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PreSonus FireStudio Mobile

August 20, 2009
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PreSonus FireStudio Mobile

The new FireStudio Mobile 10-input, 6-output interface is powered from the FireWire bus or the included 12VDC adapter. The FireStudio Mobile is compatible with any ASIO- or Core Audio–compliant audio application for Mac OS X or Windows XP/Vista and integrates 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. 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, 96kHz AD/DA 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. A barrel connector for the 12VDC power adapter completes the rear panel.

FireStudio Mobile contains a software router/mixer that lets you 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 PreSonus Universal Control, which allows for custom cue mixing and routing, and PreSonus Studio One Artist, the new DAW software for Mac OS X and Windows XP and Vista that lets you produce high-quality projects.

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 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.

The FireStudio Mobile ($299, street) will be available in September 2009. Find out more information about FireStudio Mobile.

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