I'm not sure why some have had so many problems with the Delta 66 but for me it has worked flawlessly. I was using USB MIDI with my keyboard and pretty much anything USB on Windows that requires a constant connection is doomed, so I bought an audiophile 2496 for the MIDI interface, and they work together just fine. My recordings come out clean, and have had as many as 18 VSTi instances loaded and still runs smooth. I use Sonar 6 Producer at 24bit/96KHZ resolution and couldn't be happier. The dual stereo outs work great because on the main output I have running to a headphone junction box for recording, and then can switch to the second output after recording to hear the playback on the monitors. I will say that I did have trouble trying to run a lot of soft synths and such before, but after I upgraded my processor from an AMD 64 3200 to an AMD x2 4600 all those problems went away, so it wasn't the cards' fault. I can't say either way about M-Audio's tech support cause I've never had to deal with them, but the cards themselves have done me well. It could be that the problems others are/were having were due to either hardware issues whether needing a faster processor or compatibility issues, but I guess I just got lucky in that respect.
For those considering buying this card, here's my system specs: Windows XP AMD X2 4600 2.4ghz WD 250gig SATA boot drive x2 WD 320gig SATA drives striped 2GIG Corsair dual channel RAM ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe MBoard M-Audio Delta 66 & Audiophile 2496
Rating: 5 out of 10
posted Friday, 06-Jul-07 at 10:30
a part-timer user
from Canada writes:
Purchased two Delta 1010s because m-audio advertising mentioned that they could be used together on the same PC. THIS IS NOT TRUE for OSes other than Win98, and M-audio support just gave me the run around... DO NOT SUPPORT THESE THIEVES.
posted Monday, 23-Sep-02 at 13:42
a hobbyist user
from Suéde writes:
The Delta cards are all *very good*, initially I had some trouble with my delta66, but it goes away after a little tweaking with the settings in windoze.
And if you are going to use W2K, remember: DISABLE ACPI. This is a major f-ck up source. Also avoid VIA chipsets if you're building a AMD based puter.
Otherwise, I'd say this is a very very good sounding, low noise card, which is more than qualified for use in studios.
Rating: 9 out of 10
posted Saturday, 27-Jul-02 at 10:7
a part-timer user
from Philadelphia USA writes:
I have used this card for many months and am completely satisfied. I run it with cubase and reason and have no complaints! The delta control panel is very simple effective and easy to use. Latency is not an issue for me because I use an outboard mixer for monitoring. None of my recordings have ever had a single error. Anyone who is having problems it is not the card's fault... it takes tweaking to get your system to work how you want. and I don't care what anyone says, m-audio is really good about support. they update their drivers all the time. I highly recommend the delta (or even better omnistudio) to anyone who wants pro quality without having to drop the big bucks.
Rating: 9 out of 10
posted Friday, 08-Feb-02 at 13:33
a Professional user
from Norway writes:
I've had the M Delta 66 for over a year now and had no problems at all. 8 ms latency with no crackle or pops during recording/playback and all my VSTi's is working great under Cubase VST 5.
About 3 months ago I started to get some problems, but my computer was overloaded with stuff, installed a lot of demos then uninstalled them, it just messed up the whole system.
Solution: Format an reinstall, now it works like a charm. I usually record with 24 bit and 44.1 kHz and the sound quality is outstanding.
By the way, my computer came with SBLive and it had 750 ms latency and noise, noise, noise. I know they're good for games but not for professional recording. I've heard you can get the latency down with some (Emu?) drivers, but that would not kill the noise anyway.
M Delta is absolutt a 10.
Rating: 10 out of 10
posted Saturday, 18-Aug-01 at 7:0
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