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Behringer FCA1616 FireWire Audio Interface

The FCA1616 packs all the I/O you need into one rack space: 4 Midas-designed mic/line preamps, 4 more analog line inputs, ADAT and S/PDIF digital, plus MIDI. (4) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Hub of Your Project Studio -- with 16 Channels of I/O

With 4 Midas-designed microphone/instrument preamps on the front panel, 4 more analog line inputs on the back, 8 analog inserts for your outboard gear, and 8 analog line outputs, the Behringer Firepower FCA1616 FireWire/USB interface has plenty of analog I/O. Add S/PDIF and ADAT I/O plus MIDI I/O, and you've got all the digital connectivity you need in your home studio. After hitting 96 kHz/24-Bit A/D converters, your 16 channels sail over FireWire or USB to your Mac and PC. Best of all, Behringer's FCA1616 is way affordable, putting high-end features in the hands of musicians on low-end budgets.

Loads of I/O

Your computer becomes a powerful recording/editing workstation when it's hooked up to the FCA1616 audio interface. The single-rack-space FCA1616 gives you 16x16 simultaneous channels, with support for all standard I/O formats, 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, while eight analog Inserts are onboard for use with external effects such as compressors, gates, and EQs. You can run the audio interface with either a Mac or PC (Windows XP/Vista/7) for ultra-low latency and seamless performance with any major DAW.

On the rear panel of Behringer's FCA1616, you have ports for both FireWire and USB 2.0, as well as balanced 1/4-inch jack inputs that accept a wide range of line-level devices, and "Insert" outputs that accept both balanced and unbalanced 1/4-inch connections.

High-Resolution Converters and State-of-the-Art Mic Pres

The FCA1616's internal 96 kHz/24-bit A/D-D/A converters ensure that you get a pristine signal every time you record and play back your audio through your studio monitors or headphones. Likewise, a quad of Midas-designed microphone preamplifiers with provide consistent, high-headroom performance, along with onboard phantom power for use with studio-grade condenser microphones, and individual Pad, Low Cut, and Hi-Z controls.

Front-Panel Controls

A spread of front-panel controls means that you can fine-tune your levels right on the interface without having to get into the nitty gritty of it all within your recording software. Two headphones jacks with their own dedicated volume controls are conveniently located front and center, for instant monitoring.

Features:

- 96 kHz/24-Bit FireWire/USB audio interface
- 4 MIDAS-designed mic preamplifiers with phantom power, individual Pad, Low Cut, and Hi-Z
- Multi-channel audio and MIDI operation via FireWire or USB 2.0
- Compatible with major DAWs, including Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, and more
- Streams 16 inputs and 16 outputs, plus 1x MIDI I/O with low latency to a Mac or PC
- 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 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 you record sessions
- 8 Analog inserts for use of external effects such as compressors
- Status and signal presence indicators
- External power supply included

The Behringer FCA1616 is fully equipped to serve as the hub of your project studio, live performance setup, and more.

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Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 9 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000-A3A
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 702-800-8290

Product Description

The Behringer FCA1616 USB/FireWire audio interface is the ideal way to stream audio to and from your PC or Mac computer. These handy interfaces feature state-of-the-art Midas-designed mic preamps, legendary the world over for their pristine clarity and high-headroom sonic performance, plus 24-Bit/96 kHz A/D-D/A converters. The interface supports 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 FireWire audio interface and instantly turn your computer into a powerful recording/editing workstation.

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, 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.

16x16 I/O in a Single Rack Space

With its expanded 16 channel I/O, 4 Midas 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.

Getting Connected

On the rear panels of the FCA1616, 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

The Firepower FCA1616 interface features 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.

Features:

- 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.
- Status and signal presence indicators
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Excellent interface for home recording"
Overall: This is the best interface for Windows and Mac users, both USB and Firewire ports are working flawlessly. There are no problems with the drivers and the latency is zero! Great for recording a drum set or a live band. So far so good, gorgeous aluminium casing. And for the price it's like having it almost for free!
Style of Music: Rock, pop, folk
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Using Both Headphones And Monitors? BEWARE"
Overall: Based on my very first impressions, this is a fantastic unit for the price. I am returning it immediately, however, due to one incredibly short-sighted design flaw: The headphone outputs are wired post-main output knob, so the main output knob needs to be turned up in order for the headphones to get signal. For those of you with small project studios (Behringer's target market), that means you don't have independent control of your monitor speakers and headphones - such as when you want to turn speakers down to record vocals while keeping the headphones up. You can get independent controls by doubling your DAW's output to FCA1616 outputs 3-4 (extra time/hassle/potential latency) or by using an external monitor controller (extra $/gear/wiring). I really thought this unit would be perfect, but it's so slightly yet importantly not.
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