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PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface

You Pay: $249.95
Product Highlights
  • Two High-Quality Microphone Preamps
  • 2 Guitar Inputs, 6 Line-Level TRS Inputs
  • Bus Powered or AC (Adapter Included)
  • Studio One Artist Software Bundle
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The FireStudio Mobile from Presonus is a compact FireWire computer audio/MIDI interface and recording software system. It attaches to the FireWire port on a Mac or Windows computer and gives you inputs for microphones, instruments, MIDI devices, and digital signals; it provides you with powerful software for recording and mixing. It's an ultra-compact design that delivers premium sound quality at a budget-friendly price.

Presonus has been producing high-quality computer audio interfaces for many years, and the FireStudio Mobile is the first compact device to feature the advanced technology behind their FireStudio series of products. The FireStudio Mobile can run on bus power and features 2 transparent microphone preamps that can provide professional condenser microphones with phantom power. There are 10 inputs total, including MIDI and S/PDIF, as well as 6 balanced line inputs giving you the ability to track a full band.

Studio One Artist recording software is included, which gives you the ability to utilize every input on the FireStudio Mobile and overdub an unlimited number of tracks. A wealth of virtual instruments (synths, drum machines, and samplers) and effects are included, as well as several gigs of loops and samples. The FireStudio Mobile supplies you with a lot of firepower at a strikingly painless price.

FireStudio Mobile Features

Plug-and-play, high-speed FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394)
24-bit resolution with 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz sampling rates
Record/playback 10 inputs and 6 outputs
2 XMAX PreSonus microphone/instrument preamplifiers with true 48V phantom power for condenser mics
8 line inputs, 2 line outputs
Stereo S/PDIF and MIDI input/output DB9 break-out cable included
Zero-latency monitoring
Headphone output with gain control
Software router/mixer
Powered via FireWire bus or using included power supply
Windows- (32- and 64-bit) and Macintosh-compatible
Universal Control control-panel software
DICE II Chipset - extremely efficient data transfer
JetPLL - jitter-elimination technology
Daisy-chainable with the PreSonus FireStudio family of products
Full version of Studio One Artist multitrack-recording software included; easy integration, no setup or configuration
Road-rugged construction
Shockproof, reinforced metal chassis
Silky-smooth, sealed rotary controls
Military-grade circuit board
Chassis-mounted input/output sockets resist strain from jacks
Full shielding from external interference

Studio One Artist Software Features

Unlimited track count
Unlimited inserts and sends
20 high-quality native effects plug-ins
Guitar Amplifier Modeling (Ampire)
Delay (Beat Delay)
Distortion (Redlight Dist)
Dynamic Processing (Channel Strip, Compressor, Limiter, Tricomp)
Equalizer (Channel Strip, Pro EQ)
Modulation (Autofilter, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, X-Trem)
Reverbs (MixVerb, Room Reverb)
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
Innovative and intuitive MIDI mapping
Powerful drag-and-drop functionality for faster workflow
Mac and Windows compatible
Inputs 2 x Combo Balanced XLR Microphone & 1/4" TS Instrument Inputs
6 x 1/4" TRS Line-Level
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS
1 x Stereo 1/4" Headphone
Phantom Power +48 VDC (+/- 2 VDC)
Connectivity 2 x FireWire 400 IEEE 1394
Sampling Frequency 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
24-Bit
Frequency Response Microphone Preamp:
20 Hz to 50 kHz (+0, -0.5 dB)
20 Hz to 150 kHz (+0/-3.0 dB)

Headphone:
10 Hz - 10 kHz

Input Impedance 1.6 kOhm
Output Impedance 51 Ohms
THD + N Unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain: < 0.008 %
EIN Unwtd, 55 dB Gain, 150 Ohm Input, 20 Hz to 22 kHz: -130 dBu
S/N Ratio (Audio) Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz to 22 kHz: > 101 dB
Common Mode Rejection Ratio 1 kHz, 55 dB Gain: > 55 dB
Maximum Input Level Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD + N: +14 dBu
Power Supply External Switching Supply (12 VDC/1A)

Bus Power from 6-pin FireWire 400 or FireWire 800

System Requirements Mac:
PowerPC G4 1.25GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5GHz processor (2.5GHz or faster recommended)
OS X 10.5.2 or later
1GB RAM (2GB or more RAM recommended)
IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Port
DVD-ROM drive
Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
Internet connection

PC:
Pentium IV 1.6GHz processor or AMD Athlon 64 Turion (2.5GHz or faster recommended)
Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
1GB RAM (2GB or more RAM recommended)
IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Port
DVD-ROM drive
Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
Internet connection

Dimensions 5.5 x 1.75 x 5.5" (140 x 45 x 140mm)
Weight 4.5 lbs (2kg)
PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface
  • 6-Pin to 6-Pin 6' FireWire Cable
  • AC Power Supply
  • DB-9 Breakout MIDI & S/PDIF I/O Cable
  • Software Installation Discs
  • Studio One Artist Recording Software (Mac & Windows)
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    PreSonusFireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface
     
    4.8

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Versatile (11)
    • Compact (10)
    • Lightweight (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (10)
      • Amateur recording (7)
      • Outdoor events / games (6)
      • Performances (5)
      • Professional recording (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

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      4.0

      Firewire not same as Thunderbolt

      By Manish

      from Tampa, Fl

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound quality
      • Great volume control
      • Simple Interface

      Cons

      • Always Stays On

      Best Uses

        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

        I bought this for home voice overs. I consider myself fairly computer-aware, and yet I confused Firewire with Thunderbolt. This device has a Firewire output but recent Macs only have Thunderbolt inputs. So, you will need a Firewire to Thunderbolt converter. On top of that, this device has the newer type of Firewire output which is not compatible with the Apple Firewire to Thunderbolt converter. I had to visit my Apple stiore where the agent found me a Belkin converter. This is not a deal-breaker, but it would have been really better if the device had a Thunderbolt output and could be used to daisy chain Thunderbolt devices. I had to connect my Ethernet to USB (requiring the purchase of a USB to Ethernet adapter, discarding my Thundebolt to Ethernet adapter).

        I also find that the device stays warm even when I turn the main power switch off. Probably it draws power from the Thunderbolt input. I have now removed the Firewire input when the device is not in use. It would have been nice if it could be turned off when not in use, without having to remove cables.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Presonus FireWire Mobile delivers!

        By Kevin Cooke

        from Portland Oregon

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good design
        • Looks sporty
        • Nice Knobs --grow Up--
        • Nice Knobs Stop It
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

            Quiet, smooth, sleek and a workhorse. Does everything it is supposed to and came with extra software for recording to boot. I don't usually mess around with the free attached software, but its actually kind of fun. This unit replaced an old MBox 1 I was using and so far has been great!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Works like a charm

            By DS

            from Miami, FL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to setup

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                I was considering the studio version of this product, but I only occasionally make remote recordings and if I need more than two mic inputs I can use a small mixer for the preamps and insert cables to the interface. I have only used it once, but it performed as I expected and didn't need the power supply since it takes power from the firewire port on my Mac.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                good value

                By Androo

                from Encino, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • No power switch
                • Won't Synch On Reboot

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio

                Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                Does everything I need at a price that fits my budget. Low latency even at 'modest' settings (barely a flam at 256). I would have preferred a power switch instead of disconnecting the FW cable. Doesn't automatically sync on reboot. I'm happy all the same.

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                5.0

                Great little box

                By Skeesix CBGs

                from Ohio

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                  It does what it's supposed to do, which is get your guitar and vocals into your computer DAW recording software. I like the compact size, it fits right into my desk's pullout CD shelf like it was made for it. For my setup into a Mac Pro, I needed a Firewire 400 to 800 cable to go into the computer. I did run into one installation problem, which is you have to install the drivers before plugging in the unit. I must have accidently plugged in the unit first because things weren't working properly. I couldn't get the guitar's input to show up in the DAW. Once I removed the software, and reinstalled it, making sure it was in the correct order, then everything was good. I haven't tried out the enclosed Studio One software. I'm using it with Logic Pro 9.

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                  4.0

                  AMAZING

                  By IGWEE

                  from GHANA-ACCRA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • ADD USB CONNECTION TO IT
                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                    FOR MY OWN RECORDING STUDIO. THE PRODUCT IS EASY TO USE AND VERY DURABLE. USB IS ONLY MY PROBLEM

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                    4.0

                    Amazing Interface

                    By Josh C

                    from New Orleans, LA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                    Upgraded from an Emu 0404 PCI card and the difference is night and day. Not only is the latency pretty much non existent but also the sound quality blows the EMU out of the water. Having it mobile between computers is also a huge plus.

                    I run Sonar X1 Pro on Win7x64 and although the software and hardware work very well together, there is an audio dropout every once in a while when trying to play back a project @ 96hz/24bits but it doesn't happen too often(could just be my buffer settings or my firewire card).I use it mainly to record myself singing and playing guitar and the results I've gotten so far are just fantastic.

                    The only reason why I didn't give it five stars is because when you turn on phantom power, it applies to both mic inputs so you can't run a dynamic mic alongside a condenser mic without an external preamp(and an available input from the back). This gets annoying when you're on a budget like me. I'd rather see the option of running phantom power on the inputs individually. Not that big of a deal though.

                    All in all it's a great little unit and I can't believe I waited so long to get one! Highly recommended!

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                    5.0

                    What an improvement!!

                    By Left Digital

                    from Orlando, FL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                        Having now gone through 2 Firebox units, both of which literally burnt up on me after three years in succession. I bought the FireStudio Mobile and I must say it is a huge improvement! The volume dials respond accurately and right away I noticed a difference with the upgraded pre amp, sounds are much more cleaner and richer. As a video editor I only require the unit for feeding my Yamaha studio monitors but it makes all the difference when you can hear theatrical quality sound minus the surround channels of course.

                        Greatly improved product PreSonus!!

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                        5.0

                        Firestudio Mobile - Nice Job!

                        By Doctor D

                        from Eliot, ME

                        About Me Recording 50 years

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Size and great quality

                        Cons

                        • Wallwart PS
                        • Win 7 firewire driver

                        Best Uses

                        • Field recording

                        Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                        For a bit over a year I have been using Presonus's Firestudio Project, and just love it! My DAW is a Rain laptop, running Win7 and Cubase 6+. Some of my work is now recording large singing groups with my Rode NT4 mic. But I have been using my Marantz digital recorder to make life easier in the field. But now I really have what I need/want, a mini version of the Firestudio Project that will be the cat's meow in the field! So far no glitches EXCEPT one thing. My firewire card hates the win 7 driver. Yes I now use the legacy driver version, and all's well, but it was not easy as it should have been to find out about the legacy driver. This should be on a red tape, on the unit when easilly visable when first opening the box! Other than that, I know I will love this unit and the 0 latency software mixer. As my laptop and FW card
                        does not seem to supply enough juice, I have to use the wall wart power supply - wish I did not have to, but no problem. I love Presonus! And its a real steal! What is there not to like! Buuy it--Love it!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        Plug it in and record like a pro

                        By Ordinary Joe

                        from South Dakota

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                        • Easy to Navigate
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Educational Purposes
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                          Right out of the box, the FireStudio Modible pre-amp helped us develop studio quality voice-overs for our on-line learning sessions. We were previously using a USB microphone straight into the PC. The difference using this pre-amp is night and day.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Good to buy

                          By Lee

                          from Geogia

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Navigate

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                            Good produce with instruction manual and soft ware

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            FireStudio Mobile Review

                            By Phil

                            from Philadelpiha, PA

                            About Me Amateaur, Audio, Semi Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to Navigate

                            Best Uses

                            • Multimedia
                            • Radio
                            • Recording

                            Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                            I purchased this product to use to produce a radio program. It is a great audio interface, and the size and features are unavailable in any other interface around $250. The only con I have encountered is that using it with Audacity requires some extra setup. Otherwise, it is an excellent audio interface. I would suggest the FireStudio Mobile to anyone looking for a small, reasonable audio interface.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Great device

                            By Edward the Nth

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Low Distortion
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                              I use the FireStudio mobile with garageband and logic express and occasional voiceover work in final cut, and can't complain. Does what it claims to do. Solidly made, very useful.

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                              5.0

                              Great product

                              By Fusion

                              from Washington

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                                This has worked great for me. No problems with it on my Macbook pro, and the sound quality is superb.

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                                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Small but powerful

                                By Paul J Lee

                                from Houston, TX

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                                  Use to monitor church recording through S/PDIF

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Works great with Logic

                                  By Stephen G

                                  from Queensland, Australia

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Firewire bus powered
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • AC adaptor not included
                                  • Gets quite warm

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                                  This works really well with my MacBook, using the Firewire bus power and recording in Logic. It's very simple to get the device running, and the drivers seem very good - I've had no latency problems or anything, and the preamps sound pretty great.

                                  Only thing is that I would have liked an AC adaptor included, but you can send away for a free one. It also gets quite warm if you leave it plugged in for a few hours!

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent once you configure FireWire

                                  By Sergey

                                  from Livingston, NJ

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Mobile DJ
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                                    I have a new HP Win 7 64 bit PC. I installed the software from included DVD, and it was locking-up, freezing, pretty much non-functional. After an hour of frustration I checked FAQ on PreSonus website and fortunately found a solution. Apparently the software is not compatible with the new FireWire driver which comes with Win 7. You need to go to FireWire settings and select the legacy driver. Once I did this, everything worked fine. Excellent hardware and software, but PreSonus should stick a "READ ME FIRST!" in the box regarding this issue.

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                                    5.0

                                    Awesome

                                    By Sugarbuzz

                                    from Millersburg Ohio 44654

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • none

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Mobile DJ
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                                    Clear, awesome sounding pres,

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                                    5.0

                                    Great interface!!

                                    By WSJ

                                    from Hickory, NC

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor activation process

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                                    Easy to use once you get past the crazy stupid error laden password registration. I had to call Presonus to get a new activation code, but they walked me through the process. Presonus ROCKS! Studio One is the DAW everyone has been waiting for since the dawn of MIDI!

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent Product

                                    By grasshopper007

                                    from NYC

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Mobile DJ

                                      Comments about PreSonus FireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface:

                                      This device is easy to setup and comes bundled with Studio One software. I have no issues so far with this sound-card

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