M-Audio Audiophile 24/96

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M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 is a hi-end PCI soundcard designed and manufactured by Avid Technologies (formely Midiman). It is primarily designed for music production via MIDI playback and recording, Mastering Engineers, and Hi-Fi enthuasiasts. It supports a wide number of commercial MIDI sequencing and audio editing applications including Digidesign Pro-Tools, Propellerheads Reason, and Ableton Live to name just a few. It is also a recommended card to use if you're building your own Linux Digital Audio Workstation and plan on using open-source MIDI sequencing and audio editing applications including Audacity, Ardour, Rosegarden, and MusE under ALSA.

Main Features

  • 24-bit/96 kHz output fidelity
  • S/PDIF Digital I/O with 2-channel PCM
  • Digital I/O supports AC3 and DTS passthrough
  • 2 x 2 analog I/O
  • zero-latency monitoring
  • 1 x 1 MIDI I/O
  • 36-bit internal DSP digital mixing/routing
  • software package bundle (Pro-tools, Reason, etc).

Technical Specifications

  • chipset: ICEnsemble Envy24 – ICE1712
  • frequency response: 22Hz/22kHz -0.4, +/-0.4db
  • dynamic range: 104.0dB (A-weighted) (D/A) / 100.4dB (A-weighted) (A/D). advertised
  • THD+N: < 0.002%
  • size/weight: 5-1/4” x 5” x 7/8”; 0.2 lbs.

API/Driver Compatibility

  • ASIO 2.0 (Audio Stream Input Output)
  • MME
  • Sound Manager
  • GSIF (Tascam's Gigasampler Interface)
  • DirectX (DirectSound 3D)
  • MAC Core MIDI (Core Audio)

OS Support

  • Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP1)
  • MAC G3 OS 9.2.2 / G4 OS 10.1.5 or greater
  • Linux/Unix Kernels (under ALSA)

External Links

  • Delta Drivers these are most recent driver updates supplied by M-Audio for Windows and OSX.
  • ALSA Drivers these are drivers for the Envy24 chipset of the M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 designed to work with any linux kernel (via compiling or using modules).
  • RMAA 16/44, RMAA 16/48, RMAA 24/96 these are several tests performed by a user of Audiophile 24/96 using the Rightmark Audio Analyzer (RMAA) to measure its technical performance.