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Old 30th July 2014, 08:37 AM   #1
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Default Emu 1616m pci with pci express adapter?

Hi,

I have the opportunity to get my hands on a used & cheap emu 1616m with pci interface. My PC only has pci-express, so I was wondering if it is worthwile to get the card and a pci-to-pci-express adapter card? I want to use the card for measurement only, so getting an old second computer is not really an option (WAF is not on my side this time ;-)
Does anybody have experience with this kind of setup? The main question is, would it affect the performance of the soundcard for measurement purposes?

thanks, and best regards!

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Old 30th July 2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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I believe the PCIe versions of these cards just have a PCI-PICe bridge on them and the rest of the card is the same, so your idea should work well.
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Old 31st July 2014, 06:11 AM   #3
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If the price is in the $150 or less its a a great deal. The PCIE to PCcard adapter should work fine. It is a very good ADC-DAC and good for measurements. The control software Patchmix is a bear to master. I use the rear connectors as stereo pairs that I "send" to Windows or ASIO directly. If you can you should test all the I/O's for function. I have had a few samples that were broken. Its really hard to work on inside and no documentation exists so beware of problems or mods.
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Old 31st July 2014, 07:18 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input, I will try to walk that way... I shall report back on how things turned out.

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Old 7th August 2014, 07:13 AM   #5
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Just a short info, i got the card yesterday, for 70 €/95 USD. Unfortunately, the power supply was missing, so I have to order a replacement part. Any requirements, except 48VDC, 380mA? The PCI -PCIe adapter is on its way, too, so maybe next week I have it all on my bench! Too curios.....

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Old 7th August 2014, 07:27 AM   #6
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There are usually several supplies on eBay. You can build a linear supply but I have not seen a benefit in measurements for the effort yet and a problem with the supply will break a lot of unrepairables.
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Old 7th August 2014, 07:33 AM   #7
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If you are not using a microphone you probably don't need the power supply.
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Old 12th August 2014, 07:09 AM   #8
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Finally, all parts together! I ordered a Delock 41341 Riser Card with dual PCI to PCIe adapter, and a generic 48V brick power supply for my 1616m.

First, I wanted to try my old M-Audio Delta 192 in the new PC, because I knew it was working, but the combination of Windows 8.1 and and the older drivers didn't work out, in fact the PC refused to boot even into BIOS/UEFI ... Maybe some odd combination of Windows 7 NOT SP1 driver might do the trick....

Anyways, I installed the Emu + beta drivers + Patchmix, and voila, that thing is working! Patchmix for sure is a hundred-headed beast, but at least I was able to get the standard session in all sampling rates to put out music to them headphones.... Beethoven and me got carried away, but I hope to figure out patchmix enough in the following days, to make a few loopbacks in ARTA.

Thanks for your help so far!

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Old 12th August 2014, 07:09 PM   #9
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Happy camper!

Managed to get that patchmix to do what i want (the simplest possible setup), and there we go.... see attached pictures!

This is for sure the best setup I ever had, bought second hand for 140€ (70€ for the card, a rough 50€ for the riser card, and 20€ for the power supply). And for the time being, the system is as stable as one could ask for, no hickups so far....


Many thanks for the encouraging support to venture into the "pci-card-in-a-modern-computer" adventure!

best regards,

hallodeletue

p.s. made a mistake in my last post, the riser card was a delock 41355, time for editing was over...
p.p.s. about time to build a soundcard interface... been eyeballin' the pete millet site for a while now ;-)
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