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E-MU Systems has announced its new 0404 Digital Audio System -- a 24-bit/96kHz PCI audio interface that delivers everything you need to record, mix and playback audio on your PC. The E-MU 0404 works with all major PC audio and sequencer applications, offering analog and digital I/O and all the hardware-accelerated effects, mixing and monitoring of E-MU's 1820M, 1820 and 1212M Digital Audio Systems.

E-MU's 0404 Digital Audio System provides a host of professional features, including 1/4" analog inputs and outputs, optical and coaxial S/PDIF, and MIDI I/O. The 0404 uses 24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters that deliver 111dB (A/D) and 116dB (D/A) dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratios.

In addition to its I/O, the E-MU 0404 also features the same E-DSP hardware acceleration as E-MU's more expensive Digital Audio Systems, giving you an effects processor that can deliver over 16 simultaneous hardware-accelerated effects. The E-DSP processor frees your computer from running CPU-intensive plug-ins that limit audio performance. E-MU's 0404 ships with over 500 effects presets, and its effects architecture is fully expandable, allowing you to add more plug-ins to your system as needed.

The E-DSP processor also provides zero-latency, hardware-based mixing and monitoring via the included PatchMix DSP mixer, delivering unmatched flexibility in routing audio between all of your physical and virtual inputs and outputs -- no external mixer needed.

The E-MU 0404 ships with ASIO 2.0 and WDM drivers. And for users just getting into desktop music creation, the E-MU 0404 ships with a software package that includes Steinberg's Cubasis and WaveLab Lite, SFX Machine LT, and a trial version of Minnetonka's diskWelder BRONZE.

E-MU 0404 I/O Configuration:

  • 2 1/4" Analog Inputs (24-bit/96kHz, 111dB SNR converters)
  • 2 1/4" Analog Outputs (24-bit/96kHz, 116dB SNR converters)
  • S/PDIF In/Out Coaxial/Optical (24-bit/96kHz)
  • MIDI In/Out

E-MU's 0404 Digital Audio System ships in late June 2004 and will have an estimated U.S. street price of $99.99.

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