PreSonus FP10
PreSonus FP10

FP10, FireWire audio interface from PreSonus.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 51 reviews )
 29 reviews57 %
 19 reviews37 %
 2 reviews4 %
 1 user review2 %
Value For Money : Excellent

stompboxjon's review"Lots of ins'"

PreSonus FP10
The PreSonus FP10 use to be called the “FirePod” and it has 8 different PreSonus microphone amps which is really a lot of power for your home set up. It feels like they made this interface for the home musician but I really don’t know many musicians from home that would need that many microphone inputs at home. Maybe someone who is mic’ing up a whole drum set, or a large band would need that much but it was too much for use to use for a small set up.


There are 2 Fire Wire ports on the PreSonus FP10, this will make it easy to use more than one FP10 at the same time because you can firewire them together if you needed more inputs. But you wouldn’t need that unless you had a lot of different stuff going on that needed to be recorded. But its nice to know that you have that feature available just in case you might need it down the road.


There are no compatibility issues with the FP 10, every thing seems to work great and the set up was very easy. There is not anything that’s complicated with this unit, its pretty much plug your stuff up and start recording. It does come with a manual but we didn’t even open it out of the plastic it was wrapped in. There was just no need to use the manual. All of the functions of these unit are easy to use and to understand. The unit is rack able and will take up 1 rack space.


Overall, the PreSonus FP10 is very well built and strong taking up minimal rack spaces while still giving your plenty of inputs to plug microphones into right on the front of the unit. So if you put it on your rack you wont have to get behind it to plug anything in. Well great audio interface with a lot of inputs. Make sure you have a fast computer though so you don’t experience any latency.

songboy's review

PreSonus FP10
I bought a Presonus Firebox before I bought the Firepod.  I love my Firebox but I needed more XLR Inputs.  It was a logical choice when someone offered to sell there's to me for a good price. 
I use a Macbook with 2.2ghz, 4GB of ram, and a 320GB HDD.  I also run Logic 9 for my main DAW and occasionally Ableton. 
I use this as my main firewire device in my studio.  I also use it outside of the studio to do onsite band recordings (a little business I am working on).  It takes all of my drum mics (4), as well as one bass and one guitar mic and a two vocal mics.  I run the Vocal mics through a ART MPA gold preamp first.  I also run directs out of the instruments via DI Boxes into the back for even more options. 
Besides the XLR and 1/4" jacks you also have Digital ins and outs and 2 Firewire ports (Computer Connection and Daisy chain), oh yeah, and Midi in/out.


Yes the Drivers are stable.  I have no issues running the Firepod on a Mac.  As for updates, I am not aware of any.  As far as I know it hasn't needed them.  There is a very small amount of latency that I notice most when I am doing vocals myself.  Its not very much at all really, sounds like a very slight chorus effect. 
I most often use the Firepod with Logic 9.  It works correctly with Logic and is very well integrated into the system.  It is very easy to select input sources via individual track parameters and audio output routing is easy too.
So far I have only done Six at a time.  I guess I haven't thought about finding out the max until this review.  I will be checking that out soon. 


There was no compatibility issues whatsoever.  Plug n play on my mac.  The manual is clear enough.  There is a lot less stuff for mac users to read than there is for PC.  It has to do with installation mostly. 
For the most part, yes, the general setup is simple enough.  If you are comfortable selecting inputs on your DAW, then doing everything you need to do to get strong, clean signal recorded should be a breeze.


Two things seem a little strange to me.  First of, the Input/Playback knob, which balances the mix between the actual inputs and the playback, seems weird to me.  I guess its a neat tool, but I can't quite get comfortable with it.  I usually feel when I get the correct volume for my input, the playback sounds too quiet and vice versa. 
Two, it would have been nice if they had a seperate effects loop in/out instead of having to use the first two inputs with a stereo pair of outputs.
Besides that, what I like about this unit is a lot of things.  Good clean, crisp sound.  Very quiet preamps and great compatibility with my gear.   Can't really ask for more. 
I got this used for around $300.  I am very happy with paying that. 
There is very little latency and the sound is very clear and present.
I own presonus firebox and an Alesis Firewire Mixer.  All serve there purpose well, but the Firepod is my "go to" unit in the studio.
Yes, I would definitely make the same choice again.


peepsaudio's review

PreSonus FP10
I got this a while ago before switching to a MOTU interface. It served me well while I had it though the MOTU I have now has more features. I used it basically for the preamps and for AD conversion. I used it with a PC running Nuendo. The PC has a dual core processor and 4GB of RAM so it's a higher end box. This has got 8 XLR inputs, all with gain controls and phantom power for your condenser mics. It connects with firewire. It also has MIDI in and out, which is a nice little bonus if you need it. It has a 1/4" jack on the front for headphone monitoring, and also SPDIF connections on the back if you need them.


This was very easy to install like most firewire interfaces. You just install the drivers, plug in the power and firewire, and turn it on, and your computer and host do the rest. You will of course want to make sure that your host is using the inputs from your FP10 and not from an internal sound card if you have one. Other than that there isn't much configuration to worry about. There aren't compatibility issues with my computer. The manual is sufficient, but this thing has limited functionality so there isn't much to explain.


The drivers were fine on my computer. I never encountered any bugs, so I'm sure they're stable enough now that they don't need to be updated often. This again was using the FP10 with Nuendo on a PC, with Windows XP. The latency is marginal since firewire has good bandwidth. You can get 8 audio inputs simultaneously with this. There are also 8 independent outputs on the rear panel, all of them 1/4" outputs which can be useful if you have a slightly more complex setup.


I used this for about a year before upgrading. The sound of this box is okay - definitely good for the price but not breathtaking or anything. The affordability and convenience are its best assets. However, you have basically no metering, so you'll have to rely on your host to tell you what's going on with your levels and clipping, which is really a pain for someone like me. You don't get XLR outputs, so you might have to go with some non-traditional cabling for connecting other devices. At $400, this is one of the best entry level converters for more than 1 or 2 channels. You'll definitely want to upgrade to something else with more features eventually though. Overall, not a bad piece of gear, and a good value. I wouldn't get it again now, but I'd recommend it for a beginner.

allinmyguitar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" transparency and clarity"

PreSonus FP10
logic pro 9

used to record all types of instruments (sax, drums, percussion, electric and acoustic guitars).


very stable, multi-year ever crash and little latency


plug and play instalation


I used the last several years, you can see in this video the transparency and clarity of sound it (everything has been registered with the sax and guitar percussion etc ...)

I would do this choice without hesitation

the only reason to change would be to have more tracks when recording for the entire group at the same time ..

xanibo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good product"

PreSonus FP10
8 input mic / line - Firewire - 2 for 16 coupled input.
Wired to iMac in a home studio


Driver steady - no latency - 16 simultaneous tracks - 44.1 and 48 hz
Imac - logic pro 9


Quick and easy - mac osx compatibility


2 years - try other presonus card and satisfied
Fragility terminal Firewire - good preamp - direct out to go to analog enrgistreur
Good value for money (bought as new € 200 each)
I would do this choice without hesitation.

nellrock's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Effective and easy to use"

PreSonus FP10
I buy the Presonus because I needed to save my entire group (rock).
I was able to record guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, vocals. I plugged in anything above aside for guitar effects.


The drivers are pretty reliable. I had some problems but I think it was more due to my OS (Windows Vista) because once changed, no more problem!
I reliais map Cubase to record up to 8 track simultaneously.
No latency and that's great!


I was completely novice in home studio to the acquisition of the Presonus and although it took me some time, I think I can say that the handling is quite easy and intuitive. The installation is itself passed without hooked!


I use it for 4 years now. I had not tried before because we had recommended me this one for its effectiveness, its simplicity and price / quality ratio.
What I like most is its eight pre-amplified input handy for simultaneous recording of multiple tracks (type battery). After it is true that the pre-amp is a little weak but I've always used the card without anything around or just with a POD and I managed to record the first album with my group and people are bluffing that be realized "home".
Nevertheless, with the experience I do not have that choice because after recording our album I discovered a VST drum (AD) ... I found myself with a map 8 tracks which I was using more than 2 tracks max simultaneous ...
After that, I advise drummers who want to make sound recordings of all their drums!

GillesMM's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good map"

PreSonus FP10
I bought this console to make live recording but finally I rather registration click.

I use Linux with Ardour

I like the preamp and DI boxes built on the first two tracks.


I do not use it with Linux is stable with good latency depends on the kernel. About 10ms


Nothing to say, but I do not use MIDI. For quite a few years no problem.


4 years - I tried maudio without preamp - Layla cards worse.
I've worked with RME without too see the difference.

blink_44's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Well"

PreSonus FP10
-With what instruments or systems (console, preamp, DtDs ...) use it and how you connect? ...

I record bass / guitar and other connectors XLR / jack only in my case.

-For what purpose?

computer music, mixing and small master.

What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / RAM / Disk, ...)?

PC, windows 7 64bit, 4 heart.


-The drivers are stable?

No problem there for me.

-What software do you use most often?

Cubase 5

-How many tracks do you manage to record / play simultaneously? ...

10 .. or 12 may be.

What You Get-latency?

4 to 6 ms.


-The installation is done it without problem?

No problem, I seem to have found the drivers on the web.

-The general configuration is easy?

Yes, it's still plug and play.

-Have you encountered any incompatibilities?

On w7 64bit, no.


-How long you use it?


-Did you tried many other models before buying it?

The models in the line 6 (pod UX2, UX1 ...)

-What is so special that you love the most, least?

The +

I was looking for a card powerful enough to run at least 10 simultaneous tracks, and with a lot of cubase vst and twenty tracks without problems. All with a latency <20ms. This sound card meets my requirements.
The on / off switch is also appreciable.

The -

It perfectly meets my needs for now ... to see the latest!

soleilnoir1936's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unstable"

PreSonus FP10
What characteristics have motivated your choice?

The price in time, this is my first sound card

For what purpose?

Mainly the south, then guitar, bass and keyboard for small models

What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / RAM / Disk ,...)?

Turned on a Windows XP3


The drivers are stable?
So when I first installed no problem, then I moved last week and, not a reinstall, the LED remains stubbornly red ... I read in some forums that the drivers of the site was not necessarily good ... In short it is the shit and I'm disappointed ... After that it is just windows?? I have to try soon on the mac of a friend and I will update my opinion ...

What software do you use most often?

Cubase 5
What you get lag?



The installation is done it without problems?

Have you encountered any incompatibilities?
As mentioned above, for the moment with windows is very unstable, unless it comes from the FireWire
The general configuration is easy?

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...


How long have you use it?

4 Months

What is so special that you love the most, least?

The sound is very good

For cons, the firewire does not seem to be very stable with windows

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

How would you rate the quality / price?

Very good

ALT-MEDIA's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" strong apreciation"

PreSonus FP10
acceptable latency, converter of very good quality monitor driver even under Windows Seven, connectors Top quality, high-mount fly apreciation short, a good product at a great price obordable.

I use it on multiple PCs as performance, but in general it is a PC with ASUS CPU AMD X2 5200 + 4GB of ram and 500GB sata 2 HD often fill with Edirol FA66


the windows driver no problem, either XP or Seven
rule with a latency of 2ms gives a good but beware rsultat
is in between and 2ms 2ms output for use with software mypage total latency is 4 ms with the SETTING THE 2ms, so be careful but it has a problem common to all hardware of this type.


mix live or studio with Acquisition Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 trs use is enjoyable.

When the manual, I'm not even on the reading ...


good product, very enjoyable fare, in short I recommend, but beware the power supply phantoms are grouped by 4.