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    PreSonus FireStudio Project Interface
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    PreSonus FireStudio Project FireWire Interface Product Description

    The FireStudio Project is a complete 24-bit/96K professional recording system combining eight Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers, 24-bit/96k sample rate conversion, zero-latency matrix router mixer, and the PreSonus ProPak Software Suite featuring PreSonus Artist One recording and production software, over 25 real-time plug-in effects (EQ's, compressors, reverbs), and more than 2 GB of drum loops and samples.

    Great for professional studio recording, live sound recording, performance, podcasting and more, the FireStudio Project is designed for flexibility and ultra-high sonic performance. Whether you need to record a live drum set, mic a guitar amp, or a complete band, the FireStudio Project is ready and more than able. With the FireControl Mixer/Router you can send up to five individual mixes to different musicians during recording so that every band member can have a custom headphone mix.

    Based on the award-winning FP10(FirePod) the FireStudio Project starts with eight PreSonus Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers found in the FP10(FirePod) and adds the folllowing improvements:

    - Improved analog to digital converters (114dB dynamic range)
    - Improved syncronization with JetPLL (jitter elimination technology)
    - FireControl Mixer/Router to send up to five separate zero-latency stereo mixes to musicians during recording
    - Three-segment LED input metering on all analog channels
    - Internal IEC-based power supply
    - ProPak v3 software suite with Artist One, BFD Lite, and Wave Arts plug-ins.

    XMAX Class A Preamplifiers

    The FireStudio Project starts with eight custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers.

    Many other companies offering recording interfaces add the cheapest possible microphone preamplifier as an afterthought to the interface.

    PreSonus knows that the preamplifier is a key component in the sonic quality of a recording. The job of a microphone preamplifier is to boost microphone level signals to line level so that the signal can be converted from analog to digital. This mic to line boost is generally a preamplification of over 400 times the voltage of the original mic level signal. This preamplification stage is one of the most important stages that the signal will go through before converted to digital, and is why a high performance preamplifier is important to achieving great results. A cheap "off the shelf op-amp" type mic preamp that is found in most interfaces translates into thin, noisy and harsh results.

    DICE II and JetPLL

    The FireStudio Project is loaded with the DICE II FireWire chipset delivering 10 channels of simultaneous inputs and outputs at professional-quality 24-bit. The strength of the DICE II chip lies with its ability to easilly handle high channel count at high bit-rate while minimizing latency and load on your computer.

    The synchronization of the FireStudio Project is handled by patented JetPLLTM jitter reduction technology. JetPLLTM incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio band jitter. JetPLLTM ensures the highest converter performance possible, resulting in better stereo separation and clearer more transparent audio. JetPLLTM delivers ultra-fast locking to any digital format, through a wide range of frequencies and is extremely robust, and tolerant of wide variations in clock frequencies. JetPLLTM ensures near perfect clock performance when networking audio devices thus creating the most stable and robust synchronization to the computer and all devices synchronization with the FireStudio Project.

    FireControl - Zero Latency DSP Mixing/Routing

    The FireStudio Project also includes the FireControl mixer/router a 18x10 DSP mixer/router for flexible mixing and direct routing any input to any output including the headphone output, with zero latency. The FireControl software application lives between your FireStudio Project interface and your DAW software enabling the mixing and routing of input streams coming into your FireStudio Studio Project interface and playback stream coming from your DAW software. The FireControl is capable of creating up to five stereo mixes and then routing to the outputs of your FireStudio Project for headphone mixes and various aux sends. This way everyone in the band and the recording engineer can have a custom mix. Also, the FireStudio Project is loaded with internal flash memory so that all FireControl settings are saved and recalled in the FireStudio Project during power off/on. This allows you to configure your FireStudio as a stand-alone device, without being connected to a computer for uses such as a submixer, A/D and D/A-converter, headphone mixer, format converter, instrument or microphone pre-amplifier!

    Software Package

    The FireStudio Project is bundled with an exceptional software package, featuring PreSonus Studio One Artist 2, the amazing DAW software for Mac OS X and Windows XP and Vista that makes producing high-quality projects easier than ever before. As part of the Studio One Artist 2 package, you get 20 additional PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins and virtual instruments and a generous bundle of third-party loops, software, and instrument sounds.

    Features

    - 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 2, 20 additional PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins and virtual instruments and a bundle of third-party loops, software, and instrument sounds.

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    PreSonus FireStudio Project Technical Description

    Computer System Requirements

    New Universal Control version 1.11 software. Compatible with 64-bit Windows XP and Vista and will support 64-bit operation in Mac OS X 10.5 and later.

    Windows:
    - OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP1
    - Computer: Windows compatible computer with FireWire port.
    - CPU/Clock: Pentium, Celeron with 1.6Ghz or higher
    - Memory(RAM): 512 MB (1 GB recommended)

    Macintosh:
    - Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later (32-bit and 64-bit)
    - PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz processor (2 GHz or faster recommended)
    - 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)

    Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) that you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals.
    Monitor resolution for both PC and Macintosh should be no lower than 1024x768 pixels.


    FireStudio Project Specifications

    Microphone Preamp

    Type: XLR Female Balanced

    Frequency Response (+/-0.5 dB): 20 Hz to 50 kHz

    Frequency Response (+/-3.0 dB): 20 Hz to 150 kHz

    Input Impedance (Balanced): 1600 ohms

    THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain: < 0.0003%

    EIN (unwtd, 55dB Gain, 150 ohms Input, 20Hz to 22kHz: -126 dBu

    S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20Hz to 22 kHz: > 101dB

    Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, 55 dB Gain): > 55dB

    Gain Control Range (+/-1dB): -4 dB to 50dB

    Maximum Input Level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +14 dBu

    Signal Level LEDS:
    Red / Clip (+/-0.5 dB)
    Yellow (+/-0.5 dB)
    Green (+/-0.5 dB)

    +10 dBu (o dBFS)
    +4 dBu (-6 dBFS)
    -30 dBu (-40 dBFS)

    Phantom Power (+/-2 VDC): +48 VDC

    Instrument Input (channels 1 & 2 only)

    Type: XLR Female Balanced

    Input Impedance: 1 Milliohms

    Line Inputs

    Type: XLR Female Balanced

    Frequency Response (+/-0.5 dB): 20 Hz to 50 kHz

    Frequency Response (+/-3.0 dB): 20 Hz to 150 kHz

    Input Impedance (Balanced): 10 K ohms

    THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain
    < 0.0003%
    S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20Hz to 22 kHz: > 101dB
    Gain Control Range (+/-1 dB): -16dB to +16dB
    Maximum Input Level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +10 dBu
    Maximum Input Level (Minimum Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +22 dBu

    Line Ouputs (including Preamp Output, General Purpose Outputs and Main Outputs)
    Type: 1/4 in. TRS Balanced
    Output Impedance: 51 ohms

    Headphone Output
    Type: 1/4 in. TRS Active Stereo
    Maximum Output: 150 mW/CH @ 60 ohms Load
    Frequency Response (+/-1.0 dB): 10 Hz - 70kHz

    Digital Audio
    ADC Dynamic Range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114 dB

    DAC Dynamic Range (Awtd, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 114 dB

    Bit Depth: 24

    Reference Level for 0dBFS: +10 dBu

    Internal Sample Frequency Selections (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96

    External Sample Frequency Input: S/PDIF

    Power
    Input Connector Type: IEC

    Input Voltage Range: 90 to 230 VAC

    Power Requirements (Continuous): 20W

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    Shipping Weight: 8 lbs
    Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 12 x 5 in

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