In a bold move, Behringer have launched a new FireWire audio interface at the usual lowest conceivable price. The new FCA202 is a two channel 24-bit 96kHz capable device with a new â€˜Iceâ€™ styling. The dimunuative metal box device, feaures 2 FireWire 400 ports, 2 in and 2 out on 1/4inch jacks, plus a headphone out on the front panel with dedicated volume knob.
Designed to work natively under Mac OS X (you just plug it in, no drivers nessecary) and Windows XP (you need to install the drivers), the stylling is a bit of a departure from Behringers usual functional design. We spoke to the product developers at the show who were very upbeat about the new range for Behringer. We suspect, that there will be more to follow utilizing the FireWire chipset. The new design team of Florian and Kevin aim to bring even more products that fit the bill.
The solid metal box construction of the FCA202 has been clocked at very low latencies and ships with a special version of Ableton Live with a very competitively priced upgrade, that if taken up, effectively makes the Behringer FCA202 cost zero!
Another point of interest is that for the first time Behringer have simultaneously announced AND released a product, with the FCA202 actually available at the show to buy and take away.
Of course, the final point is the price of the unit. We asked several innocent bystanders, what they thought it would cost and to a man, they all guessed high â€“ the retail price UK is Â£59! (US price $99)
Ultra-flexible audio 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
Stereo headphone output with dedicated level control
Dual high-bandwidth FireWireÂ® connectors for absolute flexibility
Powered via FireWireÂ® bus or included power adaptor for use with 4-pin FireWireÂ® PCs
Powerful DAW software included (Live Lite 4 BEHRINGER Edition, KristalÂ®, AudacityÂ®)
Power and FireWireÂ® status LEDs on front panel
Standard port for KensingtonÂ® security lock provided