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  • #31
    I didn't expect to like not having knobs to tweak


    I felt the same initially as well. Nowadays I typically put my CPU under my desk and my Inspire sits on top of it with a piece of velcro to hold it secure. It's one of the nice tradeoffs with not having to deal with a piece of hardware for control. I'll be the first to agree that knobs are a lot more familiar to people. But my workflow is so mouse-dependent that it doesn't bother me anymore to have a control panel hanging around. I typically use the small version of the control panel (select the long dash icon in the top right corner of the control panel) and have the thumbtack selected so that it resides in the right lower corner of my screen at all times on top of my recording software. {editor's note: To see a screen shot of the small version of the control panel, click here.}

    maybe you need to add some of the comments here to the next version of the printed manual


    You're absolutely right. We'll make sure that we add that to our next manual revision. Thanks for bringing this issue up to us.

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    Rick Naqvi
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    • #32
      A silly question since I'll be getting one for my new MacBook that's on the way...

      I already have monitors (Alesis mk1 powered) that have an 1/4 input. I don't want to get more cables so, I guess I'll get some female 1/4 to male RCA adapter thingys so I can plug it to the Inspire.

      Do you thing the weight of the 1/4"plug plus the adapter plugged into the back of the Inspire be a bit much on the RCA outs?
      Does it seem sturdy to handle that, long term?

      I'm I going about this the right way?


      BTW, the no-knobs seem to be something many like and I'm starting to believe rightly so. Seems very logical, I guess.

      Thanx a bunch!!!

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      • #33
        <<I already have monitors (Alesis mk1 powered) that have an 1/4 input. I don't want to get more cables so, I guess I'll get some female 1/4 to male RCA adapter thingys so I can plug it to the Inspire.

        Do you thing the weight of the 1/4"plug plus the adapter plugged into the back of the Inspire be a bit much on the RCA outs?
        Does it seem sturdy to handle that, long term?>>

        Well, as you said the Alesis speakers have 1/4" inputs, why not just get a 1/4" male to RCA male cable? Plug the 1/4" into the Alesis speakers, plug the RCA into the Inspire 1394.

        Also FWIW the Inpsire outs are paralleled with an 1/8" stereo jack. So you could also get one of those 1/8" male to dual 1/4" female cables and not really have to worry about weight.

        Make sense?
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        • #34
          Craig,
          Sorry for what may well be a question with a glaringly obvious answer; but is this device bus-powered? It doesn't have to be for me but I think it would add to the much-touted "convenience" of the unit, unless of course this feature would in some way diminish its performance.

          Also, in the last review you mentioned you would go over the revamped M-Audio Oxygen V2. Just curious: is a review in the works? Still, as I look over the Inspire's software applet, I'm thinking I like mouse mixing after all; yet if you could midi-assign those parameters in the applet that'd be killer.

          Finally, as someone who's followed your reviews since the Musician magazine days (late 80s), on up through your "Home Recording for Musicians" book, I thank you for helping out those of us who are perpetually curious; I'm continually amazed by all this innovation, especially nowadays!

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          • #35
            is this device bus-powered?


            Yes, it is with a standard 6 pin firewire cable. You can daisy chain up to four Inspires together and they will all be powered from a single 6 pin FW connector. We include the AC adaptor for those who are using 4pin firewire on PC laptops.


            Regards,
            Rick Naqvi
            www.presonus.com
            800.750.0323 x0641

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            • #36
              <<Still, as I look over the Inspire's software applet, I'm thinking I like mouse mixing after all; yet if you could midi-assign those parameters in the applet that'd be killer.>>

              As far as I know, you can't assign the applet controls to MIDI. You have to set them onscreen.

              But these are things you don't mess with very often once you get the levels set. I think it would be more likely that you would want to MIDI-control levels in the host program you're using with the Inspire 1394.
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              • #37
                <<Also, in the last review you mentioned you would go over the revamped M-Audio Oxygen V2. Just curious: is a review in the works?>>

                I gave it a pretty in-depth review in the HC Confidential Newsletter. I've since returned it to M-Audio.
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                • #38
                  I received the following email:

                  <<I registered just so I could send you a quick thanks for your in-depth, yet easy to follow review of the Presonus Inspire. I've been recording casually on my computer through my Creative Live Drive. It has a 1/4 inch input, midi, RCA, optical, and SPDIF, but no XLR. For my mic, I've been using and XLR to 1/4" cable, which I'm told is unbalanced. So, I'm going to upgrade to an APEX 460 mic and invest in a USB or Firewire audio device. I've been leaning towards the Inspire over the Toneport UX2 and your review gives me that much more confidence in my choice.>>

                  The Inspire 1394 and Toneport UX2 have very different philosophies (I did an in-depth review of the Toneport UX2 in the HC Confidential newsletter and use it a lot). The UX2 is much more about modeling, guitar tone, and mic tone. It has some bundled software and uses USB, but has some clever under-the-hood driver action to give really low latency.

                  The Inspire 1394 is FireWire, but has no tone-shaping abilities. The phono preamp is something the UX2 doesn't have, and I'd say it would be harder to trash the Inspire.

                  Bottom line is that AFAIC, the Inspire 1394 is all about simplicity and ease of use, while the UX2 is more about tweaking your sound without having to buy lots of other effects (altough the Inspire 1394 does have quite a few plug-ins included with it for insertion into your host; we'll evaluate these shortly).
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                  • #39
                    Thanx for the info on the monitor outs...

                    I guess since the Monster cables were close to $20 a pop, didn't want to buy same cable just to get a different plug at the end.

                    Anyway, the 1/8 stereo to female 1/4 plug seems like a better idea, didn't know it was available until you mentioned it. And it would make my Inspire "compatible" with my friend's monitors and other studios, since it will be a traveling recording setup. Super cool!

                    So, does anyone else think this laptop/Inspire setup makes for a great live instrument thingy? I'm a guitarist, but been thinking bout making the laptop/usb keyboard a live instrument and the Inspire's ease of setup just seems perfect for this.

                    Any ideas, tips, experiences on this?!?

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                    • #40
                      wow I've been looking at simple and cheap firewire interfaces for a while now. Been looking at m-audio, and even looked at the (oh my Gosh!!) behringer, but I always got back to the inspire.
                      My question although maybe a little ahead of the review is:

                      Are the preamps or the audio quality for that matter, the same as the firepod and firebox? Can I get firebox quality with the thing?

                      I very much like the idea of just making initial settings, forget all about them and just play into the thing time and time again.

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                      • #41
                        "As far as I know, you can't assign the applet controls to MIDI. You have to set them onscreen.

                        But these are things you don't mess with very often once you get the levels set. I think it would be more likely that you would want to MIDI-control levels in the host program you're using with the Inspire 1394."

                        That's true; I hadn't even thought of that. Usually I have problems with controlling progressive gain stages. Didn't someone here mention the term PEBKAC? . . .

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                        • #42
                          I'm not all that wild about the way the "virtual" knobs work, in that you have to swing the mouse pointer all the way around the knobs to turn them up or down.


                          You can change the behavior of the knobs on the Inspire from either 'circular' to 'up and down'. We wanted to allow the user to pick which type of knob behavior works better for them since everybody has their own preference on this.

                          Just right click on any area that is not a menu or button, you should see the knob motion options there.

                          Regards,
                          Rick Naqvi
                          www.presonus.com
                          800.750.0323 x0641

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                          • #43
                            Actually, I already covered the knob thing 12 or so posts into the front page:

                            <<First of all, the knobs default to using the “turn the knob with your mouse” protocol. I know all the arguments about that kind of motion giving you finer resolution, but I just find it more awkward. So I’m glad you can right-click (Windows) or ctrl-click (Mac) to choose a linear mode. This is one of the very few things that’s a little out of character with the Inspire 1394’s “what you see is exactly what you get” philosophy. It not only doesn’t have any hidden menus, it doesn’t have any menus, except for the knob motion one. (However the Windows applet, described later, does have some extra options.)>>
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                            • #44
                              Had a few questions about the Presonus Inspire and Firebox:

                              1. Can the Inspire handle two inputs (i.e., one mic & one guitar) at once that will both be recognized by GarageBand simultaneously...in other words, could you theoretically play guitar and sing at the same time and have two independent tracks in Garage Band?

                              2. Same question with Firebox, except with four total inputs being recognized by GarageBand simultaneously?

                              3. Do either or both of these pieces of hardware require a concurrent piece of software to be run in order to be recognized by GarageBand? I have a TonePort UX-2 (Line6), and one of my great dissapointments is that I have to run the Line6 software ("GearBox) in order for GarageBand to recognize it...and I don't always need "GearBox"

                              What I'm looking for is recommendations on a direct input (via firewire) to a MAC that can go direct to GarageBand with either 2 or 4 inputs (with speaker outputs). I thought of M-audio Fast Track USB, but it's USB...I'd be interested in comments on that comparison, too.

                              Thanks to all for your help!

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                              • #45
                                <<1. Can the Inspire handle two inputs (i.e., one mic & one guitar) at once that will both be recognized by GarageBand simultaneously...in other words, could you theoretically play guitar and sing at the same time and have two independent tracks in Garage Band?>>

                                I don't have Garageband, but both inputs show up as available inputs in all other programs I've tried. The one thing you can't do is plug into the mic and guitar jacks on the SAME input channel.

                                <<2. Same question with Firebox, except with four total inputs being recognized by GarageBand simultaneously?>>

                                Same answer, except because the FireBox uses a combi jack, you are obliged to plug in either an XLR or phone plug into each of the two front channel inputs.

                                <<3. Do either or both of these pieces of hardware require a concurrent piece of software to be run in order to be recognized by GarageBand? I have a TonePort UX-2 (Line6), and one of my great dissapointments is that I have to run the Line6 software ("GearBox) in order for GarageBand to recognize it...and I don't always need "GearBox">>

                                You may not, but the TonePort does

                                With the Inspire, you do need to run the applet to vary levels and such, but I don't see that interfering with any other app.

                                <<What I'm looking for is recommendations on a direct input (via firewire) to a MAC that can go direct to GarageBand with either 2 or 4 inputs (with speaker outputs). I thought of M-audio Fast Track USB, but it's USB...I'd be interested in comments on that comparison, too. >>

                                Haven't used FastTrack. In some ways, USB is less critical than FireWire, but USB 1.1 is a LOT slower...USB 2 is way better than 1.1. No matter how direct a path you want, there will almost always be an applet of some type sitting between the interface and the application.
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