Reported to work on 21 July 2012 by Koivukoski1.

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Reported to work


I've bought the Presonus Firestudio a couple of month ago - and I need to boot Windows XP everytime to use the device.
With the new ubuntu studio version I'm really looking for support. Its really a fantastic sound device - but so far no way to use it under linux.

So - is there anything new around the support for the Firestudio??

Would appreciate any news about it.


I read that you guys were waiting for presonus to supply some architecture information or some hardware. Any recent news?

Attempting PreSonus FireStudio on Ubuntu 8.10
FFADO installed sees presonus, but no data
Gscanbus sees PreSonus and can read id's.
I've got some ID of the FireStudio by Jack with FFADO, but fails at Error (bebob_avdevice.cpp)[ 96] probe: Number of channels command failed[0m01104255821: [31mError (avc_avdevice.cpp)[ 88] probe: Subunit info command failed
[0mfirewire ERR: Error creating FFADO streaming device
cannot load driver module firewire

This is a new UbuntuStudio 8.10rt install from these instructions:
With added Repos:
"What I would recommend as a solution:
WARNING: I have not tried these packages myself, but I do trust them.
-go into the folders where you've built ffado and jack and do
make uninstall

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
-add the following lines to this file

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install jackd libjack0 ffado-dbus-server ffado-mixer-qt4

ffado-tools libffado2

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
-remove the two lines you had previously added

sudo apt-get update

Your system should be back to normal now and you can try running jack
Now, in theory, you could just uninstall jack and ffado, reinstall jack from the repository and use the freebob driver if you want to be safer
(this should fix your jack linking problem, and work fine with your FP10), but who wants to be safe and run old software.
I had an error about not overwriting existing lib.

This is installed on the M7VIZ machine, with Adeptec FW card
I can provide more details if needed.

Next I'll see what I can find on the FFADO info, and then try the Codeweavers version of wine.

M7VIZ Ver5.1 AMD (I'll get more details)1.8Ghz 2GB 400mhz? mem

Firewire cards:
Adaptec AFW-4300A LP


Here is email sent to Presonus Management

Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 3:35 PM
Subject: Linux driver for FireStudio

I don't understand your reluctance to publish a driver for the FireStudio to linux.
You already have done the work porting to MacOS. It is just another unix clone.
You just need to recompile the drivers under linux, I already own a FireStudio,
but do not like working in XP. I am sure others would buy your product if the
drivers were available. Please reconsider.

And thier reply

Hi Jon:

We are exploring Linux support for the FireStudio family. I'm afraid it is
not quite as simple as you have described, but it is something we would like
to offer our customers. I don't have an ETA on when this may be available,
however I will add your vote to our feature request database.

Kind regards,
Wesley Elianna DeVore
Customer Support Manager

PreSonus Audio Electronics
7257 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-USA
+ Direct phone
+ Corporate phone
+1.225.926.8347 Fax

Hi Guys,

Did presonus ever display more interest in developing drivers ?

Is there anything else I can do to help ?

Many Thanks,

Quadcore Intel processor
Cheezy firewire card from Best Buy:
Dynex 3-Port IEEE 1394 PCI Host Card
* Model #: DX-FC103
* Web Code: 10049747
O/S: Ubuntu Studio 10.10 (fresh install with all patches)
Short story: FFADO could not see the card but lspci showed it.
I would be willing to sponsor some limited development of this driver.

Long story: I unloaded then loaded the 1394 drivers trying both the old and new drivers.
To confirm that the card was working, I hooked up a WD External drive and it worked just fine.
I tried all sorts of combinations of power on/power off with old and new drivers and the Prosonus.
All of a sudden, it worked. I was getting signal to my apps!
Then, the problem was with Jack and my sound card. I just wouldn't connect to the sound card out with Jack - arrgh!! (In worked fine.)
Also, once running, here and there, my apps totally crashed (LMMS and others).
All of this was for my son so that he could have a decent recording studio setup. Sadly, I could not get consistency and could not reproduce what it took to make the system work.
I crawled all over all the fora (forums) and tried everything that was suggested.

I then looked at the work on the driver. I'm not sure, but I don't know how much work has been done on this area of the driver - the dates look kind of old on the various files.
The only thing I did not do was to compile the driver and try that - I was not able to install all the necessary packages for a compile (long story).

- A request on Presonus technical support:
i decide to use GNU/Linux for musical application. But i have a problem about it.
Driver of my firestudio (26x26) is not compatible with GNU/Linux operating systems.
You are about to make it work?

- Comments:
Unfortunately not, We don't have Linux drivers or any plans to support. Sorry for the inconvenience. Let me know if I can do anything else.

openSUSE maintainer multimedia:
Hi, I've been contacted by a user, whom I think is the composer of the request Submitted by XB-70 for help with firewire support for Presonus Firestudio. What do you require to make this work?
Dave Plater

Hi, just bought this on the basis on that if the Firepod was working fine how different can the Firestudio be. And it seems a popular device, someone's got it working right?

I've not tried the latest ffado drivers, just the stock ones that come with an updated Natty 11.04.

Any ideas how to get this working?

huang@revo:~$ dpkg -l | grep ffado
ii ffado-dbus-server 2.0.99+svn1949-1 FFADO D-Bus server
ii ffado-mixer-qt4 2.0.99+svn1949-1 FFADO D-Bus mixer applets (QT4)
ii ffado-tools 2.0.99+svn1949-1 FFADO debugging and firmware tools
ii libffado2 2.0.99+svn1949-1 FFADO API
huang@revo:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release


Ubuntu Studio 11.04 on Acer Revo R3610 (4GB/500GB, no fw)
Ubtuntu Lucid 10.04 on Lenovo Thinkpad T410 (4GB/160GB SS, fw)
h/w: Pandoara Korg PX5D (usb) ; Presonus FireStudio Mobile (fw) ; Alesis SR-16

I sent an email to Presonus, and was promptly answered by a manager, I should use Windows or Mac.
If we depend on them, let's wait until death.

Does anyone have any news? Someone is working on it?

Actually, it works under distro LinuxAV 5.0.
Add (as Root) to FFADO configuration file the device ID (usr/share/libffado2/configuration)

vendorid = 0x000a92;
modelid = 0x00000011;
vendorname = "Presonus";
modelname = "Firestudio Mobile";
driver = 20;

under JACK Audio Connection Kit (Driver = Firewire, Priority 70, Frames/Period 256,Check Realtime, Port max=256, Timeot 2000, start delay=2)

Thanks for this information Pule. I have added this to the configuration file in svn; you'll find it in revision 2002 and later.

With AVLinux 5.0.3 Firestudio works 'out of box'.

Firestudio 26x26 doesn't work out of the box with AVLinux 6.0 (FFADO 2.0.99)

I was able to get it working thanks to Mr. Hamil's instructions found on:

vendorid = 0x000a92;
modelid = 0x00000008;
vendorname = "Presonus";
modelname = "Firestudio 26x26";
driver = 20;

Copy the above configuration information into both /usr/share/libffado/configuration
and /usr/share/libffado2/configuration and restart.

There doesn't seem to be a ffado-mixer for the firestudio 26x26, though.

Firestudio (26x26) not working 'out of the box' in AVLinux 6.0 (FFADO 2.0.99)

Firestudio (26x26) can be got working using the following information taken from

Add the device ID (as Root) to the FFADO configuration files

vendorid = 0x000a92;
modelid = 0x00000008;
vendorname = "Presonus";
modelname = "Firestudio 26x26";
driver = 20;

Doesn't seem to be a FFADO mixer, though.

Thanks for the information. I was not aware of Bob's webpage on the subject of the Firestudio 26x26. I have now added a configuration file entry based on the details provided; this is present in subversion revision r2313 (and therefore will be in our next release). I've added a pointer to the generic DICE mixer since that is present for most of the other Firestudio devices and so might provide something useful for the 26x26 as well. Let us know how you get on.

Confirmed. Firestudio Mobile works fine on AV Linux 6 and Ubuntu Studio 13.04, but only playback. :(