M-Audio Delta 44
M-Audio Delta 44

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

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themaddog 10/05/2011

M-Audio Delta 44 : themaddog's user review

« Good entry level sound card »

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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.