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Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain


AD/DA Converter

  • Successor to the Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain
  • 8-Channel AD/DA transformer 24-Bit at 44.1/48 kHz
  • 8 Integrated microphone amplifiers (designed by MIDAS)
  • Sample rate sync
  • All Mic/Line inputs routable to ADAT outputs, all ADAT inputs routable to Line outputs
  • 48V Phantom power at each input
  • Integrated "Planet Earth" mains adaptor
  • Rack format: 19" / 1 RU


  • 8 x XLR Mic in
  • 8 x 6.3 mm jack line in, balanced
  • 8 x XLR line out, balanced
  • ADAT in/out
  • Word clock
Channels 8
Number of microphone inputs 8
Instrument input No
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse No
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs XLR
Digitale Outputs ADAT
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes
available since September 2013
Item number 317776
Amount Of Channels 8
AD Conversion 1
DA Conversion 1
Max. Resolution 24 bit
Max. sampling rate 48 kHz
Word clock 1
Number of analog inputs 8
Number of Analog Outputs 8
Special Features 8 Mic-Preamps, 48V Phantom power
Design 19" / 1U
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Eight-channel preamp at a bargain price

The Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain is an eight-channel preamp module which includes full AD/DA conversion and ADAT connectivity. It provides a cost-effective way to add additional analogue inputs and outputs to any compatible audio interface or digital mixer. The eight on-board microphone preamps were developed by Midas and, in addition to their clean basic sound, deliver up to 60 dB of gain – a remarkable feat at this price point. The internal converters are manufactured by Cirrus Logic and support sampling rates of up to 24 bit/48 kHz. Thanks to the convenience and consistency of its design and characteristically budget-friendly price, the Behringer ADA8200 has been a consistent favourite on the audio market for years.

Comprehensive ADAT routing options

The Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain provides phantom power for condenser microphones via a dedicated master switch and also allows line sources to be connected thanks to the additional TRS sockets included on each channel. Each of the analogue inputs is routed to the module’s ADAT output. The line outputs on the rear side offer eight additional output channels, which are routed from the ADAT input. This considerably expands the functionality of the ADA8200 and allows the connection of outboard effects units or headphone amplifiers in order to create different monitor mixes, for example.

Great for the studio and mobile recording

Eight clean-sounding, high-gain Midas microphone preamps, eight additional line outputs, complete internal AD/DA conversion and, last but not least, a remarkable price-performance ratio make the Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain a very practical and economical option for use in both home and project studios. Its compact housing, which unites all of these features in a 1RU, 19" rack format, ensures hassle-free portability, thus also making it an ideal component for mobile recording rigs. The ADA8200 is therefore an attractive option not only for beginners but for many other users as well.

About Behringer

The company, which was founded in Germany by Uli Behringer and now manufactures its products in China, has been known for affordable and great-value equipment since its very first product, the Studio Exciter F. An array of mixing consoles (such as the Eurodesk MX8000), signal processors, and later sound amplification and monitoring equipment, has made it possible for countless musicians to fit out their home studios, practice rooms, and mobile PAs within budget limits that were previously unthinkable. The acquisition of other companies, including Midas, Klark Teknik, and TC Electronic, meant that new product groups were added - and also resulted in the technical expertise of these companies being incorporated into product development.

A reliable and versatile companion for multi-tracking

Thanks to its straightforward ADAT connectivity and routing options, the Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain provides a practical solution whenever a compatible audio interface or digital mixer requires additional inputs and outputs. It is thus easy to make extensive drum recordings or, for that matter, record an entire band. For use in combination with additional converters (as a master or slave), the necessary synchronization takes place via the ADAT interface or, alternatively, via the word clock.

Don't listen to the bad reviews!
Dan B, UK 07.05.2020
I wish people would understand that this is not designed for single channel preamp stuff like lead vocals!!! Yes, it's flat sounding, but that's what I like about it. I don't care for hyped bass or mid range etc., everybody EQ's later anyway so I don't understand the fuss about having a coloured sound right out of the box. I use my Audient for single channel stuff and the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 + Behringer for drums and multi tracking. For loud sound sources like drums and cranked amps, I can't hear the difference between these midas preamps and the Saffire ones. Maybe on a quiet intimate vocal or subtle strings etc. you can hear differences but it's all about choosing the right tool for the right job. Why blow thousands on something which only gets used on extra toms etc. when you can't hear the difference anyway? It's disingenuous to do an A/B test on something it was not designed to do. The fact that it's ADAT and needs a host interface to piggy back off means that people only buy this because they need more channels for drums and multi-tracking. Nobody is buying this as a single channel preamp for vocals, so comparing singing tracks or solo instruments is pointless. This is an inexpensive expansion purely for when you need more tracks, like tracking a live band or recording drums.

Pros: Easy setup, flat uncoloured sound, quiet preamps, separate line-in inputs on every channel

Cons: There are none at this price point. Anyone who has issues with this has misunderstood its purpose.


Unbeatable value!
Anonymous 16.02.2017
For years I have been frustrated by only being able to record a maximum of two tracks in my DAW. Hardware I have the excellent RME Babyface and I use Cubase.

I have been totally blind to the ADAT interface on the Babyface until I started reading what you could do with this to expand analogue channels going into your DAW from the outside world utilising an A to D to A convertor such as the Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain.

The ADA8200 is by far the cheapest option on the market to give you 8 analogue channels, 8 in plus 8 out via the ADAT Lightpipe optical interface.

The hardware could not be easier to setup, the trick is making sure that you either slave your audio interface off of the ADA82000, or make your audio interface the master.

In my case, I configured the Babyface in Cubase to slave off of the ADA8200 and then added the ADAT buses in the Cubase Device menu. I was up and running very quickly. Being able to now simultaneously record up to 8 audio sources on separate tracks within Cubase is absolutely brilliant, I am overjoyed I now have this flexibility as I am a one-man musician with 16 external synths and love to jam...

Build quality of the Behringer seems to be really good, I can't believe they can produce equpment like this for the price....

I am not going to criticise the lack of features on this box, as that would be very unfair. If you want more features, then you are going to have to spend quite a lot more, simples....

Great product and great service once again from Thomann!


Very good expansion for recording drums
DrummerCaetano 21.11.2021
This added 8 more channels to my Focusrite Interphase, allowing me to record up to 12 channels!!!

Only problem is, that there is some clipping and cuts happening every couple seconds, I have already tried all kinds of settings and it keeps happening.

Might want to upgrade in the future, but this has definetly allowed me to record drums that sound professional overall!


Thoughts on the Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain
Anonymous 25.07.2014
I ordered the ADA8200 to expand the I/O on my Motu 828 MkII as I have 5 synths that I like to use and don't want the hassle of plugging and unplugging them. Also it is a good way of future proofing my project studio as my needs change.

The unit itself is one rack unit high and seems sturdily made and looks good in the rack. Hooking it up to the Motu was easy, but the documentation supplied is a bit thin in content. I ended up following the setup done by the reviewer in Sound on Sound magazine, which is where I had read about the unit in the first place.

I am only using the line inputs so I can't comment on the Midas mic pre-amps but it's nice to have these for when/if I record some vox in the future. I would have preferred for there to be fewer mic inputs in order to make space round the back of the unit for the inputs. These are all located in the front with only the outputs located on the rear panel. This means I need to use a patch bay and cables in order to keep the clutter of leads at the back. I'm sure It couldn't push the cost up too far to move to a 2U unit and tuck everything away at the back, perhaps with a couple of inputs at the front as other manufacturers seems to do.

Since I've had the unit I have to confess that I have barely noticed it. I set the input levels of the analogue inputs and accessed the sound through the Motu software or as inputs 9-16 in my DAW. This is the highest recommendation I can give really - the ADA8200 just works without any fuss.


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