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With its expanded 16 channel I/O, 4 MIDAS designed 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.

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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

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BehringerFCA1616 Firepower
 
3.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
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    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best deal on market.

Sounds as good as a Focusrite Scarlet. All the buttons are useful. The headphones can be very loud when turned up to 3/4 and when the main output is turned up to...Read complete review

Sounds as good as a Focusrite Scarlet. All the buttons are useful. The headphones can be very loud when turned up to 3/4 and when the main output is turned up to 3/4 - which somehow does not cause the playback meter on my DAW to distort. Very low recording noise such as hiss and hum. My DAW record meter is at or near bottom when record button is on. Zero problems downloading the driver and zero problems installing it. This interface is very easy to use. I am not one to leave reviews, but this product is so well thought out that I wanted to give Behringer a well deserved pat on the back. If you buy this unit, you will like it, use it, and keep it.

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FCA1616 FirePower No Good with ProTools9

First, I have to say I am a fan of Behringer products. I own many of them but this one was a disappointment simply based on the fact I could not get it to...Read complete review

First, I have to say I am a fan of Behringer products. I own many of them but this one was a disappointment simply based on the fact I could not get it to work with ProTools 9.

I called Musicians Friend and asked my primary question "will this work with Pro Tools 9" which I was told "Yes." Well, I could never get it work not for my lack of trying. This is where my biggest complaint is the lack of a manual or other how-to materials. Downloading the drivers was easy enough but I could never get playback in ProTools. I got signal in to the interface but I couldn't get in to ProTools. I searched the web, reached out to Behringer with no response, and watched every YouTube video I could find about the product but alas I was unsuccessful.

Another deceiving aspect about the product is that it claims that there are 8 channels but I couldn't bet more than 6. Again, I think the products biggest issue is the lack of a manual. In our techonology age, I don't see why they would release a product without more resources to be made available.

It is a shame because it was an extremely well built product. I wish I had something to help me to actually use it. I returned it after a month of trying to make it work.

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3.0

It's a cheap interface

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from Kansas City

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

I have had this interface for 2 years now. It's the first interface I've ever owned so I don't have much to compare it to, but the sound seems to be fine (I do get a lot of noise in my recordings but that could either be the budget microphones or room ambience) and it has a lot of features. However, a couple problems have come up over the years: 1) About 6 months into owning it, the sound started sporadically turning horribly distorted after 30 minutes or so into using it (which made me jump a couple times :p). It's super inconvenient but it goes away if I close and reopen Studio One so it hasn't been a major issue. 2) I now hear very audible, intermittent popping sounds when monitoring that started a month ago. Aside from those, it has been a pleasure recording with this thing and, as a beginner, I have no regrets buying this! Our time has come to end, however, and I will be replacing it as soon as possible. This has been my experience with it. It may work perfectly for decades for you. It may blow up after a few months. It's a cheap interface.

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3.0

So Far So Good

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from St. Louis, MO

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Heahphone/Monitoring ?

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

Bought this as a cheap card to play around with at home. The converters sound good, the options for in and outs is great. The headphone monitoring section is not good. All knobs in this section are dependent upon one another. I bought the extra replacement insurance since it's a Behringer, hopefully it stays working.

I would recommend buying a cheap headphone amp and run it to an extra set of outs.

I'm using this on an old imac using the Firewire connection.

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4.0

Windows 10 users beware......

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from Houston TX

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No power switch

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

Works great after I spent over 3 days trouble shooting and tweaking my system. The only way I could get this to work without massive dropouts, random clicking and popping (regardless of buffer size) was downgrading back to 8.1. If you are on a Windows 10 system you may want to wait until Behringer releases official drivers for Windows 10. Having done all that the system works like a charm especially with the additional ADAT functionality giving me 16 channels to work with at a time. I can work at very low latency and record multiple channels at once even with a couple live auditioned. and my pc is over 5 years old.

All the audio I've done test recordings on sound crisp and clean and have been very satisfied with the results.

A big fault I do find is the absence of a power switch. I have found that using the usb drivers for functionality works good on PC, whereas I use the firewire cable to power the device instead of the ac adapter. This allows me to shut the unit off when I set my PC to sleep mode. Otherwise it is on all the time unless you unplug it.

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1.0

Stay Away

By 

from Louisville, KY

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Pros

  • Cheap
  • Clear Sound

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

    Did the job…for 3 months. Firewire connection began generating screaming line noise. Switched to USB and smoke came out of the front. Spend the extra money for a better quality unit.

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    5.0

    No Problems and Good Value

    By 

    from San Mateo, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Works Well In Win Xp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

      I had no problem installing the driver and firmware update from the Behringer Website in Win XP, and they work flawlessly. Both the ASIO and WDM drivers have low latency. I've recorded up to six audio tracks at once with no drop outs. The sound is very clear with low noise. Using the rear tracks 5 - 8 requires additional preamplification, such as a mixer or preamp, since they require line input level signal. The gain on the front four mic inputs is high enough for ribbon mics. The MIDI has no problems. I haven't tried the digital inputs. If I were buying another interface the FCA1616 would probably be my first choice.
      When using USB you have to press the digital select button the first time you turn it on, and USB then becomes the default rather than the original Firewire default.
      I use Sonar when recording but I've also used the FCA1616 with various other applications and never had any problems.
      Overall, the FCA1616 is a great value in my opinion, and it's designed to fit in a rack, or you can take the "ears" off and use it without a rack on your desktop. I use it in a rack.

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      4.0

      No buyer's remorse at all.

      By 

      from Berwyn, IL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Colored Preamps

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

      While this versatile little unit has it's limitations, I think it's really a solid value. In firewire mode, it doesn't require external power but needs the extra juice when operating across a usb line. With the drivers available on Behringer's web site I've used it with Adobe CC, Reaper, and Cakewalk Producer so far. It has a solid build, smooth pots and ample headphone headroom. I trust the mix via the headphone out more readily than the headphone out on my Roland monitors. This is a great unit to have around to knock out spontaneous ideas, archive some old ADATS or take board feeds from a live show with some room mics. On the down side, I was never able to get channels 9/10 to function (s/pdif). That might be my old dat machine rather than the fca1616. And there lies the downside. I ran some old dats to pc via the xlr pre, pad engaged, volume pots all the way down. There was noticable coloration of the mix. I have not run white noicse through, but it sounds like there is a bump up below 100htz, between 2-4k plus a dip between 200-400htz. That said I would probably find this coloration desirable with a microphone.

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      2.0

      FCA1616 FirePower No Good with ProTools9

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      from Chattanooga, TN

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Lack Of Manual Material

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

      First, I have to say I am a fan of Behringer products. I own many of them but this one was a disappointment simply based on the fact I could not get it to work with ProTools 9.

      I called Musicians Friend and asked my primary question "will this work with Pro Tools 9" which I was told "Yes." Well, I could never get it work not for my lack of trying. This is where my biggest complaint is the lack of a manual or other how-to materials. Downloading the drivers was easy enough but I could never get playback in ProTools. I got signal in to the interface but I couldn't get in to ProTools. I searched the web, reached out to Behringer with no response, and watched every YouTube video I could find about the product but alas I was unsuccessful.

      Another deceiving aspect about the product is that it claims that there are 8 channels but I couldn't bet more than 6. Again, I think the products biggest issue is the lack of a manual. In our techonology age, I don't see why they would release a product without more resources to be made available.

      It is a shame because it was an extremely well built product. I wish I had something to help me to actually use it. I returned it after a month of trying to make it work.

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      5.0

      Impressive

      By 

      from Ohio

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

        We bought this as the beginnings of an in-home studio. I have been real impressed with the simplicity and the capabilities that it has to offer. We use Reaper recording software and the two work real well together. There's still more for us to learn, but this will only allow us to improve our recordings.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great interface, user manual would help

        By 

        from Adelaide, South Australia

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Low latency
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No Detailed Manual

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

        For the price this is a great unit. You get 8 inputs and outputs, 4 of the inputs are for mic balanced connectors and allow phantom power. There are individual preamps with gain controls on inputs 1-4 to maximise the input signal to the DAW.

        Coming from a Tascam US-122L this is a good step up for me allowing lower latency and more simultaneous recording channels.
        I used this for the first time to record a friend and his duo partner and the sound is very clear with no latency whatsoever. I was able to track 3 instruments and vocals into 5 tracks simultaneously with only an hour or so playing around to set it up.

        It did take me some time to work out how to switch to USB mode and what settings to use to get 96kHz and 24 bit recording. This is were a decent and comprehensive manual would come in. I also struck problems working out what inputs to plug the instruments into and outputs to use to get additional headphone feeds to the artists. Again, a manual would help there.

        As I'm in Australia, post ordering this device I realised I hadn't considered the power situation. No problems because the transformer is 110/240 volts. The AC cord is separate from the transformer (2-pin plug in) and I was able to use a spare cord from an old laptop transformer as the supplied one had US style pins.

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        5.0

        Best deal on market.

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        from Llano, Texas

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

          Sounds as good as a Focusrite Scarlet. All the buttons are useful. The headphones can be very loud when turned up to 3/4 and when the main output is turned up to 3/4 - which somehow does not cause the playback meter on my DAW to distort. Very low recording noise such as hiss and hum. My DAW record meter is at or near bottom when record button is on. Zero problems downloading the driver and zero problems installing it. This interface is very easy to use. I am not one to leave reviews, but this product is so well thought out that I wanted to give Behringer a well deserved pat on the back. If you buy this unit, you will like it, use it, and keep it.

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