Baton Rouge, LA (August 20, 2004)–PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. is now shipping the Firepod, a 10 input/10 output 24-bit/96K FireWire recording system. The Firepod comes ready to go with eight PreSonus Class A custom microphone preamplifiers along with free Cubase LE 48 audio/96 MIDI track recording software.
Retail price on the Firepod is $799.95 with an estimated street price in the USA of $599.95. The front of the Firepod is loaded with eight combo input XLR/TRS Neutrik connectors for conveniently connecting all types of microphones and instruments. Eight trim controls are on the front panel to easily adjust the input level of each preamplifier. Inputs one and two of the Firepod can be used for microphone or instrument inputs three thru eight can be used as microphone or line inputs. Phantom power (+48V) is available on every channel in groups of four. Channels 1 and 2 feature fully balanced send and return TRS connectors on the rear of the rugged metal chassis for inserting outboard dynamics, EQ and effects processors.
The Firepod has eight balanced TRS line outputs as well as two balanced TRS MAIN outputs and balanced TRS CUE outputs for additional monitoring. The Firepod also includes stereo headphone output on the front panel along with mix control to balance monitoring levels between mixed input and main output signals for zero-latency monitoring. Two channels of SPDIF input and output as well as MIDI input and output are also included.
The Firepod comes with Steinberg’s Cubase LE audio production software, and is also compatible with popular ASIO/WDM and Core Audio based applications on both Mac and Windows operating systems.
PreSonus director of sales Rick Naqvi stated, “The Firepod is a complete studio ready to go–equipped with great-sounding professional preamps and Cubase LE recording software. It’s by far the most powerful recording studio available in its price range.”