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Rolandâ€™s proprietary R-BUS interface may have left some users of Roland equipment wishing that they had a more universal digital audio interface and now they can have one with a new product from Presonus, just announced at the show â€“ the V-FIRE
The V-FIRE allows the user to convert Rolandâ€™s R-BUS digital audio format to FireWire (IEEE 1394), thus providing a multi-channel computer interface for Roland products equipped with R-BUS output.
The V-FIRE features two R-BUS ports and two FireWire ports allowing sixteen channels of digital audio to stream at up to 24-bit 96K sample rate. It is also equipped with R-BUS 1, R-BUS 2 and master sync LED indicators.
Windows XP and Macintosh compatible, the V-FIRE will also ship with a software control panel enabling the user to select the sample rate (44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, and 96K), latency, buffer size and clock source.
Jim Odom, President of PreSonus, told us â€œWe are very pleased to offer the V-FIRE to Rolandâ€™s loyal customer base. The V-FIRE is an amazing solution for file transfer and sharing between R-BUS devices and computer-based recording systems giving the customer further flexibility and power for music creation.â€�
Roland Recording Product Manager Michael
Barrett added, "This is a very exciting advancement that will be appreciated by Roland
customers worldwide. It adds tremendous value to our R-BUS devices and we're thrilled
PreSonus is now offering this dynamic product."
Price and Availability
The V-FIRE will be shipping during the Summer of 2006. Price TBA