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MOTU 896mk3 vs. Presonus Firestudio

Discussion in 'Recording' started by mobilelab, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. mobilelab

    mobilelab Active Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    Hello! I've happily owned a MOTU 896 HD for the past 2 years. Recently, it decided not to power up. I've checked the fuses and they seem fine, so I will have it serviced, providing the cost isn't too ridiculous. However, in the event that it isn't salvageable and I need to buy a new interface, is the $1000 896 any better than the $599 Firestudio? I have heard great things about Presonus, but I loved my MOTU. Any info at all would be great. Thanks.

    P.S. - I run Sonar on Windows.
  2. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Lake Ki-Chi-Saga, Minnesota USA
    I've found the FireStudio to be a very useful and affordable solution. Got one in 2007 and been quite happy with it. There can be some issues with drivers/firmware that you should be aware of. Check out there forum to be sure:


    Also the D to A can make noise in the left channel at the lower sampling rates. Its nothing to major though, and there are solutions to it such as getting a central station and running it through the digital spdif.
  3. vashuba

    vashuba Active Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    St Louis
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    Are there many differences between the 896 mk1 VS 896 mk3? I read that on the mk1 you can only hear play back on 2 inputs? is that true? anything else...

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