Interfacing Linux: Presonus FIRESTUDIO 26×26

Whether you’re creating a MIDI masterpiece, recording a drum kit, or mixing a podcast you’re going to want an interface at some point. Thing is, finding out which ones work with Linux can be an adventure.

Each week we’re going to put an interface through a few trials and one tribulation.

1. Overview
2. Setup
3. Soundcheck
4. Round trip latency
5. 15 minute torture test
6. What works and what nopes.

This week we’re taking a look at the Presonus FIRESTUDIO 26×26.


CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
Motherboard MSI B350 Tomahawk
GPU Nvidia Quadro 4000
SSD Samsung 840
PSU: EVGA 600 B1
Firewire: Syba SY-PEX30016
Network: Intel i350-T4
OS: Debian Buster
Kernel: 4.19.0-8-rt-amd64
Desktop: XFCE 4.12

Presonus FIRESTUDIO: Round-trip latency @44100 Hz 

Presonus FIRESTUDIO: Round-trip latency @4800HZ 

Presonus FIRESTUDIO: Round-trip latency @9600HZ 

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Presonus FIRESTUDIO 26×26

8 out of 10
Works out of the box
4 out of 10
Ease of setup
8 out of 10
10 out of 10
Build quality
10 out of 10


Everything works

8 channels in/out


Two insert jacks


Can't be used with ALSA drivers.

FFADO knackers the MIDI ports.

No support for the internal mixer.

No preamp bypass.


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