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Unread 03-17-2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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Interface question

Im want to start some home recordings pretty soon and ive decided to go with a presonus interface. whats the difference between a firebox and a firestudio besides the number of channels? im going to be programing the drums and just recording guitar/bass so is spending that extra 250$ gonna help me at all?
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Unread 03-17-2009, 02:26 AM   #2
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yep, the only difference is number of inputs/outputs.

if you're certain that you don't want/need more ins/outs, then you'll be fine with the firebox.
my friend bought a firebox to use while he traveled around in asia and it's served him very well.
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Well, there are a few other things beside the I/O's. Look at the midi/spdif port. It's a serial connection. Not your typical ones. Also, the Pre's in that thing are not very good. I won't say they suck, but from what I've heard through them, they just don't hold their ground against the XMAX pre's in the Firestudio stuff. Also, it doesn't have ADAT I/o's which I HAVE to have since I'm getting the RME RayDAT card soon. :P

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the firebox comes with a cable to plugs into that 9 pin serial port that has 4 dongles (standard 5 pin MIDI in and out, and RCA S/PDIF in and out).
they made it a serial port for the sake of compactness, since having 2 MIDI jacks on the unit would have to increase its size by almost 50%.

i'm fairly certain the OP isn't concerned with MIDI, S/PDIF, or ADAT compatibility since it sounds like he's only looking for a few line and mic channels direct to PC.


i disagree about the pre-amps, though. the ones in the firebox *ARE* very good. not the best, but easily better than anything else in the price range.
(on a side note, i didn't know the firestudio had different pre-amps until now--the firebox has the same pres as were in the firepod/fp10, but i guess they upgraded them when recently when switching to the firestudio line)
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