Behringer ADA8000 Mods

$255.00$450.00 $204.00$360.00

The Behringer ADA8000 is a very economical option for an 8-channel A/D and D/A converter expansion, complete with preamps & ADAT I/).  It is based on Wavefront Semiconductor’s AL1101 and AL1201 and/or Cirrus Logic 4270’s converters, all which have quite decent harmonic & musical sound quality.  The biggest drawback within the ADA8000’s analog path would be from the use of the Texas Instruments’ TL074 op-amp, which is primarily responsible for the unit’s hazy and muddy characteristic.  But the good news is that we’ve come up with a solution to bring this very inexpensive converter into a COMPLETELY different league!

*A 50% down payment will be collected during checkout. The remainder 50% will be due when the modification is complete. You will receive a confirmation email with your scheduled mod date after we receive your down payment. The interface is not included in the mod price. Please click on the “Disclaimer & Warranty” tab below for more information on how to schedule a mod.

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Product Description

There are two different modifications available for the Behringer ADA8000:

The ADA8000 Basic Modification
is strictly an analog stage modification in which we replace the stock op-amps with much faster, higher grade op-amps.  This results in a sound that is strikingly more open and textured, with far greater detail and micro-dynamics.  The common response we receive regarding this mod is that it has the sonic effect of taking a blanket off of the speakers!  We have been modifying the ADA8000 for a while now (only upon customers’ requests), but it wasn’t until we had the opportunity to actually shoot it out against a stock Apogee Ensemble that we decided on making this mod public and officially adding it to our website.  After we compared the two units together, we were astonished that our basic op-amp upgrade so easily brought the ADA8000 to a comparable sound quality as the Ensemble!

The ADA8000 Premium Modification*
Priced at only $450, will take you completely out of the Ensemble ballpark altogether.  For this modification we not only perform the op-amp upgrade, but we replace vital analog signal caps with capacitors of dramatically higher quality for both the inputs and outputs.  We also perform converter decoupling using the same techniques found in our Alesis AI-3 Premium upgrade, our acclaimed Signature Series modifications, and in our widely-praised FM192.  After this upgrade, the ADA8000 will have a much wider stereo field, a smoother & more defined bass, and sweeter-sounding highs.

*This modification is only applicable to the newer revisions of ADA8000’s (Date Code: 0912 or after) .

How to Determine Your Date Code

There is a DATE CODE label on the top of the unit; the four numbers will indicate the year/month of the unit’s manufacture date.  Any date that is older than December of 2009 [i.e., #0912] will indicate the older revision.

Another way to determine the revision is to take the lid off the unit and look for Cirrus Logic converters with “CS4270” printed on them, as this will determine the new revision.  If the converters have “Wavefront AL1101” (for the inputs) and “AL1201” (for the outputs) printed on them, that means it is the older revision.

If you are unsure or are unable to determine what the converters look like, just take a high-res photo and email it to us.  We’ll be able to tell right away.


Sonic Quality

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The scale is from 1-10, with “1” being unimpressive audio quality and “10” being true audio excellence. This is an exponential scale, so going from “1” to “2” isn’t nearly as big of a jump as going from “9” to “10”.


Micro Clock Bundle

Create a winning team by adding the Micro Clock to your modification, and save money! By making the Micro Clock your master clock, you’ll dramatically increase the sampling precision of your digital gear. This will provide you with a more “3-dimensional” sound-stage full of detail and space.

“The ADA8000 mod is freaking killer and with the mk2 micro clock…. &@&)^*%#}!!!!!!”

Ruben Tirado, Justice, IL


“I have a Premuim mod of [the Behringer ADA8000], and it is worth every cent. It’s not as good as the 003R Signature mod, but [with] 8 more pres and a/d, it comes in very useful [and] it sounds better than an Apogee Ensemble…for 500 bucks extra, it’s pretty amazing…”

Jon Dark




We schedule modifications according to demand. The next available “mod” date is listed on our website. Modifications can be scheduled online or by email ( We require a 50% down payment in order to secure your spot on our “mod” calendar. You will receive a confirmation email with your scheduled date after we receive your down payment. The audio interface is NOT included in the “mod” price.


We accept credit and debit cards (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover), PayPal, checks, money orders, and real estate deed transfers (no mortgages or liens, please).


Please ship your gear to arrive at our shop 1-2 business days prior to your scheduled “mod” date. Be sure to pack your gear well (recommended 2” – 4” of protective materials) to avoid any additional charges for BLA-supplied packaging materials. We won’t be held liable for damage incurred during shipping.

Turnaround Time

Our turnaround time on modifications is typically 7-10 business days from the scheduled “mod” date. This does not include any unforeseen issues, the time it takes for final billing, or return shipping. We will contact you if we’re experiencing longer-than-usual turnaround.

Final Payment

After your modification is complete, we will contact you to collect the remainder 50% of the modification price, plus return shipping.
Please be aware, any completed modifications remaining unpaid in our shop for more than 5 business days from the time the final invoice is sent will accrue a $10 per day holding fee. Any completed modifications remaining in our shop for more than 20 business days from the time the final invoice is sent will be considered abandoned and sold to reimburse our costs.

Return Shipping

Customers are responsible for all return shipping costs for modifications. We use UPS (signature required) for shipping within the continental U.S., and USPS for shipping elsewhere. We can accommodate DHL and FedEx shipments upon request. You will be emailed a tracking number when your order ships.
We won’t adjust invoices to help international shipments avoid import duties, so please don’t ask. Your time is better spent lobbying your local government.


We extend a two-year warranty on defects in materials and workmanship for all Black Lion Audio modifications from the modification date. This does not cover user error, wear, tear, abuse, or OEM failures related to hardware, firmware, or software.
Should your B.L.A. modification experience any problems or failures during the warranty period, please email us at to request an RMA form. Warranty repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed.


We can reschedule modifications for up to two weeks prior to the scheduled modification date. Please email us at with any changes you’d like to make.


We accept modification cancellations for up to two weeks prior to the scheduled modification date. If you need to cancel within two weeks of your scheduled date, there is a 30% cancellation fee of the down payment amount.

Returns & Exchanges

Once something has been modified, there’s no going back. We are not able to offer returns or exchanges on modified equipment.

Non-Warranty Repairs

If your B.L.A. modification is in need of a repair that isn’t covered by our warranty, please email us at to request an RMA form. Repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed. We charge a nominal bench fee that covers most repairs. If the cost of a repair exceeds the bench fee, we will contact you.