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Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface

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The Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface allows you to connect synths, mixers, and more with its 2 - 1/4" inputs and outputs. You get ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Ultralow-latency 2-in/2-out 24-bit/96kHz FireWire audio interface ideal for laptop musicians and studios.

The Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface allows you to connect synths, mixers, and more with its 2 - 1/4" inputs and outputs. You get 96kHz sampling frequency thanks to high-resolution 24-bit A/D and D/A converters. Work on your compositions anywhere with volume-controlled headphones. Its small dimensions, and durable metal construction makes it a great road recording rig. Reliable Windows XP and Mac OS drivers give you low latencies. Additional features include 2 super-fast 6-pin FireWire connectors, a security port for Kensington locks, and power via FireWire or the included AC adapter. Comes with the Behringer edition of Abelton Live Lite 4--the coolest sequencing software for mobile music production--plus Kristal and Audacity.

FEATURES
  • Ultraflexible audio interface connects your instruments, mixer etc. with your computer for recording and playback
  • High-resolution 24-bit/96kHz converters for high-end audio quality
  • Ultralow-latency drivers for Windows XP and Mac OS X included
  • Stereo headphone output with dedicated level control
  • Dual high-bandwidth FireWire connectors for absolute flexibility
  • Powered via FireWire bus or included power adapter
  • Powerful DAW software included (Live Lite 4 BEHRINGER Edition, Kristal, Audacity)
  • Power and FireWire status LEDs on front panel
  • Standard port for Kensington security lock provided
  • Live Lite 4 Behringer Edition includes all of the following features:
    • Jam with sounds and phrases in the uniquely interactive and nonlinear session view
    • Improvise and record song arrangements
    • Combine loops, phrases, complete songs and audio recordings of any tempo
    • Export audio (render, re-sample, and consolidate)
    • Instantly record new audio and MIDI clips
    • Modify tempo, groove and timing of recorded audio at any time
    • Draw or edit MIDI sequences
    • Import MIDI files
    • Build combinations of effects by drag-and-drop
    • Use clip envelopes to modulate pitch, timing, volume, and effect parameters of the individual notes in a sample
    • Gain unprecedented realtime control by assigning clips and all mixer, transport, and effects parameters to computer keys
    • Tap and automate tempo
    • Crossfade clips (DJ style)
    • 13 live audio effects (auto-filter, chorus, compressor, EQ four, gate, ping pong delay, erosion, filter delay, grain delay, simple delay, vinyl distortion, redux, reverb)
    • 5 live MIDI effects (chord, pitch, random, scale, velocity)
    • Side chain inputs/outputs
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    BehringerFCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface
     
    4.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Nice little unit!

    I have had this for about 2 months, using a Behringer UB802 mixer, MXL990 mic, Korg AXG1 pedal, and a DOD direct box for bass & the acoustic pickups from my HTL-TB...Read complete review

    I have had this for about 2 months, using a Behringer UB802 mixer, MXL990 mic, Korg AXG1 pedal, and a DOD direct box for bass & the acoustic pickups from my HTL-TB and EAB Bass.Using this with Kristal Audio Engine, Adobe Audition 1.5, and Music Studio 12 Deluxe all I can say is.....WOW! In all 3 programs I can get a solid 4ms latency at 48kHz. This is on a Frankenstein 1.9gHz P4 with 2GB of memory and a ancient SIIG 400 PCI Firewire card.Some people have said it sounds "flat & lifeless". I work with some studios that have the RME and Digi stuff, and yes it does sound sort of flat and 2 dimensional in a side by side comparison. But it is no worse than a M-Audio 2496 or Delta series cards, or even the EMu 0404 (I have used & owned all of these for at least a year) and it is LIGHT YEARS ahead of any Soundblaster card most home setups use.I bought this for a "new" build, and got the bonus of portability for my laptop. This is a great buy IMHO!

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    Great for XP Only

    This is a great piece of hardware, but only if you use XP. I upgraded my computer, and there are only motherboard drivers for Vista. Since there are no Vista drivers for the...Read complete review

    This is a great piece of hardware, but only if you use XP. I upgraded my computer, and there are only motherboard drivers for Vista. Since there are no Vista drivers for the FCA202, and no mention of when, if ever, we may get some, this has become a bit of a brick on my desk.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great little box

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

    If you are being realistic with your expectations, this is the best firewire device for the money. Cosmetically it looks very high end (its metal, not plastic) and it records at up to 96khz. The sound quality is excellent (anyone complaining about lifeless sound is new to digital audio, those are the ropes). Only 2 ins and outs, so you need a separate board to record a whole band, but for a home studio or mobile recording, this is the best you'll find at this price (although I like it better than some more expensive boxes).

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Nice little unit!

    Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

    I have had this for about 2 months, using a Behringer UB802 mixer, MXL990 mic, Korg AXG1 pedal, and a DOD direct box for bass & the acoustic pickups from my HTL-TB and EAB Bass.Using this with Kristal Audio Engine, Adobe Audition 1.5, and Music Studio 12 Deluxe all I can say is.....WOW! In all 3 programs I can get a solid 4ms latency at 48kHz. This is on a Frankenstein 1.9gHz P4 with 2GB of memory and a ancient SIIG 400 PCI Firewire card.Some people have said it sounds "flat & lifeless". I work with some studios that have the RME and Digi stuff, and yes it does sound sort of flat and 2 dimensional in a side by side comparison. But it is no worse than a M-Audio 2496 or Delta series cards, or even the EMu 0404 (I have used & owned all of these for at least a year) and it is LIGHT YEARS ahead of any Soundblaster card most home setups use.I bought this for a "new" build, and got the bonus of portability for my laptop. This is a great buy IMHO!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Great for XP Only

    By Sam-ID-TV

    from Canada

    Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

    This is a great piece of hardware, but only if you use XP. I upgraded my computer, and there are only motherboard drivers for Vista. Since there are no Vista drivers for the FCA202, and no mention of when, if ever, we may get some, this has become a bit of a brick on my desk.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    just buy it

    By firebeats386

    from daytona beach FL

    Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!This is the best you can get for the price. Easy to use and downloading the driver from behringer was to. It looks and acts very high end. Firewire is def way better than usb(in my exp). I use it with the behringer 802 mixer and the c-1 mic and it sounds great. The recording software that comes with it(ableton) is a liitle difficult but the free ones that you can download from behringer (kristal, or Audacity) are super easy.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works like a charm

    By Doug Watts

    from Augusta, Maine

    Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

    I'm rebuilding from my old iMac G3 firewire recording studio to using a 1.42 Ghz G4 Mini-mac with GarageBand. I bought the FCA202 ($80) with the Behringer eurorack UB802 mixer ($40) and I'm all set. They work perfectly together. The FCA202 is designed for firewire Macs and needs no power source. You just plug the firewire cable to the computer and that's it. The sound quality on my reference source is perfect (acoustic w/soundhole pick-up into Fender Frontman reverb). Behringer did the right thing by focussing on putting in really good converters instead spending cake on lots of 'features' you don't need or want. With the UB802 mixer, you don't need any features on the interface anyways. Good show.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME INTERFACE

    By RecordingExperts123

    from Panama City

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    Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

    Bought this along with a Behringer 1202 mixer. All hooks up great, but the driver CD came in warped, but I figured no biggie cause Behringer has the download on their site. The only thing this doesnt clearify is if It is capable of recording multiple tracks simutaniously. I still havent figured that one out. Im I drummer, so I would like to know if thats possible. If someone could include the answer in the next review that'd be great. Great little Interface!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    What no Vista

    By Michael-R4vfw

    from Shelby, NC

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    Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

    This has become a useless peice of equipment since I went to Windows Vista. No Drivers available from Behringer and none talked about for the future. Worked fine with XP.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Inconsistant

    By James-A-2Aq

    from San Diego

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    Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

    I bought this, installed it, and ran it smoothly. However, it would randomly tend to freeze up and crash while I was recording, even on this high end laptop.I must say its very useful though.Also, the latency, when set lower may tend to cause feedback, so you need to set it around 20 ms resulting in a delay in playback unless you're listening to yourself directly through the F-CA.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just what I was looking for!

    By Ronstermonster

    from Carlisle, PA

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

      I recently purchased a MacBook Pro and Logic Pro X. I have had a lot of odds and ends for the studio and now I can bring them all together to record on one device. The FCA202 Firewire interface is perfect for hooking up my Behringer Mixer and allowing me to connect my collection of keyboards dating back to the 80's and bring them all in for one Kick axe studio. Also makes for a very lightweight mobile studio to bring to gigs and to record albums for other bands. Look out cause here I come. Ronster Monster Records is back on the move.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Piece of Equipment

      By Anonymous -IbsM0

      from Lubbock

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      Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

      I bought this as an alternative to the higher priced M-Audio and PreSonus products because I don't really have cash to throw around. This thing does great with my Xenyx 1202 mixer and my macbook. Sure, it doesn't offer all the individual channel control for stuff like comparing mic sound, but if your just starting out, it's an amazing interface.

       
      5.0

      Clicks/Pops/glitches/Audio dropouts? - Solution

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

      For those of you facing the above problems when recording using laptop try this: Close wireless connection, antivirus, google desktop and essentially anything on the taskbar which is not directly linked to the usage of this interface. It worked for me. I recorded with and without the above and my experiments conclusion is to close all the above. Also remove any USB connections.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Big sound from a very small interface.....

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

      1. Run this thing with a quality hardware mixer and you will have *zero* problems with latency. You will have great mic pre-amps, more ins,outs, inserts and all the other mixer gadgets.(I use a small soundcraft compact4).2. The a/d/a converters do produce a full high quality 24-bit stream. The sound quality really competes with higher priced interfaces. *Remember garbage in = Garbage out* 3. It's a FIREWIRE interface! I was feed up with all problems incorporated with USB interfaces and their drivers. This interface and it's driver are simple.REVIEW---Use a hardware mixer--Driver settings(set the buffer at about 10 or 11ms(halfway)-- Make music!

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      associateGRIM

      By grim-tULqz

      from ft. richardson, AK

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      Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

      ok i have had mine for 4 months now and could not be more pleased with it. it took me a second to get it working right. but now i have recorded over 30 song's and burned to disk and now able to jam to my own music on my way to work. at the price you can not go wrong.

       
      5.0

      Budget Firewire Recording Setup

      By Morganbressler

      from Philly Region, Pennsylvania

      Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

      I purchased this item over Behringer's USB version. The firewire hookup is simple, as I just plugged the F control into my Apple MacBook Core2duo, and it recognized it right away. Also, the device was powered souly from my laptop. The device was directly recognized in garageband, and teh recording quality is flawlwss. You can send channel 1 and 2 to individual tracks on garage band respectively. I would definately recomend this product to anyone looking to get into home recording, wants low-latency CD quality, and doesnt have a wallet to empty!

       
      5.0

      Great audio interface

      By jndietz

      from Omaha, NE

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      Comments about Behringer FCA202 F-Control FireWire Audio Interface:

      This thing looks small, but it certainly packs a punch! I input everything into my mixer, adjust the levels and EQ, and run the audio into this interface.Flawless reproduction of sound. This thing is great. A great deal. A great product. Just remember this is an audio interface with 1/4" plugs for audio in and audio out on the back. So you will have to have some kind of mic pre or better yet, a mixer.

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