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The best professional audio setup I've seen for the price.Mar 29, 2009
By Danny D.
This is a must have if you have a home studio or work with professional audio on a PC. This is fully intergrated with Sonar and works with just about any pc audio program. The front inputs are at first confusing but then you realise how genious it is. The front inputs are 2 XLR female on the outer part or 1/3 jacks on the inner part of the same plug.
I plug the studio mic straight into this as it is also a preamp and vocoder for voice and guitars (and phantom power). There are 1000's of presets and effects that you can set this up and combine. You can record 2 channels at once using effects. -There's 4 midis in as well and I think a total of 8 channels in (have only used 2 so far). You can record and have up to 2 headphones monitoring the sound with 0 delay at the highest quality which is great when recording vocals.
The recordings sound fantastic and The EMU looks real professional.-the logo lights up blue on the front. It's built solidly, all metal design and the knobs are solid and everything feels and looks very high quality.
The manual is good and the software installed without a hitch in Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit.
-Keep in mind that you have to have a VERY good PC computer setup to record 192Khz 44 bit audio. I recommend at least an Intel quad core with an x38 chipset or higher on the motherboard and at least 4Gb RAM. -Intel chipsets have the best throughput on the motherboard -and you'll need it.
(I have a dual quad Xeon x5450 setup with an Asus Server Motherboard Intel 5400 chipset) The Asus workstation motherboard is excellent and I use it on my other setup. Have fast hard drives in a raid configuration to where you'll be recording your audio. I currently have 2 15,000 RPM SAS hard drives in a RAID 0 for recording and then use a Velociraptor 10,000 RPM SATA for my system and programs drive. I also do video editing on this machine. Remember to that now all the "knobs" of all the channels (16 total i think) are all on your monitore using alot of space. I recommend having at least 1 24" monitor if not 2 so you can see all your tracks, synths, and mixers.
Most hiccups people have with this professional sound card is because their computer is not good enough and not necessarly the Emu itself.
Compared to the MOJO, this is much better. I've been plagued with problems (mainly becausemy old Mojo is connected by USB which isn't good or fast enough). The Mojo also had some delay and doesn't work with 64 bit systems and it's the same price.
The PCI card of the EMU ensures that you'll get the fastest throughput everytime which means better quality and no delay. It connects by a very sturdy network type cable to the main breakout box.
A minor quirk I've had is even after I registered with Creative, the registration window keeps popping up. I'll have to contact Creative about that.
E-MU 1616 PCI RocksNov 18, 2008
E-MU 1616 PCI Digital Audio System
I replaced my aging Soundblaster card with the E-MU 1616 PCI system. If you are an advanced PC user, installation and setup is a no-brainer.
Understanding the 1616 control panel setup was more challenging since I'm not familiar with the mixer metaphor. That part was frustrating and it took a day or two trolling the web to get the info I needed for my DAW application to work.
Bottom line, very pleased with the results. Condenser mic, guitar input, plugin effects -- I never thought I would have a semi-pro production studio on my desktop.