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Computer system requirements:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for your FireStudio Tube.


  • Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Turion) (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)


  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later (32- and 64-bit)
  • Intel Core 1 Solo 1.5 GHz processor (Intel Core Duo or Intel Xeon processor recommended)
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)

Windows and Mac Systems

  • IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Port
  • Internet connection recommended
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly 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.

Known compatible and incompatible hardware

Microphone Preamp 1-8 (XLR Balanced)

  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 Ohm
  THD+N (unwtd, 1kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain < 0.0003%
  EIN (unwtd, 55dB Gain, 150 Ω 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
  Phantom Power (±2 VDC) +48 VDC


Instrument Input

  Type 1/4" TS
  Input Impedance 1 Mega Ohm

Preamps 15 & 16

  Gain Reduction -16 to +20 dB
  ThD+N (unwtd, 1KHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain) <.2%
  Limiter 0 to -18dBu
  Gain Control (+/-1dB) +4dB to +58dB
  80 Hz filter < 0.0003%

Line Inputs 9-14 (1/4" TRS)

  Frequency Response (+0,- 0.5dB) 20Hz to 50kHz
  Frequency Response (+0/-3.0 dB) 20Hz to 150kHz
  Input Impedance (Balanced) 10 KOhm
  THD+N (unwtd, 1KHz @ +4dBu Output, Unity Gain) < 0.003%
  S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4dBu, 20Hz to 22KHz) >101dB
  Maximum Input Level (Unity Gain, 1KHz @ 0.5% THD+N) +20dBu

Headphone Output

  Type TRS Active Stereo
  Maximum Output 150 mW/CH @ 60 Ohm Load
  Frequency Response (±1.0 dB) 10 Hz - 70kHz

Digital Audio

  FireWire (IEEE 1394) Speed 400mbps
  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
  Jitter Specification <20ps RMS, 20Hz-20kHz
  Jitter Attenuation >60dB; 1ns in approx.1ps out


  Input Connector Type IEC
  Input Voltage (factory configured) 90 to 240 VAC
  Power Requirements (Continuous) 20W


Main Chassis
  Package Type 1U - steel chassis
  Dimensions 19(W) X 1.75(H) X 9.5(D) inches
  Weight 10.0lbs

As a commitment to constant improvement, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.reserves the right to change any specification stated herein at anytime in the future without notification.


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