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Joined: 30/07/2010 23:32:55
Messages: 5

is there anyone who have already use a firestudio 26x26 with a laptop.without any problems ?

Joined: 28/07/2010 16:43:38
Messages: 106
Location: Hamburg, NJ

I have a Firestudio 2626 with a Digimax FS connected to my Macbook Pro and record 16 tracks without any problems at all. I have this combo mounted in a small portable rack that makes it easy to setup and breakdown quickly.

What type of computer are you planning to use?
Apple Mac Pro "Eight Core" 3.0 Ghz
5GB Ram
3 TB on (3) HD's
OSX 10.6.7
Presonus Studiolive 16.4.2
Monitor Station
(2) Presonus Blue Tube preamps
Fader port

Macbook Pro 2.93Ghz
8GB Ram
OSX 10.5.8
500GB Int. 7200rpm HD
FireStudio Mobile

Joined: 30/07/2010 23:32:55
Messages: 5

is there anyone with a PC who use firestudio ?

thanks but no mac for me at this time (maybe later ?)

Joined: 29/07/2010 01:46:55
Messages: 1172
Location: Brisbane Australia

there are plenty of laptops that will work - you need to check the firewire compatibility checklist and make sure the laptop you want to use / buy does not have an incompatible firewire chipset. Try and find one with a TI ( Texas Instruments ) firewire chipset

2 x SL16.4.2's
Audiobox USB
Studio One V2 Pro
/ Rack System
AMD FX-4170 / 16GB DDR3 / Win7x64 / Via 6308FW Onboard
/Mobile System
Toshiba Satellite P200 / 8GB DDR2 / Win7x64 / Ti FW & i7 13" MBP
Ipad v1 16gb - Samsung Galaxy Tab - Asus Black Diamond router

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Joined: 28/07/2010 23:56:13
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If you are getting a PC for recording, be VERY, VERY careful. I would urge you to really do your homework so you don't wind up very frustrated/disappointed. A lot of people have been having major issues due to bad firewire chips on board, and also bad host controller chips on the motherboard that control data traffic. From what I have gleaned here, it sounds like you can have a "good" FW card and still have problems due to the host controller chip problems.

I would recommend you buy from a reputable dealer that has a liberal return policy, and plan on doing some serious time checking things out quickly before any return/exchange window runs out. Or better yet, see if they will allow you to do some testing in their shop (if they are a storefront operation). Do some digging in the forums here, too, and you find much discussion/advice for PC users on configuration/testing/troubleshooting.

A failsafe way would be to get a specially built unit that is built from the ground up for recording. It'll cost you more (more like Mac prices), but you could save an awful lot of research and headaches that way.

Whatever you decide, good luck!
Field Kit:
MacBook Pro 9.2 i5 2.5 GHz, 8GB RAM,
OS 10.8.5;
A & H Qu-16, AB1818VSL, Alesis IO14 / IO26,
PreSonus S1 v2.6.2.25990, Boom Recorder 8.3.2

Studio Kit:
iMac 11.3, i7 (Quad) 2.93GHz, 8 GB RAM,
OS 10.9.3,
M-Audio FW1814, PreSonus Faderport,
PreSonus S1 Pro

Joined: 30/07/2010 23:32:55
Messages: 5


everything you said are absolutely true

but i own a toshiba P300-220 (pspcce) since 09/2009, i have also bough the startec xpresscar firewire but the CPU is still using about 20 % everytime i switch on my firestudio....

now i realise that there is no solution...

so be carefull everyone with using laptop + firestudio.....
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