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  • Hi -
    I just received and started using a Presonus Inspire (scratch & dent sale for $165!!!) with my Apple Powerbook G3 Firewire (Pismo - upgraded to a 550 MHz G4) and a Yamaha mono powered mixer.

    Everything seems to work perfectly - dead quiet inputs, fast and latency free even with my old powerbook if I keep the ins and outs simple. For instance, a single bass OR mic plugged in and recording a single track to Garage Band. Headphones plugged in for monitoring.
    That's flawless and transparent sounding.

    But it doesn't really serve my needs. I'd LIKE to record rehearsals with my 3 (sometimes 4) piece blues band. That means: voice on dynamic mic, acoustic guitar with high-output pup, my passive bass, and maybe a telecaster. We can use a mono Yamaha powered mixer for everything but the bass. Preferred would be voice and acoustic through the mixer, bass and tele through separate dedicated amps.

    Can someone suggest a clean-sounding way to record this using the Presonus Inspire?
    If it can be done, that would make this piece of hardware one of the most elegant, useful devices to come along!

    Thanks in advance,

    Bill Oetjen
    billoetjen@fastermac.net

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    • You can record four simultaneous inputs with the Inspire (2 line, and 2 mic/instrument).

      Like the other guy said, if you need more than four inputs, you can always daisy chain another Inspire to get four more inputs.

      But in the meantime, you can always use your mixer to submix a few instruments and plug the output of the mono mixer into one of the line inputs (3 or 4). That would give you three more inputs left. Try to separate the most important instruments (like vocal or lead guitar). That will give you more flexibility when you are mixing down.

      If you have a couple of extra DI's hanging around, you can use them to split the signal of your bass and electric guitars (send them simultaneously to the Inspire as well as the amps)

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Rick Naqvi
      www.presonus.com
      800.750.0323 x0641

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      • Craig, thanks for being available for questions and tips. After installing the Inspire unit with Cubase LE, Cubase only seems to recognize inputs 1 & 2 from the Inspire. When I try to choose inputs 3 & 4 for a new track, the only options I'm given are inputs 1 & 2. I've searched through the Help index and the pull-down menus for some way to set up the software I/O to recognize inputs 3 & 4, but I can't find anything. The store where I bought the equipment was of no help. I appreciate anything you can tell me! The unit is the Inspire 1394, and the Cubase LE is version 1.0.8 running on Mac OSX 10.3.9......thanks again!


        I had the same problem for a while. After playing around for a bit I managed to locate the other tracks.

        Try looking in Devices > VST Inputs in the cubase menu. Scroll down and you should see channels 3 & 4. Click on the Active button so that it turns blue.

        Hopefully this should solve your problem.

        [Edit] Although my version is windows, so may be different [/Edit]

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        • Hello, and thanks for the thorough review.

          I picked up an Inspire from MF, refurb for $130.

          I notice a few issues, however:

          1. The Cubase LE CD will not install on my Macbook (a new Intel-based unit). In fact, the CD can't even be read by the computer. Inserting the CD essentially crashes my computer, requiring a hard reboot every time. The CD itself must not be defective as it installs on my ancient Emac. My Macbook's drive isn't defective either, as the other software was installed with no problem. Presonus emailed me a software fix, but this did not help.

          2. The mic preamps barely have enough gain when using a dynamic mic. I need to crank the preamp and engage the boost to get a reasonable level.

          3. The headphone amp seems too weak to record anything loud with (such as a guitar amp loud enough to overcome issue 2).

          4. There is a ton of noise when plugging a guitar into the high impedance inputs, and running through Garageband (since I can't get Cubase running due to above installation issues).

          Despite all of this I am able to record music, and perhaps Presonus will provide me an installable version of Cubase. Still, I'm not totally committed to keeping the unit, and may ultimately go for a different interface (Mackie Satellite, save up for a Firebox, etc.).

          Perhaps this particular unit was a lemon, having been refurbed.

          Suggestions?

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          • 1. The Cubase LE CD will not install on my Macbook (a new Intel-based unit). In fact, the CD can't even be read by the computer. Inserting the CD essentially crashes my computer, requiring a hard reboot every time. The CD itself must not be defective as it installs on my ancient Emac. My Macbook's drive isn't defective either, as the other software was installed with no problem. Presonus emailed me a software fix, but this did not help.
            Suggestions?

            Regarding the noise ;it's an issue that may be fixable but if you can you may want to return it.

            I would just suggest trying logic express or even sticking with GarageBand.
            I really hated Cubase. Once you try Logic, I'll bet you'll love it.
            Sustain is for wimps

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            • Thanks for the reply. I did in fact return it. I am now running into a Soundcraft mixer and straight into the 1/8" jack on the soundcard. Interfaceless. The sound actually isn't bad.

              I just couldn't commit to an interface for the MacBook. It seems the all have issues, in this price range, anyway.

              I love Garageband. I will probably upgrade to Logic, and pick up an Apogee or something.

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              • Hi

                I'm a budding musician, and me and my mates jam once a week (I write the songs and do the recording as well). Had my eye on the Inspire. Can I actually record 4 of us at the same time then? Or is it only 2 at any time plugged in to the front? And is there anything that can do it for the money? Everything else can only do 2.

                Thanks

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                • just wondered if anyone uses this on a laptop with 4-pin firewire port and had any problems/success
                  thinking about getting one any feedback would be helpful
                  really helpful and good review thanks alot

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                  • Hi !! I have been closely following ur posts and hey, it saved me of the trouble of running from pillar to post to find out the right interface for myself. Yes, I have somewhat zeroed in on the Inspire 1394. But still need to clear certain doubts about the set up I have in mind. I have a Yamaha PSR 550 keyboard and the M-Audio Midisport Uno as the Midi-usb interface. My primary objective is to achieve near-zero latency in the reproduction of MIDI triggered sounds. Can I go for the Inspire ? or do u recommend something else for that ? Is it important to have the MIDI data routed through a common audio/midi interface (e.g. Firebox) in order to minimize latency? Then definitely I cannot go for the Inspire. Are the mic pres on the Inspire as good as those of the firebox ? I know, too many qstns and very basic they are. but pls take time out to clear my doubts !

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                    • Any advice on how these two compare against each other will be extremely helpful!
                      Thanks

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                      • Unfortunately I returned the Inspire a long time ago so can't do any direct comparisons. However, I can tell you that it is not necessary to have audio and MIDI in the same interface, assuming you have enough ports to handle two interfaces.

                        Also, latency isn't much of an issue if you're using a hardware keyboard; latency comes into play when using virtual soft synths, as they're "inside" the computer and have to deal with processing delays.

                        Hope this helps!
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                        • thanks 4 your reply. I meant to use my yamaha keybaord just as a midi controller, to trigger the notes in a soft synth only. do u think inspire is ok for this purpose ? or do i hv to go for the firebox or something similar ?

                          thanks

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                          • The latency doesn't involve the MIDI feeding the soft synth as much as the audio from the soft synth reaching your interface. This depends on the drivers for the interface to some extent (you want to use ASIO, Core Audio, or kernel streaming WDM for fastest response), but mostly it's a question of your processor speed. There's no way you'll get low latency with a slow computer. Also, the more complex the project, the less likely you'll have low latency because the computer is having to spend time doing "housekeeping" with hard disk tracks, soft synths, effects, etc. Many musicians freeze or disable tracks when recording in order to lower the latency, then unfreeze during mixdown and raise the latency as it's not as problematic when mixing.
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                            • BTW I will be transferring this to the Archived Pro Review section soon.
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                              • Thanks a ton. concepts now clear.

                                tc....

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