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Emu 1616M PCI Digital Audio System

Mastering grade 24-bit/192kHz converters. Comprehensive analog and digital I/O plus MIDI. 2 E-MU XTC Class-A, ultra-low noise preamps. (45) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Emu 1616M PCI Digital Audio System

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.

Features:
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 Class-A, ultra-low noise preamps (-129.5dBu) -- Mic/Line and true Hi-Z inputs via Neutrik connectors, with analog soft limiter, 48V phantom power and 60dB of gain

Compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications -- ultra-low latency 24-bit/192kHz ASIO2, WDM and 64-bit 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

I/O Configuration
Two E-MU XTC Ultra-low Noise Mic/Line/Hi-Z Preamps with Soft Limiter and 48V Phantom Power (-129.5dBu EIN)

Four 1/4 in. Balanced Inputs

Six 1/4 in. 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 in. Speaker Outputs (configurable from stereo to 5.1)

Stereo Headphone Output

E-DSP Hardware-accelerated Effects, Mixing and Monitoring
E-MU's Digital Audio Systems feature the powerful E-DSP chipset, which features a hardware-accelerated effects processor with over 28 effects plug-ins (over 600 presets). This effects architecture is fully expandable, allowing you to add more effect plug-ins to your system as needed. E-DSP also provides zero-latency, hardware-based mixing and monitoring via the included PatchMix DSP mixer, delivering unmatched flexibility in routing audio between all of your physical and virtual (ASIO/WDM) inputs and outputs -- no external mixer needed.

ll Digital Audio Systems ship with the following Effects Plug-ins:
Stereo Reverb
Lite Reverb
Compressor
Leveling Amp
Chorus
Flanger
Phase Shifter
Frequency Shifter
Distortion
Speaker Simulator
Rotary Speaker
Auto-Wah
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
Stereo Delay 1500

E-MU Production Tools Software Bundle
Everything you need to create, record, edit, master and burn is in the box, including:

Cakewalk SONAR LE -- Audio/MIDI Production
SONAR LE is production environment for Windows that provides musicians with a host of potent features that include: 64 audio and 256 MIDI tracks; 24-bit/192kHz recording support; 14 studio quality real-time effects and 6 MIDI effects; audio loop construction tools; dynamic console view; multi-port graphical drum grid editor; multitrack piano roll view; staff notation; ReWire 2.0 support; DirectX/DXi and VST/VSTi support; MIDI clock and MTC slave; Cyclone DXi groove sampler; Audio Simulation's Dreamstation soft synth DXi; and more. Registered owners of SONAR LE will be able to upgrade to the full version of SONAR Studio Edition for a special price.

Steinberg Cubase LE -- Audio/MIDI Production
Cubase LE is a powerful music software workstation that offers: 48 audio and 64 MIDI tracks; 24-bit/192kHz professional audio quality; a full set of audio effects plug-ins; LM-7, VB-1 and USM virtual instruments; and MTC, MIDI-clock and VST System Link support. Steinberg offers all registered Cubase LE customers to purchase the virtual instruments set (SE versions) at a special price, and Cubase LE is upgradeable to Cubase SX/SL.

Ableton Live Lite 4 for E-MU Systems -- Audio/MIDI Production
Ableton Live is the music-production solution that allows you to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your musical ideas. Live brings your acoustic, electronic and virtual instruments, as well as your digital audio recordings, together in a single interface with unparalleled ease of use. Live's specialty is composition by improvisation. Record musical ideas, combine or create new songs, and compose on the fly, and offers complete multitrack recording and editing for any acoustic source, hardware synthesizer or software instrument.

Steinberg WaveLab Lite -- Audio Editor
WaveLab Lite is a light version of the popular mastering and wave editing program.

IK Multimedia Amplitube LE -- Guitar Amp & FX Modeling Plug-In
AmpliTube is a powerful plug-in for guitar players that puts a virtually unlimited array of tones and effects at your fingertips. AmpliTube's stomp-box, post-effects and amp simulation capabilities make it easy to craft everything from rich, vintage tones to unique cutting-edge sounds.

IK Multimedia T-RackS EQ -- Mastering EQ Plug-In
The T-RackS EQ was especially developed for mastering - no other single software processor sounds like T-RackS and none makes mastering so easy by enhancing mix frequencies. T-RackS has been created with algorithms based on real analog circuitry, which is why T-RackS sounds so similar to real analog audio hardware, and so unique when compared to other software. T-RackS also delivers high order 32-bit floating point resolution and uses the best possible method to physically model analog components, resulting in an amazingly real tube sound.

Minnetonka Audio Software discWelder Bronze -- DVD Audio Authoring
Minnetonka Audio Software's discWelder Bronze, is an award-winning basic DVD-Audio authoring program that allows users to deliver surround and high-resolution audio on DVD-Recordable media. With discWelder Bronze, the you can import all Linear PCM formats supported in the DVD-Audio specification, including surround (up to 6 channels of 24-bit, 48kHz audio) and high-resolution stereo (2 channels of 24-bit, 192kHz audio). Surround and stereo tracks may be used on the same disc, in WAV or AIFF file format, and discWelder-burned media will play on any DVD-A player that supports DVD-R/RW. discWelder Bronze is brilliantly simple to use, and can burn DVD-Audio discs utilizing inexpensive DVD-R/RW drives. So, whether you are making commercial releases, creating high resolution reference discs, archiving your analogue tape or vinyl or simply consolidation you CD collection (with seven hours of CDs on one DVD) discWelder offers tools for every level of DVD-Audio Authoring.

SFX Machine LT -- Audio Multi-Effects Plug-In
SFX Machine LT is a powerful audio multi-effects plug-in for musicians and sound designers, featuring 21 presets such as BackwardsFragment, RoboTalk, Sitar Drone and Stutter. The plug-in provides up to six sliders for fine-tuning of each preset and allows automated parameter control via a simple "MIDI Learn" interface. It also provides a Randomize button for quick experimentation. SFX Machine LT is a subset of the RT version, which includes hundreds of presets, and a special upgrade price is available for registered E-MU users.

E-MU Proteus X LE -- Desktop Sound Module
Proteus X LE is a 24-bit/192kHz VST instrument for your PC that offers the pristine sound quality and powerful Z-Plane filters of E-MU's powerful Proteus X Desktop Sound Module, plus over 1,000 sounds from E-MU's legendary Proteus 2000 sound module. You can also expand your Proteus X LE with any soundset from E-MU's comprehensive sound library. Proteus X LE offers you an intuitive sound module interface to quickly dial in your sounds, with easy-to-use librarian and search functions to find that perfect preset in seconds, as well as two discrete effects processors with comprehensive MIDI modulation per preset.

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General
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 usage

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)

Analog Line Inputs (4)
Type: servo-balanced, DC-coupled, low-noise input circuitry

A/D converter: AK5394A

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): 120dB

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 120dB

THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS): -110dB (.0003%)

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -120dB

Analog Line Outputs (6)
Type: balanced, AC-coupled, 2-pole low-pass differential filter

D/A converter: CS4398

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): 120dB

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 120dB

THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS): -105dB (.0006%)

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -115dB

Combo Microphone Preamplifier/Hi-Z/Line Inputs (2)
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

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz min gain, -1dBFS): < -125dB

Hi-Z Line Input:
Input Impedance: 1Mohm
Max Level: +18dBV (20.2dBu)
Dynamic Range (A-weighted, 1kHz, min gain): 118dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted, min gain): 118dB
THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS, min gain): -105dB (.0006%)

Microphone Preamplifier:
Input Impedance: 1.5Kohms
Max Level: +6dBV (+8.2dBu)
EIN (20Hz-20kHz, 150ohm, unweighted): -129.5dBu
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted, min gain): 119dB
THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS, min gain): -110dB (.0003%)
Phantom Power: 48V
Soft Limiter: 5dB max compression (software selectable)

Headphone Amplifier
Type: linear power amplifier

D/A converter: CS4398

Gain Range: 85dB

Maximum Output Power: 50mW

Output impedance: 22ohms

Frequency Response (20Hz-20kHz): +0.0/-0.07dB

Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 118.5dB

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 118dB

THD+N (1kHz, max gain): 600ohm load: -96dB

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS, 600 ohm load): < -100dB

Phono Input (stereo)
Type: RIAA equalized phono input

Maximum level:
Professional: 60mV RMS
Consumer: 15mV RMS

Input Impedance: 47Kohm

Frequency Response (20Hz - 20kHz): +0.1/-0.3dB

Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 96dB

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (15mV RMS unbal input, A-weighted): 96dB

THD+N (1kHz, 15mV RMS input): -90dB (.003%)

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -80dB

Digital I/O
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

Synchronization
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

Box Contents:
E-MU 1010 PCI Card

E-MU MicroDock M

EDI (E-MU Digital Interface) cable (3 meters)

Universal power adaptor

MIDI breakout cable

Quick Start installation guide

E-MU Digital Audio Systems CD-ROM

Minimum System Requirements
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)
EMU Warranty
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 831-438-1921
Customer Reviews
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Emu 1616M Interface Customer Review
Sound: Sound quality along with the DSP effects are awesome. You can do a lot with this little system, and has produced a lot of clean takes for me. The preamps are are good, work well with my e609/e602 sennheiser mics. Also the analog inputs in the back are going to be used by my shure sm57's. All in all it's a great product. PS: They are dragging arse on the vista drivers so use xp for now. Value: worth the money! Pick it over a delta 1010 anyday of the week. Also if you like just kicking back and listening to music these dsp effect add a lot to your musical experience. Sound quality obviously beats the hell out of any of creative's mainstream soundcards.
Style of Music: Progressive Metal/rock, dark funk.
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Sound: Sounds amazing! I don't think you get any better for the price. Feature: I think it pretty much has every accessories you need. Ease of Use: Though the sound is amazing, the patchmix can be hard to understand. Once you figured it all out, it's really easy and direct. Just drag the FX to the channel and let the DSP do all the work. Quality: This is my first professional soundcard, and I am very satisfied with the Quality of this product. It does not have a cheep feel to it. Value: It's worth the money! Don't let anyone fool you. Manufacturer Support: I don't had to use support yet. The Wow Factor: It looks very nice. Overall: I just bought it, I think I'm going to use it for a long time. It does meet my musical goals. I would buy it all over agaig.
Style of Music: Electronic based
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