E-MU 0404
E-MU 0404

0404, Internal PCI/ISA Sound Card from E-MU.

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Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 44 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent

yauby's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404
I use this card for nearly 5 years under XP. I use it coupled with an M-Audio preamp DMP3. I record voice (via the T-Bone SCT 700 and other pickups) guitars, bass (through the preamp of course).


I changed my PC 2 years ago, the resettlement was done without worry, which was not the case when the purchase (5 years ago) but with the "new" drivers that E- mu proposed fast enough to download on his site - after a fairly general discontent and of course legitimate buyers - shortly after the release of the card. Since I have been bp.

I use SX3.


The grip is not really simple to use it eventually understand. It was on that for the wisest of us, reading the manual saves time ...


I'm not disappointed by the quality but this is my first "real" sound card so I lack a point of comparison.

What I like least is making the contortionist to plug in my entries or my ass out of the PC. Son of longer or a remote box that would have been the top.

Pretty unbeatable value for money.

Dryfe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404
- My son cheap, cheap, mostly chosen to take advantage of my Vst without latency. I have 3 years

- Of Mao, layout, making voice projects a cubase SX2

- My pc is an old cuckoo, with 720mo of RAM, enough to make things simple and not too hungry RAM.

Presonus Tube Pre-in preamp voices, Rode NT2 microphone and miserable Edirol MA1010 to mix-often I mix with AKG headphones, much better.

Go to this price, it goes.


- I had a problem with my first card, I can return it for service playback, they have given me another two months later, it started well but were kind and generous.

My other card was installed without problems

- No record of inconsistency, the general config is simple, but is really hard PatchMix to use and understand, I'm going willingly.
To meet an incompatibility with some software including VLC video player: the sound skips when you want to watch subtitled versions ....
- Ooh la, the manual, yeah blah blah ....


- Drivers unstable, often jumps my card, it cracks in the middle of a recording is difficult.
The map is hard to collect input levels consistent, careful to set the In the PatchMix ...

It's cheap, you said ....

- Drivers rarely updated, in short, do not expect a big change in this type of product ...

- In Cubase, I can get a minimum latency of 4 ms: thus largely exploited for the Mao.

- After twenty tracks played simultaneously, ca train. VSTS some RAM intensive I do not make it easy.
With a little courage and determination is reached, however, to circumvent the thing, in short, it's OK ...

I do not register in simultaneous tracks (bad) luckily ....


- I have three years
- Unstable drivers, in fact, the load times really breaks Patchmix candy at snack candy
- No, not tried that much of models, my first card computer music, but frankly, for an interesting introduction to the subject-ca forced to be attentive to the RAM, explore its software, and frankly it does.

- Yes, good value, the sound is not tip top, the signal that is slightly deformed po evil, go ...

- Indeed, as the first card, why not.
Strongly that I am rich

stefisto's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404
- Motiv for between Stereo (2 single G and D in fact) 24-bit 44-96Khz
- Model home with me (so keyboard instrumentals VST and bass), guitarist and singer
- Config P4 2.8Ghz 512MB DDR333, 120GB HDD and 2 1 of 160
- Table top synth mix with branch noon, micro and low on the analog inputs of the card - guitar prampli religious spdif in the card and connected to MIDI synth


- Installation without pb
- No incompatibilitbr /> - Configuration gnrale not bad if you take the trouble to read the doc
- The manual is good but a little amber is a


- Drivers relatively stable but with some vst effects on Nuendo: see crack crash Nuendo
- Ds updates on the day of purchase ... the spdif is now up to 192Khz! pfff too much for me
- I use: Nuendo 3 and a bunch of VST instruments and effects
- Latency 9.97 ms what happiness! below there are cracks in Nuendo
- 4 audio + midi (2-track analog 2-track spdif pm)


- I use it for one month soon
- What I like is:
-You can use effects in real time
- To record all my tracks at the same time
- The use of zero-latency VST
- Can save my config easily depending on the project
- To have full effect not too bad thanks to intgrbr dsp /> - Report qualitprix: unbeatable

After 3 years the board has made me ........ its acute trs continues despite Reinstalling (drivers, application, change windows ...), pci port.
To use the management application of the card to zero rvle possible. On the other hand, the launching of the said application at boot and the pc wont fast ultra long ... when you turn on the pc for anything other than make mao!

In the era of purchase at j'tais tightened budget, c'tait alone in this price range. Today I hte to forget!

Zanzibar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404
I had a soundblaster 128 me well enough to record two or three OCCAZ the sounds, but when I wanted my guitar and my bass sounds, the way c'tais plutt ...
My config ': P4, 512MB RAM, 60 GB HDD
Instruments: Guitar, Bass + table mix.

I want to make models of a quality honnte and more if affinity.


At install any problem. No incompatibility with Windows 2000.
Setup is simple, the manual is pretty clear. Good if you want to print all Manele (EMU + Cubase + Wave Lab) must prvoir several ink cartridges and lots of paper ...

My card installed, I can use burn ..............


The drivers are stable, attention prsence the Kerio firewall, if at startup the computer it does not allow drivers, no sound!!
Currently, I have not put my day drivers. Therefore not consider the above.
I use Cubase, which is provided, REASON3, Amplitube, Guitar Rig and Cool Edit Pro ... As far as Cubase and Guitar Rig more problem and it's great ... However, for Cool Edit Pro, no longer possible to save anything, and this lowers the note 8. I continue the investigation because I have a soft spot for this software ...
Updated 17/01/2006
Thanks this tutorial https://fr.audiofanzine.com/tutoriels/index%% 2Cidtutoriel 2C362.html ( https://fr.audiofanzine.com/tutoriels/index%2Cidtutoriel%2C362.html ) I can rutiliser CoolEdit
I put the drivers on the day without plroblme official website. I did not see big diffrence, but hey, I think it has not hurt.

Latency level, I <= 5.


I use srieusement for less than a week. I'm beginners in the computer music, causing blockages on the use of the card.
The point is well-sr ngatif patch mix, which is to use plutt complicated.
Last Day 11/01/2005: APRS have read the doc, a s'clairci ... Now, I record, I read my work without any problem on Cubase. One thing, when you want to use software is a bit exotic, harder ... But I do not dsespre.

The overall rating is 9 because when I have the mastery of bte, I will be fully satisfied, it sr!
Old user SoundBlaster before c'tait the jack into a plug is over ... it's more complex than before, but we enter the world of computer music SemiPro / pro, then you have to adapt a little ...

azertyvince's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404


How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment?
15 20 (without insert effect)
Attention (with three or four effects per track) may be significantly less.


Have you experienced any incompatibility? incompatibility with certain video games.


+ point: the MIDI input and output.
point -: A meileur latency is not a luxury.

marco_fot_hxc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404
NB: on my PC config, see my personal details

- 2 between 6.35 mono jack
- 2 mono output jack 6.35
- Between 1 and 1 SPDIF output (Coax)
- Between 1 / 1 optical output
- 1 / 1 out MIDI

From this point of view, we can say that is enough or at least provided enough variety. Just might regret the absence of RCA connectors ...

A highlight:
The DSP is Intgr I think a strong point of this card because it vritablement discharge to the CPU. However (and I do not know if it comes from my PC or the card strictly speaking Intgr effects do not seem extremely powerful and so little optimiss ...

Petit, trs small! And is a strong point, especially when looking at beginners and the computer music was not excessive but need to connect more to have a good panel and a map to have low latency etc ...

NOTE: 6 / 10 because it is a good map for beginners but not enough I think


As long as we know install a PCI card, installation is no problem (note that windows dclenche a warning on the certification of pilots, but this does not affect the right operation).

So l. .. worries! On Windows there is no problem but on Linux Alsa drivers have not yet dvelopps t! So no sound unless you use the chipset Intgr card when you switch to Linux (or have a second sound card).

I said earlier that it was good for beginners in investissment computer music. I will Modre somewhat this statement because the configuration is not very easy (unlike). The card is powerful and many opportunities in terms of routing, but for nophytes (and even more advanced for some users) the PatchMix can be somewhat Drout (who said dgoutant? !).


The only trouble encountered is: Does he told me to reinstall the card ncessaire several dj (for unknown reasons) because I had no sound while the VU meters indicates activation of the card ...

Asio forces, no problem from this point of view l. One can easily get up to 5ms latency.

Number of track record:
This is the connection limits of this ct l. Honestly, the maximum that I used up the two tracks must be mono guitar track MIDI + 1 + 1 track Coax (Roland TD20) with simultaneous recording ... No worries.
In reading, I can not quantify it because much of VST dpend utiliss ...

NB: I use Cubase SX3


It's been two years since I use it and I do not regret this purchase allowed me to beginners in computer music. It is a safe buy for beginners and provides more than acceptable performance. Over time we come to regret the absence of an external enclosure or connectors ddi potentiomtres level of etc ... PatchMix and sometimes heavy grate.
At this price, however the is a good deal but I stress it takes a willingness to tame the card and rglages.
All in a card powerful but complex to use.
The 5.5 does not exist here, is 5. : S

Neolabs's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404
I bought this card about 6 months ago, and I even suggested to several friends who are extremely satisfied. (They use almost the same as mine).

I wanted to make mao, to finally put my audio riffs in guitar and bass. and incidentally fly VSTi (EZDrummer in particular).
I started with a sound blaster live, and the ASIO4ALL driver, made not too bad, but clinched when using multiple effects (guitar rig 2, among other things).

P4 2.8 HT
1 GB of ram
1 x 80 GB + 2x200 GB

Map used with guitar and bass and SM58


First installation, the first galley. Indeed, we must know that E-MU was acquired by Creative Labs, and the installation of drivers is more capricious if it had already produced such a sound card installed in them before, which was my case.
So installing the drivers, reboot and ... nothing, saying no card is detected.
I had not deleted the drivers for the SB Live, which has caused an error in detection. Solution found on a forum, you uninstall all sound cards, and we start the installation ... you configure the card by referring to the manual (the PatchMix not obvious to understand, even if it knows a little, I not find it easy to access) fortunately a preset is available and sets the concerns quickly (CF Manual ).
Since I needed to format my pc, and I reinstalled the card in less than 5 minutes. And everything works perfectly the first time!


In my case, no worries at the stability of drivers, absolutely no worries in sight. I use it mainly with Cubase 3 and Guitar Rig 2 on stand Alone.
Since I have the card, I saw only one update.
Latency level, I turn to about 10, below, sometimes I have some cracks, it all depends on what one has the effect using the resources of the card. Plus there are, the less you can go dormant.
Record level, I'm just the acquisition of track by track.


I have the card for 6 months.
This is certainly the best value we can find.
However, I regret that we can not boost the volume a little more input, because with my guitar (Epiphone SG Special Cherry) the amount obtained in cubase is pretty limited.
So I invested in a preamp Berhinger MIC200 TUBE ULTRAGAIN. and no worries since.

Without hesitation, I would do this choice.

Chlamydiae's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404
I bought it for my Yamaha SW 1000 complter before (but still INTERESTED for MIDI), it to improve the quality of audio recordings, and decrease the latency to control the VST i.

Config. Pentium 4 D, 3 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB SATA HD, Yamaha DX 11 Keyboard matre, console Yamaha MG 12 / 4


No problem installing, and I did not even Yamaha vir my card, as the manual advised ...

The two live cards with no problem, and has MIDI ports and more (Obviously you can not combine the two ASIO cards ...)

The manual is big but if you want to read to understand the Patchmix


The drivers seem stable and rarely renewed, the latency can drop below 8 ms; curiously must juggle the latency and buffer size, the two n'voluant apparently not all, unlike I knew before.

Some are bizarre VSTi, but they taient dj with Yamaha ... You can always install asio4all, who also works with the E-MU, which may give better rsultats the drivers of brands, both in stability and latency ...

I record a track once, 8 tracks with internal effects and / or card reading without problem (I have not tried more)


I for a month and a half, and I'm glad trs.

Goodies: Intgr effects, easy to use with the Patchmix, but yes it is RTFM (Read The Fucking Manual), and it is my opinion not a consumer card, the bottom of Creative range of cards, and then learns how to walk a console ...
Good quality audio.

Cons: cables derrire a bit short, the default PatchMix with dj effects (not practical).

Trs quality good value for money, I'm happy with my purchase.

antony69lyon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404
- 2 entries
- 2 outputs
- 2 MIDI I / O

I use it mainly to drive vsti
my config: amd 4400 + dual core, 1024 MB RAM, CM: msi neo, DD 2

It is connected to a Technics KN6000


The installation is done seamlessly through a window (to continue the installation) is hidden. But the installer told how to recover it.

no incompatibilities with me, everything works nickel

The PatchMix is ​​complicated for this style of simple sound card. So do not touch utilistation in common.

the manual is a real novel, but I have not had to use it.


Currently no crash
no frequent updating of drivers
A latency down to 2 ms, but I use a 10 ms without cracking or deccrochage
I have never been beyond the limit of the card


I use it for over a year or a year without worrying crash.
I do it again without this choice problem is exactly as it was my use, in addition, with an unbeatable value for money.

kiki_rasta's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 0404
- What characteristics have motivated your choice?
Number of I / O, DSP

- For what purpose?
computer music: Reason 3 and Cubase

- What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
MSI K8N Neo-Platinum, AMD 64 3400 +, 2GB Ram

- Which instruments or the systems do you use? ...
Reason 3 and Cubase with MK 449C and Yamaha DD-50


- The installation is done it without problems?
Yes c is a PCI

- Have you experienced any incompatibilities?

- The general configuration is easy?
Use of PatchMix is ​​quite complex, consider aspirin ...

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
I have not read the :-)


- The drivers are stable?

- Are they often updated?
J have never changed ...

- What software do you use most often?
Reason 3, Cubase

- What you get lag?
2 to 5 ms

- How many tracks you get to record / play time? ...
?? J've never tried it holds


- How long have you use it?
3 months

- What is so special that you like most and least?
+: DSP
I / O

-: Patchmix

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Creative but AC has nothing to do for that price

- How would you rate the quality / price?

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
On a OCCAZ 60 euros but happiness