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M-AUDIO Delta 44 24-bit 96KHz PCI/Break Out Port Interface Professional 4-In-4-Out Audio Card

  • 24-bit 96KHz
  • PCI/Break Out Port Interface
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Delta 44

Audio core

Audio Chipset
Sample Rate
Digital Audio
103dB (A-weighted) (D/A)
99dB (A-weighted) (A/D)


Other Ports
1/4" Balanced/unbalanced outputs
1/4" Balanced/unbalanced inputs


PCI/Break Out Port


4 x 4 24-bit/96kHz full-duplex audio interface

4 x 4 analog I/O

software controlled 36-bit internal DSP digital mixing/routing

software configurable for +4dBu and -10dBV signal levels

zero-latency monitoring

Apple G5 compatible - Incompatible exceptions

includes Ableton Live Lite music production software, so you can make music right away

Physical Spec

5.13" x 0.88" x 5.38"
0.8 lbs.


Package Contents
Audio Card
Audio Cable
User Manual
Driver Disks

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Justin H.
  • 12/10/2011 1:33:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsRE: "Give me a break" & "Sound is good, usability is terrible"

Pros: 4x4 analog connections.
Pretty good sample rate/ bitrate
Windows 7 64 bit drivers available
Works with Pro Tools M-powered, and most likely Pro Tools 9 and 10.
Balanced line connections, unlike my mbox2 (which has TRS-labeled unbalanced outs).

Cons: Stupid people sometimes buy it, do not know what they bought or how to use it, write a bad review and insult the manufacturer.
(Tech level "High"? Seriously, the both of you... come on.)

No S/PDIF. [@KC7GR, please do not attempt to solder in spdif connections; it's really not that simple. Sharp observation, but not a good idea.]
Breakout box isn't half-rack sized (Personal preference).

Other Thoughts: I couldn't let the "musician of 25 years" who "does sound engineering" spread misinformation about the product and audio connections in general...
The interface accepts four 1/4" MONO balanced (TRS) or unbalanced (TS) inputs, and has four outputs of the same type. (The connections are configurable to +4dBu/-4dBv/-10dBv). TRS does not necessarily mean stereo; balanced connections are definitely NOT stereo! Please read the wikipedia entry about balanced audio.
To "AD," you are also confused and are probably confusing others. You do NOT need a Y adapter for a guitar. Guitars are not stereo instruments. If you are recording, for instance, a guitar track out of a stereo effects unit, then you will have to use two channels (L to 1, R to 2) to record as a stereo track. And, if you wanted something with a headphone jack, you should have bought a different interface/card. Two of the outputs typically go to your amp/monitors or powered monitors (which often have headphone jacks).

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  • jeff s.
  • 9/8/2011 12:21:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsgive me a break

Pros: I want one badly.

Cons: I dont have one yet.

Other Thoughts: do you people not know what BALANCED means? A balanced quarter inch jack has a +, -, AND a ground. Guess what... that means STEREO jacks. If you use a stereo (tip, ring sleeve) 1/4 inch plug, then you SHOULD have stereo signal. I've not used this device personally, but I do sound engineering, active musician for 25+ years, and I have NEVER seen a balanced 1/4 inch jack or plug that was not a stereo input ot output.

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  • Bruce L.
  • 6/23/2011 8:50:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLike night vs. day...

Pros: Outstanding sound quality, very quiet on recording, worked immediately with SoundForge and Acid Pro once I updated the drivers. Easy install for the software.

Cons: Beware: The default driver version which ships with these cards may cause SoundForge or Acid Pro to not start up. I had to update the drivers with the latest version from M-Audio's web site to correct the issue.

Other Thoughts: I really have to wonder if adding S/PDIF I/O costs as much as the difference in price between the 44 and the 66. Both boards appear to be identically laid out, footprint-wise, so I'm also wondering how hard it would be to convert the 44 to a 66 (granted, you'd have to be pretty good with soldering surface-mount parts).

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  • Phil K.
  • 10/5/2010 6:52:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the studio

Pros: The Delta is great for recording. There is no delay between track when you record them one at a time layering them over eachother. It's also compatible with with either 1/4-inch balanced or unbalanced. The software allows the inputs to be played through so you can hear them along with whatever is playing, this is useful when you are trying to record songs with several parts one at a time. Multiple cards can be used (4 max, I think) to allow for even more inputs for full band multitrack recording. ASIO compatible for low-latency and high fidelity recording with programs like ProTools or Audition.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is not an everyday sound card, it's ment for recording use. You have to use a pre-amp to use non line-level devices like a microphone or guitar as an input. I personaly use the four sub groups on my mixer and split the drums on one track and one track each for the 3 guitars, then I do vocals later.

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  • Adam D.
  • 1/17/2010 4:18:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSound is good, usability is terrible

Pros: Great sound quality, low latency, low noise

Cons: - Windows 7 drivers are lousy.
- Won't play nice with any other audio installed, including HD audio from a graphics card.
- Allows Windows to lock out the "everything you hear" option, so you can't record wave output from devices like CDs, DVDs, etc (same as Creative, etc)
- HUGE pain in the a__ to get working right on a PC
- ALL INPUTS AND OUTPUTS ARE MONO! No stereo headphones or line out! Ridiculously inconvenient design oversight (see below).
- Support is non-existent. M-Audio just got bought by another company and their tech support is completely non-responsive.

Other Thoughts: It might be OK if you're a studio user and have a big mixer you can connect different mono lines to. If you're a home audio user, you need to get Y-connectors for BOTH the input AND output. If you have an instrument like a guitar, the mono inputs mean you need a y-connector to split the signal to go into 2 separate channels, otherwise you're stuck with only left or right. M-Audio should be able to fix this in software in a blink, but for some reason it means a trip to Radio Shack for users instead.
Same for output. Mono outputs mean you need a combination of y-connectors and 1/4" to headphone converters to get a true stereo signal. This is a royal pain in the a__ because most y-connectors are mono-to-mono, not mono-to-stereo - you'll get the mix, but only in one ear! Seriously!? All the people at M-Audio had to do was put a stereo headphone or line out of the card or breakout box. Unforgivably inconvenient in my opinion. Will never buy M-Audio again for this reason alone

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  • Nicholas B.
  • 12/9/2009 3:11:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Good

Pros: I was skeptical of M-Audio, but given their obvious dominance in the audio-recording field, I went with them. So far it has sounded great in a stereo setup using everything from mp3's to Reason 4.0 and Acid Pro 7 with various VSTi's.

The breakout box and cable that come with it are convenient (the cable is maybe 1.5-2 feet long).

Cons: The card/breakout box does not have builting in preamps or "post" amps: you therefore must buy a headphone amplifier for use with headphones and preamps for recording mics or guitars (or whatever).

This can hardly be held against them given the reduced price of the card, so I only took one star...Given the money you must spend to do it regardless, if you hope to use headphones in your studio setup, or to record other than MIDI, save up for an audio card with built in preamps, etc. - unless you adore fiddling with hardware

Other Thoughts: Good card for the money, and the resolution of the audio is top of the line.

Especially true if you purchase on a time such as Black Friday. Newegg's deals are great.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/21/2009 6:04:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Sound

Pros: My computer doubles as a gaming rig and home recording studio. I have sterio Mackie referance monitors and was using them with Creative XF1 Fatality card.
Man, I put this card in and WOW what a differance!!
I didn't find it hard to configure at all with the latest drivers from the website. The do completely bypass the windows sound controls (I have XP) but their controls are easy to figure out.
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS because they require you to install the drivers BEFORE the card. I almost missed that :-)
I'd recommend these to anyone requiring a outboard IO box and am now a M Audio believer.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Easy install, GREAT Sound!!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/19/2009 5:14:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPro-sound at an incredible value

Pros: Incredible sound for the money. My inexpensive Logitech speakers sound full, I plan on upgrading. Sound is crisp and full on Sennheiser HD280pro headphones. Plenty of inputs for my needs which are guitar and bass (both direct) and a mic preamp. Signal to noise ratio is unbeatable at this price.

+4/consumer/-10 (db) Selection on each input and out put. Zero-noticeable compression that on-board and other gamer cards have.

Cons: Can be hard to configure for those who are not computer audio savvy. If you use Ventrilo or Teamspeak I suggest you use a USB microphone for input with headphones. That's the only con I foresee for most people, learning curve is rather high but it's not impossible to learn.

Other Thoughts: I have owned this audio card for the third or fourth time (lost count). There simply isn't a better soundcard for computer music/audio for the money. This sound card replaced on-board Realtek HD. ASIO4ALL worked well with the Realtek but I was losing beginning metronome in Sonar pre-count (not good). Dedicated audio solved this.

If you want as close to professional as you can get without shelling out $600 to $900 on another sound card you cannot go wrong with this one.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 4/3/2009 2:58:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood device

Pros: Good device for the price

Cons: NOTE: The PCB on this card is wide enough that it may not fit into a 1U rackmount case.

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  • Mark E.
  • 3/28/2009 9:49:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwsome

Pros: Great quality... Works awsome with protools

Cons: Wish there was more input outputs

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