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The digital bridge.

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.

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
 
3.6

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

No independent control of headphone out and main out!

By Brady

from Fort Worth

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

      No independent control of headphone out and main out. Unbelievably stupid!

       
      4.0

      NICE INTERFACE FOR THE PRICE

      By DONAL

      from Corpus Christi, Tx

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Behringer FCA1616 Firepower:

      The Behringer 1616 does not have the tone nor volume that I was getting from my 2 channel PreSonus Audiobox interface. I have to crank the volume up half way to get the same volume as the PreSonus set at 1/4 volume. When I plug my guitar in the Behringer 1616 front inputs while running first through my guitar processor, I do not get a full tone nor volume.
      I have only had the Behringer 1616 for a couple of weeks, so I have not had the opportunity to really try running it through its paces as I have been out of town a few days and had other pressing projects to attend to. However, I did do some basic recordings and they were fine. I have to crank up my PA for a proper playback volume. The Behringer 1616 received high reviews from the tutorial demonstrations on youtube that I checked out. I believe it will produce a good quality recording and after I become more familiar and proficient with the Behringer 1616 I will be more satisfied with it. I think it is a good value for the money.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It's a cheap interface

      By Cole

      from Kansas City

      About Me Novice

      Verified Reviewer

      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.

       
      3.0

      So Far So Good

      By sands

      from St. Louis, MO

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Windows 10 users beware......

      By Nathan

      from Houston TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Stay Away

      By Ron

      from Louisville, KY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No Problems and Good Value

        By Dave-GDHOv

        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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          No buyer's remorse at all.

          By Michael Sharp

          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.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          FCA1616 FirePower No Good with ProTools9

          By PFunk

          from Chattanooga, TN

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Impressive

          By hockeyfan

          from Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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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