PreSonus FireStudio Tube Firewire Recording System w/2 Super Channels
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16x16, 24-bit, 96kHz Firewire Recording System with 2 Super Channels
The FireStudio Tube is a world-class 24-bit/96k professional FireWire recording system loaded with the perfect combination of inputs and outputs for bands, producers, musicians and engineers to produce commercial-quality recordings.
The FireStudio Tube is bundled with PreSonus Studio One Artist, our groundbreaking music creation program, and over 4 GB of virtual instruments, plug-ins, loops, and samples to get you started making music immediately.
Two SuperChannels - Tube Preamplifiers with Limiter
The front panel of the FireStudio Tube is loaded with two “SuperChannels” featuring class A vacuum tube microphone and instrument preamplifiers along with full-featured analog limiters.
The tube preamplifiers use a high gain, military grade 12AX7 tube for maximum gain, low noise and high headroom. Neutrik combo connectors allow both XLR microphone input and hi-Z instrument input. Preamp controls include preamp gain and tube drive to achieve a wide range of sounds from smooth, clean and clear, to warm tube saturation. An 80Hz high pass filter is also located on the front panel to remove room rumble and unwanted lows.
Analog Dual Domain Limiters On Board
The FireStudio Tube’s Limiter features a VCA-based ultra fast Dual Domain RMS and peak detection circuit used in the award-winning DigiMax 96K, delivering the most musical limiter available. The Analog Dual Domain Limiters in the SuperChannel are located after the preamplifier and BEFORE the analog to digital converter in the signal path. This allows you to maintain high resolution recording levels without clipping, allowing you to keep the vocals up front, the kick and snare consistent, and the bass solid and punchy. Controls for the limiter include Threshold and Gain make-up as well as a Limiter in/out button. Fast-acting LED metering on the front panel displays preamp input and limiter gain reduction for the two tube SuperChannels.
Perfect I/O for Music Production
The FireStudio Tube delivers all the analog I/O needed for professional recording sessions, featuring sixteen analog inputs including two tube SuperChannels on the front panel, eight class A award-winning XMAX microphone preamplifiers and six balanced TRS line inputs on the rear panel. Outputs include six balanced TRS outputs and PreSonus’ signature ultra loud and clear headphone output that “goes to 11”. MIDI I/O is also included on the rear panel for MIDI instruments, keyboards and controllers. The FireStudio Tube’s combination of microphone, instrument and line inputs is perfect for a band to simultaneously record drums, bass, guitar, vocals and keyboards without any additional preamplifiers.
The FireStudio Tube can be daisy-chained with one or more FireStudio Tubes or FireStudio Projects to expand your number of recording inputs. Two and three units daisy-chained in any combination have been tested at PreSonus, however, the total number of units that can be daisy-chained depends on your computer’s processor speed, amount of RAM and computer configuration.
All members of the FireStudio family of interfaces, including the StudioLive 16.4.2 mixer, come bundled with Universal Control software. Universal Control is a powerful, flexible, and easy to use control-panel application that allows you to daisy-chain to up to 4 FireStudio-family devices for a maximum of up to 52 inputs and outputs.
Universal Control consists of the Launch window and the Device window. In the Launch window, you can set the sample rate, clock source, safe mode, buffer size (PC only), and WDM routing (PC only) for all connected FireStudio-series interfaces. Each device is listed at the bottom of the window, along with Device Window buttons that open each interface’s Device window.
The Device window provides level and routing controls for each FireStudio-series interface’s internal mixer, enabling you to set up zero-latency monitor mixes. Input and output metering have been optimized for ultra-fast screen display and minimum CPU usage, and you can give each interface a custom name. You can use any device in the chain as the master clock source, or you can slave the entire chain to an external digital device using any of the available digital inputs in the chain.
8 XMAX Class A Preamplifiers
The FireStudio Tube includes eight custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers for all types of microphones. Many other companies offering recording interfaces add the cheapest possible microphone preamplifier as an afterthought to the interface. PreSonus knows that the preamplifier is a key component in the sonic quality of a recording. The job of a microphone preamplifier is to boost microphone level signals to line level so that the signal can be converted from analog to digital. This mic to line boost is generally a preamplification of over 400 times the voltage of the original mic level signal. This preamplification stage is one of the most important stages that the signal will go through before converted to digital, and is why a high performance preamplifier is important to achieving great results. A cheap "off the shelf op-amp" type mic preamp that is found in most interfaces translates into thin, noisy and harsh results.
All XMAX preamplifiers are built with the same three elements:
- 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 an overall fuller sound.
- No op amps. Only transistors, resistors and capacitors. Op amps add noise, coloration and harshness to a signal. Discrete designs deliver ultra low noise and transparency.
- When a circuit is running in Class A mode the circuit is always in an "on" state operating at its optimal voltage requirements. Class A mode has zero crossover distortion and delivers purer, clearer and more musical sonics than class A/B designs which are found in most op-amp circuits.
The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range and wide frequency range, and most importantly, musicality and transparency - smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.
Digital Converters and JetPLL Sync
The FireStudio Tube touts A/D/A converters with a dynamic range of over 114dB for unbelievable clarity as well as synchronization using patented JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology. JetPLL™ incorporates noise shaping to virtually remove all audio band jitter. JetPLL™ ensures the highest converter performance possible, resulting in better stereo separation and clearer more transparent audio. JetPLL™ delivers ultra-fast locking to any digital format through a wide range of frequencies and is extremely robust and tolerant of wide variations in clock frequencies. JetPLL™ ensures near perfect clock performance when networking audio devices, thus creating the most stable and robust synchronization to the computer.
Studio One Artist—Plus Gigabytes of Creative Resources
The FireStudio Tube is bundled with an exceptional software package, featuring 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 and a generous bundle of third-party loops, software, and instrument sounds.
Compare Studio One Artist and bundled extras to what comes with competing mobile interfaces:
All-meat, no-bloat, music-creation software with an intuitive, practical, single-window interface
Unlimited tracks, insert effects, sends, virtual instruments, buses, and effects channels
Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
Full-featured, flexible automation
Powerful real-time auto/manual time-stretching and resampling engine
Control Link™ (advanced MIDI mapping made easy)
Twenty 32-bit Native Sound™ plug-ins, including reverbs, amp modeling, and EQ
Four new virtual instruments, including a sampler and an analog-type subtractive synth
Ability to control the software mixer in any FireStudio-series interface to create zero-latency cue mixes.
Gigabytes of third-party resources, including Native Instruments™ Kore™ Player with custom SoundPack (150 instruments), Native Instruments™ Guitar Rig LE, Toontrack™ EZDrummer Lite, and over 1.4 GB of loops!
FireStudio Tube Features:
16 input channels, including mic, line, and instrument inputs
2 front-panel mic/instrument inputs into SuperChannels, each featuring a vacuum-tube preamplifier with trim control, 80 Hz high-pass filter, and analog compressor/limiter with VCA-based, dual-domain RMS and peak-detection
8 mic/line inputs, each with high-headroom Class A XMAX™ mic preamplifiers and trim controls
6 line inputs
48V phantom power for condenser microphones
6-segment, fast-acting, LED input and gain-reduction metering for SuperChannels
Headphone jack with level control
Power/Sync LED (indicates unit is synced to word clock)
Daisy-chain with multiple FireStudio Tubes or other FireStudio-family products to create a large, custom system
Studio One Artist™ digital audio workstation software included
2 FireWire 400 ports
2 combo XLR/¼” mic/instrument inputs into SuperChannels
8 XLR mic/line inputs
6 balanced ¼” analog line inputs
2 balanced ¼” main (L/R) line outputs
4 additional balanced ¼” analog line outputs
¼” headphone output
24-bit resolution and up to 96 kHz sampling rate
High-definition A/D/A converters (+114 dBu dynamic range)
JetPLL™ Jitter Elimination Technology (improved stereo imaging and clarity)
Zero-latency monitoring via 16x8 DSP matrix mixer/router
Mac®- and Windows®-compatible, including Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Windows 7
Supports ASIO, Core Audio, Direct Sound (Windows XP), Windows Audio Session API (Windows Vista and Windows 7)
1U 19” rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
Sealed, detented, metal rotary controls
Internal power supply with standard IEC power cord
Studio One Artist
PreSonus’ revolutionary new digital audio workstation, with unlimited track count and 4+ GB of 3rd-party resources.
Universal Control control-panel application for Mac OS X and Windows
FireStudio Tube SPECIFICATIONS
Windows 7, Vista, XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
Intel Pentium 4 1.6 GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion) (2.5 GHz or faster recommended)
1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later (32-bit and 64-bit)
PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz processor (2 GHz or faster recommended)
1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
Windows and Macintosh Systems
IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Port
Internet connection recommended
Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
Microphone Preamp 1-8(XLR Balanced)
Typ: 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 ? 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
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
Type: TRS Active Stereo
Maximum Output: 150 mW/CH @ 60 Ohm Load
Frequency Response (±1.0 dB): 10 Hz - 70kHz
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
Package Type: 1U - steel chassis
Dimensions: 19(W) X 1.75(H) X 9.5(D) inches
PRESONUS 1 YEAR WARRANTY
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