Does anyone know anything about this?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/29/2003 - 09:59

Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro 8-Channel A/D D/A Converter

I have a Fostex FD-8 and I really need to be able to record on more than two tracks at a time. This looks like it could be a great Low-cost solution, what with the lightpipe in/out.

Ya know I've heard tons of people bust on Behringer stuff. I've never used anything by them so I can't comment on it. My main concern is that it is the only thing I know of that for under $200 will give me access to all 8 tracks of my Fostex FD-8. I realize the importance of a good pre-amp but at some point being able to capture a great performance, the interaction of musicians playing off of each other means more to me than the quality of the sound.

I appreciate your post and I don't want to sound like I'm slamming you 'cause my reply is not meant like that.

Some of their designs are OK, others are not.

They are generally looked down upon because they are said to have knocked off a number of successful competitor's units (e.g. the hugely successful Mackie 24x8x2 mixing console), thus saving a lot in design expenses, then manufacture in China (who doesn't) and sell for a lot less than the competition (and that is where people get interested ...).

I own one of those 24x8x2 knockoffs (Eurodesk 8000 - I didn't have much cash at the time) and I think it is quite a decent console for the money. It fit perfectly my purposes and I haven't had any issues with it. In fact, the input channels are even a little bit less noisy as they are higher current than the Mackies. They also remedied a couple of minor oversights by watching and learning from Mackie.

But to get to the point and answer your question:
If you want Apogee converter quality the Behringer will NOT CUT it. You will be seriously disappointed. If you want an "acceptable quality workhorse" unit at a really good price it might just be what you need. Remember, however, that you get what you pay for.

Just my opinion,


... I also took a quick look at the specification on the Behringer site. It only supports max 48kHz and has only a THD+N figure of -80dB. Crosstalk is also a measly -86dB, both pretty lousy figures. So that's where the savings went.

It is remarkable, though, that they didn't seem to have skimped on the overall features and the connectors.