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E-mu 0404 PCI Digital Audio Recording System

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The E-Mu 0404 PCI Digital Audio Recording System is a 24-bit/192kHz* PCI audio interface that delivers everything you need to record, mix, and play b...Click To Read More About This Product

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Hardware-accelerated effects and mixing with high-quality I/O.

The E-Mu 0404 PCI Digital Audio Recording System is a 24-bit/192kHz* PCI audio interface that delivers everything you need to record, mix, and play back audio on your PC with hardware-accelerated effects and soft mixing. It works with all major PC audio and sequencer applications offering faultless analog and digital I/O, pristine sound quality, and all the hardware-accelerated effects, mixing, and monitoring of E-MU's popular 1820M, 1820, and 1212M Digital Audio Systems.

I/O includes 1/4" analog, optical and coaxial S/PDIF, and MIDI. 24-bit/192kHz* A/D/A converters deliver an incredible 111dB (A/D) and 116dB (D/A) signal-to-noise ratio. E-DSP hardware acceleration taken from E-MU's more expensive systems gives you an effects processor that can deliver over 16 simultaneous hardware-accelerated effects. The E-DSP processor frees your computer from running CPU-intensive plug-ins to boost performance. It ships with over 500 effects presets with allowances to add more plug-ins to your system as needed.

E-DSP also provides zero-latency, hardware-based mixing and monitoring via the included PatchMix DSP mixer, so no external mixer is needed. The E-MU 0404 ships with ASIO 2.0 and WDM drivers, Steinberg Cubasis, Steinberg WaveLab Lite, SFX Machine LT, and a trial version of Minnetonka's diskWelder BRONZE.

The 0404 PCI ships with the Power FX software update, giving users the ability to run over 600 hardware-accelerated effects as VST plug-ins for Cubase and other applications. Power FX also introduces EMU's first expansion plug-in, with more reverb and delay effects.

*NOTE: 192kHz software available for FREE download from the E-MU website.

  • PCI audio interface
  • E-DSP accelerated effects processing and mixing
  • Zero-latency, hardware-based mixing and monitoring via included PatchMix DSP mixer
  • 2 - 1/4" analog inputs (24-bit/96kHz, 111dB SNR converters)
  • 2 - 1/4" analog outputs (24-bit/96kHz, 116dB SNR converters)
  • S/PDIF I/O coaxial/optical (24-bit/96kHz)
  • MIDI I/O
  • Ships with ASIO 2.0 and WDM drivers
  • Includes Steinberg Cubasis and WaveLab Lite, SFX Machine LT, and a trial version of Minnetonka's diskWelder BRONZE
  • Works with most major PC audio and sequencer applications

Order your 0404 now and get started with digital audio.

  • Intel or AMD processor - 1GHz 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 0404 PCI card
  • CD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD-ROM drive required for software installation
  • XVGA Video (1024 X 768)
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Solved all my latency problems!

Please do not be discouraged by any negative reviews of this product. It is a professional product. It is not meant for someone wanting to play doom. It is for professional recording. I...Read complete review

Please do not be discouraged by any negative reviews of this product. It is a professional product. It is not meant for someone wanting to play doom. It is for professional recording. I was using a Tascam US-428 USB interface. The problem I was running into was with hardware resources being consumed (CPU usage to 100% as soon as I added any reverb, for example). I am using the 0404 with Cubase SX3 and couldn't be happier. The sound is crystal clear. I can record 2 channels at the same time with 0 latency. In addition, I can use the onboard effects to add effects without affecting CPU usage. Awesome. Now the down side...It's a little annoying having to work with two programs to record (The EMU interface, and then Cubase). It can be a little confusing at first to figure out all the send and returns, but that's what the manual is for. They also provide samples for Cubase, Logic, etc.. The only other annoying thing is that when using the onboard effects, you need to do an audio mixdown of the specific track before you export your final mix. This could be a Cubase limitation, but I have a feeling it's not. For the money...there is no other option I'm aware of for 192khz recording and zero latency monitoring. Read the manual....this is worth every penny.


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I bought this six months ago, and fooled around with it for two, before removing it to my draw of useless backup junk! The first thing you will notice after installation is you...Read complete review

I bought this six months ago, and fooled around with it for two, before removing it to my draw of useless backup junk! The first thing you will notice after installation is you can?t hook up your computers speakers without an adapter, which isn?t included.The software is confusing. If you are a musician like me, and not a computer programer, you want to see something that looks like a tape deck, and a real mixer, with sliders and knobs, and not a bunch of lines.I gather the people who gave this a good rating, don't have too many other recording products to compare it with. I couldn?t use some of my other recording software because you are stuck with their mixer, and effects, unless you have another sound card installed that you can switch to. When I tried using my Guitar Tracks Pro software with it, I got a nasty echo, that I couldn?t get rid of, and none of the effects in this program worked with the E=MU.You can?t get the mixer, and the recorder up at the same time, so you have to keep switching back and forth between the two after changing settings.This product may be okay for someone who only has this card and nothing else; but as a recording studio for someone trying to record their own music who has other software, it sucks. You would be better off getting a Line 6 TonePort for a few bucks more. The software with this looks just like the stuff a musician actually works with. A fuzz box, looks like a fuzz box, a tape recorder, looks like a tape recorder, you have an interface box with a mike, and guitar import, and a simple USB connection. You can download settings, and lessons from the net, and if you already have a real mixer like most musicians, you can have all the connections this thing has without even taking off the cover of your computer, and having a bunch of more wires, sticking out the back of your computer. Recording should be simple. I?ve been recording my own music for 40 years on first tape, and then a digital recorder. I only bought this because my main recording studio is in another room with a real recorder, that if I were smarter, I would have bought one with it?s own CD drive so I could make CD?s right on the spot.My original Guitar Tracks Pro program looked like that, a mixer, and a tape deck that looked like a mixer, and a tape deck; then I upgraded to Guitar Tracks Pro II, and they gave me some crap that looks just like the garbage that comes with this card. I went back to the old version.Do yourself a favor people. If you want to go cheap get the Line 6. Now, that?s not bad for the price. But if you really want to record; save up and buy a decent digital recorder.

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By Skippy-wan

from Brunswick, GA

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This thing is good for a sound card, but is terrible for recording!!! Signal path is hard to route, but once you get it things go well until you hit the record button. Then every thing goes to ***t! Snap,Crackle,Pop, and drops in and out at it's discretion. Tried two different units and the weere both bad. Save your $ and find something else!


Good Card, Challenging Software

By Mike Blues Guitar

from Benton, AR

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I am not new to digital recording. The card has all the specs and does sound great compared to bang for buck. The PatchMix is one challenge to set up, and keep up. If you mind spending a lot of time on a daily learning curve for the software, you better buy something else, as this is not an easy plug and play. I would rather spend my time recording, not playing with computers and software.


Great entry level DAW starter

By frethands

from Tolland, CT

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I was looking for an inexpensive way to build a digital audio workstation on an extra computer and considered many of the other products on the market. I purchased the Emu and was amazed at the sound quality of the converters. Not only that, but the packaged software is all you need to record. I did not know when I ordered it that Cubase would be included. I returned the other software I purchased when I started using the included Cubase VST. While not the full version, it is everything a musician needs to begin recording.


Great sound for Great price

By The_Falconer

from Virginia

When I first got this product, needless to say I was quite disappointed. After spending five minutes on the phone with customer service and making a few trips to Radio Shack everything worked great. I don't have anything to compare this to besides my crappy on board sound card. Let me say this is an insane improvement.



By Jongards

from Los Angeles, CA

E-MU 0404 is a great tool for digital recording. The hardware is not hard to install and the software included is not hard to use. I just discovered the fun of digital recording and having this tool makes my hobby more interesting!!! It's a great price for a great tool!


not bad for the price

By anonymous-ONWUr

from Stafford, VA

Well despite the negative reviews on this product, i have a positive look on it. I walked into my local guitar store and asked what i could use that was good quality yet less expensive than firewire. this is what was recommended and within the next day we had one installed. after a very frustrating all nighter, a quick call to customer service fixed everything and the quality for the price is unreal. So despite the hassle of getting it started, it was well worth it. Oh and it seems to work great with magix audio studio 2005


hmm works pretty well

By sup homie

from seattle :(

i upgraded from a soundblaster live, so this is definitely a good deal better than that. i use it for midi and it works pretty well so far. only problem i see is that it's got funky plugins for a n00b user like me. i need to get some adapters from radio shack to make it work with my existing setup. otherwise it's rad. installed in under 20 minutes w/ no problems.


Low cost solution for digital recording

By NoAxis

from Southwest Virginia

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I've been using the 0404 for a while now and I am pleased with the results. more 1/4" ins and outs would have been nice, but who honestly can complain for the price of this thing! I recommend to anybody wanting to record digitally but don't have a small fortune to get started on.


Good product if you can read a manual

By TB-i-L80

from Oregon

This is a snap to install and setup IF IFFFFF you read the instructions. If you are unable to do that don't buy it, it wont work. I installed it on a Vista box with the new drivers, it was a piece-o-cake. I had zero problems with the e-mu patchmix interface. The only thing I have had a problem with was WaveLab lite (part of the software bundle, you can google the vista issues to fix them, but you shouldnt have to, they shouldnt sell things that dont work) Very clear sound and recording, but I will say the wire harnesses look to be weak. If you want to use computer speakers be sure to buy the 1/4" Y splitter to 1/8 stereo add-on (It should have come with it since it is for a computer) I just plug it into my amp/s. All in all a good deal and everything you need to get started recording.


I like it

By RedRocker-6VPjE

from El Paso, TX

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Well, I just got mine this past week. Installed the E-MU 0404 PCI on my e-Machine T2341 and have not had any of the problems mentioned. I'm using it with Cakewalk Sonar LE, Adobe Audition 2.0 and other MIDI programs along with my Roland JUNO-D (which I was gonna send back, but decided to keep for the piano sounds).The E-MU 0404 PCI is a heck of a product for a heck of a price! Love it!


It is what it is...

By RadProd

from St. Louis, MO

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If you're looking for a professional-grade recording interface, read the positive reviews. If you're looking for a decent soundcard, read the negative reviews. This card is not simple to set up. But, most pro-level cards are not. Get used to it, or buy a Sound Blaster.The frequency response is flat, almost amazingly so. The converters are some of the best available. The specs of this card cannot be beaten at this price range.My largest complaint with this card would have to be the lack of balanced I/O. If E-mu would swap out the TS connectors for TRS and add $20 to the price, they would have a true winner.For my purposes, the WDM drivers work well, but my understanding is that WDM is only supported to 96kHz (or maybe it was 48). Either way, I record at 24/41, so it doesn't matter to me. Also, I can't make WDM work with 24 bit mono...Might be WDM, might be a design flaw with the card...Not sure.Bottom line, this is a very solid product, but it may not be what you're looking for. E-mu's support is fantastic, if you decide to buy the card.


Decent bang for the buck...

By Eddie the White

from Denver

I've used this card for a few years, in both a streaming audio server environment and in a production environment. The audio quality is average, but can be improved with various "mods" which are found by doing Google searches.The I/O connectors leave much to be desired. They are noisy and prone to failure if flexed too much. I opted to make my own break-out cables using high quality oxygen free copper. That immediately improved the S/N ratio to the factory specs. Prior to that - using the stock cables - I was lucky to get 100db S/N.The software that comes with the card is adequate for most basic editing. However, as others have noted, interfacing the card to other packages can be rather difficult. I regularly use Audacity to do editing, and found that the Audacity mixer doesn't play well with the card!Overall this is a good product. My two wishes for the card would be for balanced analog audio I/O and a more friendly way to connect audio into the unit. In other words, I'm content with it!


Im in recording heaven

By rippy mcflarfenuegen

from St. Louis, MO

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At first I wasnt sure if I was going to get this thing to work for me, but after some calls to emu tech support I am in recording heaven. I got it to work with my sound forge recording platform and this is awesome. Installation was quick and easy and the effects are unreal. Sound quality is really good for the money I spent. Overall I am very happy with the emu 0404.


The worst purchase I've made this year 05'

By Twezzy


The card would have been perfect if it didn't lock up my system on a regular basis. Its got all the I/O I wanted but it would lock up my Steinberg Wavelab ans Cool Edit Pro nomatter what I did. Installing both patches didn't do a thing. I completely wasted $100 bucks.


A nice system for the price

By RoaDan-Pf6Ei

from Santa Cruz, CA

I have been using this system for about six months and the only thing I have a problem with is how "fragile" the software is on an AMD processor. I have had to reload 3 or 4 times but the more I use it and learn it;s linitations the more I like it. I can see the need for upgrading in the future but to start this would be a hard product to beat.


Horrible customer support and more...

By EverythingIsSound

from West Coast

The actual card seems ok and works good, the wires are flimsy/thin however. The software is awkward and not really worth considering when buying this card. The effects are just OK and their interface is not very good IMHO. After struggling with this card's software until I could at least use it with Live and Cubase I eventually got used to it a bit. Then the cables failed and a letter to EMU support brought a response in several days that did'nt address my issue. I offered to buy the connectors in order to replace the bad ones and after more than a year , still nothing but a form letter from support. A telephone call went unanswered as well. A good thing I changed my Brand or I would still be waiting...waiting. I resolved to NEVER buy EMU again and guess what? I could not even give this card away and donated it to salvation army in case someone had the wires but no card.


Decent, but not 100%

By Vegematic

from southern California

I have had this card for over a year, and it has worked great for what I do. The dsp effects are lame and are just a selling point. The asio drivers are great, I use them with Guitar Rig 2.0 to great effect with cubase recording and monitoring at the same time.The negatives come in when the patchmix software sometimes will not emit sound, and the only way to fix it is to do a system restore. Happens not often but is a hassle.There are also a lot of other intermittent problems that pop up. Creative seems not to support this card, the last drivers are over a year old!!! And those drivers are in need of an update!!The card has a lot of potential, but the drivers suck. Find a company that updates the drivers of its hardware, and get that card.


Get ready to take it back to the store..

By Quincin Williams

from New Orleans Louisiana

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It'a nice sound card untils something goes wrong, then you go through hell trying to get it back running. This thing doesn't support computers well at all. I've had it for a day and already 5 crashes trying to find the latest drivers to run it. Don't go online because there's not much help there. I'm on my way back to the store with this one.


Excellent for the money!

By Geo 524

from Undisclosed

This is a great product for the money. You do have to follow the install to the letter or there will be problems and incompatability issues! I believe that's the only reason for the negative reviews. Take your time & read the manual. The sound of this card is crystal clear with lots of punch and detail! With the software included at this price... How can anyone complain?!


Part-Time Musician

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I had been using an M-Audio Audiophile USB on my home-built computer and always had trouble with it. I bought the EMU 0404 at Guitar Center and installed it. It seems to be very solid in construction as the parts fit well. Installation was flawless using Windows XP. It took some study to get the Patchworks DSP Mixer set up to mix down from a Roland VS880 using S/PDIF but if you download the manual and have some time to read it, it works great. So far, I'm very happy with it.

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