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Re: still on the interface quest...

I am one click short of buying this E-MU 1616 cardbus. Anything that 
can think of to prevent me from doing this? It's the only decent cardbus I 
could find, in the $400 price range. It also had MIDI, which is great, 
because I thought it didn't.  It' packed full of some great features.

Buying it here: 


>> On 7 jun 2007, at 00.26, Krispen Hartung wrote:

>> I am getting the E-MU 1616 Cardbus for now....

E-MU's 1616 Laptop Digital Audio System brings the same powerful DSP 
effects, zero-latency monitoring and pristine 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A 
converters of E-MU's best selling PCI Digital Audio Systems to your 
The E-MU CardBus card can be used standalone for its DSP power and 
studio-quality headphone amp/line output, or plugged into the MicroDock 
a total of 16 inputs and 16 outputs plus two sets of Midi I/O. E-MU's 
Digital Audio Systems ship with Asio 2 and stereo WDM drivers for Windows 
and 2000, plus the new E-MU Production Tools Software Bundle that includes 
E-MU's Proteus X LE, plus software by Cakewalk, Steinberg, Ableton, IK 
Multimedia, and many more - everything you need to create, record, edit, 
master and burn your music.


  a.. Premium 24-bit/192kHz converters - 112dB signal-to-noise ratio for 
pristine recording and playback of your tracks
  b.. The ultimate portable system - for recording, editing, mixing and 
virtual instruments - use the E-MU 02 CardBus Card alone for its 
hardware-accelerated effects and premium stereo headphone/line output or 
together with the MicroDock for complete analog and digital I/O flexibility
  c.. Hardware-accelerated effects - over 600 standalone and E-MU Power FX 
VST plug-in effects with no CPU overhead
  d.. PatchMixT DSP zero-latency hardware mixing and monitoring - with 
super-flexible patchbay - no external mixer needed
  e.. Ultra-portable MicroDock offers 16 inputs/16 outputs plus MIDI I/O - 
everything from balanced analog and turntable inputs to ADAT and S/Pdif 
(switchable to Aes/Ebu)
  f.. Two E-MU XTCT studio-grade, ultra-low noise preamps (-127dBu Ein) 
analog soft limiter - Mic/Line and true Hi-Z inputs via Neutrik 
48V phantom power and 60dB of gain
  g.. Compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications - 
ultra-low latency 24-bit/192kHz ASIO 2.0 and Stereo WDM drivers
  h.. 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

  a.. Two E-MU XTCT Ultra-low Noise Mic/Line/Hi-Z Preamps with Soft 
and 48V Phantom Power (-129dBu EIN)
  b.. Four 1/4" Balanced Inputs
  c.. Six 1/4" Balanced Outputs
  d.. Turntable Input (w/ground lug and hardware RIAA preamp)
  e.. 24-bit/192kHz ADAT In/Out (switchable to S/PDIF)
  f.. 24-bit/192kHz coaxial S/PDIF Out (switchable to AES/EBU)
  g.. Two sets of MIDI In/Out
  h.. Stereo 1/8" Speaker Outputs (configurable from stereo to 5.1)
  i.. Two Stereo Headphone/Line Outputs (one on card, one on MicroDock M)
E-DSP Hardware-accelerated Effects, Mixing and Monitoring

E-MU's Laptop Digital Audio Systems feature the powerful E-DSP chipset, 
which features a hardware-accelerated effects processor with over 28 
plug-ins (over 600 presets). This effects architecture is fully 
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.

All Digital Audio Systems ship with the following Effects Plug-ins:

  a.. Stereo Reverb
  b.. Lite Reverb
  c.. Compressor
  d.. Leveling Amp
  e.. Chorus
  f.. Flanger
  g.. Phase
  h.. Shifter
  i.. Frequency Shifter
  j.. Distortion
  k.. Speaker Simulator
  l.. Rotary Speaker
  m.. Auto-Wah
  n.. Vocal Morpher
  o.. 1-Band Para EQ
  p.. 1-Band Shelf EQ
  q.. 3-Band EQ
  r.. 4-Band EQ
  s.. Mono Delay 100
  t.. Mono Delay 250
  u.. Mono Delay 500
  v.. Mono Delay 750
  w.. Mono Delay 1500
  x.. Mono Delay 3000
  y.. Stereo Delay 100
  z.. Stereo Delay 250
  aa.. Stereo Delay 500
  ab.. Stereo Delay 750
  ac.. Stereo Delay 1500


  a.. Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz from internal 
or externally supplied clock (no sample rate conversion)
  b.. Bit Depths: 24 bit I/O, 32 bit processing
  c.. CardBus Card Specification:
    a.. Form factor: Pcmcia Type II
    b.. Bus-Mastering DMA subsystem reduces CPU usage
  d.. E-MU E-DspT 32-bit DSP with 67-bit accumulator (double precision w/ 
headroom bits)
  e.. Hardware-accelerated, 32 channel mixing, and multi-effects processing
  f.. Zero-latency direct hardware monitoring w/effects
  g.. ASIO 2.0, Stereo Wdm/Mme/DirectSound Drivers
  h.. EDI (E-MU Digital Interface) proprietary 64 channel audio link over 
CAT-5 cable
  i.. Anti-Pop speaker protection minimizes noise during power on/off
  j.. Ultra-low jitter clock subsystem: < 1ns in PLL mode (44.1kHz, Opt. 
S/PDIF Sync)
Combo Microphone Preamplifier/Hi-Z/Line Inputs (2)

  a.. Type: E-MUŽ XtcT combo mic preamp and Hi-Z/line input w/ Soft Limiter
  b.. Gain Range: +60dB
  c.. Frequency Response (min gain, 20Hz-20kHz): +0.0/-0.1dB
  d.. Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz min gain, -1dBFS): < -115dB
  e.. Hi-Z Line Input:
    a.. Input Impedance: 1Mohm
    b.. Max Level: +18dBV (20.2dBu)
    c.. Dynamic Range (A-weighted, 1kHz, min gain): 112.5dB
    d.. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted, min gain): 112dB
    e.. THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS, min gain): -102dB (.0008%)
  f.. Microphone Preamplifier:
    a.. Input Impedance: 1.5Kohms
    b.. Max Level: +6dBV (+8.2dBu)
    c.. EIN (20Hz-20kHz, 150ohm, unweighted): -127dBu
    d.. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted, min gain): 112.5dB
    e.. THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS, min gain): -103dB (.0007%)
    f.. Phantom Power: 48V
    g.. Soft Limiter: 5dB max compression (software selectable)
Analog Line Inputs (4)

  a.. Type: servo-balanced, DC-coupled, low-noise input circuitry
  b.. A/D converter: PCM1804
  c.. Level (software selectable):
    a.. Professional: +4dBu nominal, 20dBu max (balanced)
    b.. Consumer: -10dBV nominal, 6dBV max (unbalanced)
  d.. Frequency Response (20Hz-20kHz): +0.0/-.03dB
  e.. Dynamic Range (1kHz, A-weighted): 112dB
  f.. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 112dB
  g.. THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS): -102.5dB (.0007%)
  h.. Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -120dB
Analog Line Outputs (6)

  a.. Type: balanced, AC-coupled, 2-pole low-pass differential filter
  b.. D/A converter: CS4392
  c.. Level (software selectable):
    a.. Professional: +4dBu nominal, 20dBu max (balanced)
    b.. Consumer: -10dBV nominal, 6dBV max (unbalanced)
  d.. Frequency Response (20Hz - 20kHz): 0.0/-.06dB
  e.. Dynamic Range (1kHz, A-weighted): 112.5dB
  f.. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 112.5dB
  g.. THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS): -98dB (.0012%)
  h.. Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -115dB
Headphone Amplifier (2 Stereo: MicroDock and Card)

  a.. Type: linear power amplifier
  b.. D/A converter: CS4392 (dock), AK4396 (card)
  c.. Gain Range: 85dB
  d.. Maximum Output Power: 50mW (dock), 20mW (card)
  e.. Output impedance: 22ohms
  f.. Frequency Response (20Hz-20kHz): +0.0/-0.07dB
  g.. Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 112dB (dock), 115dB (card)
  h.. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted): 112dB (dock), 115dB (card)
  i.. THD+N (1kHz, max gain): 600ohm load: -92dB (dock), -96dB (card)
  j.. Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS, 600 ohm load): < -100dB
Phono Input (stereo)

  a.. Type: RIAA equalized phono input
  b.. Maximum level:
    a.. Professional: 60mV RMS
    b.. Consumer: 15mV RMS
  c.. Input impedance: 47Kohm
  d.. Frequency Response (20Hz - 20kHz): +0.1/-0.3dB
  e.. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (15mV RMS unbal input, A-weighted): 96dB
  f.. THD+N (1kHz, 15mV RMS input): -88dB (.004%)
  g.. Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -80dB
Digital I/O

  a.. S/Pdif:
    a.. 2 in/2 out coaxial (transformer coupled)
    b.. 2 in/2 out optical (software switched with ADAT)
    c.. AES/EBU or S/PDIF format (software selectable)
  b.. Adat:
    a.. 8 channels, 24-bit @ 44.1/48kHz
    b.. 4 channels, 24-bit @ 88.2/96kHz (S-MUX compatible)
    c.. 2 channels, 24-bit @ 176.4/192kHz
  c.. Midi
    a.. 2 in, 2 out

  a.. Internal crystal sync at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz
  b.. External sample rate sync via
    a.. Adat (44.1 - 192kHz)
    b.. Optical S/PDIF (44.1 - 96kHz)
    c.. Coaxial S/PDIF (44.1 - 192kHz)
Retail Box Contents

  a.. E-MU 02 CardBus Card
  b.. E-MU MicroDock
  c.. EDI (E-MU Digital Interface) cable (1 meter)
  d.. Universal power adapter
  e.. MIDI breakout cable
  f.. CardBus Card carrying case
  g.. Quick Start installation guide
  h.. E-MU Digital Audio Systems CD-Rom
    a.. Windows 2000 and XP Drivers
    b.. E-MU PatchMix DSP
    c.. E-MU Power FX
    d.. E-MU E-DSP Effects Library
    e.. Owner's Manual and Tutorials
  i.. E-MU Production Tools Software Bundle CD-Rom
    a.. Cakewalk Sonar LE
    b.. Steinberg Cubase LE
    c.. Ableton Live Lite 4 for E-MU
    d.. Steinberg Wavelab Lite
    e.. IK Multimedia AmpliTube LE
    f.. IK Multimedia T-RackS EQ
    g.. Minnetonka diskWelder Bronze
    h.. SFX Machine LT
    i.. E-MU Proteus X LE (over 1000 sounds included)