EMU 0404

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Member Since: Jan 04, 2006


I am new at home recording, and right now I am intersted buying a Sound Card, i am looking into buying the EMU 0404, but i read some bad reviews about it. Most of the people have the same problem to, Noise, Distortion, Latency.. I am guessing that its a manufacture problem. But i will be using it for my vocals thats about it. I just want my sound quality to come out good and clean so no 1 can notice like what kind of equipment i used or anything.
If any one has any experience with it please let me know. thank you.

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I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Jan 12, 2006 03:42 pm

I think that there are more tried-and-true sound cards in that price range. Here's zzsounds' interfaces arranged from lowest to highest price. Check the M-Audio Audiophile 24/96. Several people here use it and get great results. Rock-solid drivers and pretty good sound quality.


Answer:On a good day, lipstick.
Since: Jun 24, 2004

Jan 12, 2006 04:45 pm

The EMU 0404 isn't too bad at all. You do have to make sure all the drivers are up to date. I emailed them with a set up quirk I had, and they emailed right back with a patch set up for exactly my configuration. Very cool. I did see an ad recently for the Delta 66 for like $180 or something..Depends what I/O options you need.
I'm quite happy with my PCI0404, but I hear the 2496 Audiophile is nice too.

Since: Jan 04, 2006

Jan 12, 2006 05:09 pm

alot of people recomended me the EMU 0404, so i ordered it used, the only reason i ordered it used was because the guy that used it had it for 6 months, so I'm guessing if he used it for 6 months it works and he was also upgrading. Because i was afraid of any defects that alot of poeple were having with it. i also got a good price on it $75 w/ shipping. It comes with the software and cables.

I also checked the specs between the Audiophile and this and basicaly they are the same but the 0404 has more features.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 12, 2006 09:13 pm

I have to jump in here. The 0404 is nowhere near the same specs as the 2496. They kind of twist their spec statement to make it look that way. But if you read between the lines it comes sort of close but not near as close as you think.

I read several of the complaints on it and the noise floor is way to high. You had better sing loud to cover it up from what I have read.

But maybe you will have better luck with it hopefully.

Since: Jan 04, 2006

Jan 12, 2006 09:41 pm

hmmm... I realy couldn't argue with you because i never tried any of them, but as i read a couple articles it was supose to be better than the 2496, that is the only reason i bought the 0404 i mean they are the same price. But i could be wrong and those articles could have been just to advertise. It was recomended to me by a couple of producers. It has this onboard DSP chip..
"the dynamic range measurements that are most remarkable: at an astonishing 112dBA, this is an amazing 16dB better than M Audio's Audiophile 2496"
... "distortion of just 0.002 percent"

again i am very new at this.. hopefully ill be satisfied with it :(

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 12, 2006 10:18 pm

Hopefully you will. They do have 1/4" jacks though so that is one up on the Audiophile. I have just heard to many bad stories about their drivers and noise and latency though.

But I dont know where you got the dynamic range comparison as I just checked out obht websites directly and it appears M-Audios published specs are better in that respect. The DSP chip, well I cant say how that works on their card so I comment there. But good luck with it and let us know how it works out for you.

Since: Jan 04, 2006

Jan 13, 2006 12:56 am

correct, i am really woried about the noise, destortion, latency. But for the people that didnt have any problems with it they were very satisfied, so I'm taking a chance.
those quotes i read them from a article, i really didnt check the specs my self for both of them but i did for the 0404.

i also want to thenk you for your responses :)

Answer:On a good day, lipstick.
Since: Jun 24, 2004

Jan 13, 2006 01:50 pm

1. Update the drivers. Very important.
2. The standard volume setting on the EMU DSP Patchmix is WAY HIGH. Drop the faders just a smidge. WOW, did you hear the change in noise there? Almost gone, huh!?
3. I never use the Patchmix effects. They aren't really that good. Free VST effects abound that are so much better.

I wasn't comparing the Audiophile 2496 to the PCI0404 in anything but price. I do like the PCI0404 for the 1/4" balance in/outs, the digital I/O's, the MIDI. It's a nice, versatile card for the money.
I haven't had a problem with latency at all. I adjust the latency setting when I'm mixing. The noise is a pre-set problem, which can be taken care of.

Czar of Cheese
Since: Jun 09, 2004

Jan 13, 2006 04:05 pm

The only thing I never really liked about my EMU 0404 was the Patchmix software. I never really figured it out. I just tinkered with it until it worked, and then when it didn't work I had to tinker all over again.

Now I got myself a new computer and a Behringer Firewire unit and all is good with the world.

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