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Rating and Reviews: Behringer FCA1616

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.

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"Excellent interface for home recording" submitted March 18, 2014

By Rodrigo Coronel in MIAMI, FL
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Musical Background: Recording enthusiast, drummer
Music Style: Rock, pop, folk
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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!
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"Using Both Headphones And Monitors? BEWARE" submitted August 7, 2014

By Packy L in Chicago, IL
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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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"A little less than desired. " submitted May 14, 2015

By Trevor B in Galloway, OH
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Musical Background: Professional musician for 8 years, professional studio engineer 7 years.
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Overall: So I just purchased one of the FCA1616 as a backup while my primary interface is out for repair, also figured being both USB and firewire would be a nice choice to have. I must say the main features for purchasing it are extremely disappointing. First being the adat expansion is completely non existent in terms of direct input monitoring. Meaning you must always monitor through your choice of DAW in order to hear your additional 8 channels over adat. Second being the headphone volume knobs are completely dependent on your main level output. (come on behringer, even the cheapest presonus 2 channel unit has dedicated volume level control on the headphone and the main volume output). The 2nd headphone jack can be switched to monitor your DAW line 3/4 output, which is pretty nice if doing a headphone buss mix, yet is pointless being that direct monitoring only happens over the 1/2 outputs only. Third, there's no actual level input meter. The green signal level turns "clip red" way before the DAW input monitoring shows actual clip. Fourth, and here's the worst part of all. The firewire option is completely useless. Since this is buss powered over firewire itself it constantly picks up the "digital distortion signal" from the computer's power supply since a power conditioner can not be used on a buss powered unit, power adapter plugged in does not override the buss powered feature. I wish there was an option to have it be dedicated to power only via the power adapter instead of firewire buss like all other 8+ channel firewire interfaces. Having to resort to USB2.0 on my primary studio computer is a huge turn off. The usb was a nice option for mobile tracking only on a no firewire laptop. Another huge disappointment is there is no software mix control, I understand this was built through DAW monitoring, yet why even tease the public with the option at all on the front panel if you're not going to make full potential of it? Only features I do like are the individually select-able features for each channel. Hi-z select swith, 48v, highpass filter, and pad. Once my main unit is back from repair, this is going back to the store, and keeping searching for another back up option. Such a shame since I was hopping it to be at least suitable for mobile tracking.
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"Behringer FCA1616" submitted March 30, 2015

By Jeff Tayama in 1709 Ridgebury Dr., OH
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Musical Background: Been playing music most of my life. Guitar, little piano, little drums, bass,
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Overall: For the price, it's pretty good. There is a little bit of hiss that I hear. There are a couple things I would suggest. I would like them to have independent headphone, monitor and main output volume controls. In order to hear the headphones loud enough, you need to turn the main volume up. If you turn the main volume down, then the headphone volume goes down. Make it easier to switch from Firewire to USB. Also, needs to be a better manual. Also, having trouble with the midi. This is the first Behringer product I've ever had any trouble with, so I might just have a faulty unit.
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