firestudio / audiofire macbook pro compatibility

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by rainsong23, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. rainsong23

    rainsong23 Active Member

    Feb 20, 2008
    I just bought a new macbook pro and am going to buy an audio interface soon. I'm interested in the firestudio, but am not sure it will be compatible with my macbook due to some things I've read. Here is what the guy from presonus told me to look for.

    "A combination of these specs may result in incompatibility.

    Agere fw chipset
    Geforce 8600 MGT video card
    Intel 945/965 chipset
    4. Combo fw400/800 port"

    I can't seem to find all the info listed about my computer. I looked in "about this mac". I do have the Geforce 8600M GT video card so am a bit worried. However I'm not sure if I have the other things, and the guy said that a combination of these things "may result in imcombatibility".

    I couldn't figure out if I have the Agere fw chipset or not. When I click on "Firewire" in the about this computer under hardware the only information given is"FireWire Bus:Maximum Speed: Up to 800 Mb/sec' with no mention of what chipset it is. Maybe I find this info somewhere else?

    I also can't seem to find out if I have the Intel 945/965 chipset or not. I didn't really see the words chipset anywhere in any of the contents under about this computer.
    I'm not sure about the combo firewire 400/800 thing either. I think I have two firewire ports, one of each size, if I remember correctly, but it doesn't really say or at least I don't seem to know where to look.

    I guess my best option is to take my computer to a dealer that has the firestudio in Seoul (I know of one) and try it out before I buy). On if my computer recognizes the firestudio does that basically mean I will be ok to buy it, or are there other issues I need to worry about. Some of the things I read at seemed to suggest if you have this problem the thing is basically a paperweight, and is not recognized at all. Maybe I'm wrong about this. Also, is this some kind of hardware problem that will not be able to be fixed with some kind of software update from Leopard, or a driver update from presonus? I'm really hoping it is compatible as it seems like the best buy for my money and has most of the features that I think I want. The thing that appeals to me about the firestudio is the amount of inputs and the fact that it has good built in preamps, which I figure will be a money saver for me.

    The motu 8? has two built in pre amps. Are the preamps really needed for everything or just most important for vocals? I don't want to get into buying separate pre amps for every channel.

    I also saw on another topic a guy talking about the Echo Audiofire 12. I haven't researched the audiofire 12 at all but it looks like it may be an option if the firestudio ends up being incompatible. Does it have built in pres? Is it expandable like the firestudio. The extra 4 inputs could be nice. Can you daisy chain them? Well I will do some research myself, but any info is appreciated. As I said I will go into the dealer in seoul and cross my fingers that the firestudio will work.
  2. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    May 2, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Hi rainsong,

    If you have the means, try before you buy. Try as many different interfaces as the dealer will let you.

    Can't speak for MacBook, but i run a FireStudio from my Sony VAIO laptop and i've never had any issues.

    I would also recommend an external Hard Drive if you can afford it. Recording to your Laptop HDD can be sketchy sometimes.

  3. rainsong23

    rainsong23 Active Member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Thanks Chris,

    I do know a place I can take my laptop and try the firestudio before buying, so I'm definately gonna do that.

    I've also heard folks suggest an external hard drive. I probably will do that eventually, although I did get the 7200 rpm hard drive option in my new mbp. But when I have the $ I may look into a 500gig firewire hard drive.
  4. Profiretek

    Profiretek Guest

    How about letting us know if it works or not. Im trying to get the answer to the same question, but wont have the change to test out before I buy, because il need to order the firestudio from the internet since they dont sell in stores around here.

    Thx for the help
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    Two of my laptops have the Intel 945 chipset and one has the 965 chipset. I also generally use the SIIG firewire expresscard (TI chipset) that has both (combo) 1394a/1394b ports. I have not had any real problems with my three different firewire audio devices. On one computer I did experience the XP SP2 firewire driver bug. I simply reverted the 1394 driver back to the SP1 driver. I now run Vista Ultimate on all of my machines and have had zero problems with firewire.

    Definitely if you can try it out do so. Remember to play with buffer settings.

    An external audio drive will do more to eliminate problems than anything else. Your internal OS drive will cause problems whether it is 7200 rpm or not.
  6. TomTama

    TomTama Guest

    The AudioFire 12 does not have any mic pre amps. It has 12 analog TRS ins and 12 analog TRS outs. It's a nice unit if you already have mic pres and just need to interface them with a computer. I have two that are daisy chained. There are MAC drivers available. You can check them out at http://.
  7. goya3400

    goya3400 Guest

    does anyone have any more information on the compatablity issues for macbooks latest FW800 (9-pin to be exact) and various interfaces....specifically the firestudio as mentioned early in this thread?????
  8. 10x10Studios

    10x10Studios Guest

    :cool:I'm a BIG Presonus hardware user as I own 9 pieces of their gear and use them daily. Unfortunately, if you go to the Presonus forums there are a few issues with the MAC computers and Snow Leppard drivers right now and Presonus is working on them. The standard Leppard drivers seem ok though.

    I'm still using Windows XP Pro as I have a very stable system at the moment. No crashes in over a year and some of my Presonus gear is pretty new.

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