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PreSonus FireStudio Project (FS Project)

10-Input/10-Output Firewire Recording System

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The FireStudio Project a complete 24-bit/96K professional recording system combining eight Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers, 24-bit/96k sample rate conversion, and a zero-latency matrix router mixer. The FireStudio Project is bundled with PreSonus Studio One Artist, our groundbreaking music creation program, and over 4 GB of virtual instruments, plug-ins, loops, and samples to get you started making music immediately. 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 new 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. The FireStudio Project can be daisy-chained with one or more FireStudio Projects or FireStudio Tubes to expand your number of recording inputs. Two and three units daisy-chained in any combination has been tested at PreSonus, however, the total number of units that can be daisy-chained depends on your computer’s processor speed, amount of RAM and computer configuration. The FireStudio Project is the next-generation of the award-winning FP10/FirePod with the following 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 PreSonus Studio One Artist bundle with Native Effects plug-ins and third-party instruments, loops, and applications. 8 XMAX Class A Preamplifiers The FireStudio Project includes eight custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers for all types of microphones. 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. All XMAX preamplifiers are built with the same three elements: High Voltage - The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off the shelf op amp based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs and an overall fuller sound. Discrete - No op amps. Only transistors, resistors and capacitors. Op amps add noise, coloration and harshness to a signal. Discrete designs deliver ultra low noise and transparency. Class A - When a circuit is running in Class A mode the circuit is always in an "on" state operating at its optimal voltage requirements. Class A mode has zero crossover distortion and delivers purer, clearer and more musical sonics than class A/B designs which are found in most op-amp circuits. The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range and wide frequency range, and most importantly, musicality and transparency - smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between. Digital Converters and JetPLL Sync The FireStudio Project touts A/D/A converters with a dynamic range of over 114dB for unbelievable clarity as well as synchronization using patented JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology. JetPLL™ incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio band jitter. JetPLL™ ensures the highest converter performance possible, resulting in better stereo separation and clearer more transparent audio. JetPLL™ 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. JetPLL™ ensures near perfect clock performance when networking audio devices, thus creating the most stable and robust synchronization to the computer. Universal Control All members of the FireStudio family of interfaces, including the StudioLive 16.4.2 mixer, come bundled with Universal Control software. Universal Control is a powerful, flexible, and easy to use control-panel application that allows you to daisy-chain to up to 4 FireStudio-family devices for a maximum of up to 52 inputs and outputs. Universal Control consists of the Launch window and the Device window. In the Launch window, you can set the sample rate, clock source, safe mode, buffer size (PC only), and WDM routing (PC only) for all connected FireStudio-series interfaces. Each device is listed at the bottom of the window, along with Device Window buttons that open each interface’s Device window. The Device window provides level and routing controls for each FireStudio-series interface’s internal mixer, enabling you to set up zero-latency monitor mixes. Input and output metering have been optimized for ultra-fast screen display and minimum CPU usage, and you can give each interface a custom name. You can use any device in the chain as the master clock source, or you can slave the entire chain to an external digital device using any of the available digital inputs in the chain. Studio One Artist—Plus Gigabytes of Creative Resources The FireStudio Project is bundled with an exceptional software package, featuring PreSonus Studio One Artist, the amazing new 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 package, you get 20 new PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins and virtual instruments and a generous bundle of third-party loops, software, and instrument sounds. Compare Studio One Artist and bundled extras to what comes with competing mobile interfaces: All-meat, no-bloat, music-creation software with an intuitive, practical, single-window interface Unlimited tracks, insert effects, sends, virtual instruments, buses, and effects channels Powerful drag-and-drop functionality Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player Full-featured, flexible automation Powerful real-time auto/manual time-stretching and resampling engine Control Link™ (advanced MIDI mapping made easy) Twenty 32-bit Native Sound™ plug-ins, including reverbs, amp modeling, and EQ Four new virtual instruments, including a sampler and an analog-type subtractive synth Ability to control the software mixer in any FireStudio-series interface to create zero-latency cue mixes. Gigabytes of third-party resources, including Native Instruments™ Kore™ Player with custom SoundPack (150 instruments), Native Instruments™ Guitar Rig LE, Toontrack™ EZDrummer Lite, and over 1.4 GB of loops!

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) Owner's Manual
  2. Also available for download here in French!
  3. (1) FireStudio Project Unit
  4. (1) 6' 6-pin-to-6-pin FireWire cable
  5. (1) 6' standard IEC power cable
  6. (2) Software Installation Discs
    • Universal Driver Installation Disc
    • Studio One Artist Installation DVD
  7. (1) PreSonus Warranty Card

Product Features:

  • 10 x 10 Professional FireWire Recording System
  • 8 Class A XMAX Microphone preamplifiers (+60dB gain) w/ trim control
  • 24-bit/96k sampling rate
  • 8 analog mic/line inputs, 2 instrument inputs
  • 8 analog line outputs
  • S/PDIF input and output
  • MIDI input and output
  • Balanced send/return for Channels 1 and 2
  • Zero-latency matrix/router mixer
  • Perfect for studio recording, live sound recording, performance and pod casing
  • XMAX Class A Microphone amplifier:
    • Runs on power rails of 30V for more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs and rich sound
    • Discrete component design for low-noise operation and transparency
    • Class A Circuit has no crossover distortion for a pure, clean musical sound
    • Boosts microphone level signals to line level
    • Ensures high headroom, low-noise and wide frequency range
  • JetPLL Synchronization Technology removes almost all audio-band jitter for a perfect performance
  • JetPLL results in a better stereo separation with the highest converter performance possible
  • Three-segment LED Level/clip indicators
  • Studio One Artist Software included:
    • Unlimited tracks, insert efects, sends, instruments and effects channels
    • Easy-to-use, drag and drop functions
    • Content browser has sort options and preview player
    • Real-time auto and manual time-stretching
    • Control Link (advanced MIDI Mapping made easy)
    • Twenty 32-bit Native Sound plug-ins, including reverbs, amp modeling and EQ
  • Universal control allows you to daisy-chain one or more family devices to expand your inputs and outputs
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Specifications:

  • Phantom Power: +48 VDC (+/- 2 VDC)
  • Main output frequency response: 10-70,000Hz
  • Microphone preamp:
    • Frequency response (+0,-0.5dB): 20-50,000Hz
    • Frequency response (+0/-3.0dB): 20-150,000Hz
    • THD: < 0.0003%
    • Signal-to-noise ratio: >101dB
    • Common mode rejection ratio: >55dB
  • Gain control range:
    • Microphone input: -4dB to +50dB
    • High impedance instrument: -30 dB to +50 dB
  • Clock:
    • Jitter: <20ps RMA (20-20,000Hz)
    • Jitter attenuation: >60dB
  • Output impedance: 51 ohms
  • Dimensions: 7"D x 19"W x 1-3/4"H

Inputs & Outputs

Total Number of Inputs
This is the total number of input connections that go into the unit.
Total Number of Outputs
This is the total number of output connections that the unit will produce.
Number of Combo Input Jacks
The number of combo input jacks on the device. Combo input jacks are a combination of XLR 3-pin and 1/4" TRS phone type inputs, enabling the user to choose one or the other based on their needs.
Number of Analog Inputs
This is the number of available analog inputs on the device
Inputs
These are the analog inputs for the studio monitor.
Outputs
These are the type of outputs on the unit.
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs
This is the number of coaxial digital audio inputs that the receiver accepts.
Optical Digital Audio Inputs
This is the number of digital optical audio signals the receiver accepts.
Digital Inputs
The type of digital inputs available on the unit.
Digital Outputs
These are the types of digital outputs available on the unit.
Number of Preamps
This is the number of preamps available on the unit.
Independent Monitor Level Control
The abillity to control the main monitor level output.
MIDI Connections
The configuration of input and output connections on a MIDI controller.
USB
The ability for the MIDI controller to interface with a MIDI device via USB.
Headphone Output
If the unit is capable of outputting audio to a pair of headphones, this is the type of jack that makes the connection.

Digital Specifications

Computer Connection
The computer connections for the audio interface to transmit data and/or audio.
Sample Rate
Sample rate defines the number of samples per second (or per other unit) taken from a continuous signal to make a discrete signal.
Bit Depth
Bit depth represents the bits of information that are recorded for each sample. Bit depth directly corresponds to the resolution of each sample in a set of digital audio data. Common examples of bit depth include 16-bit CD audio, and DVD-Audio that can support up to 24-bit audio.

Audio Specifications

Nominal Input Level
The nominal level is the level at which the device was designed to operate for the greatest dynamic range.
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
Output Impedance
This is the amount of impedance that the microphone allows.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).

System Requirements

Operating System
This is (these are) the operating system(s) that the device needs to function properly.
USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
CPU Manufacturer
This specifies the manufacturer of the computers processor. The two major manufacturers are Intel and AMD.
CPU Cores
This is the number of cores inside the computer. The more cores, the faster and more efficient the computer will be able to process information.
CPU Speed
This is the speed of the processor inside the computer. The higher the speed, the faster the computer can process information.
RAM
RAM (or 'random access memory') is an amount of temporary memory that your computer uses to perform common tasks as quickly as possible.
Available Hard Disk Space
This is the minimum hard disk space requirement for any software that might come with this device.

General Specifications

Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Height
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
Depth
The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.
Width
The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

FIRESTUDIO-PROJECT

UPC

673454000768

Weight

7.00lbs

Internal SKU

fsproject

Internal Product ID

24132

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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