Interfacing Linux: Behringer FIREPOWER FCA 1616

Whether you’re creating a MIDI masterpiece, recording a drum kit, or mixing a podcast you’re going to want an interface at some point. Thing is, finding out which ones work with Linux can be an adventure.

For now I will be focusing on Firewire interfaces since they are no longer supported in Windows 10 and Apple hasn’t shipped a MAC with a fire-hole since 2012. That means people are dumping them on places like Ebay and Reverb. A Firewire card for your Linux machine is a $30 investment that could potentially save you hundreds on your next interface.

Each week we’re going to put an interface through a few trials and one tribulation.

1. Overview
2. Setup
3. Soundcheck
4. Round trip latency
5. 15 minute torture test
6. What works and what nopes.

Today we’re looking at a little known interface from a company the internet loves to hate.


CPUAMD Ryzen 7 1700
RAMCorsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
MotherboardMSI B350 Tomahawk
GPUNvidia Quadro 4000
SSDSamsung 840
Firewire:Syba SY-PEX30016
Network:Intel i350-T4
OS:Debian Buster
Desktop:XFCE 4.12

FIREPOWER FCA1616: Round-trip latency @44100 HZ

FIREPOWER FCA1616: Round-trip latency @4800 HZ

FIREPOWER FCA1616: Round-trip latency @96000 HZ

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Behringer FIREPOWER FCA 1616

9.5 out of 10
Works out of the box
10 out of 10
Ease of setup
10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Build quality
8 out of 10


Everything works, period.

60 dB of gain on the preamps

8 insert jacks.

USB & Firewire connectivity.


No power button!

Only 4 line-level inputs.

No way to bypass the preamps.

Midas preamps: Not bad, just flat.


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