PRESONUS FireStudio Project Recording Interface and Presonus HP4 Headphone Amp
- (1) PreSonus FireStudio Project Firewire Audio Interface
- (1) PreSonus HP4 4 Channel Headphone Amplifier
- (2) Samson CH700 Reference Headphones CH-700
PreSonus FireStudio Project Firewire Audio Interface
The FireStudio Project a complete 24-bit/96K professional recording system combining eight Class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers 24-bit/96k sample rate conversion and a zero-latency matrix router mixer.
The FireStudio Project 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.
Great for professional studio recording live sound recording performance podcasting and more the FireStudio Project is designed for flexibility and ultra-high sonic performance. Whether you need to record a live drum set mic a guitar amp or a complete band the FireStudio Project is ready and more than able. With the new FireControl Mixer/Router you can send up to five individual mixes to different musicians during recording so that every band member can have a custom headphone mix.
The FireStudio Project can be daisy-chained with one or more FireStudio Projects or FireStudio Tubes to expand your number of recording inputs. Two and three units daisy-chained in any combination has been tested at PreSonus however the total number of units that can be daisy-chained depends on your computers processor speed amount of RAM and computer configuration.
The FireStudio Project is the next-generation of the award-winning FP10/FirePod with the following improvements
* Improved analog to digital converters (114dB dynamic range)
* Improved syncronization with JetPLL (jitter elimination technology)
* FireControl Mixer/Router to send up to five separate zero-latency stereo mixes to musicians during recording
* Three-segment LED input metering on all analog channels
* Internal IEC-based power supply
* PreSonus Studio One Artist bundle with Native Effects plug-ins and third-party instruments loops and applications.
8 XMAX Class A Preamplifiers
The FireStudio Project 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
High Voltage - 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.
Discrete - 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.
Class A - 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 Project 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.
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 interfaces Device window.
The Device window provides level and routing controls for each FireStudio-series interfaces 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.
Studio One ArtistPlus Gigabytes of Creative Resources
The FireStudio Project 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!
PreSonus HP4 4 Channel Headphone Amplifier
Are you and your session players and bandmates tired of straining to hear underpowered headphones? We were too. Thats why Jim Odom and his jambalaya-fueled team of engineers designed 150 mW headphone amps for the HP4 headphone-distribution system. These headphone amps are not just loud enough for session and stage use theyre loud enough to explode the oysters in a Po Boy sandwich. Yet the sound is clear and clean with a wide dynamic range. At last everybody will be able to hearassuming they are capable of hearing. Be careful with that level control!
As with other Max Rack products simplicity is the hallmark of the HP4. You get left and right line inputs left and right line outputs with level control and the four headphone outs. You can globally mute the headphone outs adjust the overall headphone level and sum the stereo signals to mono.
Like other processors in our Max Rack series the HP4 can sit on a tabletop or can be mounted in 1/3 rackspace using the optional 3UMR rack adapter. And if your needs grow you can use the line outputs to feed the inputs of a second HP4 or an HP60. Chain as many headphone systems as you need.
So listen up! Quit struggling with mediocre headphone amps. Get the HP4 and hear everything loud and clear. You owe it to your music.
Samson CH700 Reference Headphones CH-700
The Samson CH700 headphones are ideal for any listening and monitor application where critical sound reproduction is needed. The closed-ear design provides maximum isolation reducing unwanted bleed that can be picked up on live microphones. The Samson CH700 headphones employ exceptional 40mm drivers with ultra thin Mylar diaphragms and high-output neodymium magnets. The result is a wide dynamic range and linear frequency response from 20Hz to 22kHz for exceptional reproduction and a balanced sound making them a perfect choice for monitoring digital audio. The large earpiece further extends the low frequency response and the adjustable headband and lightweight design provide comfort and easy listening through the longest sessions.