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PreSonusFireStudio Mobile - 10 x 6 FireWire Computer Audio Interface
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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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?:
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    5.0

    The Ultimate Portable "MAGIC BOX"

    By Max Vegas

    from Henderson Nevada

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Everything

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Live Audio On The Go

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

    The Firestudio Mobile is perfect for a portable complete audio recording "Magic Box". You can take it with your laptop that has firewire input and with the included StudioOne artist software running you will have a self contained mobile audio recording studio in your backback. Record yourself or your 3-5 piece band live on location. Fantastic recorded sound and even has MIDI for your bands keyboards. If you need more inputs, just daisy chain the firewire to another unit. If your laptop's firewire is "powered" you won't need to use the included AC adapter power supply. Very well designed little magic box. Thanks to the wizards at Presonus.

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    • No

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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.

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      • 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!

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          • 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.

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              • 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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                              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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                                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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