M-Audio Audiophile 2496

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Post by goober » Sat Nov 24, 2007 4:08 am

Looking for a cheap recording interface for my alesis micron is this one alright? Can you guys recommend me one in the 100ish dollar range.

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Re: M-Audio Audiophile 2496

Post by Syn303 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:20 am

goober wrote:Looking for a cheap recording interface for my alesis micron is this one alright? Can you guys recommend me one in the 100ish dollar range.
I use this card myself for recording via Samplitude, never had no problems with it and drivers are updated for this card now and again. Easy to install and set-up within your audio-software and has the delta-control panel. It's about £49 UK pounds here.
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Post by MrHope » Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:58 pm

I use one of those and I like it alot. The sound quality is good and it is easy to use. The manual is easy to understand too.

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Post by i_watch_stars » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:20 pm

I still use it.

Its the "noob" audio interface according to everyone...but so what? If you don't mind a PCI card interface, and never record more than one track at a time (these are the main reasons it is so cheap), I don't see the point of upgrading right now. Audio quality seems really good to me.
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Post by goober » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:46 am

I'll probably ask for it for Christmas then, thanks guys. =)

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Post by otto » Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:38 am

It's what I use.
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Post by kyodai » Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:08 pm

It was my first "music" soundcard. I thought it was great I replaced it only cause I wanted more ins and outs. I even gave it to a friend who needed a sound card.

I think that if I were gonna buy a similar priced and function card today I'd get an EMU 0404 PCI. (PC only I think the m-audio card is also Mac compatible) I prefer the 1/4" audio connections and the few additional connections. plus after getting an 1820 I'm familiar with the EMU software.

The 2496 is a little old but a great card anyway.
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Post by goober » Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:36 am

hmm, I'm reading some reviews about it and some say they couldn't get it to work consistently or the drivers were unstable. Is this probably user error? Anyways side by side to the m-audio is the emu sound card better SQ wise and user friendly? This will be my first audio interface. Seems like the emu card is the better choice. Anyway, thanks for the info.

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Post by tunedLow » Sat Dec 01, 2007 10:38 pm

I use the 2496 and haven't had any driver issues, I'm using win xp, cubase se and ableton live 6. I'd bet that you're not going to find a soundcard that hasn't given somebody driver issues. Can't speak for the emu though.

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Post by etcetera » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:22 pm

I use in under Linux. Works under ALSA with no problems.

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Post by MrHope » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:50 pm

I had no problems using the drivers with Windows 98 SE.

Recently I went to install it on Windows XP. I had a few issues, which turned out to be my fault. Specifically, one MUST install the drivers before installing the hardware. In otherwords, you have to take out the soundcard of the machine if it's already in there before you install the drivers. If you don't do that you get errors.

Also, certain old audio programs don't quite work with it unless you limit the playback to 16bit (in the audio program's settings). This was the case with DDclipPro and Making Waves 5.33. However, programs such as MultitrackStudio Pro Plus and Audacity were able to playback at 24bit no matter what. A friend told me that this is an issue with the older programs and not with the M-Audio 2496 drivers.

In Windows 98, playback worked at 24bit without any problems.

Be sure to check out the drivers download page from M-Audio.com to get a current driver.

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Post by goober » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:22 am

appreciate the info, do you guys find the difference between emu 0404 and the m-audio, better then the other?

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