PreSonus FireStudio Project
PreSonus FireStudio Project

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

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 10 reviews )
 7 reviews70 %
 2 reviews20 %
 1 user review10 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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meecow1490's review"Outstanding!"

PreSonus FireStudio Project
The PreSonus FireStudio Project is an outstanding, affordable audio interface that offers a wide variety of features, including 8 xmax preamps, more than 10 imputs, midi, and much more. Some of the features include:

- High-Speed FireWire (IEEE 1394) Audio Interface
- Up to 96K Sampling Rate
- 8 XMAX Class A Microphone Preamplifiers (+60dB gain) w/ Trim Control
- 8 Analog Mic/Line Inputs, 2 Instrument Inputs
- 8 Analog Line Outputs
- S/PDIF Digital Input and Output, MIDI Input and Output
- Balanced Send / Return for Channels 1 and 2
- Zero Latency Monitoring with FireControl Mixer/Router
- Separate Balanced Main Outputs and 8 Balanced Analog Outputs
- Software Package including PreSonus Studio One Artist, 20 new PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins and virtual instruments and a bundle of third-party loops, software, and instrument sounds

In addition, it connects you your computer via firewire, making it faster than any USB audio interface and much more reliable. I connect it strait to my Mac and use it with Apple's Logic to record drums, guitar, keyboard, and vocals.


The driver that come with the PreSonus FireStudio Project are indeed very stable and include a software mixer that is very useful. With the Firestudio, you can record up to eight tracks at once, more than any other audio interface out there.


The only issue you could possible have with this interface is if you don't have a firewire input. Other than that, this is an easy to use, affordable unit.


Overall, the PreSonus FireStudio Project is an amazing unit for recording both in the studio and at home. It's incredibly easy to use, and the sound is amazing! I have never been happier with this unit, and I am actually considering buying another!

So consider it too, this is as good as it gets for the price!
Audiofanzine FR11/02/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

PreSonus FireStudio Project
(Originally written by studio2records/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

8 preamps with combo XLR/phone connectors.
1 or 2 HiZ inputs for guitar or bass.
8 + 2 + 2 separate analog outputs.
2 inserts (channels 1 and 2).
2 SPDIF inputs/outputs.
Comprehensive Midi implementation.

I chose this sound card for its preamps so that I can record and mix rehearsals with a decent quality.
I have two systems:
- Macbook laptop
- PC with old CPU (XP 3000+), Win XP Pro, 1 Gb RAM.


Installation with Mac: 30 seconds... It works very good with the included version of Cubase 4 LE.
While on the PC...
I searched on the manufacturer's homepage and on the web and I finally found the problem:
Presonus FW sound cards are not compatible with all PCI FireWire cards. So I went back to the store and bought a new PCI FW 400 with VIA chipset (the other one didn't have a VIA chipset).
Then the installation worked in 2 minutes (install the drivers first, reboot then plug the external module).
I give it 10/10 with Mac.
I give it 5/10 with PC because of the compatibility problems not mentioned in the 5-page user's manual.


Until now no drivers stability problem, no noise nor drop outs...
7 ms latency with my system; I can record 8 simultaneous tracks without a problem.
I use it with:
Cubase 4 LE on Mac
Nuendo 2 on PC


- Front panel VU-meters (but they aren't very accurate)
- Control panel software (allows to make independent monitor mixes for the musicians)
- Preamps sound.

A great sound card if you already know what a pain it is to install it on a PC.
The preamps and converters sound great, not even comparable to the gear I've owned previously (Motu 2408, Digi 001, M-audio 1804FW, Alesis i/o, etc.).
My friends are impressed with the sound I get without having to spend an eternity placing the mics...
I give it 10/10.
I'll repeat it again even at the risk of sounding boring: this is the first sound card that has ever satisfied me in terms of sound!!
Someday I will buy a second one to have a 16-track system.

c.barda's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good but ..."

PreSonus FireStudio Project


Very correct




I use this sound card with a MacBook Pro late 2009. Excellent product in its functionality and especially for its price range a very good sound quality. For details all is said below

but one thing bothers me that I would point out: after a few tens of minutes after ignition it emits a continuous sound that I hear very sharp and is extremely unpleasant.

Other than that all is well

kikiln's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent sound card"

PreSonus FireStudio Project
8 Front Input preamp connected to the PC. Top!


Drivers not always on top, especially with Cakewalk Sonar.
Finally, after much adjustment, it works correctly.


Settings not always easy with a recording software (Sonar), but I'm an amateur.
Moreover, I do not have time to read manuals.


Very good sound card to record your songs in a group. I play in a rock / pop (bass / guitar / drums / vocals / harmonica / keyboard). Ideal for registered our songs and make very good models.
The mic preamps are excellent card.
Possibility to record 8 tracks simultaneously (provided you have a good PC behind).
Midi interface to connect a master keyboard or synthesizer. Everything is there to have fun.
I had an Edirol FA101, which was not bad, but the PreSonus FireStudio Project surpasses it on all points.
Brief but good. It remains a reference today.
For a reasonable budget, it manages to have big sound!

SamHell's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good map"

PreSonus FireStudio Project
I chose this card for its inputs / outputs. I wanted a card with a lot of preamp for a mobile recording project. Then my needs have changed, and I wanted to have many outlets to power a mixer. So I bought one, then two other FSP for strings and get 24 outputs to feed my console 24 channels.
The mobile recording project has still not materialized, but the material I was there in case.
So I used the 24 outputs of the 3 jacks symmetric PSF.
I also made the registration point to 1 or 2 microphones, which have always given satisfaction.
I used the boards with 2 laptops (Dell and Lenovo) with an express card with Texas Instrument chip for firewire.


The drivers are not a rock-solid for my part, but a number of settings allowed me to improve all this:
- Good ventilation to prevent heat maps
- Buy a express card to Texas Instrument chip for Firewire
- The passage in "safe mode" in the presonus drivers.
With that, I turn without stalling, but with a latency of 12 ms and 20 ms input output. It is not that great, you can hear it a little, but it still allows work without too much trouble.
I use it with cubase 5.
In my mix sessions, I used 3 x 8 outputs, thus 24 outputs simultaneously.
The drivers have been updated regularly it is 1 or 2 years, and since they no longer shake (well, I do not think!)


The installation went smoothly problem. It installs the driver, you plug the card, the LED Sync card turns solid blue, and AC drives.
Integration with cubase was done without any worries
The drivers can make a mix "internal" between inputs and outputs, thus bypassing the computer's software. It's pretty simple to use, but it did not fit a need in me, so I have not really tested thoroughly. But from what I've tested, it works well.
Incompatibilities, release from the worries stall noted above.
The manual is very good. It gives ideas of connection, the ideas of settings, although it details everything about the map, so good. I use my 3


FSP 2 years, and I am perfectly satisfied.
I do not have the skills to judge the quality of the preamp, but I've never had to complain about the records that I did.
I still have a Tascam FireOne I used before, and I did not feel a change in its extraordinary, simply, more inputs / outputs.
What I like most is the number of inputs / outputs
What I like least is the latency on my machine. However, this parameter is very dependent on the computer used. Perhaps with a MAC, just'll have been simpler and faster. That said 12ms 20ms input and output is not death!
The value for money is very good for those who want a lot of inputs / outputs. 8 preamp + 8 analog outputs, with the possibility of chaining, all for 400 € it's still in trouble!
I remake that choice without hesitation, but with 3 FSP, I do not think I need more!

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

PreSonus FireStudio Project
Motivated by the possibilities offered by the card: # of entries (yes it's good to have multiple inputs / outputs), noon, no ADAT (damage).
Use primarily for recording and secondarily to live in the south.
Used on a Q6600, 2GB Ram, 2 HDD (30GB and 150GB).
-1 Star for the lack of support ADAT


Perfect fit and quick.
No problems with stability / compatibility.
The management software of the card is an example of simplicity and efficiency.
The manual in English ... -1 Star for that.


Drivers stable, dating back to last maj qqls months but it runs itself!
Software used: Cubase VST32 (date but yes it works very well with the card).
7ms latency! that we change our old Tascam US122 (32ms).
Not tested the multi yet.


Used for qqls days, we'll see over time.
The +: nb input, MIDI support, management software of the card, VU meter (Simplified) façade.
The -: no ADAT (-1 star)
Before we had a Tascam US122, nothing to do so ...
Very good quality / price ratio and I insist on it!
With the short time of use to this day, I would do this choice. We will see over time.

Very good map, do not hesitate in this price range, it's all good.

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

PreSonus FireStudio Project
-8 Pramplis of quality (combi jack / XLR), routing software 10 in 10 out, firewire interface, not ADAT.
Demo-registration, drums, vocals
PC, CM Asus, AMD Dual Core 4400 +
Pending-Rode NT5, sm 57, beta 52 and monitors yamaha HS50M
-Command to the United States and used in Switzerland, fully compatible (internal PSU)


-Quick and simple updates Most recent internship with the site, rapid implementation, intuitive mixer trs.
-No problem of compatibility with Cubase SX 3 and Live 6
-Concurrent users with M-Audio Ozone problem without
-You do not have the manual up now!


Drivers-stable latency varies the amount of sample buffer with 64 3 ms (minimum)
-Playing a dozen tracks full of plugins without problem (in cubase)
-No record has more than two track, but everything is fluid.


Utilis-two weeks

+ Everything works as planned!
- Peuttre latency slightly raised, but the card allows direct monitoring, so no problem.
No-ADAT Compatibility

The quality-of pramps seems much higher that of a M-Audio Ozone.

Trs good value for quality control prices in the U.S., with $ 500 Fader Port.

J'diterai me in the weeks after having tested more hardware!

Contact me for questions in the IMMEDIATE.