Sonic State Studio / Audio Cards/Hardware / PRESONUS Firepod

Average rating: 9.0/10 out of 10

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ACL Music a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've been using the Firepod for about a year and I also think it's amazing. When I first purchased it, I managed to yank on one of the firewire connectors on the back pretty hard causing it not to function (the second one still worked fine). I called presonus and I shipped the unit to their headquarters who repaired the unit quickly and since then I've had no problems. The sound is extremely transparent it almost seems like things sound better coming through the unit. The software is solid and support is great I've had no problems using the Firepod on my PC. The knobs seem sturdy and the unit seems to be well built overall. The firewire connectors on the back don't seem as sturdy and you should make sure you insert/disconnect wires from the two ports carefully. The unit gets quite warm even though the case acts as a heat sink. Even with these minor gripes, this is still a great unit I would recommend to anyone looking for a 24bit/96K interface.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 04-Jul-06 at 13:31
Omar Awapara a hobbyist user from Lima, Perú writes:
Hello, well I have to say that this Interface is the best in it's class, i.e. $500-600 bucks. It may even rival most of the above $1000 Interfaces.

I've been using it for almost a year now, and I think it is amazing. I can record all channels without any problems. It would be cool if it had a a complete signal level for every channel instead of just a CLIP red light. But with the computer having all of this signals it is almost irrelevant, or a luxury. If you are using it as a mixer without the comp, then it could be a bit anoying. The aquility of recording is pure and precise. I have used it with both Mac and Windows computers, and the drivers work flawless. I've read many reviews and have seen many problems regarding drivers with outher brands. This was one reason why I chosed the Firepod, and the REALLy BIG reason is that you get 8 mic/line Channels and they are all in the front. It is far more usefull to have the "INS" in the front pannel if you put it in a rack. You don't have to bend and go under your deskboard to try to reach the Channel, like with computers. Why do you think they started to include USB in the front?? Same reason. The Cubase Le is enought to record and mix a little bit. I don't do heavy mixing or use a lot of plug ins, so it is enought for me.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 12-Jan-06 at 14:42
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