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13 of 14 found the following review helpful:
An excellent buy for the money, though it has one major sticking point-Jul 28, 2005
By Jeff C
The card itself is wonderful. For what you pay, you get true 24/96, full ASIO support, 4 ins and 4 outs (depending on how you use them)and a whole bunch of professional level features. What kept me from giving it five stars however, is the audio utility that comes with the card. Maybe it's just me, but the Patchmix program is, for lack of a better term, awful. I won't delve into it too much, as you can read the reviews elsewhere for yourself, but suffice it to say, the program is just WAY to complicated for what you need. There's all kinds of channel routing, mixing, and FX options, layered into a very involved interface. I find this whole thing rather unnecessary, as anyone buying this card probably already has some sort of audio mixing/editing/FX program installed or ready to install. This makes the Patchmix program nearly useless in many respects (I haven't even needed to tweak with the thing once in over a year.) What it does succeed in doing though, is locating one more overblown piece of software on my computer that takes control of various settings, and has crashed my computer on several occasions.
That aside, the card itself is (as I've said) wonderful, and I chose it over its comparitively priced 2496 competitor for numerous reasons. I just hope that, down the road, E-MU releases some sort of "lite" audio interface utility -- without all the faults of Patchmix.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Get this if you're looking for a PCIe soundcard with MIDIFeb 01, 2012
By Kevin B.
I was a little skeptical at first, since there are multiple reviews that claim incompatibility with Windows 7; once I got it installed, however (on x64), my worries were gone. The card installed smoothly, and comes with a ton of optional software bundled inside. It's worth noting that the included The Waldorf Edition won't install on Windows 7.
Included with the drivers is a sound manager/mixer utility with effects built right in. The sound card processes all effects on its own hardware, maintaining the extremely low-latency input/output while outputting from the EMU utility. You can even use it to receive outputs from from or send inputs to ASIO or Windows WAV channels, making the whole process extremely flexible. Send your inputs to ASIO and then use a separate utility like Fruity Loops to record or process the signal, then do whatever you want from there. This card is highly recommended.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Great card for the price!Mar 26, 2011
This is a powerful card that's paired with very powerful software. If you've used a physical mixer before, you'll probably catch right on. Otherwise, the software can be daunting. However it worked for me right out of the box, which was great, as I was able to figure out the software at my pace. The card puts out very good, balanced sound and has a great selection of inputs and outputs both physical and digital. You can output to 32 asio channels which is very versatile.
All in all this card does exactly what I need, for the best price I've found.
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Great pro-am-music cardNov 09, 2006
I bought this card for my girlfriend, who's a musician. We sut it up on her massively outdated PII 700. It worked great, the software that came with it ran fine on a system that slow. It was a bit slow at times, but fine. She finally upgraded the machine, and I moved the card to the new one, and it's just a dream.
The good, the bad and the uglyApr 01, 2015
Lets get down to the nuts and bolts of things. The EMU 0404 audio card is able to give you 24 bit audio at up to 192kHz sample rate. Most good audio cards and USB digital audio interfaces can only go as high as 96kHz sampling rate, unless you want to pay big money. Technically most home studios really don't need 192kHz, but there are benefits to such a high sample rate. One such benefit is when sampled so high the signal can be stretched and manipulated with less artifacts and errors (think extreme pitch shifting). So that's one of the big benefits of this card. Another benefit is the nature of it being PCIe means less latency as opposed to a USB audio interface (albeit a pretty tiny improvement these days).
There is another potentially great benefit, but from what I've seen it works more in theory than practically. This card has its own signal effects processor on a chip. 24-bit effects that sound great. What's so great about this? The effects don't use any CPU load as they are processed independently on the chip. That clears up a good amount of headroom depending on how you use your effects. The problem is by default it only works within the E-MU mixing console, which means by default you can't use it with your DAW. Now they made an application that can utilize these effects like a VST for your DAW, but it's flaky at best. I have heard more complaints about the VST not working than working.
Another big concern you should be aware of before you buy is this is a legacy product. In other words Creative has dumped the E-Mu brand and its products altogether. They essentially left the pro-audio market. This product only has driver support up to Windows Vista. While that does mean it should work well on Windows 7 there are no guarantee it will work on Windows 8, 10 and beyond. This is a serious deficiency to an otherwise excellent card as it will become less and less reliable as technology passes it by and there are no new drivers to keep up.
If you really, really want that 192kHz on an internal card this seems to be the best deal out these days. I see this sort of card start at $500 normally. If you want 192kHz but don't mind it being on a USB device you can go for something like the Steinberg UR22 USB 2.0 and save some money. Ultimately I am thinking the 0404 is on it's way out since it is no longer produced and no longer supported.
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