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Getting Camtasia to work with the E-MU 1616 Sound Card

Pete Brown - 07 November 2009

I just got sound working in my C64 emulator and I wanted to record a short WMV of M.U.L.E. to send to a few friends, but couldn’t figure out how to get sound recorded. I just tonight got both M.U.L.E. and sound working, so I just had to let people know :)

If you have a usb headset soundcard, you’re generally out of luck. You can’t record that sound as nothing is coming “back” to the PC.

However, I also have a pro sound card, used mostly for ASIO stuff, MIDI, and recording. It’s an EMU 1616 PCI card with an external box. It has a boatload of inputs, as well as MIDI in/out. Cost me half a leg when I bought it, so I get annoyed if it won’t do every last thing I demand of it :)


Anyway, couldn’t get Camtasia to pick up the audio for that until I started playing with the sound card’s mixing software.

It’s pretty simple once you get down to it:

  • Open up PatchMix DSP
  • Make sure you have a strip for Wave 1 / 2 in there – the default wave source on your computer
  • Crank up its aux 1 send to zero (the knob below all the inserts)
  • Over on the right, insert the WAVE/WDM (Camtasia doesn’t use ASIO) send to Aux 1, and make sure you have the volume up.
  • In Camtasia recorder, pick the E-MU 1616 device as the audio source.


Right-click the Aux 1 insert (where it says Send in the shot above) and you’ll get this menu:


Pick the Wave L / R and ok the dialog.


Verify by clicking the Send insert. You should see this


You may need to lower the master volume to a reasonable level, but other than that, you’re good.

Viola! Now I can record the awesome SID music from my emulator :)

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posted by Pete Brown on Saturday, November 7, 2009
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6 comments for “Getting Camtasia to work with the E-MU 1616 Sound Card”

  1. acsays:
    I'm 90% sure you can do this in Vista/Win7 without any special setups, there's just such option in the audio config atleast for the onboard soundcards.

    Failing that there's "Virtual audio cable" commercial program you could select as default for playback/recording. Haven't tried it but should work.

    I play midi keyboard for fun and so far haven't had the need for prosumer dac like the EMU as you can get quite acceptable latency (buffer size 64) with asio4all and the onboard realtek in Windows 7.
  2. Pete Brownsays:

    Right, the issue here was specifically about getting the 1616 to work in this situation. Many on-board soundcards work without any config.

    My choices were my 1616 or my usb soundcard/headset. The latter had no chance, the 1616 required some config.

    Where you need the pro card is when you start doing anything complex with v synths and digital effects in a tool like fruityloops or cubase.

  3. Michael C, Neelsays:
    Very nice - are you running Win7 x64? I'm in need of a sound card that can handle SPDIF IN/OUT under Win7 x64, though probably would go with a 0404 or 1212 from E-MU (I already have an M-Audio ProFire610 for the bigger stuff).

    btw, I cannot read this blog without thinking "I hit L shift O to the quote then dollar"
  4. Pete Brownsays:
    Thanks :)

    I'm x86 on this machine (my others are 64 and this one will be once I decide to pave). I think there's a 64bit vista driver (there are no win7-specific drivers for the card at all), check on the support site. It's a decent card, and you should be able to get away with the 0404 or 1212 if you don't need all the IO. One of those (the 1212?) is the same card, just different external box/cable octopus.

    I'll post some L shift O * ,8,1 after PDC :)


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