Avid Audio Audiophile 2496

4-In/4-Out Audio Card with MIDI and Digital I/O

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The Audiophile 2496:

The Audiophile 2496 embodies a quantum leap in computer audio fidelity and performance unequaled by other audio cards in its price range. This critically acclaimed PCI card features premium digital audio converters, elegant board design, and ultra-stable drivers just like the rest of the Delta line, but with a simpler I/O configuration. As a member of the Delta family, the Audiophile 2496 supports all computer platforms and major software programs, ensuring seamless integration and rock-solid performance. See why the Audiophile 2496 is one of the best-selling digital audio cards in the industry.

36-Bit Embedded DSP:

All Delta cards contain a 36-bit embedded DSP enabling a software-driven patchbay/router for all analog and digital I/O - all with extremely fast throughput for low-latency software monitoring. A single unified control panel provides settings for clock and sample rates, buffer sizes, individual signal levels for every input and output, adjustable +4dBu/-10dBV pad controls and digital I/O control on up to four installed Delta cards. All controls are also easily accessible through most professional audio software applications for seamless integration and operation.

Bundled Software:

Ableton Live Lite delivers much of the functionality of Ableton Live - the revolutionary, multi-award winning music production solution that allows you to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. Live brings your acoustic, electronic and virtual instruments - as well as your digital audio recordings and MIDI sequences - together in a single interface with unparalleled ease of use. Ableton Live Lite 7 now sports up to eight tracks, more effect instances, an enhanced audio engine, 64-bit mix summing, multiple time signatures, new and improved devices, side-chaining, refined MIDI timing and more.

The Live Concept:

Live Lite offers two main views - the Session View and the Arrangement View - that interact in a powerful and unique way, allowing you to create, produce and perform your music all in a single application. Here is the principle behind each view:

Session View:
Live's Session View acts as a musical sketch and launch pad, encouraging you to try out new ideas and improvise freely. Each cell in the Session View grid can hold a loop, recording, MIDI file, complete song or any other musical element. These ideas can be recorded on the fly or dragged in from the Browser, combined and played in any order you wish.
Arrangement View:
The Arrangement View offers a timeline-based approach for traditional recording, MIDI sequencing, arranging, editing and other musical production tasks, and when you improvise in the Session View, all of your actions can be recorded into the Arrangement View, where they can be edited and perfected whenever you like.

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) Audiophile 2496 PCI card
  2. (1) Breakout Cable
  3. (1) Users Manual
  4. (1) CD or diskette containing software drivers and Delta Control Panel software for Windows 98/95/NT and Macintosh OS 8.5.1 or higher
  5. (1) M-Audio Warranty Registration card

Audiophile 2496 Features:

  • High-Definition 4-In/4-Out Audio Card
  • Up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio
  • 2 balanced analog inputs (1/4" TRS)
  • 2 balanced analog outputs (1/4" TRS)
  • SCMS copy protection control
  • S/PDIF digital I/O (coaxial RCA connectors) with 2-channel PCM
  • Digital I/O supports surround-encoded AC-3 and DTS pass-through**
  • Software routing of inputs and outputs
  • Digital I/O can be routed to/from external effects
  • 1 x 1 MIDI I/O
  • ASIO, WDM, GSIF 2, and Core Audio driver support for compatibility with most applications
  • Apple G5 compatible - Incompatible exceptions
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite music production software, so you can make music right away
  • Works with other Delta cards
  • Also found as: Audiophile2496, 2496, 24-96, Audiophile 24/96, Audiophile-2496
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Ableton Live Lite 7 Features:

  • Intuitive audio recording and MIDI sequencing*
  • More than twenty built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors and EQs*
  • Includes two software instruments: Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, and Impulse for dynamic, sampled drums*
  • Supports VST and AU effects and instruments*
  • Real-time time-stretching and warping of AIFF and WAV files for DJing and instant remixing
  • Tweak Live's controls in real time with any MIDI controller - just MIDI map it
  • All editing of your musical creations are non-destructive so you can experiment without worries
  • Integrated single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation
  • Dedicated Instant Mappings for many of M-Audio's controllers
  • A wide selection of presets for Live Lite's instruments and effects
  • Extensive built-in step-by-step tutorials
  • Localized software menus, tutorials, and PDF reference manuals available in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese


  • Frequency Response: 22Hz-22kHz, -0.4, +/-0.4dB
  • Dynamic Range: 104dB (A-weighted) (D/A); 100.4dB (A-weighted) (A/D)
  • THD: < 0.002%

Minimum System Requirements for Audiophile 2496:

  • Windows:
    • OS: Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2)* / Vista SP2 (32Bit , 64 Bit) / Win7 (32Bit , 64 Bit)
    • CPU: Intel Pentium 3 500 MHz (96 kHz operation); Intel Pentium 2 400 MHz (48 kHz operation)
    • RAM: 128 MB (96 kHz operation); 64 MB (48 kHz operation)
    • Connectivity: Available PCI slot
    * Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
    ** Windows XP required for Dolby Digital and DTS "pass-through."
  • Mac OS:
    • OS: OS X 10.1.5, 10.2.8, 10.3.8, 10.4, 10.5.1
    • CPU: G3* 500 MHz (w/ OS 9.2.2); G4* 500 MHz (w/ OS X 10.1.5, 10.2.6, 10.3.8, 10.4, 10.5.1)
    • RAM: G3 = 128 MB; G4 = 256 MB
    • Connectivity: Available PCI slot
    * G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported.
    OS 10.3 required for Dolby Digital and DTS "pass-through" with Apple DVD Player.
    Currently there are two Apple G5 models that are incompatible with this product.
    Please click this link for more information.
    Intel-based Mac Pro and DualCore G5 with PCI-Express expansion slots not supported.
  • Format Compatibility:
    • ASIO 2
    • MME
    • Sound Manager
    • OMS
    • DirectX
    • Mac OS X Core Audio / Core MIDI

Minimum System Requirements for Ableton Live Lite 7:

  • Windows:
    • OS: XP or Vista
    • CPU: 1.5 GHz or faster
    • RAM: 512 MB
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended)
    • Quicktime 6.5 or higher
    • DVD-ROM drive
  • Mac OS:
    • OS: OS X 10.3.9 (10.4 or later recommended)
    • CPU: Any G4 or faster (Intel Mac recommended)
    • RAM: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
    • QuickTime 6.5 or higher
    • DVD-ROM drive
* Live Lite is limited to eight tracks, four simultaneous built-in audio effects, four built-in instruments, two AU/VST effects and two AU/VST instruments per project. Live Lite 7 does not include video support, compressed audio support, or Complex warp mode.

Inputs & Outputs

Total Number of Inputs
This is the total number of input connections that go into the unit.
Total Number of Outputs
This is the total number of output connections that the unit will produce.
Number of Combo Input Jacks
The number of combo input jacks on the device. Combo input jacks are a combination of XLR 3-pin and 1/4" TRS phone type inputs, enabling the user to choose one or the other based on their needs.
Number of Analog Inputs
This is the number of available analog inputs on the device
These are the analog inputs for the studio monitor.
RCA Composite
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs
This is the number of coaxial digital audio inputs that the receiver accepts.
Optical Digital Audio Inputs
This is the number of digital optical audio signals the receiver accepts.
Digital Inputs
The type of digital inputs available on the unit.
S/PDIF Coaxial (RCA)
Digital Outputs
These are the types of digital outputs available on the unit.
S/PDIF Coaxial (RCA)
Number of Preamps
This is the number of preamps available on the unit.
Independent Monitor Level Control
The abillity to control the main monitor level output.
MIDI Connections
The configuration of input and output connections on a MIDI controller.
5-Din In
5-Din Out
The ability for the MIDI controller to interface with a MIDI device via USB.
Headphone Output
If the unit is capable of outputting audio to a pair of headphones, this is the type of jack that makes the connection.

Digital Specifications

Computer Connection
The computer connections for the audio interface to transmit data and/or audio.
Sample Rate
Sample rate defines the number of samples per second (or per other unit) taken from a continuous signal to make a discrete signal.
96,000 Hz
Bit Depth
Bit depth represents the bits of information that are recorded for each sample. Bit depth directly corresponds to the resolution of each sample in a set of digital audio data. Common examples of bit depth include 16-bit CD audio, and DVD-Audio that can support up to 24-bit audio.
24 Bit

Audio Specifications

THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
22 - 22000 Hz

System Requirements

Operating System
This is (these are) the operating system(s) that the device needs to function properly.
USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
CPU Manufacturer
This specifies the manufacturer of the computers processor. The two major manufacturers are Intel and AMD.
CPU Cores
This is the number of cores inside the computer. The more cores, the faster and more efficient the computer will be able to process information.

General Specifications

Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
4 oz.


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