It has a flexible set of features, marvelous audio quality, and was designed and built without compromises in mind. Although it is discontinued, the drivers in their current state are sufficient and the prices on the used market make this interface an even better value. It connects via USB 2. There is much debate among audio engineers over the benefits of recording at high sampling rates, but many agree that Mixing at 96 kHz and above can be advantageous when working with some virtual synthesizers to prevent aliasing, but once again, that sampling rate is supported with Macs as long as the digital inputs or outputs are not being used.
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It has a flexible set of features, marvelous audio quality, and was designed and built without compromises in mind. Although it is discontinued, the drivers in their current state are sufficient and the prices on the used market make this interface an even better value.
It connects via USB 2. There is much debate among audio engineers over the benefits of recording at high sampling rates, but many agree that Mixing at 96 kHz and above can be advantageous when working with some virtual synthesizers to prevent aliasing, but once again, that sampling rate is supported with Macs as long as the digital inputs or outputs are not being used. I have not tried the beta drivers with newer versions of Windows, but there are reports on various recording forums that they work fine with up to and including Windows 10 at the time of this writing.
Each analog input has its own gain control and a set of LED indicators to represent signal level including a red LED for each input to indicate signal clipping. These inputs also have individual ground lift switches accessed on the bottom of the interface , which can alleviate noise caused by ground loops from mains-powered devices. This makes recording condenser microphones as easy as pushing a button.
A soft limiter can be enabled for both analog inputs simultaneously via the control panel software that installs with the drivers. I find it to be very transparent when engaged and I doubt that anyone could discern when it clamped down on a track in the context of a full mix. I think the soft limiter is especially useful for recording direct guitars with palm muted passages, as it allows the preamp gain to be set high enough to achieve a pleasing gain structure and full-bodied frequency response but prevent clipping that might ordinarily occur when the palm mutes produce much higher signal levels.
A button on the face of the unit allows toggling between whether the coaxial or optical input is active, and LED indicators show which is selected. This interface has been considered a long-time favorite for use as a dedicated listening device due to the high quality of the its digital-to-analog converters.
This can be especially useful for monitoring a microphone or line level signal while recording with a heavy computer load due to high track count, intensive plugins, etc. The face of the unit also has a button that will switch the hardware direct monitoring output to mono, which is a good idea when recording separate sources through the inputs rather than one stereo source otherwise each input will be panned hard left and right.
The unit also has a MIDI output, which is useful for capturing the sound of a unique outboard synthesizer without manually playing it by sending the MIDI signal to the synthesizer and recording its line output simultaneously.
Both the coaxial and optical output jacks are always active, so no toggling is necessary — just plug in to whichever output you need. Generally, the device supplying the source signal is set as the master device.
Its low-noise preamps and converters are very highly regarded for recording nearly any type of source. Its 20 Hz — 20 kHz frequency spectrum is very well represented and there is a great clarity in audio recorded and played from this device. The high end is smooth but detailed, and the preamps are clean and transparent. The analog-to-digital converter has a dynamic range of I am quite impressed at the way the low-mid frequencies are captured when I record tracks on this interface.
It is especially beneficial when recording guitars direct. Its face is encased in a transparent, hard finish that is resistant to nicks and scratches, and the rest of the unit seems very tough. The analog input and output jacks are so secure that I often have a tough time removing cables from them. My only complaint is that the plastic knobs used for input and output levels feel cheap and flimsy. The world of budget, portable audio interfaces is in great health. There are many options available today of very high quality.
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E-MU 0404 PCI User Manual
We demystify the powerful internal routing and mixing engine within Emu's recent popular range of computer audio interfaces. The new range of Emu soundcards M, , M, , and by the time you read this the M as well has been selling like hot cakes, but many PC musicians find various aspects of their associated Patchmix DSP utility difficult to comprehend. It's not that the mixer is difficult to use; more that it offers so many possible options that it can be difficult for the newcomer to perform even basic tasks. The Patchmix DSP mixer design is based on a conventional analogue mixing console, with the input channels on the left-hand side, main and monitor mix output channels on the right. These various input and output channels have inserts, aux sends, pan and level controls, mute and solo buttons, and so on, which generally makes perfect sense to most musicians who have been brought up with such mixers. However, there's a new breed of musicians who have only really experienced the virtual world of the software studio, and it's hardly surprising that they find this layout unfamiliar.
Emu 0404 USB Driver, Manual, and Utility Download and Update for Windows and Mac OS
Before you download: This package contains a full installer. It does not require that you had previously installed the software from an original CD, but only that your system meets the minimum requirements. Note that this release does not support OSX Leopard or earlier. This package contains a full installer. Thus, it does not require you to have previously installed the software from an original CD - only that your system meets the minimum requirements. Includes changes from V1. Mac OSX