Behringer Firepower FCA610 - 6 x 10 USB/FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

Behringer Firepower FCA610 - 6 x 10 USB/FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

Behringer Firepower FCA610 - 6 x 10 USB/FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface

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Product Highlights

  • USB/FireWire Connectivity
  • 24-Bit/96 kHz A/D-D/A Converters
  • 4 x 8 Channels Analog I/O
  • XENYX Mic Preamps
  • Dual Headphone Outs with Volume Controls
  • S/PDIF Digital I/O
  • Massive Free Software Download
  • MIDI In/Out
  • 2 Front-Panel Combo Inputs
  • AC or FireWire-Bus powered
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Behringer FCA610 overview

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The Behringer Firepower FCA610 is a 6 x 10 FireWire/USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface that offers a rich feature set, lots of I/O options, and a surprisingly low price. The half-rack unit sports 2 front-panel mic/instrument combo jacks—equipped with Behringer's top-of-the-line XENYX microphone preamps—as well as 2 balanced line inputs, 8 balanced line outputs, and MIDI in and out jacks on the rear-panel.

Digital I/O includes TOSlink optical and RCA coaxial connector pairs, each of which supports 2 channels of S/PDIF. When both analog and digital I/O are utilized, the unit is capable of streaming 6 inputs and 10 outputs simultaneously.

Each front-panel input channel is fully equipped, including an input-level control knob, a 48V phantom power switch, a switch for a low-cut filter (great for preventing the pickup of low-end rumble), and a Hi-Z switch with an LED indicator. When activated, the Hi-Z switch sets the input's 1/4-inch jack to handle high-impedance sources like guitars and basses.

The FCA610 features direct hardware monitoring, allowing you to monitor as you record without distracting latency delay. The Direct Monitoring knob lets you smoothly crossfade between the direct signal you're recording and the one returning from the DAW. The two headphone outputs offer source-select options, and each has its own volume control.

The unit is equipped with a variety of useful LED meters and status lights to give you visual feedback during recording. A master level knob lets you control the signal going to your studio monitors. The FCA1616 runs on AC power (an AC adapter is included), but can also be bus powered via a 6-pin FireWire cable, contingent upon a computer that feeds sufficient power.

Purchasers of the Firepower FCA610 are eligible to download a huge software bundle from It includes Audacity (the most popular open-source audio editor); and a great selection of podcasting software: Podifier, Juice, Podnova, and Golden Ear.

Audiophile ultra-low-noise, high-headroom audio interface with 24-Bit/96 kHz resolution
Operates as multi-channel audio and MIDI interface via FireWire and USB 2.0
Streams 6 inputs / 10 outputs plus 1 x MIDI I/O with ultra-low latency to your computer, supporting Windows XP/Vista/7 plus Mac OS X
2 state-of-the-art XENYX Mic Preamps with individual switches for Phantom Power, Pad, Low Cut and Hi-Z
Flexible connectivity via analog and S/PDIF I/O ports (coaxial and optical)
Direct Monitoring and Main Volume control on hardware front - no confusing software mixer panel
2 powerful Headphone outputs with individual Volume control, Mono and Source signal select for flexible monitoring purposes
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
Status and signal presence indication for all analog and digital I/O
Powered via external power supply (included) or 6-pin FireWire bus
Compact 9.5" half-rack form factor
Free audio recording, editing, and podcasting software plus 150 instrument/effect plug-ins downloadable at
Standard port for Kensington security lock provided
High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
Conceived and designed by Behringer Germany
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Behringer Firepower FCA610 - 6 x 10 USB/FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface
  • AC Power Cable
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Behringer FCA610 specs

    Total I/O Channels 6 x 10
    Analog I/O Channels 4 x 8
    Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/1/4" Mic/Instrument combo (balanced/unbalanced)
    2 x 1/4" TRS Line In
    Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4" TRS Line (balanced)
    2 x 1/4" TRS Stereo Headphone
    Digital I/O 2 x RCA (2-channel S/PDIF)
    2 x TOSlink Optical (2-channel S/PDIF)
    Connectivity 1 x FireWire 400
    1 x USB 2.0
    Audio Bit Rate 24-bit (maximum)
    Sampling Rate 96 kHz (maximum)
    MIDI I/O 1 x MIDI In 1 x MIDI Out
    Controls 2 x Input Level Control
    2 x Hi-Z Switch
    2 x Input Pad
    2 x 48V Phantom Power
    2 x Low Cut
    2 x Headphone Output Control
    1 x Mix Balance Control for Inputs/DAW
    1 x Main Volume Control
    1 x Source Selection Switch
    Metering Analog In 1-4: Dual Color LEDs (signal/clip)
    Analog Out 1-8: Dual Color LEDs (signal/clip)
    Security Lock Slot 1 x Kensington
    Power External Power Supply (included)
    FireWire Bus (via 6-pin cable, if computer feeds enough power)
    Dimensions Approx. 9.5" (24.1 cm) x 1RU
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
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    Package Weight 4.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.4 x 8.4 x 4.3"

    Behringer FCA610 reviews

    Firepower FCA610 - 6 x 10 USB/FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice small solution My Presonus Firestudio died after 7 years of very light use, couldn't be repaired, and I was desperate to get something that was an economical replacement. My needs were to have 8 separate audio outs; don't use it for recording, so I didn't care that there are only two mic inputs. But the unit is so portable, I may well use it for some field recording. The software controller is very basic, much less control than the Presonus. But I do all my control in my editing software anyway, so no burden there. Results so far are that it is easy to use, solid metal case, pretty to look at, and very compact. The controls seem a bit less rugged than the Presonus, we'll see how it works out.
    Date published: 2014-02-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pristine Recording for layering trax The FCA610 provides ample inputs to keep a mic, guitars, bass and midi keys always in ready mode, working solo or with a friend. Input monitoring and dual headphone monitoring work flawlessly and it behaves nicely with Reaper. With a few mics, guitars, a cheap DAW and midi keyboard, I can create anything just about (talent not included). If you want a live drum kit, spend the extra $50 for the FCA1616 (8 inputs) Also, if a preamp fails you will have more than 1 left. For me, I can't afford all the mics/cables, etc.. the extra inputs would require, so I opted for this unit.
    Date published: 2015-01-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job. I'm using this interface with Pro Tools 12 on Windows 10, using FireWire (rather than USB). I have a MIDI keyboard plugged in, I use the inputs for guitar, bass and mics, and the outputs go to a pair of monitor and headphones. Driver and software install was a breeze. The preamps are pretty transparent, there is no noise to speak of. Integration with Pro Tools was simple, and I have no complaints about the sound. I have one minor issue, and there is one peculiarity, neither of which are deal breakers. The peculiarity is that there is no on/off switch. The unit comes with a power supply, and if the supply is plugged in, the unit is powered on. This is not a big deal, as I found out, since the power supply is not strictly necessary. That is, it can be powered via FireWire, and therefor when the computer is off, so is the unit. The minor issue is that the headphone volume is dependent on the master volume. You can not silence your main output at the interface and still use the headphones. Again, not a deal breaker, as if I need headphones but not monitors, I'll just turn down the volume on the monitors themselves. Still, it's an annoyance, but not one that would keep me from buying again if I needed to.
    Date published: 2016-03-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great on PC Worked great out of the box on our Windows 10 PC and Ableton Live - no issues, no configuration (besides install driver and update firmware). We also use a Mac with Ableton Live and that experience hasn't been as great. After rolling through a few songs, we get lots of stuttering. I'm sure its a config issue I'm not aware of yet, but last week we had to trade it out for a different interface when we were using our Mac. Again, with the pc it's been flawless.
    Date published: 2017-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What's not to lIke? Now have two of these units for our theaters to run Qlab through them. Just bought the second one when an older unit died, no complaints. 8 outs for us adds a lot of flexibility for low price overall.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice product. Work perfect. Just plugged on the MAC and was recognized perfectly. Working great. Nice product for my needs.
    Date published: 2016-07-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good ok
    Date published: 2014-01-02
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