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  • Anderton
    started a topic PRESONUS INSPIRE 1394 (audio interface)

    PRESONUS INSPIRE 1394 (audio interface)

    Yep, it's that time again: another Pro Review! Seems that interface ones are popular, and the Inspire is an unusual little box.

    I've decided on a couple changes this time around:

    * First, I'm going to test it with a PowerMac (PreSonus has announced availability of Macintel drivers, but I don't have a Macintel yet).

    * Second, I figured there would be some "So what's the difference between the FireBox and Inspire?" questions. Of course we'll address that in the thread, but I also decided to review the FireBox in the HC Confidential Newsletter that goes out next week. That way, I could get into the box with more depth than I would in a review about the Inspire. As it turns out they are quite different, but hey, that's what a Pro Review is about: Going beyond specs to uncover the "gestalt" of a piece of gear. However, this way there's a complementary review as well of an alternative product.

    So this is also a heads-up that if you don't subscribe to the newsletter yet, you should! You can sign up on the HC home page.

    Another thing is that I try to avoid doing a Pro Review if there's a chance of my travel schedule interfering. However, I have a very heavy travel schedule this summer and it's unavoidable. So, I'm hoping that when I can't post for a few days at a time, you'll find that an ideal time to ask questions, and of course, I've invited PreSonus to participate in this thread so you can get some answers directly from them along with my observations and those of other participants.

  • Anderton
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    what a pisser, the 2nd channel on my INSPIRE just died on me so i no longer have an interface!!!! i am pissed to say the least, i won't be buying anything from Presonus anymore. what is a decent interface for a mac mini that is reasonable in price?


    Have you contacted PreSonus? At this point the product is over five years old, they may have some that returns or ones with cosmetic issues they'd let go for cheap.

    As to other interface options, there are so many that it's impossible to give advice without knowing your needs. It makes a big difference if, for example, you're a singer/songwriter or recording a band.

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  • Quantone
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    Woops, no, I don't think you can record using the phono thing afterall? Just tried. Jeesh.

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  • Quantone
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    Got it apart. For those who may want to know, the 2 pieces of plastic need to slide outward a little ways, until they're free from a metal tab on each side.


    Thanks man. I googled to see if anyone was trying to pull their unit apart. Your post was useful.
    I'm also having trouble with one channel dying (on the front inputs, both mic and instrument). If it's any help to anyone, you can still record stereo into the RCA inputs on the back (as long as you whack some RCA adaptor connections onto your leads of course). But you may be out of luck if you're using phantom powered mics unless you have external phantom power and the correct adaptor lead connections. I'm lucky - for now I just wanna' run my Digitech board direct in (in stereo).

    This unit is great, I love it, but having one channel die as soon as the warranty ran out was slightly annoying. It's lucky I just happened to have finished working on the film I was scoring just before the channel died.
    To the person who had one channel die and had it repaired - did the Presonus people inform you as to the nature of the fault?

    Cheers folks.

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  • Bobsax
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    Got it apart. For those who may want to know, the 2 pieces of plastic need to slide outward a little ways, until they're free from a metal tab on each side.

    Also, forgot to mention, I tried this with bus power and with the AC adapter. With AC, the LED flashes between blue and red, but it's solid red on bus power.

    Hi Fluffyllama
    Did you do anything or see anything odd when you took it apart?
    Did anything look broken or fried?

    BTW
    Mine's on eBay for one more day at .99
    http://cgi.ebay.com/PreSonus-Inspire-1394-Firewire-not-working_W0QQitemZ330402217032QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4ced81bc48#ht_500wt_1182

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  • jdpenn
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    Mine's been working OK with an HP laptop, 4 pin cable. But, I am having all kinds of problems trying to get a second multiple unit to work. Doesn't want to install. I tried the newest driver, but that made the single unit not function. I had to roll back to the previous driver. Single unit is working again. I'm not all that happy with the quality though. Might have to upgrade eventually and sell these 2 units.

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  • fluffyllama
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    Mine died
    The computer would see it for a second and then it wouldn't,
    Tried lots of cables and a few different computers with the same results.

    I Called Presonus and they seemed to be familiar with the problem. I forgot what he said they'd fix it for but it's time to upgrade anyway so it would be a waste to invest anything in it.
    I left it plugged in all the time so the red light was always on even with the computer off. It may be best to unplug when not in use


    Same problem with me. I tried a Windows XP and a Windows 7 laptop, my Macbook Pro, and my PowerMac G4, and none will recognize it. The LED is blue when it's first plugged in, for about 3-4 seconds, then it goes red. For what it's worth, I left it plugged into my Macbook Pro all the time, and I usually put the MBP to sleep, which kept power running to the Inspire.

    Sadly I only bought it 2 months ago, used. Worked well enough when it did too.

    Can anyone offer pointers on how to disassemble the unit? I've removed the 6 screws, but the plastic is held in rather well, and I don't want to crack any of it...

    *edit*

    Got it apart. For those who may want to know, the 2 pieces of plastic need to slide outward a little ways, until they're free from a metal tab on each side.

    Also, forgot to mention, I tried this with bus power and with the AC adapter. With AC, the LED flashes between blue and red, but it's solid red on bus power.

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  • Bobsax
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    Mine died
    The computer would see it for a second and then it wouldn't,
    Tried lots of cables and a few different computers with the same results.

    I Called Presonus and they seemed to be familiar with the problem. I forgot what he said they'd fix it for but it's time to upgrade anyway so it would be a waste to invest anything in it.
    I left it plugged in all the time so the red light was always on even with the computer off. It may be best to unplug when not in use

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  • jdpenn
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    I just picked up a new Inspire for $120. It will fill my needs for the immediate future. I didn't see a lot out there at this price point that would have been any better for my needs. I guess they are now discontinued, so probably will be harder to find.

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  • Bobsax
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    This thread was started ages ago.
    I wouldn't buy an Inspire now. There must be better interface options now.
    do some research

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  • cycadia
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    I read a review that said there's a hum if you use it with an ac adapter on a laptop.
    I've only got a laptop with firewire pcmcia card, so I'm wondering if this is going to be an issue if I use the ac adapter.

    Thanks!


    Anyone got an opinion on this? I'd be in the same boat, so I need to know before I consider buying.

    What does the hum come from? Is it with the unbalanced RCA outputs?

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  • Tonesmith
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    Thanks a ton. concepts now clear.

    tc....

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  • Anderton
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    BTW I will be transferring this to the Archived Pro Review section soon.

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  • Anderton
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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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  • Tonesmith
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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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