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E-mu 0202 USB 2.0 Audio interface   

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A host of professional features in a compact, USB bus-powered package, with software.

E-MU's 0202 USB 2.0 Audio Interface is the ultimate portable USB audio interface, offering pristine 24-bit/192kHz recording and playback, direct monitoring, and much more. The 0202 USB sets a new standard in portable USB audio, providing users with two Class-A preamps that can be run independently or in stereo to amplify guitars, keyboards or microphones, with individual ground lift switches for optimal audio performance.

Acoustica Mixcraft 4 LE Multi-Track Recording Software:
Acoustica Mixcraft 4 LE Multi-track Recording Studio Software is ideal for the novice who requires easy-to-use software, and at the same time meets the criteria for the seasoned professional that wants an elegant, yet powerful interface.

Mixcraft 4 LE has been specifically tuned and integrated for the E-MU 0202 USB to deliver an exceptional music experience. With VST virtual Instrument support, an unbelievable professional instrument collection, and a MIDI controller, you can turn your computer into an entire music production facility.

Mixcraft is deceptively simple. It has a clear, colorful, and intelligently designed interface to streamline your work. A custom loop library includes hundreds of royalty-free sounds in dozens of musical styles. It works with Acid and Apple Garage Band loops. Other features include the ability to record multiple MIDI and audio tracks simultaneously; piano roll to view and edit MIDI;
inclusion of a General MIDI library, two sampled grand pianos, Hammond B-3 emulator, MiniMoog emulator, and a polyphonic synthesizer; 18 high quality effects; the ability to create mega presets that layer and split multiple virtual synthesizers and effects; and more.

  • Premium 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A converters (A/D: 113dB SNR, D/A: 112dB SNR) deliver unmatched USB audio fidelity - gold-plated connectors for pristine audio quality
  • Ultra-low noise Mic/Hi-Z/Line preamplifiers enable you to plug microphones, keyboards and guitars straight into your computer with professional results (XLR, 1/4" TRS, and 1/8")
  • Ultra-low latency USB 2.0 drivers offer accurate timing and playback of your recorded audio and software instruments
  • Hardware zero-latency direct monitoring (mono/stereo) allows you to record and overdub with no annoying delay
  • Plug-and-play operation with hands-on control of all major functions like direct monitoring level, headphone level, preamplifier gain and more
  • Compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications - ASIO2 and WDM drivers
  • Mac OS X drivers
I/O Configuration:
  • Class-A Ultra-low Noise Mic/Hi-Z/Line Preamp XLR, 1/4" TRS and 1/8"* Inputs (113dB SNR)
  • Class-A Hi-Z/Line Preamp 1/4" Input (113dB SNR)
  • Two 1/4" Outputs (112dB SNR)
  • 1/8" Stereo Speaker Output (112dB SNR)
  • Stereo Headphone Output (108dB SNR)
  • * Macintosh analog operation up to 96kHz and digital operation up to 48kHz only at this time - check www.emu.com for updates
Acoustica Mixcraft LE 4 Software
  • Clear, colorful, and intelligently designed interface to streamline your work
  • Custom loop library that includes hundreds of royalty-free sounds in dozens of musical styles
  • Works with Sony Acid and Apple Garage Band loops
  • Record and playback up to 8 audio and unlimited MIDI tracks simultaneously
  • Piano roll view to inspect and edit MIDI
  • Seven high quality built-in effects: Reverb, Delay, EQ, Compressor, Flanger, Chorus, and Distortion
  • Support for unlimited VSTi instruments as well as VST and DirectX effects. (including plug-in delay compensation)
  • Mix down to WAV and other audio file types
  • Four bundled virtual instruments:
  • MinimogueVA classic analog synthesizer MiniMoog recreation
  • Hammond B-3 VB3 Organ virtual tone wheel organ with rotary speaker emulator
  • Impulse polyphonic analog synthesizer
  • Acoustica Instruments, a large collection of high quality multi-sampled instruments organized in General MIDI format
Sound Engine Features
  • ASIO low latency audio support
  • MIDI input and output support. Will work with any USB MIDI keyboard, such as the E-MU Xboard or any MIDI keyboard connected to a MIDI interface
  • MIDI input and output support. Will work with any USB MIDI keyboard or any keyboard connected to a MIDI interface
  • 32-bit sound engine supports recording and playback of broadcast quality audio up to 192kHz and 32-bits
  • Time stretch any sound from 25% to 400% with FlexAudio without affecting the pitch
  • Pitch shift sounds from -24 to +12 semitones
  • Automatically detects beats points, keys and tempos of imported songs
  • Import WAV, AIF, OGG, WMA, and MP3 files
  • Shape each sound's volume, pan, and resonant filters with unlimited envelope points
  • Support for DirectX & VST effects, including plug-in delay compensation
GUI Interface Features
  • Edit any sound to make a loop
  • Pick sections of prerecorded songs and extract and perfect loops for remixing
  • Adjust loop points to visual beat marks
  • Edit MIDI data in the piano roll editor
  • Perfect MIDI loops by adjusting the loop points
  • Edit notes and controller information
  • Create mega presets which combine multiple virtual instruments and effects Set the key range, velocity sensitivity, transposition, pan, and volume for each instrument
  • Import/Load in standard MIDI files
  • Add your own photos or images to each track header
  • Edit each track's color, size and position in a variety of ways
  • Intuitive design and keyboard controls for quick work flow
  • Work in beats / measures mode or in time mode
  • Adjust the snap to grid setting which allows you to work and edit in whole notes, quarter notes, etc
  • Split, cut, copy, delete and paste sounds with ease
  • Easily move sounds around with drag and drop or via the keyboard
  • Cross fade sounds automatically by visually overlapping them

0202 USB 2.0 Audio interface

  • General
  • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz from internal crystal (no sample rate conversion)
  • Bit Depth: 24-bit I/O, 32-bit processing
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed: - Full 24-bit resolution at all sample rates, - Stereo in, stereo out at all sample rates
  • Zero-latency direct hardware monitoring (disabled at 176.4-192kHz)
  • ASIO2 and WDM drivers
  • Anti-Pop speaker protection minimizes noise during power on/off
  • Combo Preamplifiers (2)
  • Type: (1) Ultra-low noise combo preamplifier with Mic/Hi-Z/line inputs - (1) Combo preamplifier with Hi-Z/line balanced input
  • Max Level: +6.5dBV bal/unbal (+8.7 dBu)
  • Frequency Response (min gain, 20Hz-20kHz): +0.0/-0.07dB
  • Dynamic Range (A-weighted, 1kHz, min gain): 113dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted, min gain): 113dB
  • THD+N (1kHz at - 1dBFS, min gain): -103dB (.0007%)
  • Ultra-low noise preamplifier (Mic/Hi-Z/line inputs)
  • Combo preamplifier with Hi-Z/line balanced input - Input Impedance: 1Mohm
  • Analog Line Outputs (2)
  • Type: balanced, AC-coupled, 2-pole low-pass differential filter
  • D/A converter: CS4392
  • Max Level: 6.7 dBV (unbalanced)
  • Frequency Response (20Hz - 20kHz): 0.00/-0.01dB
  • Dynamic Range (1kHz, A-weighted): 111dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 112dB
  • THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS): -98dB (.0013%)
  • Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): <-120dB
  • Headphone Amplifier
  • Type: Class-A power amplifier
  • D/A converter: CS4392 (shared with Line Out)
  • Gain Range: 60dB
  • Maximum Output Power: 16mW
  • Output impedance: 22ohms
  • Frequency Response (20Hz-20kHz): +0.02/-0.08dB
  • Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 110dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 108dB
  • THD+N (1kHz, max gain): 300ohm load: -98dB (.0013%)
  • Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS, 300 ohm load): <-91dB
  • Synchronization
  • Internal crystal sync at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz
  • Mixcraft System Requirements
  • Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • 512MB RAM (2GB RAM recommended)
  • 1.0GHz CPU (2GHz Dual Core recommended)
  • Display resolution @ 800 x 600 (1024 x 768 or greater recommended)
  • Optional MIDI keyboard

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EMU 0202 USB

By prim8

from Missoula, MT

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It does the job. I don't have a lot to compare it to, but the sound quality seems good to me.Cons:* No phantom power - ie. can't run condenser mics without add-on power source* Susceptible to interference, especially from cell phones


Not a wise choice for home studio!

By Twisted_Pair

from Santa Maria, CA

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Well, let's start with the weird array of audio inputs that most will find useless - including the 1/8" TSR in. This is definitely designed for the home hobbyist and not the serious musician at all. The single UNBALANCED XLR input is non-powered (no phantom power) so condenser mics are out! Though it boasts "high fidelity" I was not impressed with the audio quality at all. Really a pointless unit unless you have a k-mart mic with a 1/4 ts jack hanging from it. The software bundle is impressive and the install was easy... and this did work right out of the box! I can see this for a college radio or maybe a high school film class but NOT the home studio.If you want a great USB recording interface buy the Tascam US122 or 144... way more bang for your buck!


No simultaneous ASIO and WDM? *Sighhh*

By The Sleeve

from Boston, MA

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I usually let my recording interface function as my main sound card as well, meaning that all sounds from all active programs are played through the speakers connected to my interface. Unfortunately, this isn't possible with the 0202. Buried deep down in the "troubleshooting" section of their documentation, E-MU nonchalantly mentions that the 0202 will NOT play back ASIO and WDM streams simultaneously. Ummmm... WHAT?! This means that, if I'm mixing a song and want to compare it to a reference track, I have to close my DAW, open the mp3 in an audio player (Windows Media Player, iTunes, QuickTime, etc...), listen to the mp3, close the mp3 player, then re-open the DAW. WHAT A PAIN! If you don't follow these steps, then you simply won't be able to listen to the mp3, period. Most other audio interfaces are completely capable of ASIO and WDM playback at the same time, so why can't this unit do it? This fact is NOT mentioned on the spec sheet, so beware! As a simple recording device it works just fine, but this ASIO-WDM issue is a major weak point!


Brilliant audio box for my needs

By Oleanda

from New York City, NY

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I can't believe the negative reviews this little guy is getting. I think this is a brilliant device. It has the exact features I need, and none else, really. It's solid, but very lightweight. It has nice Neutrik jacks. No phantom power, but I only record with a dynamic mic anyways, plus I have a tube pre for it which has its own phantom power - don't need it. I have powered speakers which I like to use in my home recording, and this has just the right ouput for them. I can also run lines out to stereo monitors. I like that it's USB 2.0, the new Macs aren't being made with FireWire ports anymore! You'll need to go USB eventually, it seems, so I've got a head start.I have used the PreSonus Inspire firewire device quite extensively, and also had an M-Audio FireWire Solo. The Inspire is a great device for home recording, I recommend it overall if you want a firewire interface. I just happened to have beer poured into mine by my cat by accident. Oops. So, I tried the Solo, but it had too many quirks for me, and didn't sound as good. The E-Mu 0202 sounds as good or better to me, I'm very happy with the recordings so far. Also, the version of Ableton Live that it came with was upgradable through an offer which may or may not still be in effect. Basically, it gave me a $200 software package, for free. I can't complain about that!Overall, I'm very glad I purchased this interface, its just what I need, sounds great, and is a total breeze to operate. Woo-hoo.


Quieter than expected

By Old RokR55

from Florida Panhandle

I had read reveiws on both the 0404 and the 0202 and for just song-writing and ideas, it was money well spent. It took a few downloads to get it working with Vista on PC, but it was no big deal. I tried it with an SM-58 and an AT battery powered condenser mic (no phantom power, but for the cash, what do you want?) and got a crisp signal. The software package was an incredible deal. The Steinberg LE does not work with MIDI VSTs in Vista, but the Sonar trial does the trick. If you want to listen to the folks slamming this ADA for inputs or signal integrity, think about the cost. Again, it won't give you a finished, mastered studio CD, but for a quick fix for the home body, I was pleasantly surprised. If you want the big bucks sound, spend the big bucks.


Sorry- substandard gear here

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This was supposed to be an upgrade to my new PC, replacing the Audigy 2 Sondblaster.... NO WAY. The worst thing is that EMU does not publish the fact that a change in input factor and/or audio format requires re-setting nearly everything from the ground up. Highly annoying and time consuming. If they had seen fit as the manufacturer of a product that replaced a really great one to let the buying public know a wee bit more about what they were getting into here, an informed consumer could make an informed choice. Once I got it to work/interface, the quality of the ASIO sound was very good indeed. Just saying that it is a royal pain to work with. If you have very basic interface needs, it will be OK.I just wish that they would have published in real terms what it will and will not do.Frankly, for my needs- I am looking for something else.

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