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Dec 29 '13

Behringer Firepower FCA1616 & SPL Goldmike 9844

Behringer Firepower FCA1616 and SPL Goldmike 9844, both are new gear in my rack space. I decided to create a short review about these. Hope someone found it helpful.

Behringer Firepower FCA1616

I think that, the heart of the (home)recording studio is sound card, while it connects all analog stuff with computer and vice versa. Lately, I decided to upgrade my quite old sound card - M-Audio Fast Track Pro. After some research, I decided in favor of the Behringer Firepower FCA1616 firewire/usb interface. Because, it was recently released and includes exceeding features for the budget

Behringer Firepower FCA1616 is a 1U rack size unit. It has plenty amount of inputs and nicely organized controls. Moreover, rather good and clear sound quality and very flawless driver's connectivity with PC computers. And I must admit it looks good. Isn't it?

firepower-fca1616 Anyway, I have used this sound card about 3 months now. Just some flow was admitted by the way: it has no on/off switch, and print will corrade from the surroundings of most usable gain knobs. All the other features work well for me.

Yes, I could recommend this to a friend. Without breaking the bank could get good enough interface. There are more detailed review about Behringer Firepower FCA1616.

Probably, the next favorite (by the price tag) can be Focusrite Scarlett 18i20. This interface might have a step ahead with quality, but it`s up to twice expensive. focusrite-scarlett-18i20 Read independent review about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20.

SPL Goldmike 9844

Secondary, if you need to capture some external sound with microphone, you need decent quality microphone preamplifier. There is no large-scale rack space preamps, but if you look for your budget range, it`s possible to find some nice item. SPL Goldmike 9844 vacuum tube microphone preamplifier came in handy for me.

Goldmike 9844, it´s really easy to use, only a few controls included. It provides very clear and detailed sound, whatever microphone you should use. After a month to play with it, I can say that, it was a good choice.

spl-goldmike-9844 Can`t even found any error by the unit. Just VU meters look a bit small for me, but that`s not a very big deal. I think it`s nice mic preamplifier for the budget. The 9844 amplifier is SPL entry-level product, and I hope this flavor more value, than I paid for it.

You can find the most honest review today about the SPL Gold Mike 9844.

What next?

Probably, I need here a nice tube compressor to finalize the recording issues. ART Pro-VLA II now feels pretty good!?! art-pro-vla2
Don`t relies on fortune by cheap units. Just look forward, if possible. So you do not collect too much unusable crappy gear. This is only my opinion, originated from my own experiences.

Damn, that`s an endless path to give up them. You know...

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