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  • Presonus Firebox and Mixer

    Hi,

    Sorry if this is slightly OT: My current computer setup consists of a Macbook with a 2Ghz Core 2 Duo CPU, 3G of RAM and my audio interface is an Alesis Multimix USB 2.0 15 channel mixer. For software I am using Ezdrummer, BFD2 and Cubase Studio 4.

    Lately as I've been doing some more recording and since I've added BFD2, it seems that the Alesis isn't a very good recording interface. I am starting to run into frequent audio dropouts, and my latency in Cubase is about 20-30ms in/out (I thought it was lower until I checked recently).

    This has led me to want to use a separate audio interface an just use the Alesis as my mixer. The Presonus Firebox seems to be in my price range, it's firewire, and gets good reviews. My questions are: Are there other people using the Firebox along with a mixer? If so are you running a set of your mixer outs into the front 2 inputs? Assuming your mixer also outputs to a set of speakers and/or power amp are you then monitoring by sending the Firebox outs back into the Alesis?

    Thanks

    Adam

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    Well, I went ahead and got the Presonus Firebox, and decided I really wanted a dedicated machine for music instead of a laptop. I built out a windows XP box last week. Specs are;

    Q6600 CPU (overclocked to 3.0GHz)
    4G RAM
    2 x 500G SATA disks (OS on one, music programs/files on the other)
    addon SIIG firewire card so that I'm not taking resources form the CPU
    Presonus Firebox and USB2 midisport

    BFD 2.0.3
    Cubase Studio 4 (whatever the latest update is)

    All is working very well now . No real latency at all. Anyway I put up 2 test videos which show BFD2 in action using a TD-9 as a controller. I don't think I can go back to internal sounds at this point

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thACwWhtpgU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfrk5gQxBOk

    Both videos are pretty sloppy, but over a 4+ minute video you'll notice no dropouts, and no real latency.

    Adam

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    • #3
      So how do you like the Presonus? I'm just starting to think about getting some recording equipment and the Presonus is one piece recommended on Tweak's guide.

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      • #4
        I like it very much. It has some limitations that I'm trying to work around. If you have a computer dedicated to music, and you think you'll need more inputs look at the Firestudio Project. It has more inputs.

        I also use the Firebox for bass, and the preamp sounds pretty good to me, at least for the price.

        Adam

        Adam

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        • #5
          I like Presonus gear. I however would never get the small firebox. The firestudio project has 8 inputs on the front and is great for tracking drums as well as other instruments.

          Mixers into interface:
          I advise staying away from doing this as you mix down as soon as you hit the interface making mixing and editing harder.
          Dave
          Sonic Orb Studios
          My Youtube

          My kit is custom running 10, 12, 14" toms, a 12" snare, 2 crash, 1 ride, 1 splash, and dual kick drum all plugged into a
          Roland TD-6V module which runs MIDI to Superior Drummer 2

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          • #6
            I got a Firestudio Project last week.

            So far so good.
            Its my first ever recording setup, and it seems to work great. But im a rookie at it for sure.

            Anyways I dig it!
            Pat
            Rolland TD-20,V-Session, Rolland KC-550 amp, ROCK-n-SOCK,Westone UM-2 IEM's, Presonus Fire Studio, ZOOM HD-16, Cubase Le4, DW Pacific 5-piece acoustics, Zildjian A Customs all around.

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            • #7
              Mesh_Head:

              We all start from the beginning at some point.
              Check out Tweaks guide linked in my sig. That should give some tips on mixing and such.
              Dave
              Sonic Orb Studios
              My Youtube

              My kit is custom running 10, 12, 14" toms, a 12" snare, 2 crash, 1 ride, 1 splash, and dual kick drum all plugged into a
              Roland TD-6V module which runs MIDI to Superior Drummer 2

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              • #8
                Dave,

                Thanks for the input regarding the mixer into an interface. I was indeed running into problems. After working with the Firebox for a while, I actually am returning it for a Firestudio Project (going to Ebay my Alesis mixer as well). I am hoping that in the not too distant future Presonus will release firmware and/or drivers that will let you chain 2 together.

                Adam

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