E-MU 1616

E-MU 1616

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1616, PCMCIA Soundcard from E-MU.

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E-MU 1616 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: E-MU
  • Model: 1616
  • Category: PCMCIA Soundcards
  • Added in our database on: 03/24/2005

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E-MU 1616 user reviews

Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 6 reviews )
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Mevlana's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1616
Attention fragile!

I bought it three months ago.

Plastic EDI connector of the PCMCIA card has exploded. I sent in for repair, they will replace the card, DLAI 7 to 10 days.






Good card but fragile
harry bosch04/11/2006

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

E-MU 1616
The Systm PCMCIA, which is closest to the PCI Systm and has proven itself to RME (among others), in a REFERENCE Contents audionumriques card. I did not need to countless inlets and outlets but I wanted MIDI and a product that is part of a semi-pro range.
I use it to make the computer music, sometimes to play live.
I possde a Toshiba M70 208, Pentium M740, 1 Giga of RAM memory, 100 GB, super machine ...
Electric violinist, I possdais a Boss GT8. I go to the DSIR soft. I plug my violin Submitted WOODS Viper on the map, via the Toshiba, and the whole lot of live amplified speakers KRK Rokit 6. No mixing desk. I work also with Sonar and Cubase VST on. CHARACTERISTICS The card was perfect for me, o of the 9 / 10.


In beginners, no problem. Reue in 48 hours through H. Studio (thank you for the fast), the box contains the dock, the PCMCIA card (with his lil tui), the installation CD and software (Cubase LE, Sonar LE etc. ...). I plug before turning on (I dcidment prfre the Systm Firewire PCMCIA and mini-cards ... got personal ...) Installation of drivers and sailing ... Just 5 minutes. No incompatibility with the PCMCIA.
To beginners, I cheek is good, easy to understand. The problem is that the PatchMix (Mixer which can not happen, everything goes through him!) Is daunting and not intuitive. I spent several hours trying to understand how the working Systm: though: the beginners, I plug the violin on one of the two MIC IN and walking, have APRS s the selection between the adquate PatchMix. But when I tried to go through Cubase and Sonar, early run frntique hair: no sound, but we know its not fate o, VST effects (including guitar rig) inaudible the instrumentals vsti a peep. APRS moultes questioned about my mental state and my intellect, my compulsive manual supplied on CD Rom and I understood little small operation. Dj EMU had the good FDI CRER presets for PatchMix to have the console "prt employment." Submitted A, I can play my violin and make the computer music finally not cost my mp3 player on MDIA, all without touching the PatchMix.
As you can see, Emu was not in the simplicity on this console ds but when we understood the Systm, we can stop to take esprer the head and PLAY or listening to music. the 8 / 10 for that bastard PatchMix. Well done.


I p t even see on the site EMU for the time being bathed.
I Nuendo for computer music (used, hum hum) and the Sonar 5 vrai.Je will play live in May and I think the card will not be a problem: several hours to play through the PatchMix alone or coupled with guitar rig: inauduble latency is as clear as crystal. Same squenceurs through the software. I 7ms in 48khz. I had fun with sonar and several instrumentals vsti (8 track in total) and not a breath, not a crack. on the other hand, when I wanted to save the violin on what I did, I changed the PatchMix and crash ... This bug is really unpredictable. For now, experiment with a more guitar electric violin over piano, no problem, this card assure.J 'rgl have the problem of mass (when connecting the laptop to the current) with an ungrounded outlet. The sound is powerful, rich in harmonics (well its true for my violin) and my amplified speakers perfectly recreate the default enregistrements.Le and quality of sound reproduction is excellent, the PCHE and good DEFINITIONS. 9 / 10 because the Casing of the card (dock) is a little "plastic", despite a good quality finish. No problem with the PCMCIA card even if it would prfr greater length of cable connecting it with the dock (just one meter).


A week of Use and redcouvre the pleasure of the computer music and play live.
Plus: - quality of sound (the 1616M may be better, but I think the diffrence is noticeable with the hyper pro gear)
- Stability of the card and the opportunity to spend several different applications in a snap (in matrisant PatchMix), no audible latency, we branch is installed and running
- The PCMCIA Systm, little damage is interested manufacturers
minimum: - difficult to tame PatchMix
The cable-card / dock too short
- DSP effects (reverb and equalizer hand in my case) no top: forget the saturated synthetic and messy and morph gadget: it is better to go through good vst (Guitar Rig, AmpliTube or waves among others) to extract the essence of this card and have a sound that kills! Moreover, the DMOS on the site speaks for EMU same ... they would have done better to avoid ...
9 / 10 because perfection exists only in the trade.
I would do this choice, I recall that this card is for the musician wanting to have enough inputs and outputs in order to do work of quality with an average budget, with an ide at the top: one branch , has come!

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

E-MU 1616
Having had a lot of troubles with firewire (incompatibility, dropping, etc ...) for a period I decide to drop the sound card and just use the one integrated on the motherboard ... but hey, it has limits,

So I decided to invest in this card that is the 1616,
I IT CAN BE USED mainly for Ableton Lives, orion platinum, and Reason on my Asus V6V,

ca turns dieur Fire!


- Installation without a problem, no conflict with my PCMCIA or mobile qqueconque IRQ
- Took me a while to get used to the DSP,
- The book is its rather short, but I have not had to use it (for now)


- Drivers quite stable! not updated their site yet, why you tell me?
- I use this card to get my microphone, my vocoder, and another pc, in other words it can easily replace a small mixer!
- Very very low latency


After one week of use, I can say that I am completely satisfied in every way! I also found a lot is the connection that links the PCMCIA card to the sound card, just in case, simply to enjoy an RJ45 cable you need!
- Sorry, but I can not see many negatives on this sound card, can be by later, but I doubt it ...
-Quality / price ratio: perfect! I can not find it expensive for what it brings me!

I therefore strongly advise that choice, in the studio, or mm live!
El Castor (was DDNetweaver)02/04/2007

El Castor (was DDNetweaver)'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1616
I was looking for an external card for my laptop, I turn to a PCMCIA port for its reliability and sound flow. And with an adapter card PCI-> PCMCIA (20 €), this card is easily mountable on a desktop PC. Finally, I chose this card for its number of inputs / outputs and S / PDIF, ADAT and AES / EBU.

I use this card to record shows in multitrack. The two preamps are perfect for a couple. The ADAT can connect to a digital console (a 01V in my case)

I have a HP NX7010 laptop: Centrino 1.6GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD
I intend to use with my set (Athlon XP 2600 +, Chipset nvidia2 and 512MB RAM Dual Channel, 80GB SD 2) for studio sessions.

I use this card on the main live.


Installation is the very definition of plug and play. One branch, you put the cd is done and next hop, it works. (A note that indicates the dock lights weird as the drivers are not installed, c normal, I do has never done)

No conflict. everything is automatic and walked the first time in my case

Configuration .. Vast subject with PatchMix .. In my case no problem, I have taken the time to study, after 2 hours I knew by heart. Make sure you take the time to start, after c happiness.

The only regret is that the manual is not provided in paper form, it is on cd in pdf ...

I put a 9 because of the manual and non PatchMix paper.


The drivers are super stable, I had no crashes since I use it
The last update date 2005, but what is it for them to update when everything works perfectly.

For now I use it with Sonar. But that risk may be changing.

Happiness is the absolute non latency (or Preska) in monitoring. The routing is hardware, PatchMix is ​​a remote, and that is of true happiness.

up to 16 tracks in reading and 16 in recording simultaneously. Never worry. The PCMCIA is used on this


I use this card from one week (I finally have a card for me ..) and what I appreciate most is the processing hardware (DSP, routing and monitoring), however, the dock has the Air fragile.

A friend 2 motu 896 firewire, but I was disappointed with the latency monitoring. I also use an ADAT card marian from time to time, but only the ADAT.

Quality / price. This is the cheapest and best. It goes beyond many cards at prices higher.

For now, I'm not disappointed, however. I recommend it to everyone.

I am looking for a reliable transportation that covers your card, but I is not found.

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