E-mu 0404 Extremely distorted/​gargling sounds on the output on files

Hello.

I have an E-mu 0404 PCI Soundcard and I have a major problem with the Card. The problem is not the sound play back such as general system playing on something I have not created or hearing basic sounds on the internet. It’s the recording/music creation end if the card. When I start recording it will work fine for the first 5 to 10 minutes when I play those files, but for some unknown reasons when I play back the file that I created after 10 minutes I’m hearing extremely distorted/gargling sounds on the output. I am using the analog output. Sometimes the sound comes back to its original quality if I shutdown my computer and restart It, but after some time fails again.

I looked in other troubleshooting and support message board websites and I did all of what they say as of fixing the problem and then some. Here is a list of what I did in 12 steps.

1. Pull all USB connection off my computer expect keyboard and mouse
2. Change my advance systems settings such as performance (Adjust for best performance) and advance performance Adjust for background services) settings. I went back and forth with these settings.
3. I also want to my Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound From sound choose my E-MU card and click Properties. Choose the Advanced Tab in Properties and uncheck, “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.”
4. Pulled my Nvida Gforce 8400 PCI-E 16 from my computer and use my onboard video
5. Made sure my onboard audio is turned off.
6. Took my Computer apart and put it back together
7. Flash and updates my Bios
8. Reinstall my Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System 64 bit
9. Made sure I installed the E-mu Driver before the E-mu Patch Mix.
10. Made sure I had the dame bit depth in (24/48) in sound properties in my control panel in recording playback.
11. Made sure I had the same setting in my in my E-mu Patch Mix.
12. I also used the Windows Vista E-mu Driver as well as the E-mu Windows 7 Driver

I made test recordings after each of these 12 steps and all combination on some of these steps it will work fine for the first 5 to 10 minutes, but the extremely distorted/gargling sounds on the output return. I been playing around with this card time after time for the last 3 months and all what I did to try to fix it and still didn’t fix the problem in which I haven't found a trigger for this.

The system:
Dell Inspiron 518
Intel Duo Core 2.2 GHz
4 gig of Ram
250 GB Hard Drive
E-mu 0404 PCI soundcard
Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System 64 bit

I hope you can understand this and you can help me out as best as you can.

Thank you,
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  1. wow!
    I'm getting the same problem with the EMU 0404 USB! First ten minutes, all good, then GARBLED CRAP....The card really can't handle audio productions...great for mp3 playback on winamp....but once I rewire Cubase with Reason...it craps out...Cubase alone is ok..Reason alone is ok...but boht together...wack!!

    I really am at my wits end also...

    masterhaj said:
    Hello.

    I have an E-mu 0404 PCI Soundcard and I have a major problem with the Card. The problem is not the sound play back such as general system playing on something I have not created or hearing basic sounds on the internet. It’s the recording/music creation end if the card. When I start recording it will work fine for the first 5 to 10 minutes when I play those files, but for some unknown reasons when I play back the file that I created after 10 minutes I’m hearing extremely distorted/gargling sounds on the output. I am using the analog output. Sometimes the sound comes back to its original quality if I shutdown my computer and restart It, but after some time fails again.

    I looked in other troubleshooting and support message board websites and I did all of what they say as of fixing the problem and then some. Here is a list of what I did in 12 steps.

    1. Pull all USB connection off my computer expect keyboard and mouse
    2. Change my advance systems settings such as performance (Adjust for best performance) and advance performance Adjust for background services) settings. I went back and forth with these settings.
    3. I also want to my Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound From sound choose my E-MU card and click Properties. Choose the Advanced Tab in Properties and uncheck, “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.”
    4. Pulled my Nvida Gforce 8400 PCI-E 16 from my computer and use my onboard video
    5. Made sure my onboard audio is turned off.
    6. Took my Computer apart and put it back together
    7. Flash and updates my Bios
    8. Reinstall my Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System 64 bit
    9. Made sure I installed the E-mu Driver before the E-mu Patch Mix.
    10. Made sure I had the dame bit depth in (24/48) in sound properties in my control panel in recording playback.
    11. Made sure I had the same setting in my in my E-mu Patch Mix.
    12. I also used the Windows Vista E-mu Driver as well as the E-mu Windows 7 Driver

    I made test recordings after each of these 12 steps and all combination on some of these steps it will work fine for the first 5 to 10 minutes, but the extremely distorted/gargling sounds on the output return. I been playing around with this card time after time for the last 3 months and all what I did to try to fix it and still didn’t fix the problem in which I haven't found a trigger for this.

    The system:
    Dell Inspiron 518
    Intel Duo Core 2.2 GHz
    4 gig of Ram
    250 GB Hard Drive
    E-mu 0404 PCI soundcard
    Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System 64 bit

    I hope you can understand this and you can help me out as best as you can.

    Thank you,
  2. I have the same issue.... it started when I got Vista and was using an E-mu 0404 PCI card....I upgraded to the 1212m PCIe and still have the issue.....if I want to record I have to restart my computer and start the recording software ASAP..it will record fine until I stop and try to start a new recording then it goes to crap.... What really boggles my mind is that I have speakers running out of my soundcard to speakers and it plays through just fine... did you ever find a solution to this? I have been dealing with it for over 2 years and it has really killed my ability to produce music.
    masterhaj said:

    Hello.

    I have an E-mu 0404 PCI Soundcard and I have a major problem with the Card. The problem is not the sound play back such as general system playing on something I have not created or hearing basic sounds on the internet. It’s the recording/music creation end if the card. When I start recording it will work fine for the first 5 to 10 minutes when I play those files, but for some unknown reasons when I play back the file that I created after 10 minutes I’m hearing extremely distorted/gargling sounds on the output. I am using the analog output. Sometimes the sound comes back to its original quality if I shutdown my computer and restart It, but after some time fails again.

    I looked in other troubleshooting and support message board websites and I did all of what they say as of fixing the problem and then some. Here is a list of what I did in 12 steps.

    1. Pull all USB connection off my computer expect keyboard and mouse
    2. Change my advance systems settings such as performance (Adjust for best performance) and advance performance Adjust for background services) settings. I went back and forth with these settings.
    3. I also want to my Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound From sound choose my E-MU card and click Properties. Choose the Advanced Tab in Properties and uncheck, “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.”
    4. Pulled my Nvida Gforce 8400 PCI-E 16 from my computer and use my onboard video
    5. Made sure my onboard audio is turned off.
    6. Took my Computer apart and put it back together
    7. Flash and updates my Bios
    8. Reinstall my Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System 64 bit
    9. Made sure I installed the E-mu Driver before the E-mu Patch Mix.
    10. Made sure I had the dame bit depth in (24/48) in sound properties in my control panel in recording playback.
    11. Made sure I had the same setting in my in my E-mu Patch Mix.
    12. I also used the Windows Vista E-mu Driver as well as the E-mu Windows 7 Driver

    I made test recordings after each of these 12 steps and all combination on some of these steps it will work fine for the first 5 to 10 minutes, but the extremely distorted/gargling sounds on the output return. I been playing around with this card time after time for the last 3 months and all what I did to try to fix it and still didn’t fix the problem in which I haven't found a trigger for this.

    The system:
    Dell Inspiron 518
    Intel Duo Core 2.2 GHz
    4 gig of Ram
    250 GB Hard Drive
    E-mu 0404 PCI soundcard
    Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System 64 bit

    I hope you can understand this and you can help me out as best as you can.

    Thank you,

  3. Hi all,

    Having upgraded my 'previously working perfectly for the past 8 years on Windows XP' to 64-bit Windows 7 last year, I am in some way relieved to finally see a thread where someone else is reporting the same issue!

    Having also gone for a full re-install this week - and now that has failed - did any of you ever find a solution to this issue???

    Any help would be greatly appreciated as it's basically a game of Russian Roulette whether you'll get garbled noise or a decent recording - every time you hit record (in any application!)

    BTW - I have a similar E-mu 0404 PCI running on Windows 7 64-bit set-up. My suspicion & fear is that the E-mu soundcard is just no longer compatible with this version of operating system.
    Final thought is to try and install/run all audio software emulated as XP or 32-bit - seeing as the soundcard now seems to be the weakest link in the audio chain.

    As I said... any updates/help greatly appreciated!


    Thanks
  4. I have Windows 7 32bit (with EMU 0404) and I also have this issue. From time to time the sound completely go off, and I must reinstall the driver (cca every two months). But now, it gets the sound distorted even if I manage to get the sound going.
    The cracks appear even when there is no load on processor, so why it keeps doing that?
    Relay terrible support for this card. I run my music system on old Windows XP system, where it works.
    Anyone have experience with Windows 10?

    mrvuk said:
    Hi all,

    Having upgraded my 'previously working perfectly for the past 8 years on Windows XP' to 64-bit Windows 7 last year, I am in some way relieved to finally see a thread where someone else is reporting the same issue!

    Having also gone for a full re-install this week - and now that has failed - did any of you ever find a solution to this issue???

    Any help would be greatly appreciated as it's basically a game of Russian Roulette whether you'll get garbled noise or a decent recording - every time you hit record (in any application!)

    BTW - I have a similar E-mu 0404 PCI running on Windows 7 64-bit set-up. My suspicion & fear is that the E-mu soundcard is just no longer compatible with this version of operating system.
    Final thought is to try and install/run all audio software emulated as XP or 32-bit - seeing as the soundcard now seems to be the weakest link in the audio chain.

    As I said... any updates/help greatly appreciated!


    Thanks
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