E-MU 1616M
E-MU 1616M

1616M, PCMCIA Soundcard from E-MU.

le barde 05/31/2006

E-MU 1616M : le barde's user review


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Value For Money : Excellent
I chose this card (third or fourth change of the sound card to live) because I had stability problems with my EgoSys quatfire. I was looking for because the firewire pcmcia laptop seemed uncertain (mini firewire connector too fragile in a live environment and doubts about the adapters pcmcia / firewire)
So a card suitable for use with a notebook seemed a prime choice.
and then the choice is fairly limited in existing products. That was in large or RME.
1616m version includes better converters than the 1616, so it focuses on quality and we add a few cents.
includes the DSP, the i / o me suitable, the adat to connect my laptop to my main station in the studio ... all parameters
interesting to me for my use. In addition, all notices that I consult before purchase were more than favorable.

use:: live mainly in connection with my adat main station to run a project on two machines, or simply
load a plugin on the laptop, the drive from the main station, and pass the audio via ADAT.

config:: Swiss-made notebook, p4 3.33 Ghz, 1Gb Ram ...
apps:: cubase, ableton, fruityloops

(10 points, because nothing was wrong)


Installation done without any worries, I downloaded the latest updates on the website of E-mu (2 versions, they recommend to install the 2 one after the other) ... it would have been cool a fresh pack that does not require three facilities .. but good.
no problem, everything goes all right.

config PatchMix requires some reflection and qq tests, it works very well .. Then you should see the use you want.
I have not really been around ... I stopped where it has suited my needs.
otherwise it's well done .. No complaints, in my opinion is all.

I can not say much about the manual, I almost never touch a manual except when I'm looking for sth precise where I fish.
in this case I shall refer to the qq I once found live .. so I argued that it is well done

(9 because the driver with the most recent installation I would have appreciated a)


Drivers super stable ... used for up to four performances today and in the studio ... I collect a crash had anything of a sound card.

Updated drivers often? no idea ... with the latter never had a problem, so no need to change I would say.
This proves the seriousness of the stuff ... fed up of products on the market that run halfway.

Software: Cubase, Ableton Live, FL Studio

Latency: hmm, I know how some of you are doing to work with latencies of 2 - 4 to 6 ms ... I never managed to have such performance to work normally. I have a RME Multiface 2 and it parreil.
ok, I can put a much lower latency like this, but my cpu (although on my main machine, an AMD dualcore, 2gb ram ...)
made huge leaps and that the project becomes a bit heavy it becomes difficult to hold.
So, I put pretty high latency in general .. (20-30 ms) to reduce the cpu .. and all is well. I say not play the MIDI keyboard, so I do not really care.
I also read a lot on this subject that the speed of hard drives had a role important enough to have a very low latency ... (My records are not taken .. basics of adaptive equipment)

simultaneous recording .. hmm, I just do the 1x stereo ... I am the only electronic prod ... not need to record lots of tracks at a time.
but the frequency that I use in reading: a stereo track as input to implement a hardware synthesizer fx + 3 tracks stereo output .. while the simultaneous .. no problem .. ca turns ... (I recall relatively high latency)

(8 because of the latency ... but hey, I guess that the bike is more than the card itself)


Bought it about a month ago.

the most: just use the dsp with the firewire card, no need to connect any module if you want a fun time with the headset for example, or connect to a system via the audio mini-jack adapter pcmcia .
the dsp fx are not bad at all, the plug is solid .. What good stuff.
quality of its superb .. tested on large soundsystems.

month: not much, except that .. As already mentioned often ... The connecting cable is too short.
connectivity noon is not the best taste, it is a plugger adapter 9-pin / midi .. another gadget in addition to a tote.

Before that I tried in several years: Emagic emi 2 / 6, M-Audio Audiophile USB (forget sound cards usb1 is zero), esi quatafire 610 ... it's going well until it makes me worry for the stability of the drivers.
in fact, with the old drivers worked nickel ca .. I then installed two new version of the glitch that made me intermittently ... I saw the live and it's my job. . . I could not afford that kind of chance ...
So I decided to pay the price for the stuff that holds the road every time.

value for price parrait me very well ... I do sound for 5 years now, before I bought something cheap easy because I needed .. without really worrying about the quality ... it's over that time .. Moreover, in the end you save to pay more and buy directly which is several years.

certainty of having made an excellent choice