PreSonus Announces FireStudio Mobile
August 16, 2009
The popular PreSonus FireStudio series of FireWire 400 interfaces is well known for its professional-quality audio, rugged construction, generous feature set, and affordability. The new FireStudio Mobile 10-input, 6-output interface delivers all this and much more in a convenient, lightweight, compact form that is perfect for portable recording rigs and small studios. With eight analog inputs, the FireStudio Mobile offers the most analog inputs in the smallest chassis of any recording interface on the market.
Powered from the FireWire bus or using the included 12 VDC adapter, the FireStudio Mobile is built tough to withstand the rigors of travel. You can simply place it on a tabletop or screw it onto any standard 19-inch rack tray. Just slip the FireStudio Mobile and a FireWire cable into your Mac or Windows PC laptop case, add a microphone or two, and you’re ready to record wherever you go.
The FireStudio Mobile is compatible with any ASIO- or Core Audio-compliant audio application for Mac OS X or Windows XP/Vista and integrates tightly with PreSonus Studio One™ Artist recording and production software (included).
The front panel features a pair of combination XLR/TS mic/instrument jacks, which are in the inputs for channels 1 and 2. The XLR mic inputs are routed to PreSonus XMAX solid-state mic preamplifiers, famed for their ultra-clean sound and high headroom. The high-impedance, TS instrument inputs let you plug guitars or basses directly into the front panel. All signals are converted to and from the digital domain using premium-quality, 24-bit, 96 kHz A/D/A converters, which offer 118 dB of dynamic range.
A pair of three-LED level/clip indicators let you check the signal levels for channels 1 and 2, and a button enables 48V phantom power for the two mic channels. Also on the front panel are a stereo headphone output with gain knob and gain knobs for the two mic/instrument inputs and for the main stereo outputs. Gain for the mic inputs ranges from –10 dB to +70 dB; the high-impedance instrument inputs range from -30 dB to +50 dB of gain. Finally, a power/sync indicator LED shows whether the FireStudio Mobile is receiving adequate power and is correctly receiving word clock.
The rear panel sports balanced TRS line-level inputs for channels 3 through 8, as well as impedance-balanced TRS left and right main outputs. A DB9 connector accepts a breakout cable (included) that provides stereo S/PDIF digital I/O and MIDI I/O. You get two FireWire 400 ports: one FireWire port connects to your computer, and the other can be used to connect a hard drive or to daisy-chain any FireStudio-family interface, including the StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer, allowing you to integrate the FireStudio Mobile into a larger system. A barrel connector for the 12 VDC power adapter completes the rear panel.
Like other FireStudio-family interfaces, FireStudio Mobile contains a software router/mixer that enables you to create a custom low-latency cue mix. The mixer can be controlled using PreSonus Universal Control control-panel software or from within PreSonus Studio One recording and production software.
The FireStudio Mobile is bundled with an exceptional software package, featuring PreSonus Universal Control, which enables custom cue mixing and routing, and 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. The effects include EQs, a compressor, reverbs, and much more. The PreSonus VIs include the SampleOne™ sampler, Presence™ sample player, Impact™ sample-trigger/drum instrument, and Mojito™ subtractive synth. You also get 32 Ueberschall™ drum kits for Impact; 200 Digital Sound Factory™ sampled instruments for Presence; Native Instruments™ Kore™ Player, with 150 instruments; Native Instruments™ Guitar Rig LE; Toontrack™ EZDrummer Lite; and nearly 1,400 drum loops (1.4 GB) by Bandmate™ Loops.
Roadworthy, full featured, and attractive, the FireStudio Mobile delivers premium audio quality for an expected U.S. street price of just $299. Add to that PreSonus Studio One Artist software and third-party software and sounds, and it’s clear that FireStudio Mobile is the best value in the compact interface market. The FireStudio Mobile will be available in September 2009 from authorized PreSonus dealers.