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PreSonus 64-Bit FireStudio Drivers Available for Public Beta

PreSonus announces that all PreSonus FireStudio-Series audio interfaces and the StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer are now fully 64-bit compatible. PreSonus states that with this update all of these interfaces will now work correctly under 64-bit Windows XP and Vista and will support 64-bit operation in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and later.

In addition to adding native 64-bit compatibility, this release includes Universal Control software, which replaces older FireStudio control panels, providing access to the internal features of all FireStudio-family interfaces and the StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer.

Universal Control comprises two windows: the Launch window and the Device window. In the Launch window, you can set the sample rate, clock source, safe mode, buffer size (PC only), and WDM routing (PC only) for all connected FireStudio-Series interfaces. Each device is listed at the bottom of the window, along with Device Window buttons that open each interface’s Device window.

The Device window provides level and routing controls for each FireStudio-Series interface’s internal mixer, enabling you to set up zero-latency monitor mixes. Input and output metering have been optimized for ultra-fast screen display and minimum CPU usage, and you can give each interface a custom name. You can use any device in the chain as the master clock source, or you can slave the entire chain to an external digital device using any of the available digital inputs in the chain.

In addition to 64-bit compatibility and the new control panel, the Universal Control installer includes the new firmware Version 1.11 update for the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer. This firmware update adds several important new features, including a new graphic EQ, and the abilities to daisy chain multiple StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixers and to daisy chain a StudioLive mixer with any FireStudio-Series interface.

Universal Control is now in public beta and can be downloaded from the PreSonus Website at Universal Control is required for all FireStudio-Series interface owners who are using a 64-bit Windows operating system, and PreSonus encourages them to participate in the open beta program.

PreSonus states that FireStudio-series owners who are using Mac or 32-bit Windows systems will also benefit significantly from the new Universal Control features. StudioLive 16.4.2 owners can update to take advantage of the new features in firmware Version 1.11, in addition to the Universal Control features.

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