Presonus has worked hard to become associated with innovative, flawlessly-professional studio product, allowing producers and engineers to work worry free with reliable hardware and software that’s at home on stage or in the control room.
The likes of the Firebox, for instance, is one of those products that almost sounds too good to be real – a 6x8 IO, Firewire, 24-bit audio interface that packs two fantastic-quality mic/instrument preamps into a box that’s palm-sized. With every control you’ll need to level and EQ right to hand, it’s a very well priced option for the portable or bedroom producer. The Firestudio meanwhile ups the game to a 26x26 IO beast that has eight XMAX preamps at the ready and is equipped for zero-latency mixing. Those who are looking for a new DAW to work with will be happy to know that this and a great many other Presonus products are now bundled with the impressive Studio One software, too.
The heavily-demanding pros are all using the insanely impressive Studiolive range of mixers, which have been designed to operate at easy-use, best-quality optimisation both at live events and as studio workhorses. It’s a rare thing to see, but Presonus have comfortably pulled it off, and with sublime A/D conversion, XMAX preamps, professional and fast faders, buttons and encoders, 32-bit floating point digital mixing and superb software integration over Firewire – with optional iPad remote control – it’s hard to imagine a better spec for the job.
An extra studio boon is the Monitor Station, which sits in the middle of your setup as a ruggedly-built desktop solution for making sure that your monitoring outs are all controlled, switched between and levelled correctly, while the Faderport has been designed to make mixing and recording duties an easier affair without taking up much room on the desk – auto and personal mapping means that you can have everything assigned to your go-to operations while working at lighting speeds with the buttons and faders.
Finally, if you’re looking to add something a little special to the mix, then the Tubepre provides warmth and punch in a tiny chassis, perfect for colouring up your sound for an unarguably musical, lively tone that can be subtly added in and out to great effect.