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August 27, 2008

E-MU Tracker Pre USB 2 review

E-MU TRACKER PRE-USB 2.0 - AudioFanzineIn a world of myriad low-cost audio interfaces, E-MU has made a bold move with it’s new Tracker Pre USB 2.0. Though somewhat similar to it’s predecessor, the 0202 USB 2.0, the Tracker Pre has created a stir due to E-MU’s new CurrentMorph circuit design, which allows the Tracker Pre to offer +48V phantom power and the use of its converters (24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A ) while using only USB bus power! Is this the answer to the nomadic recording artist’s prayers? Here is the pros and cons

Value for the Money
Software Bundle
Preamps – value for the money
Completely USB Powered – including Phantom Power!
Drivers – Low Latency
Direct Monitoring
Ground-Lift Switches
Versatility – Can also be used as an autonomous Preamp

Phantom Power Pop – when turned on and off
The GUI (or lack of it)
Level Indicators – could have used at least one more
Continuous Direct Monitoring Knob

Read the detailed E-MU Tracker Pre USB 2 review.


  1. The preamps are really not that great if I compare them to my Edirol UA-101, UA-25EX or Mackie 402 mixer. The gain is low and the hiss is high. And the input pots have a glitch; there is a big jump in gain over the last 2mm of travel.

    And as for the CurrentMorph circuit; even my 2-year-old UA-25 has 48V phantom power over just a laptop’s USB connection (no external PSU needed).

    So what’s the big deal?

    Comment by Ken Knopfli — October 8, 2009 @ 11:56 am

  2. There is a performance test report here. According to the report, EMU Tracker Pre has a very low distortion, no noise level, and very flat frequency response.

    Comment by Jim Price — April 21, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

  3. Sorry, forgot the link,

    Comment by Jim Price — April 21, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

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