Overview: Using your Windows or Mac computer and the
included software, the FireStudio Mobile Project interface acts a portable FireWire
recording system. All you need is a computer with a FireWire connection, a few
microphones and cables, monitor speakers or headphones, and your instrument; and
you are ready to record in the studio.
24-Bit/96kHz DAC + JetPLL Jitter-Elimination: The FireStudio Mobile Project employs a
high-definition 24-bit/96kHz analog-to-digital converter for exceptional sound
quality and recording with up to 118 dB dynamic range. It also incorporates JetPLL
jitter-elimination technology, for improved stereo imaging and clarity.
XMAX Preamps: The FireStudio Mobile Project is equipped with
PreSonus XMAX microphone preamplifiers for use with all types of microphones.
The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide
dynamic range, extended frequency response, and most importantly, musicality and
transparency, with smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.
XMAX preamplifiers are built with three key 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 a richer overall sound.
- Discrete Components: XMAX preamplifiers only use
genuine transistors, resistors, and capacitors. Other Op-amps add noise,
coloration, and harshness to a signal. This discrete design delivers
ultra-low noise and transparency.
- Class A: Class A circuits have no crossover distortion
and deliver purer, clearer, and more musical results than the Class AB
designs that are found in many preamps.
8Ch Inputs: The Presonus FireStudio Mobile Project is fitted with 8
front-panelanalog input channels, including six mic/line-level inputs and two mic/instrument inputs.
All inputs consist of a combo-jack which will accept either a XLR or 1/4" phone
plug. The FireStudio Mobile Project microphone preamplifier has +14 dBu of
headroom. This gives you wide dynamic range and excellent transient-response
- Mic/Instrument Inputs (1-2): Channels 1-2 can be used for connecting
all types of mics and a variety of
instruments. When an instrument is plugged into the 1/4" input, a high
impedance input buffer is switched into the preamp circuit and the
FireStudio Mobile Project becomes an active instrument preamplifier.
- Mic/Line Inputs (3-8): Channels 3-8 can be used for connecting
all types of mics and a variety of instruments. Channels 3 through 8 of the
FireStudio Mobile can also act as line-level inputs. As line-level inputs,
they are designed to accept up to a maximum input level of +10 dBu (0 dBFS).
Use these inputs to connect your line-level devices such as synthesizers,
ampmodeling hardware, and vocoders. In general, line-level devices have
their own volume controls. As these inputs are for line-level signals only,
there is no trim control for them on the FireStudio Mobile. If you need to
raise or lower the volume, the adjustment should be made from your
48V Phantom Power: The FireStudio Mobile Project provides 48V
phantom power for the microphone input on each channel. Press the 48V button to
enable phantom power for all microphone inputs.
FireWire Inputs: There are two standard 6-pin FireWire ports on the
back of the FireStudio Mobile Project. Either (and only one) should be used to connect
your FireStudio Mobile Project to a FireWire port on your computer. If your computer has
a 4-pin connector (commonly found on laptops), you will need a 4-to-6-pin
adapter to connect your FireStudio Mobile Project to your computer. Four-pin connections
do not provide power to FireWire devices, so you will need to power your
FireStudio Mobile Project using the included power supply.
Note: You can use the "extra" FireWire port to connect additional
FireWire devices to your computer (such as external hard drives) or to connect
additional FireStudio-family interfaces. Keep in mind that if you daisy-chain
multiple bus-powered devices, the FireWire bus might not provide enough power
for your FireStudio Mobile Project and for other devices in the chain.
Main Outs & Headphone Out: The PreSonus FireStudio Mobile Project
features two 1/4" main outputs. The output level of the Main Outs is controlled
by the Main volume knob on the front of the unit. The FireStudio Mobile Project is also
fitted with a 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphones for
monitoring privately. The Phones knob controls the volume of the headphone
output on the front of the unit.
Line Outputs (1-8): These are general-purpose 1/4" line-level outputs.
Line outputs 1 and 2 are typically your computer's audio playback. All eight
Line outputs can be accessed by your computer and can be used for separate
mixes, additional speakers, external effects processors, etc.
Return Inputs: These are the line-level inputs for channels 1 and 2.
Their gain structure is identical to the 1/4" inputs for channels 3-8 and are
typically used for signals not requiring pre-amplification (CD/MP3 players,
effects processors, etc.). These inputs are normalled to the channel 1 and 2
preamp outputs, so they take precedence over the corresponding Mic/Instrument
input on the front of the FireStudio Project. This means that if a cable is
plugged into the channel 1 return input on the rear of the FireStudio Project,
the channel 1 Mic/Instrument input will be inactive, and it will become active
again when the cable is removed from return input 1.
Send Outputs: These ¼" jacks are balanced outputs of the preamps on
channels 1 and 2. They are half-normalled to the preamp inputs 1 and 2, so
plugging a cable into either of the preamp outputs does not interrupt the signal
flow from the preamps to the AD converter. The Send outputs are typically used
for patching in external signal processors (such as compressors, limiters, EQs,
and de-essers) to process the audio signals on channels 1 or 2. These outputs
are not connected to the digital-to-analog converters and so are only capable of
routing the input signals from channels 1 and 2. If you need to route recorded
audio or input from channels 3 through 8, you will need to use the FireStudio
Project Device window to route the input to one or more of the General Purpose
MIDI-S/PDIF: The FireStudio
Mobile Project is fitted with MIDI and S/PDIF inputs/outputs.
- MIDI: MIDI stands for "Musical Instrument Digital Interface".
The MIDI inputs and outputs on the breakout cable allow connection to a
variety of MIDI-equipped hardware, such as keyboard controllers, and can be
used to send and receive MIDI Machine Control and MIDI Time Code.
- S/PDIF: The S/PDIF
inputs/outputs allow the FireStudio Project to receive and transmit audio
from other digital audio devices. The S/PDIF standard allows two channels of
audio to be transmitted at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz.
Note: MIDI does not carry
audio signals but is frequently used to trigger or control an audio source, such
as a virtual instrument or hardware synthesizer. You should ensure that MIDI
data is correctly sent and received by the appropriate hardware or software. You
may also need to route hardware sound sources' audio to the FireStudio Mobile Project.
Rugged Chassis: The FireStudio Mobile Project is built like a tank; with a shockproof, reinforced metal chassis; sealed rotary controls;
military-grade circuit board; chassis-mounted jacks; and full EMI shielding.
Included Software Bundle: Your PreSonus FireStudio Mobile Project
comes with a powerful software bundle that provides everything you need to
record, produce and mix an album. This software package includes Universal
Control and Studio One Artist. Each tool is designed to help you get the most
out of your personal studio.
- Universal Control: Universal Control is a powerful, flexible, and easy
to use Mac and Windows control-panel application for creating multiple mixes
from your input and output signals for each of the FireStudio Mobile Project's output
pairs (mains, headphone, and S/PDIF). This application also allows you to
daisy-chain FireStudio-family interfaces.
- Launch & Device Window: Universal Control consists of the Launch
window and the Device window. In the Launch window, you can set basic
parameters such as sample rate, clock source, and buffer size. The Device
window of the FireStudio Mobile Project is the FireStudio Mobile Project Mixer.
- Mixer Section: The Mixer section of the Universal Control Panel
was designed to look and feel like a hardware mixer, so most of the features
may already be familiar to you. From this mixer, you can create a
zero-latency mix for each output and can route playback streams from your
- 3 Output Mixes: The FireStudio Mobile Project Mixer provides three
independent, stereo output mixes; one each for the mains, headphones, and S/PDIF.
A virtual output meter to the right of each channel fader displays the
post-fader output level of each stereo pair.
- Studio One Artist Software: The included PreSonus
Studio One Artist recording software comes with over 4 GB of plug-ins,
loops, and samples, giving
you everything you need for music recording and production.
- 20 High-Quality Native Plug-Ins: Amp modeling (Ampire),
delay (Analog Delay, Beat Delay), distortion (Redlight Dist), dynamics
processing (Channel Strip, Compressor, Gate, Expander, Limiter, Tricomp),
equalizer (Channel Strip, Pro EQ), modulation (Autofilter, Chorus,
Flange, Phaser, X-Trem), reverb (MixVerb, Room Reverb), and utility
(Binaural Pan, Mixtool, Phase Meter, Spectrum Meter, Tuner).
- Over 4 GB of Loops, Samples, and Instruments:
Presence virtual sample player, Impact virtual drum machine, SampleOne
virtual sampler, Mojito virtual analog-modeled subtractive synthesizer.
Note: You can use the FireStudio Mobile Project with any
audio-recording application that supports Core Audio or ASIO.
Computer System Requirements: Below are the minimum
computer-system requirements for the FireStudio Mobile Project.
- Windows XP SP3, Vista x64/x32 SP2, Windows 7 x64/x32 SP1, Windows 8
- Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD
Athlon X4 or better recommended)
- 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
- Mac® OS X 10.6.8 or later
- Intel Core Duo processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core i3 or
- 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
Note: Your compatible Windows or Mac computer will also
need a USB 2.0 port, Internet connection (for activation), DVD-ROM drive,
Monitor (1024x768 or greater), 20GB hard-disk space, 7200 RPM
internal/external storage drive.
AC or Bus Powered: Although the FireStudio Mobile Project comes with an
external power supply, it operates perfectly on FireWire bus power. In fact,
thanks to an amazing internal switching power supply, it's one of the few interfaces that delivers true 48V phantom
power when bus-powered, and it also supplies a full 30V to the preamps, so your mics always sound their best.