PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc. is now shipping Firepod, a 10-input/10-output 24-bit/96k FireWire recording system. The Firepod comes with eight PreSonus Class-A custom microphone preamplifiers and free Cubase LE recording software.
The Firepod’s front panel features eight combo input XLR/TRS Neutrik connectors and eight trim controls. Inputs 1 and 2 can be used for microphone, or instrument inputs 3 through 8 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 and two balanced TRS main outputs and balanced TRS cute outputs for additional monitoring.
Firepod also includes a 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 S/PDIF I/O and MIDI I/O are also included.
Firepod is compatible with ASIO/WDM and CoreAudio-based applications on both Mac and Windows operating systems.
Retail price is $799.95, with an estimated street price in the U.S. of $599.95.