But as the years have ticked on by, I’ve witnessed the once daunting waters turn warm as a slew of new recording products have made it simpler and more cost effective to take the headlong plunge into recording on your computer. One such product is the PreSonus Firepod ($799 retail/ $599 street; includes Cubase LE), an 8-channel, rack-mountable mic preamp that connects to your computer via the magic of FireWire.
Sporting a sleek, brushed-aluminum faceplate, each of the Firepod’s class-A, input-buffered mic preamps flaunts a smooth and substantial-feeling Input Gain control offering up to 22dB of headroom, as well as a bright red LED to alert you when signal clipping occurs. The sturdy, professional feel of the Firepod’s controls was key for me, as I work the controls on recording gear way more than I twiddle controls on a guitar amp.
Getting the Firepod up and running on my eMac was a breeze, and I was tracking in no time. I simply plugged the Firepod’s supplied 6-pin FireWire cable into my computer’s FireWire port, switched the Firepod on, and a blue LED on the unit’s front panel lit up to tell me everything was rocking. Tracking into Apple’s GarageBand recording software, my first test was miking up my Fender tweed Deluxe with a Shure SM57. The Firepod’s preamps did a stellar job of capturing every nuance and growl my amp had to offer. I also achieved stellar results tracking acoustic guitar tones with various condenser mics through the Firepod. The tones were always tight and punchy with a finely detailed, and, most importantly, smooth and natural-sounding treble response. The Firepod is also very, very quiet. The only complaint I have, and it’s a small one, is that the Firepod’s headphone output is a tad underpowered if you’re a masochist like me who likes headphone mix to be loud when tracking.
But whether you’re recording alone, or recording a band, the Firepod has all of the bases covered. A second FireWire port on the back of the unit allows you to chain two Firepods together for a total of 16 mic preamps. And just think of the, uh, firepower, you could unleash with the Firepod mounted in a rack and a laptop computer. You’d be turned into a veritable mobile tracking machine. The Firepod’s ease-of-use and rugged aesthetics, as well as its sweet sonics have made this dude a gleeful convert to digital recording.
Bogner Amplification Unveils the Oxford Fuzz and Lyndhurst Compressor
The Killer Queens Join Comedy Central’s Colossal Clusterfest to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Wayne’s World
Sven Pipien of The Black Crowes Unveils Debut Album and Tour For New Band The Magpie Salute
Play Roland’s SPD::ONE Percussion Pads with Drumsticks, Hands or Feet
Sonokinetic Maximo Powerful Orchestral Sample Library Flash Sale: 33% Off
Novation Updates the Circuit Firmware to v1.5 with Requested Features
Mike Finnigan - My Favorite Organ Settings
RETRO AD REPRINT - Roland Jupiter-8 (1981)
Chick Corea Answers YOUR Questions!
Dan Auerbach Premieres “Waiting On a Song” Music Video
Are These the Top 10 Guitar Harmonies of All Time?
Watch Steve Vai Perform Led Zeppelin Classics with Zepparella
KLANG:fabrik Gets Inside The Heads Of Linkin Park
L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo Finds Favor With DC/Baltimore-Area Churches
Sully Meets the Challenges for RHCP with Rat Sound and L-Acoustics
Hear "Lady B. Goode," Chuck Berry's New Sequel to "Johnny B. Goode"
Review: Elektron Analog Drive Pedal
David Coverdale: I Feel Sorry for Jimmy Page Not Being Able to Reunite Led Zeppelin
Copyright ©2017 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470