M-Audio Delta 44
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M-Audio Delta 44

Delta 44, PCI/ISA + Rack Soundcard from M-Audio in the Delta series.

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RégisBurin 11/16/2008

M-Audio Delta 44 : RégisBurin's user review

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- What characteristics have motivated your choice?

The rack, the jacks

- For what purpose?

Recording, editing and production of original compositions / reading sequence rehearsal 'and live from a PC

- What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?

HP Pavilion 6167 / 4400 II core duo / 2x1, 5G RAM / 320G + 80G External HDD / Nvidia 8400GS CG / All under WindaubeVista

Edict of 16/11/08: I recently tested computer music LINUX (ubuntustudio 8.04). The card is automatically recognized. His driver: ICE1712 and the config, use the application envy24control.

- Which instruments or the systems do you use? ...

Guitar (Lag RX100/Telecaster US) / Micro Song (Samson)

UTILIZATION

Thomann commissioned in February 2008 (received in 10 days, RAS)

- The installation is done it without problems?

RAS, I stuck on the PCI slot furthest from the CG

- Have you experienced any incompatibilities?

None at the moment (or system or device or software)

- The general configuration is easy?

The fingers in the nose, thanks to the clear and intuitive interface.
Except, perhaps to find and understand how to route the signals I / O (because of pb described below)

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

It looks ...
In fact, it is for everything concerning the installation, parameters and main characteristics.
But the manual interface is written for positions running XP. No manual or existing doc (even on the manufacturer's website!) For the Vista interface (simplified compared to the apparently XP)

GETTING STARTED

- The drivers are stable?

Vista version: 5.10.00.5065. It looks stable ... (No pb for the moment)

- Are they often updated?

Edict of 16/11/08: [/ u] an updated Vista driver since its inception.

- What software do you use most often?

Cubase SX2 / NI GuitarRig2

Edict of 16/11/08: And Linux - Ardour, Hydrogen, Freebirth ...

- What you get lag?

Cubase latency displayed in: 5 to 7 ms to smaller buffer size (after that little ride very fast)

Edict of 16/11/08: On LINUX - 1.67 ms (!!!... no comment) ok some X-runs ("plop") but when you have not eaten a third of the RAM by the OS, changes everything anyway ...

- How many tracks you get to record / play time? ...

Not yet been tested ...
(Larger project: 12 track simultaneous playback ... it is a buffer size sufficient to make it "plop" it)

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it?

February 2008 (four months to write this opinion)

- What is so special that you like most and least?

(+)
The rack and analog I / O (more than enough for one who does not need S-Pdif/optique/etc worse ...), the jacks for a scratch is sacred. The appearance of strong and serious stuff (rack metal rack compact and cable / PC as big as your thumb). Quality of its nickel output (I put my system to listen twice as hard now ...)

Edict of 16/11/08: Great recognized and usable in Linux.

(-)
No less ... Apart from the lack of preamp, but hey it is the fault not in my budget card ... The same with an integrated preamp p'tit and it would be ultra-happy

Tip: The outputs of the beast are in mono, plan, purchase a double-Cable Jack / RCA for connection to an amp show.

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

No, this is my first "real" sound card (other than SoundBlablabla bidulinity)

- How would you rate the quality / price?

I feel unbeatable.

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...

I plan to redo this choice very quickly and buy me a second https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif... NO, the preamp first (essential with this card)

<p class="bbcode-offtopic"> Off topic: <span>For the record, I use for now, my old Valvestate-8080-with-the-HP-death as a preamp (I cut with a jigsaw to retrieve only the head ... some would say sacrilegious?! OK, but it has its mouth in my living room above my old amp Scott 70 years) and scratched it's a joke, for against a vocal microphone, c ' is not the top ...</span>