The M-Audio Delta 44 has a PCI card that connects to your computer, which is connected to a breakout box via a cable.
This is a four input/output sound card. Up to four tracks can be recorded simultaneously to your home PC DAW. With the virtual mixer in your DAW software, multiple tracks can be recorded, you are only limited by the hardware capabilities of your PC. This means overdubs can be recorded with up to four separate tracks at a time.
There are no MIDI facilities on this card. Multiple Delta 44's can be installed onto the computer for more simultaneously recordable tracks, but I haven't had any experience in performing this operation.
I use this hardware with Windows XP Service Pack 2 and haven't had any problems. There is some latency, but this is the nature of the beast with digital audio workstation recordings (on of the big reasons why I record mostly analog).
It is a pretty easy, straightforward installation. If you get confused, just refer to the manual. As with any sound card or other hardware installation, there may be compatibility issues, but I had none with my Dell desktop.
This is an OK sounding card. Much better sounding cards with better sounding digital converters exist, but not really at this price range, and those installations are a bit more complicated. It served its purpose. For my desktop I know have a Delta 1010, which also adds MIDI and SPIDF, a greater number of channels and direct XLR inputs for microphones. If I could go back in time, I probably should have gotten the Delta 1010 instead, because the type of recording I do usually requires more tracks at a time than a mere four. But, for a solo recordist, four tracks may be plenty.
Originally written by fred le castel on Audiofanzine FR.
The main reason why I bought this sound card is that it was a bargain on ebay. M-Audio products have a very good value for money, they are Mac compatible (I have a Mac G4). I wanted an external interface because they make connections easier. The two ins/outs are enough for me to connect my mixer.
Installation was a bit difficult because the seller didn't have the driver nor the user's manual. I found the manual on the M-Audio website but it was much more difficult to find the drivers. M-audio provides only updates but I finally found a website that provided drivers for Mac. Installing the driver was very easy, the general setting is quite simple, the manual is very comprehensive.
The drivers are stable and are updated automatically (there are few updates because it has no bugs). I use it with Logic Audio.
I've been using it for a few days. Easy to use, no useless features, wide in/out frequency range. It's a huge difference compared to internal sound cards. Very good value for money. The only reason I would sell it is if I ever need more connections.
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Fixxx's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Converters of very good quality considering the price, good dynamics, thank you delta
Then it is as usual, we cross that it will work right away, and no, like all sound cards, it is a little battles with the IRQ settings of the buffers etc ... but good c is not dramatic, over the gents in the delta are used to problems and have detailed files ready you will be very useful if you are not accustomed to this kind of manipulation ....
For drivers it is very bizzard, it works perfectly on 2000 and XP, for cons for users of 98 or I will consider using the latest drivers DEL2227.EXE that they are more stable and have better latency.
It's been 3 days I use it, and I am very satisfied with me in 98 I turn 32 vst instruments vst with 6, 40 audio tracks read with a lot of plug and 4-track recording and multi those with a P4 1.5 Mhz. But be careful to perform these feats must still optimize 98, with a little adjustment easily double the performance of his machine .... In conclusion, very good map, I think to be supplemented by the purchase of a case and a delta 66 omni i / o
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