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E-MU's 1616M PCI Digital Audio System delivers everything you need to produce audio on a PC with professional results- 24-bit/192kHz converters (the same A/D converters used in Digidesign's ProTools HD 192 I/O interface), hardware-accelerated effects and mixing, comprehensive sync options and seamless compatibility with your favorite PC audio/sequencer software. The MicroDock M breakout box offers a total of 16 inputs and 16 outputs plus 32 channels of MIDI I/O, including two E-MU XTC Class-A ultra-low noise mic/line/hi-Z preamps with 48V phantom power and analog soft limiting circuit for clip protection. The 1616M PCI also ships with ASIO2 and WDM drivers for Windows XP, 2000 and x64, as well as the E-MU Production Tools software bundle that includes E-MU's Proteus X LE, plus software by Steinberg, Ableton, IK Multimedia, and many more - everything you need to create, record, edit, master and burn your music. E-MU's new 1616M PCI Digital Audio System delivers everything you need to produce audio on a PC with professional results- 24-bit/192kHz converters (the same A/D converters used in Digidesign's ProTools HD 192 I/O interface), hardware-accelerated effects and mixing, comprehensive sync options and seamless compatibility with your favorite PC audio/sequencer software. The MicroDock M breakout box offers a total of 16 inputs and 16 outputs plus 32 channels of MIDI I/O, including two E-MU XTC Class-A ultra-low noise mic/line/hi-Z preamps with 48V phantom power and analog soft limiting circuit for clip protection. The 1616M PCI also ships with ASIO2 and WDM drivers for Windows XP, 2000 and x64, as well as the E-MU Production Tools software bundle that includes E-MU's Proteus X LE, plus software by Steinberg, Ableton, IK Multimedia, and many more - everything you need to create, record, edit, master and burn your music.
• Mastering grade 24-bit/192kHz converters - the same A/D converters used in Digidesign's flagship ProTools HD 192 I/O Interface delivering an amazing 120dB signal-to-noise ratio
• Hardware-accelerated effects - over 600 standalone and E-MU Power FX VST plug-in effects with no CPU overhead
• PatchMix DSP zero-latency hardware mixing and monitoring - with super-flexible patchbay - no external mixer needed
• Comprehensive analog and digital I/O plus MIDI - MicroDock M offers 16 inputs/16 outputs plus MIDO I/O - everything from balanced analog and turntable inputs to ADAT and S/PDIF (switchable to AES/EBU)
• Two E-MU XTC studio-grade, ultra-low noise preamps (-127dBu EIN) with analog soft limiter - Mic/Line and true Hi-Z inputs via Neutrik connectors, 48V phantom power and 60dB of gain
• Compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications - ultra-low latency 24-bit/192kHz ASIO 2.0 and Stereo WDM drivers
• E-MU Production Tools Software Bundle - includes Cakewalk SONAR LE, Steinberg Cubase LE and Wavelab Lite, Ableton Live Lite 4 for E-MU, IK Multimedia AmpliTube LE and T-RackS EQ, Minnetonka diskWelder BRONZE, SFX Machine LT, plus E-MU's Proteus X LE Desktop Sound Module - everything you need to create, record, edit, master and burn is in the box
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- SFX Machine LT
- E-MU Proteus X LE (over 1000 sounds included)
- Two E-MU xtc ultra-low noise mic/line/hi-z preamps with soft limiter and 48v phantom power (-129dbu EIN)
- Four 1/4" balanced inputs
- Six 1/4" balanced outputs
- Turntable input (w/ground lug and hardware RIAA preamp)
- 24-bit/192khz ADAT in/out (switchable to S/PDIF)
- 24-bit/192khz coaxial S/PDIF out (switchable to AES/EBU)
- Two sets of midi in/out
- Stereo 1/8" speaker outputs (configurable from stereo to 5.1)
- Stereo headphone output
- Stereo Reverb
- Lite Reverb
- Leveling Amp
- Phase Shifter
- Frequency Shifter
- Speaker Simulator
- Rotary Speaker
- Vocal Morpher
- 1-Band Para EQ
- 1-Band Shelf EQ
- 3-Band EQ
- 4-Band EQ
- Mono Delay 100
- Mono Delay 250
- Mono Delay 500
- Mono Delay 750
- Mono Delay 1500
- Mono Delay 3000
- Stereo Delay 100
- Stereo Delay 250
- Stereo Delay 500
- Stereo Delay 750
- E-MU 1010 PCI Card
- E-MU MicroDock M
- EDI (E-MU Digital Interface) cable (3 meter)
- Universal power adapter
- MIDI breakout cable
- Quick Start installation guide
- E-MU Digital Audio Systems CD-ROM
- Windows 2000, XP and x64 Drivers,
- E-MU PatchMix DSP, E-MU Power FX, E-MU E-DSP Effects Library
- Owner's Manual and Tutorials
- Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz from internal crystal or externally supplied clock (no sample rate conversion)
- Bit Depths: 24 bit I/O, 32 bit processing
- PCI Specification: PCI 2.2 Compliant, Form Factor: Universal Keyed, Short PCI Card, 3.3V I/O, 5V Tolerant, PCI Bus-Mastering DMA subsystem reduces CPU usag
- E-MU E-DSP 32-bit DSP with 67-bit accumulator (double precision w/ 3
- headroom bits)
- Hardware-accelerated, 32 channel mixing, and multi-effects processing
- Zero-latency direct hardware monitoring w/effects
- ASIO2, WDM/MME/DirectSound, x64 Drivers
- EDI (E-MU Digital Interface) proprietary 64 channel audio link over CAT-5 cable
- Anti-Pop speaker protection minimizes noise during power on/off
- Ultra-low jitter clock subsystem: < 1ns in PLL mode (44.1kHz, Opt. S/PDIF Sync)
- Type: servo-balanced, DC-coupled, low-noise input circuitry
- A/D converter: PCM1804
- Level (software selectable): Professional: +4dBu nominal, 20dBu max (balanced), Consumer: -10dBV nominal, 6dBV max (unbalanced)
- Frequency Response (20Hz-20kHz): +0.0/-.03dB
- Dynamic Range (1kHz, A-weighted): 112dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 112dB
- THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS): -102.5dB (.0007%)
- Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -120Db
- Type: balanced, AC-coupled, 2-pole low-pass differential filterD/A converter: CS4392
- Level (software selectable)
- Professional: +4dBu nominal, 20dBu max (balanced), Consumer: -10dBV nominal, 6dBV max (unbalanced)
- Frequency Response (20Hz - 20kHz): 0.0/-.06dB
- Dynamic Range (1kHz, A-weighted): 112.5dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 112.5dB
- THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS): -98dB (.0012%)
- Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -115dB
- Type: E-MU XTC combo mic preamp and Hi-Z/line input w/ Soft Limiter
- Gain Range: +60dB
- Frequency Response (min gain, 20Hz-20kHz): +0.0/-0.1dB
Hi-Z Line Input:
- Input Impedance: 1Mohm
- Max Level: +18dBV (20.2dBu)
- Dynamic Range (A-weighted, 1kHz, min gain): 112.5dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted, min gain): 112dB
- THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS, min gain): -102dB (.0008%)
- Input Impedance: 1.5Kohms
- Max Level: +6dBV (+8.2dBu)
- EIN (20Hz-20kHz, 150ohm, unweighted): -127dBu
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted, min gain): 112.5dB
- THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS, min gain): -103dB (.0007%)
- Phantom Power: 48V
- Soft Limiter: 5dB max compression (software selectable)
- Type: linear power amplifier
- D/A converter: CS4392
- Gain Range: 85dB
- Maximum Output Power: 50mW (
- Output impedance: 22ohms
- Frequency Response (20Hz-20kHz): +0.0/-0.07dB
- Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 112dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 112dB)
- THD+N (1kHz, max gain): 600ohm load: -92dB
- Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS, 600 ohm load): < -100dB
- Type: RIAA equalized phono input
- Maximum level: Professional: 60mV RMS, Consumer: 15mV RMS
- Input impedance: 47Kohm
- Frequency Response (20Hz - 20kHz): +0.1/-0.3dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (15mV RMS unbal input, A-weighted): 96dB
- THD+N (1kHz, 15mV RMS input): -88dB (.004%)
- Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -80dB
- S/PDIF: 2 in/2 out coaxial (transformer coupled), 2 in/2 out optical (software switched with ADAT), AES/EBU or S/PDIF format (software selectable)
- ADAT: 8 channels, 24-bit @ 44.1/48kHz, 4 channels, 24-bit @ 88.2/96kHz (S-MUX compatible), 2 channels, 24-bit @ 176.4/192kHz
- MIDI: 2 in, 2 out
- Internal crystal sync at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz
- External sample rate sync via: ADAT (44.1 - 192kHz), Optical S/PDIF (44.1 - 96kHz), Coaxial S/PDIF (44.1 - 192kHz)
- SMPTE/LTC/MTC (via optional Sync Daughtercard): 24, 25, 30 drop-frame, 30 non-drop, SMPTE to MTC, MTC to SMPTE Conversion, SMPTE Striping, Flywheel/Jam/Regenerate
- Intel or AMD processor - 1 GHz or faster
- Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard & chipset
- Microsoft Windows XP (SP 2) or 2000 (SP4)
- 256MB System RAM
- 900MB of free hard disk space for full installation
- PCI 2.1 compliant slot for E-MU 1010 PCI card
- CD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD-ROM drive required for software installation
- XVGA Video (1024 X 768)
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bad customer service and a product that stopped working after 10 months.
The Emu has good features that are comparable to similarily priced products. I special ordered mine because I read good reviews. My goal was to record some music at home.
On the surface, the emu interface seems to have a sturdy build, but mine stopped working after 10 months. I first noticed noise during playback after 10 months of owning the card with no problems. At this point, the emu still recorded clean audio, but the playback had plenty of clicks and pops. I spend hours troubleshooting the card. I emailed their customer service and described the problem. They told me the clicking noises were normal. At that time, my emu was still under the 12 month warranty. I endured the noise during playback for another year or so.
Then, just for fun, I emailed their customer service again. I explained the problem. They sent me a generic email that described how to troubleshoot the emu card. I followed a few of their examples, which didn't work. I quickly realized that most of the examples in their troubleshooting email are dangerous tweaks/hacks and bad suggestions. There is no reason that an ordinary user would need to do any of the things they suggest. Their troubleshooting email at best will have you re-installing windows because they will crash your computer, and at worst can leave you in computer limbo. I kept emailing them, insisting that the card was broken, explaining how I either followed their suggestions or how the suggestion was unneccesary. At this point they admitted something. They said the soundcard had been broken the whole time and the clicks and pops during playback weren't normal (duh.) But of course, now that the soundcard was no longer under warranty it was too late, but would I like to buy another one?
So once again I ignored the problem of clicking during playback until one day I couldn't ignore it anymore. That's because about 2 years after purchase, the emu simply stopped playing back audio. Their cumstomer service email explained that the emu interface itself was probably fine, but the PCI card was probably bad.
I asked them very nicely if they would replace the soundcard. That's because I emailed them while it was under warranty and they misdiagnosed the problem / gave me the runaround. They wouldn't replace the emu but they offered to sell me another one at retail price. I told them I was unahppy with their product and that I may offer my opinion and write a review on a site like this.
Here's the kicker: They sent me an email threatening that they would be monitoring my online posts and told me to be careful what I say!
I will never buy another product from EMU ever again.
My friends have other recording interfaces and have never had a problem. For the $$$ i spent on this I would expect it to last longer than a year.
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I am sure there are some people who have had a good experience with this product, but I am not one of them. The main reeason why I had problems with this was b/c I had to install the sound card and my PC never really read it right. The software is limited, but not bad, If your looking to start a home studio, just invest a little bit more and get a mac. They are built for recording, theyve got the fire wire ports built in and in my opinion the best software. Just please, save your money.
I have a pair of Adam A7s and listening to them through my 1616M vs my Mbox2 is a day and night difference! The conversion quality is crystal clear! Preamps are very useable though I prefer my Presonus Eureka. Also, the built-in effects arean't of the greatest quality but I use the DSP compressor from time to time. I have the PCMCIA version and connected it to the PCIe slot in my desktop using a adapter I bought on eBay. It works flawlessly. The product shines in conversion quality which is definitely of professional standard... the effects and preamps are just extras and not recommended for professional recordings, though they aren't bad at all.
I purchased the MicroDock M and moved from a 1212M to add a few inputs. I like to record direct from the box so I don't need a mixer in between the devices, overall cleaner sound. You can only buy the MicroDock M direct from Emu, and they sent me a used product. Naturally I wasn't happy, but it seemed to perform like new. Sounds is fantastic. Clean as the 1212M, and is recognized by Windows as the base device did on the 1212M, which is perfect, because when playing music through various applications, it is instantly recognized. Very convenient. No hum, buzzes, or loose connectors. It seems to be reasonably well made, and the sound is pristine. Delay from asio is negligible to non-existant. Support is tough. They have no phone number, and email is not returned within 24 hours in some cases. However, that is Sales, not tech support. YMMV.
I recently upgraded to the E-mu 1616m not quite knowing what to expect because reviews on the internet were few and far between. However, when I set it up I was extremely pleased. First off, the sound on recordings is incredible, very clear and crisp. You'll hear nuances in your mics that you never had before. The pres are pretty good I guess, definitely clean. Though with the quality A/D converters on this thing, you'll want to invest in some good pres anyways. The knobs on the break out box might be a little less sensitive then what I like, but it's not hard to work with. Even listening to music is incredible on this box. Its sound is so detailed that it makes mp3's sound, well, flawed. I listened to a CD though and it was incredible. Latency when recording is a non issue. I have the ASIO driver turned down to 2ms and it doesn't stress my computer one bit. No pops or clicks even when recording several tracks on a built up session. However I'd recommend keeping the number of simultaneous recording tracks down to 2 when working at 192kHz.The PatchMix DSP mixer program that comes with it can be a little confusing and frustrating at first, but once you learn it, it is a very useful tool.