Behringer FCA610 Firepower Midi Interface
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- Audiophile FireWire interface connects your instruments, mixer, etc. with your computer for recording and playback
- High-resolution 24-bit/96 kHz converters for high-end audio quality
- Ultra-low latency operation under Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32-bit) and Mac OS X
- Stereo Headphone output with dedicated Level control
- Dual high-bandwidth FireWire connectors for more flexibility
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Description for Behringer FCA610 Firepower Midi Interface
"Audiophile audio interface with 24-Bit/96 kHz resolution for virtually any digital recording/mixing environment 2 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 Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, etc. Streams 6 inputs / 10 outputs plus 1x MIDI I/O with ultra-low latency to your computer, supporting Mac OS X and Windows XP or higher Ultra-flexible connectivity via analog and S/PDIF I/O ports (coaxial and optical) "
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- Sound Quality - The sound quality on this thing is quite good. It's very crisp and clear. I'm getting no unwanted pops/static/mud/etc.
- Latency - Even before I started tweaking the settings, the latency was VERY low. There are a lot of factors to latency, but this box wont be the problem.
- Mic Preamps - The microphone preamps blow away my old adapter. The vocals are crisp/clear and loud (well, as good as my voice can do anyway)!
- Win 7 Drivers - A lot of research showed me that Win 7 has driver issues with a lot of units out there. The drivers for this unit so far, have been great. Not one single hiccup so far.
- The knobs - The knobs on the front seems to be a bit flimsy. For my application, it just sits on my desk and never gets moved, so it's not that big of a deal. If you want to haul this thing to different venues to record, be careful of them (maybe they are sturdier than they seem...I'm not going to volunteer to find out though).
- The Initial Install - I'm pretty computer literate, but I actually had a tad of trouble installing the drivers. This was not a problem with the software in any way though. The issue for me was that it wasn't being detected by my computer as a USB device when I hooked it up. This adapter supports Firewire or USB2.0. What took me a little time to figure out was that out-of-the-box, it was in Firewire mode, NOT USB mode. I had to do a bit of research to figure out how to change it to USB mode. It says this in the directions...but NOT the installation directions....it's a very small note midway through the manual. I'm going to go ahead and say this here and hope it helps someone out...if the USB/Firewire light is red..it's in Firewire mode. USB mode will make the light blue. To switch the mode, you have to hold the "digital select" button while you are powering the device on. This should have been documented better.
- In USB mode, you have to use the included power supply. Actually, I think this is better...but I didn't have a free power outlet and had to move stuff around!
Anyway, great device so far...if I have any major issues, I'll post them.
UPDATE - 9 Feb 2015 - Last night, I was streaming video and I started getting some static coming through the speakers. Very shortly afterwards, I heard this loud "pop" then noticed smoke coming our of the headphone "B" jack. I immediately unplugged the device and decided I was too tired to mess with it, so I went to bed. I decided to hook it up today....wont turn on. I took it apart (isn't that what we all do when something breaks?) and noticed one of the transistors had "exploded". So, maybe exploded is a bit strong, but the casing was no longer attached to the base of the transistor, and of course, it was fried. I've used this thing for a year and a half with no issues prior and I know technology can be fickle, but I'm not 100% sure I'll replace it with another. I'm not knocking the device, but if I have to buy something else, I may research others.
UPDATE 2 - 13 Feb 2015 - I decided to buy another one, but I did opt to get the 2 yr protection plan this time, just in case. I did a lot of research on similar items before making this decision. Based on reviews, none of the similar priced products are going to be any better...they all have some negative reviews on quality.
UPDATE 3 - 17 Sep 2016 - Well, another one bites the dust. The second one went out a couple of days ago. It went out the same way as the original..a loud "pop" and them smoke coming from the openings in the unit. I kind of forgot about the protection plan and instead of using it (I still might), I did research and bought a Roland Quad-Capture. Since this review isn't on that device, I wont say too much about it, however, now that I have something to compare this unit to, I'm going to go back and say that the audio quality is NO WHERE near the Roland unit. I never knew what I was missing, so technically, I'm glad it went out and I bought a different audio interface.
I never liked the thing much anyway. The complaints about the manual, sound quality, and usability are all valid. I bought it before I knew about the better, similarly-priced options from Steinberg and Scarlett.
If you decide to ignore all the 1-Star reviews and buy this or any of the other Behringer products, I highly suggest you register. You are very likely to need that Warranty coverage.