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Behringer Firepower FCA1616 Firewire Audio Interface

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Using the Behringer Firepower FCA1616 Firewire Audio Interface is the ideal way to stream audio to and from your PC or Mac computer. This handy firewire interface features state-of-the-art XENYX mic preamps, legendary the world over for their pristine clarity and high-headroom sonic performance, plus our 24-Bit/96 kHz A/D-D/A converters will really respect your input. The FCA1616 interfaces support Windows XP/Vista/7 plus Mac OS X and provides onboard phantom power for use with studio-grade condenser microphones.

Hook up to the Behringer FCA1616 Interface and instantly turn your computer into a powerful recording/editing workstation!

Behringer Firepower FCA1616 Firewire Audio Interface Features:

  • Audiophile audio interface with 24-Bit/96 kHz resolution for virtually any digital recording/mixing environment
  • 4 state-of-the-art MIDAS designed mic preamplifiers, with phantom power, individual Pad, Low Cut and Hi-Z
  • Multi-channel audio and MIDI operation via FireWire or USB2.0
  • Compatible with popular recording software including Pro Tools*, Ableton Live*, Steinberg Cubase*, etc.
  • Streams 16 inputs / 16 outputs plus 1x MIDI I/O with ultra-low latency to your computer, supporting Mac OS X and Windows XP or higher
  • All standard I/O formats supported – analog, S/PDIF (coaxial and optical), ADAT, S/MUX
  • Direct Monitoring and Main Volume control with “near-zero” latency
  • 2 powerful Headphone outputs with individual Volume control, Mono and Source signal select
  • Level control of your stereo or 7.1 active speaker system with a single knob turn
  • Smooth cross-fading between inputs and DAW playback signals while your record sessions
  • 8 analog Inserts for use of external effects such as compressors, etc.
  • Get 8 additional MIDAS designed microphone inputs and line outputs with the Behringer ADA8200
  • Status and signal presence indication for all analog and digital I/O
  • Powered via external power supply (included)
  • Free audio recording, editing and podcasting software plus 150 instrument/effect plug-ins downloadable at www.behringer.com
  • Standard port for Kensington security lock
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • Conceived and designed by Behringer Germany
Your Portal to the Digital Domain
The FCA Series allows you to converse with your computer in a language it understands… digital. When you connect line-level devices, such as synthesizers or the outputs of an audio mixer to an FCA1616 or FCA610, internal 24-bit A/D (Analog to Digital) converters swing into action, turning the audio signal into digital data. Now you can record and play back your masterpiece through a pair of active studio monitors or listen in the privacy of your favorite headphones.

FCA1616
With its expanded 16 channel I/O, 4 XENYX mic preamps and ADA8000 ADAT connectivity, the FCA1616 is ideal for more permanent applications, such as home and professional recording studios, as well as live performance multi-track recording rigs. All standard I/O formats are supported including analog, S/PDIF (coaxial and optical), ADAT and S/MUX. Built-in MIDI I/O allows you to connect keyboards and other outboard MIDI hardware. The single rack-space FCA1616 also features 8 analog Inserts for use of external effects such as compressors, gates and EQs, etc. A dedicated power supply is included.

FCA610
Due to its small size and low-latency operation, 6 In / 10 Out architecture, plus 2 highly-acclaimed XENYX mic preamps, the FCA610 is a dream come true for traveling musicians who record and edit on their laptops. The portable FCA610 can receive power from your computer's 6-pin FireWire bus or via the included external power supply. Built-in MIDI I/O allows you to connect keyboards and other outboard MIDI hardware. All standard I/O formats are supported including analog and S/PDIF (both coaxial and optical). The half-rack-space FCA610 stows easily in your travel kit.

Getting Connected
On the rear panels of the FCA1616 and FCA610, you’ll find ports for FireWire and USB 2.0. Inputs are balanced 1/4" jacks that accept a wide range of line-level devices. Outputs accept both balanced and unbalanced 1/4" connections. The two headphones jacks are conveniently located on the front panel, with a dedicated volume control.

The Technical Stuff
Both Firepower FCA1616 and FCA610 interfaces feature state-of-the-art, high-resolution 24-bit A/D-D/A converters, supporting up to a 96 kHz sampling rate. Reliable Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 drivers and Mac OS X support ensure ultra-low latency operation.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  702-800-8290 Warranty:  1 Year (3 year when you register online at Behringer)
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General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Excellent choice for most uses. It has all the connections you could want, both analog and digital. The converters sound very good. My only gripe is that the levels are sensitive to peaks and tend to show "overload" too often, even when there isn't any. The Main Output is on the weak side. But the headphone outputs are strong, and having separate controls for two is great. All in all it's solid performer. But not on the level of high end Motu Focusrite units.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How well are the controls and connections laid out?
It wasn't bad, compared to other units I've had. For MAC, there's no software to install, which is convenient. The manual is almost useless. And it doesn't tell you that when you want to switch from USB to FireWire you have to hold the Digital button for about 5 seconds after it powers on, not just until it powers on. After that you're good to go. Note: The unit will stay in whichever mode you chose (USB or FireWire) even after you put your computer to sleep and wake up again.
Features
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
As stated above: Connection options are excellent.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
As usual with Behringer, you get a lot of features for the money. It's just not of the same quality as same other brands, but better than some.
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