Audio interfaces that connect to your computer via FireWire enjoy the benefit of high-bandwidth data transfer. This speedy, stable connection allows PreSonus to include 10 inputs into its compact FireStudio Mobile interface. With connections for microphones, instruments, and a MIDI controller, the FireStudio Mobile lets you record small combos anywhere you can take a laptop and this rock-solid, compact device.
The ins and outs
The FireStudio Mobile's combination XLR/TRS inputs incorporate high-quality XMAX™ preamps. Their Class A design offers an impressive dynamic range of 118dB, with plenty of headroom to capture delicate vocal performances. These front-panel inputs can also accommodate direct connection of an electric guitar or bass — no direct box or effects processor required. Flip this interface around to find six more balanced 1/4" inputs on the rear panel, perfect for keyboards, drum machines, and other instruments. There's also a MIDI/coaxial digital in/out. Use the included breakout cable to connect a MIDI controller and external digital sampler or recorder. Stereo main outs can send your mix to powered studio monitors, or use the 1/4" front-panel jack with your headphones for easy performance monitoring.
Built-in mixing control app
Hardware is only half the story with this versatile interface. The FireStudio Mobile includes Universal Control digital routing software and virtual mixing board. It provides a mixer interface on your computer, so it's easy to configure signal routing for up to 10 inputs and 6 outputs. You can create three separate stereo cue mixes to send to the headphone, main, and S/PDIF outputs. Universal Control also allows you to monitor with virtually no latency while using dynamic and EQ effects — a valuable tool when working solo or with other musicians. Universal Control also works with as many as four daisy-chained FireStudio interfaces to provide up to 52 inputs.
Includes Studio One® Artist digital recording software
In addition to Universal Control, the FireStudio Mobile comes with PreSonus Studio One® Artist 2. This sophisticated recording software lets you create an unlimited number of tracks within a project and add effects with drag-and-drop simplicity. In addition to its native plug-ins, PreSonus includes 4GB of third-party plug-ins for more instruments, samples, and loops to experiment with. Once you've recorded your song in the Studio One digital audio workstation, the possibilities for editing and mixing are endless. Tweak your performance to make it just right before mixing down to a 24-bit/96kHz file for high-resolution sound quality or an MP3 for easy sharing with friends.
A truly mobile studio
When you grab hold of this compact interface, you know you're dealing with a durable device. The all-metal chassis is shockproof, so you can tote it around in your laptop bag without worrying about it getting damaged. After all, it's called the FireStudio Mobile for a reason. And because it can be powered by your computer or the included AC power supply, you don't have to worry about setting up near an outlet to start producing pro-quality tunes.