I love the e-mu 1616m system and I use it when I DJ, but I would like to do the following:
I am running windows xp on a gateway laptop using winamp for my music library and player and I would like to run two versions of winamp and use one to connect to a set of headphones to monitor music and cue it for playing on my playlist and the other version to be actually playing my playlist - can I accomplish this with the features of the e-mu 1616m
Better yet, you could use a pro mixing software, like traktor or torq, and hook up one of the output signals of the microdock to the output signal of the monitor in the software and will work like a charm
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The e-mu sure can do it. You just run whatever output you want into the input on the sound board. The setup is exactly the same as if you just wanted to play winamp music on the system.
It's your computer that can't handle it. Computer only has one sound output, so you can't play two separate things in two separate instances of winamp, because the sound only comes out of one place on your laptop.
You can buy a second external sound card, like the SB Live External USB Sound card, and maybe run both at the same time, having one winamp output to the external device, and the other winamp output to the laptop's internal sound card device, then one line runs to your e-mu system and the other to a pair of headphones.
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Apparently versions of the E-Mu 1616 sound hardware are still being sold, and this is now 2013. My experience suggests that E-Mu is out of business. Creative Technologies has kept the E-Mu site online, but the forms are broken, nothing's been updated for years, the forum is virtually inactive, and Support links are dead or missing. I recently couldn't even find a support contact for Creative (Soundblaster). The 1616 Microdock is a highly capable product, but its software is hard to figure out and compatibility for the constantly evolving Windows operating systems is questionable. Mine currently has stopped working with some of the software it worked with for years (using Windows XP and then Windows 7), and apparently some software (e.g. Audacity) does not support it at all. Online retailers should take this product off their "shelves."
1. Check for update for you sound card at the manufacturers site this may be the issue. Some sound cards will not be fully recognized by Windows 7 because the manufacturer has not given or developed a full driver set for the new Windows environment.
"I am running windows XP proffessional 5.1 on a HP (compaq) dc7600.
Could this be the problem?"
It could be. Bring up your system properties box (Windows key + Pause/Break key). Is that the version shown at the top right on the GENERAL tab?
Is there some reason you have not installed service pack 2 or 3? Of course if you're running an illegal copy of Windows you can't, but I mean any legitimate reason? If we can eliminate the problem with installing the latest service packs we can move forward.
Click on the sound properties in control panel. see if the volume on the properties is up. or is NOT muted. Plug headphones into all the speaker jacks (should be the green plugs) and test each one. If that doesn't work, uninstall the driver and select reinstall.
You have to select the EMU as the default playback device in Windows and or select it as the playback device in the software you are using for recording or playback. Go to Control Panel and Sound and Audio Devices icon, and select the Audio tab. There is a drop down box that lists all playback devices. You have to select the EMU in there. That should get you working.
MONFICAT - What service pack are you running, under Windows XP? Are all Windows updates installed? One thing you may want to do is (after making sure all Windows updates are applied), uninstall and reinstall the E-mu software, as directed in the manual. When reinstalling the software, make sure you follow the instructions in the manual. You MUST follow the instructions in the manual, else the software will not install properly. Good luck with it!
what is happening is that you are receiving what techies call the BSOD or blue screen of death. The most likely reason that you are getting this is a driver error. Try and press f8 before you see the loading windows xp screen with the scrolling green progress bar. This will bring you into safe mode. Go to the device manager and remove the driver. Reboot the computer and get the latest drivers from the manufacturers website and install them.