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User's Manual
Version 1.0
PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., © 2005
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 Overview
1.1 Introduction
2 Installation and Set up
2.1 Computer Requirements
2.2 Installation of FIREBOX Drivers
2.3 FIREBOX Control Panel
2.4 FIREBOX Mixer
2.5 CUBASE LE – Quick Start Up
2.6 Testing your FIREBOX with Cubase LE
3 Controls & Connections
3.1 Front Panel Layout and Descriptions
3.2 Back Panel Layout and Descriptions
4 Mixer
4.1 Mixer
4.2 Operation of Mixer
5 Application Notes
5.1 Microphones
5.2 Sample Hook Up Diagram
6 Technical
6.1 Trouble Shooting
6.2 Specifications
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W A R R A N T Y
PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. warrants this product to be free of defects in material and
workmanship for a period of one year from the date of original retail purchase. This
warranty is enforceable only by the original retail purchaser. To be protected by this
warranty, the purchaser must complete and return the enclosed warranty card within 14
days of purchase. During the warranty period PreSonus shall, at its sole and absolute
option, either repair or replace, free of charge, any product that proves to be defective on
inspection by PreSonus or its authorized service representative. To obtain warranty
service, the purchaser must first call or write PreSonus at the address and telephone
number printed below to obtain a Return Authorization Number and instructions of where to
return the unit for service. All inquiries must be accompanied by a description of the
problem.
All authorized returns must be sent to the PreSonus repair facility postage
prepaid, insured and properly packaged. PreSonus reserves the right to update any unit
returned for repair. PreSonus reserves the right to change or improve the design of the
product at any time without prior notice. This warranty does not cover claims for damage
due to abuse, neglect, alteration or attempted repair by unauthorized personnel, and is
limited to failures arising during normal use that are due to defects in material or
workmanship in the product.
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are limited in duration to the length of
this limited warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty
lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. In no event will PreSonus be liable for
incidental, consequential or other damages resulting from the breach of any express or
implied warranty, including, among other things, damage to property, damage based on
inconvenience or on loss of use of the product, and, to the extent permitted by law,
damages for personal injury.
incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to
you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights,
which vary from state to state. This warranty only applies to products sold and used in the
United States of America. For warranty information in all other countries please refer to
your local distributor.
PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.
7257 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 216-7887
(800) 750-0323
www.presonus.com
 2005, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Incorporated. All rights reserved.
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1 . 1 I N T R O D U C T I O N
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Thank you for purchasing the PreSonus FIREBOX. PreSonus Audio Electronics has
designed the FIREBOX utilizing high-grade components to insure optimum
performance that will last a lifetime. The FIREBOX is the most powerful recording
interface of its size, with the ability to record and playback six inputs and eight outputs
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simultaneously at 24-bit/96K sample rate. Loaded with four analog inputs, including
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two PreSonus microphone preamplifiers and two line inputs, six balanced analog
outputs, SPDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, and Cubase LE 48-track recording software, the
FIREBOX is ready to go out of the box for professional-quality computer recording. For
further flexibility, the FIREBOX can be bus-powered by a six-pin FireWire connector or
externally powered by the included power supply. The FIREBOX is the perfect
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computer recording system that gives you the power for professional quality
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recordings in the palm of your hand.
We suggest that you use this manual to familiarize yourself with the features,
applications and correct connection procedure for your FIREBOX before trying to
connect it to your computer. This will hopefully alleviate any unforeseen issues that
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you may encounter during installation and set up.
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Thank you, once again, for buying our product and we hope you enjoy your FIREBOX!
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PreSonus Limited Warranty
Any implied warranties, including implied warranties of
Some states do not allow the exclusion of limitation of
1 OVERVIEW
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Summary of Contents

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    Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. In no event will PreSonus be liable for incidental, consequential or other damages resulting from the breach of any express or...

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    (typically located at the bottom right hand corner of your screen near your clock). Sample Rate: Drop down the menu to select the sample rate of the FIREBOX – 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96k. This must be set to the same sample rate in your recording software.

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    Macintosh - FIREBOX HARDWARE CONTROL PANEL The included CD-ROM contains Macintosh software for the FIREBOX Control Panel as well as the Mixer software. To install the FIREBOX Control Panel, drag and drop the following file to your hard drive: High: Computer Processor 2GHz and higher...

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    Plug a microphone into channel one and turn on 48V phantom power if needed for the microphone. Turn up the channel 1 trim control on the front panel of the FIREBOX D E S C R I P T I O N while speaking into the microphone.

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    FIREBOX to your computer, and use the external power supply. Either port can be OUTPUT 1 and 2 on the back of the FIREBOX. It has a range of -80db to +10dB. used to connect the FIREBOX to a FireWire port on your computer.

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    4 . 2 O P E R A T I O N O F M I X E R FIREBOX Mixer Flowchart: The silver tracks represent the six possible inputs from the FIREBOX as well as the software playback. The blue section contains information on the output of the...

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    5 . 2 S A M P L E H O O K U P D I A G R A M Pops and Clicks The light on the front right panel of the FIREBOX is a clock (sync) indicator. It lets you know if your unit is receiving word clock correctly. Word clock is the manner by which digital devices sync frame rates.

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    6 TECHNICAL 6 . 2 F I R E B O X S P E C I F I C A T I O N S Preamp Bandwidth ................10Hz to 50kHz Preamp Input Impedance ..............1.3k Ohms Instrument Input Impedance..............1M Ohms Preamp THD ....................

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