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Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter  

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        Behringer

        8 A/D/A converters and mic preamps in one ADAT-ready unit.

        The Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter is a state-of-the-art 8-channel A/D/A converter with built-in phantom-powered Invisible Microphone Preamplification (IMP) mic preamps. You can connect analog audio signals directly to a multitrack recorder or similar equipment via the integrated ADAT interface—and it takes up only one rackspace. It will even connect the digital signal of a multitracker via ADAT to the 8 line outputs of the ADA8000. Selectable signal conversion allows processing at 44.1kHz or 48kHz with 24-bit resolution. The ADAT I/O can be operated independently with an identical word clock signal.

        Features
        • 8 channels
        • 24-bit A/D/A converters
        • Processes 44.1 and 48kHz sample rates
        • Studio-grade IMP mic preamps
        • Phantom power
        • Optical ADAT I/O
        • External sample rate synchronization via word clock or ADAT input
        • ADAT input can be routed to all line outputs
        • Mic/line inputs are routed to ADAT output
        • Master/locked (slave) LED display

        Excellent preamplification and conversion for any environment. Order now.

         
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        BehringerADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter
         
        4.3

        (based on 33 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        have owned it for 5 trouble free years

        Kinda have to shake my head with all the negative reviews of this gear. Or maybe it's a fluke and I got a good one! For the money this thing can't be beat....Read complete review

        Kinda have to shake my head with all the negative reviews of this gear. Or maybe it's a fluke and I got a good one! For the money this thing can't be beat. I use it with a M-Audio projectmix I/O to get 16 inputs and 12 outputs. That's enough to track anything I can fit in my little studio. I find the mic pre's are just fine for my project studio and the box is exactly what I needed to get the flexibility of all the a-d and d-a. Buckle this up to an iMac with Pro tools and I have a very flexible recording environment where I can send a discreet monitor mix to 6 different floor monitors/headphones in addition to the control room feed and still have the analog outs of the M-Audio box sitting there unused!

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        Not worth the risk

        I originaly bought this thinking that it would be a great deal and get me through until I could afford a Firepod, DigiMAX, or higher. What I did not realize is that the...Read complete review

        I originaly bought this thinking that it would be a great deal and get me through until I could afford a Firepod, DigiMAX, or higher. What I did not realize is that the cheap transformer would cause the meltdown of 4 capacitors and ultimately the loss of a recording deal in the middle of tracking.Some may say that it was due to my power source, but the piece spent it's entire lifetime in a power conditioned rack case in my studio.A word on the preamps: I was using a Monster Cable lightpipe and an EM-U 1820M processor and still, every single mic had a strange hissing noise. Not only that, but when trying to set tracking levels with the gain, I could only turn each knob 1-2 times before it would clip.Only if you are in dire need for a temporary preamp would I hardly suggest this purchase. Trust me, there is a reason for the price gap between this and the Firepod. With Behringer, you definitely get what you pay for.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        have owned it for 5 trouble free years

        By JAB

        from Nashville, TN

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        Kinda have to shake my head with all the negative reviews of this gear. Or maybe it's a fluke and I got a good one! For the money this thing can't be beat. I use it with a M-Audio projectmix I/O to get 16 inputs and 12 outputs. That's enough to track anything I can fit in my little studio. I find the mic pre's are just fine for my project studio and the box is exactly what I needed to get the flexibility of all the a-d and d-a. Buckle this up to an iMac with Pro tools and I have a very flexible recording environment where I can send a discreet monitor mix to 6 different floor monitors/headphones in addition to the control room feed and still have the analog outs of the M-Audio box sitting there unused!

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Cheap but effective

        By Matty-sLMvS

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Cheap

        Cons

        • Bad Sounding Preamps
        • Cheap knobs
        • Just sounds flat

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        Got two of these for my Profire 2626. While many will kindly describe these "Preamps" as "Transparent", I call them flat and ugly. Honestly, do not use these if you want a professional, stackable mix. Tracks recorded using the Behringer preamps will blend and sound like a muddy mess. However, for [$] this thing gives you a bunch of inputs.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        OUTSTANDING UNIT FROM BEHRINGER

        By Unnamed User-1uCux

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        I have had other products from Behringer and was not impressed, even to the point I returned or sold them quickly. HOWEVER, with this unit, Behringer STRUCK GOLD! This unit is crystal clear, very quiet, and has totally transparentpreamps. This unit provides the ideal solution for those who still know there is NO BETTER CONNECTION to a PC than ADAT. Super quiet, super high input for connectivity with ZERO noise. Be certain to read the PDF Manual before buying so you will note that the front inputs do not crossover into the back side outputs. This unit is almost made exclusively to get 8 Channels of ADAT input into a mixing console/PC and route 8 channels of ADAT output of the mixing console/PC into this unit, then have 8 various sources of analog input/output connect to the ADA8000. That is it, nothing more. The deal is this, no plugging and unplugging at the console/PC, and also digital connectivity so there is zero noise on the inputs/outputs.My recommendation to Sequencer software companies or Behringer; make PCI sound cards with ADAT to be sold with this as an option.Fire wire sucks; sound quality cannot be matched to ADAT and this unit keeps ADAT alive! I will die if the day should occur these units are discontinued. I have had mine for several years, no issues at all. 5 stars all the way for the ADA8000, you will not regret it.

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        5.0

        Sweet Music!

        By SoniaD

        from sherrill, Arkansas

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        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        I currently am using 2 ADA8000 with an m audio profire 2626 while running Pro Tools 9 and it works and sound great. The ADA8000 comes with both Adat I/O and it also can be used as a master or slave with my profire 2626 which is nice. I have my keyboards, piano, mv8800, and sound modules contacted to to the ADA8000 via mixer and my music sounds very clean and clear. I highly recommend the Adat Preamp for anyone on a studio budget it offers more feature than many other Adat Preamp. For instance the M audio Octane only has Adat output.

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        4.0

        watch your sample rate

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        great product for the money...says what it does and does what it says. But beware folks this runs at a low sample rate 44 etc. not 96 like a digi max...which people can't seem to get that they are both running at a different rate and both work great at the rate they run at but don't expect one to do the others job....and mind you if you do run at 96 the digimax is has way better pre's

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        3.0

        ADA 8000

        By Darkroom studio

        from London, Ontario Canada

        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        You get what you pay for with this unit, if your on a strict budget this unit will get you recording music. Don't expect to get the clarity and transparency of the higher priced pre amps. Like I said you get what you pay for. All in all it is a good value for the buck. The price of these units has dropped substantially since I purchased mine to about half making it an even better value.

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        5.0

        More to tell

        By Offensive Studio

        from Cinci, ohio

        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        I posted below awhile ago, more with this product since then: I added a second ADA8000 to get 24 digital tracks, worked great for our album, since then the older unit quit on me. It was 3-4 years old, I agree it should have lasted longer then that I hope it isn't an issue again, but still for the price I am able to buy 2 of these in addition to my Firestudio for way cheaper. I could buy 2-3 behringer ADA8000 for 1 firestudio. Word clock is very important I have better luck using the ADAT LightPipe to sync them than the BNC cable. still occassionally hack crackling on the behringer channels not the firestudio cant figure if its a bad optic cord or defect. Reseting Cubase SX3 & G5 Mac seems to fix it temporarily. Good way to get more cheap tracks.

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        1.0

        Save Your Money

        By Macfan3000

        from St. Louis, MO

        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        I bought the ADA 8000 less than a year ago and already it stopped working. I tried to get it fixed but I registered it later than the time, so behringer did nothing. From the begining I never was thrilled with it, the mic pres sounded weak and tinny. I had heard about bad experiences with behringer products before I bought it but couldn't afford the presonus at the time. So save your money for the class "A" mic pres and you will be much happier with the sound you get.

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        5.0

        This Thing Rocks

        By M-PzFhB

        from Atlanta

        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        My band wanted a way to end up with multi-track recordings at 24bit without spending a ton of money. Since we rehearse in my basement, I wanted this capability to come with the least amount of equipment. With this solution, I run 8 inputs into the box...I have a single fiber optic out...which runs to my Emu 1212m card. We use Sonar or the multi-track recording. Right click, choose "arm for record" and hit the red button. What we end up with are 8 pristine tracks. There is NO noise in there. No hum. Nothing but the instrument that's connected. I will go so far as to say this is THE most important hardware I've purchased for my studio. I'm trying to find out if I can daisy chain it with one more so I can get 16 simultanious tracks through the Emu card. I can't say enough. Buy it. Set your sampling switch correctly...and you will be elated with the results!

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        5.0

        Great piece!

        By Netman

        from Central Pa

        Comments about Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 A/D/A Converter:

        People having problems with noise and Behringer products might want to use a different outlet. I have used Behringer stuff and never had a noise problem. This thing does exactly what it promises with no muss and no fuss. Great Sonics but you have to set it up right!

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