October 26, 2005

Breaking news: Behringer CA16

by Chris Randall

In a stunning development, Behringer, a world leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of professional audio and musical instrument products, today announced the imminent availability of the CA-16 High Precision Professional Tube-Driven Ass, an ultimate multi-function ass-modelling workstation. Each CA-16 is is equipped with a hand-selected 12AX7 vacuum tube with UTC technology for exceptional warmth, lowest noise and signal integrity.

In addition, the CA-16 features ultra-flexible ass modeling technology that allows the user to quickly optimize recordings and choose between 16 different open cans of analog ass. The CA-16 also features direct injection and cheek-size functionality, to allow the user to fully shape the ass to suit the project at hand. The CA-16 features BEHRINGER?s sophisticated output limiter that enhances signal distortion, while a dedicated low cut filter eliminates unwanted flatulance.

The CA-16 will be available Q1 of 2006, for an MSRP of $19.99. Like all Behringer cans of ass, this product will come pre-opened at the factory.



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Oct.26.2005 @ 1:48 PM
D' MacKinnon

Oct.26.2005 @ 2:40 PM
Ummmm. Did you solid-model that can SPECIFICALLY to jab Behringer? Because that there is some dedication!

Exit helpful, informative blog; enter sharp tongued stinging dose of reality blog.

If I didn't know better (and really, I barely do know better) I'd almost believe your tag line.

Two thumbs up for the psuedo product.



Oct.26.2005 @ 2:43 PM
Chris Randall
It wasn't a big job or anything. I already had the can, which I normally use to check lighting and materials and what-not, because it's a good shape for that sort of thing. It was just a matter of throwing a tube in it and making the label, which took all of five minutes. It actually took longer to write the press release.

Which, I'll wager, is remarkably similar to the Behringer product development cycle.



Oct.26.2005 @ 2:45 PM
I actually bought a MIC2200 as a preamp between my mackie mixer and delta1010. Yes it has a yellow LED mounted behind the tube to make it look like it's glowing... lol. It's on the input circuit and not the output circuit so it'll never glow on it's own...

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I still find it uselful for that little bit of extra headroom..


Oct.26.2005 @ 5:50 PM
You're quick to make fun of our crappy Mackie mixers (although I own what is probably an equally, if not more, crappy Yamaha) and Behringer what-nots (of which I have only a compressor that I was already aware is crappy). What would you recommend in the budget, or at least near budget range?

Oct.26.2005 @ 6:15 PM
Chris Randall
These days? No mixer at all. I don't have one, and I make records just fine, thank you very much.

You're definitely better off with an 8 I/O Firewire interface and just leaving it at that than using one of these pieces of shite. If you need more monitoring options, a Presonus Central Station does the job admirably.

This is assuming, of course, that you're using a Real DAW (Nuendo/Cubase, Logic, DP, PT, Sonar, and Live in a pinch) and not Fruity Studio or whatever. The simple fact of the matter is that, in this business, for the most part, you get what you pay for. A $99 compressor is not going to be any better (and in fact is almost certainly worse) than the stock channel compressor in your DAW. As long as you watch your levels going in, and record with a certain sense of purpose, you're better off working on the audio in your computer than sending it through crud factories like the 3630, Multicom, et al.

Just repeat after me: tube != good. Neither does the word "pro."



Oct.26.2005 @ 6:19 PM
tom vx
man, a can of ass with TUBES in it.... and i can see them!

i bet korg wants in on that action.


Oct.26.2005 @ 6:30 PM
Following on from the earlier question:
What budget Firewire interface would you recommend?
I have an M-Audio FW 410, which sounds alright (to my battered ears) but either my Firewire interface is b0rked or it has some latency issues.

Oct.26.2005 @ 6:36 PM
Chris Randall
Well, to go without a mixer, let's say for posterity you need eight in, eight out. Following that line of reasoning, there are a lot to choose from. There's the Firepod, the MOTO 828 MK II, the MOTU Traveller, the Tascam FW1804. If you're on OSX, the Metric Halo Mobile I/O is a good box. There's the various RME choices. All kinds of options.

Personally, I'm very happy with my MOTU 896HD rig; I'd be happier if it was all Apogee, but there we are. Thus I have no problem recommending the 828MkII or the Traveller. I hear good things about the Tascam box, which is one of the cheapest options. Presonus always give good bang for the buck.

It's an open question, long story short. Basically, if it doesn't say M-Audio or Digidesign on the case, I'm fine with it.



Oct.26.2005 @ 6:49 PM
please release this as a plugin (RTAS or TDM)

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