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Can I connect StudioLive Ai to PC with a Firewire 800 cable (1394b 9pins) and windows PC Firewire 800 (1394a 4 pins)?

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asked Dec 4, 2015 in Ai Mixers by quangphan (160 points)
Can I connect Presonus SL to PC  with a cable Firewire 800 (1394v 9pins) and other end to windows PC Firewire  (1394a 4 pins)?  See the picture with far left and far right



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answered Dec 4, 2015 by AlexTinsley (902,800 points)
selected Dec 4, 2015 by -Luis-
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The cable you are speaking of is a bi-lingual 9pin to 4pin 1394 cable.

No, we do not support connecting the StudioLive Ai mixer to a computer with a 4pin (or 6-pin) connection.

There is no such thing as a 1394a - 4pin FW800 speed chip.

1394 4-pin is a FW400 speed bridge chip. The 4-pin 1394a connector was associated with the Sony i-Link connector which is the non-bus powered version of the more popular 6 pin 1394a standard.

If you have a 4-pin connection on your computer, you very likely have a 1394 chipset which is not supported (most likely a Ricoh or NEC chip). However if you have a computer with a 4-pin connection this most likely means you have laptop. And you may very well have a PC-Express slot. Even if you have a desktop. Please check our 1394a compatibility list for an adapter which we do recommend which will work.

See that article here: