 microphone inputs that motivated me most to buy this sound card, and the number of outputs.
One regret: the RCA is not actually an entry, it is only through a remote Presonus, so no possibility of recovering the signal to the computer.
I use it for the home studio, mainly to save battery, but also in rehearsals for a recording group.
My setup: Apple MacBook 13.3 "Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz, 2GB RAM. I used it before with a PC, 2GB processor, 2GB of RAM.


The first installation was done on a PC without any problem, the driver has always worked great.
However, on Mac, the driver does not work at all, all channels glutted, unable to use the sound card. I enrolled in the Beta test program, and there, more of a problem, everything works nickel.
I found the driver very well, especially the possibilities of mix quite huge!


The drivers were not very developed, but now they are very stable. I was using Cubase SX3 on PC, and now Digital Performer on Mac, use without any problem on both sides. (I use it for two years)
With the Mac, I have no audible latency. I can no malfunction record eight tracks simultaneously, and this for three hours.


I've tried any model before this one, so I decided is the Firewire connection. I've had two years, I am very glad I found the preamp quality, although I have not many other references, or experience!
I paid 725 euro I think, which seems reasonable for eight preamps and all the possibilities offered mix!

Without hesitation, I do it again this election.

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

PreSonus FireStudio
The solution is attractive by providing eight simultaneous inputs with high quality preamp and 48V for mics. I turned to this type of solution in order to be able to record a live band with minimal equipment. in addition to the routing can be inserted into the Firestudio chain and thus its registration under any conditions.
I also added a Digimax FS for a total of 16 audio inputs.
So I can save the entire group during rehearsals and making models.
I use a Dell Inspiron 9300, 2.3GHz, 1GB Ram, 60 GB 7200 RPM / m.
I am equipped with microphones for sound with a drum kit with Prodipe DM8 (well except the microphone kit bass drum-sounding board) for sennheiser bass and guitars for a total of 12 tracks used.
I use Cubase SX3 for recording.
I hesitated with the new M-Audio ProFire 2626 has some more as the opportunity to work with higher sampling frequencies but in my case are not necessary: ​​96K is already very good. I chose the Firestudio telling me that the model was older and that drivers should be more mature and stable than the proFire2626 ...


The installation went well, the utility is made to control the internal routing between the inputs and outputs. on the other hand I encountered big problems of stability, crash cubase, recording that stops me what a little tense for a few repetitions. So I searched the forums a way to optimize the system, to see what activities are incompatible with my Firewire card which is a OHCI compliant. I subscribed to the program presonus beta drivers for testing was for me the only way I had before my despair.
I now have a stable system with the latest beta drivers and have disabled the network card in windows and Firewire networks that use the same IRQ.
I do not understand why Presonus does not come out the beta version because the current official really worries. So the beta program subscription is a must.
Level documentation, the version is a little more light and should give an example. New features included in the betas are currently not documented which is a bit frustrating.


So plan to enroll in the beta test program as a presonus has not released a new official version. now I have the beta version
I record 12 tracks simultaneously without dropping it works well with a buffer of 512. No problem to run the Digimax in Adat with the FireStudio.


After galar for a stable and efficient to use it becomes quick and easy to store. The quality is there with good microphones can be a model of very good quality. preamps are effective should not hesitate to increase the level of preamps.

°-._wanderer_.-°'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireStudio
What motivated my purchase at the time:
- 8 input preamp Presonus quality (op amp, class A, headroom etc.)..
- Good converters
- I / O configuration and routing apparently facilitated by an ergonomic software ...

I bought it for use alone and live (jq 8 inputs used simultaneously)

My config: AMD 64 x2 4800 +
4096 Mb RAM
2 Samsung hard drives (500 Gb + 250 Gb)
Goldmike + TL-Audio PA-1 + GT PRO Input
The rest in the sequencer )


The installation was done without any problems.
No incompatibilities software / hardware encountered. No problem recognizing when starting, no conflict with my computer's chipset
As against the manual is clear therefore that we are not novices ... but the layout is done well though. In short doc made very explicit but in summary!


The drivers are stable as a granite python, it's been two years and have never had a mute (except once a year ago and then never again ...), no sudden restart the card (or of the computer)
The new update has enhanced the software interface, the firmware update works fine no problems again!
I work at 192 buffers -> E + S Latency 2.12 ms nothing to frighten my favorite drummer )
Simultaneous recording of 8 tracks without too much of the same treatments tt (!)


So I use it for two years. And last year I told him his friend the attached Remote Studio Monitor (the headphone preamps are fabulous!)
I like the dynamic that emerges, the op amps are so much fun alone. What do the model without any additional gear. I tried an M-AUDIO 1010, the Presonus FirePod ... well no grounds for comparison ... I have a friend who has a Fireface 800, it was small tests (with NT5 on acoustic guitar) and the difference really ... but hey I'm an amateur. I let a real comparative review with the pros!
I give a 9.5. Is that I got attached !)

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

PreSonus FireStudio
Motivated by many inputs and quality pramplis
stage and studio use
config: 2GHz G5, 4 GB of ram, esata 2b


Trouble free installation
config easy
insufficient manual


- I bought a card FireStudio Project in October 2007. like the whole series did not work, they'll have replaced it with a FireStudio. I say not bad! Today the problem is that in June it does not work.
history: a driver version: does not work. version 2: some balbuciements, three audio version appears with cracks and bugs and twelve o'clock drivers appear with names and ghostly walk when they want, and the fourth phase: beta tested now in leopard mac mini with 25 June: we see the sound but it never leaves the card and the drivers seem to work twelve o'clock, but they are invisible in the preferences and as there is no sound coming out, difficult to speak of its quality. what about ......... !
- Drivers are updated but do not correct
_ Cubase 4 and Logic 7
-Latency 15 ms average buffer


- Used from October
- I have a RME Multiface has always worked perfectly from the start and with which I can compare the FireStudio. I purchased the FireStudio to try with my mac mini rack for concerts because the Multiface can be connected by firewire.
- Apparently good value if it worked.
- With experience: I do not buy anything in my life from PreSonus, too disgusted ...