#1
Hi all, long time fan of the forum, but I finally registered to post this question:

I've been using a Behringer FCA202 firewire interface for a few years. As far as I understand, unlike many sound cards, it does not have any onboard pre-amp and is only meant to take "line" inputs, but not "mic" or "instrument" level inputs. So normally I plug my electric guitar into an Amplug headphone amp before plugging it into the FAC202. But, here's the funny thing: I forgot about that today and plugged my electric guitar directly into the input, and fired up my DAW, and it turns out that not only do I get a signal that is loud enough to be usable, but it is actually a very clean and natural sound that I can then do what I want with using amp sims, etc.

So my question is, is there anything "wrong" with this connection? Why does Behringer insist that you need a preamp?
#2
i know it doesn't really answer your question, but i have found a similar situation when plugging my guitar into the line in instead of instrument input on some cheaper amps. i find the sound is actually better. i dont think there's anything wrong with this connection. i think they just suggest you do that so you can have some control over the tone (preamps generally will give you some sound shaping).
#3
I'm guessing that it will work with some signals but not others. It seems to work fine with my electric guitar (humbucker pickups) and I also got a strong signal from a piezo pickup for an acoustic guitar, but when I plugged a dynamic microphone straight into the line input the signal was kind of weak.
#4
They say to use a pre since that interface doesn't have a built in pre. Most devices (like your dynamic) won't have a loud enough signal without it
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