Originally posted by jonmatifa
for $600, it really can't be beat. and like shangrila17 said with the firebox, its hard to find a bad review of it.
now onto the firestudio.... where is that going to fall in between the firepod, onyx 800f and rme fireface?
There are some definite hassles with using the firebox though. The virtual mixer relies on your tracking software to show input levels (besides the blue LED on the hardware to show that the signal is clipping). It's kind of annoying that they wouldn't include a meter of their own. But I keep the level at max almost the entire time because...
...the preamps, even with the +12db boost gain, doesn't seem to be that powerful using a mic with phantom power (haven't tried it with a dynamic yet).
Even though the noise is marginally higher using a cheap ART Tube preamp into the 3 or 4 TRS line-in, the track volume is much louder. Maybe I'm used to my old set-up but the preamp seems a little too clean, almost thin sounding, definitely "transparent". I actually like it for direct guitar recording with effects in front, but not for vocals.
On the positive side, it's easy to set up, and use and very portable.