PM Hideawaystudio. He's rebuilt an EII he knows exactly how cleverly put together they are.
Stab Frenzy wrote:An EII has a maximum theoretical noise floor of -48dB.
You'd be right if it was an 8 bit linear system, but it's not linear. It's (kind of double) companded so it's more like 12 bit. It's adaptive D*PCM apparently. So theoretically the noise floor should be -72dB. But companding does funny things to drum transients, for example.
So based on the assumption that Emu went to the trouble of getting as many bits as they could, I would assume that there is something wrong with the OP's EII. It makes no sense that they would put a crappy line input on it.
However, as I pointed out earlier lots of people used a Mac with sound designer and the 16 bit NuBus card to sample into the EII. There are videos on Youtube of Alan Wilder from Depeche Mode using the Mac with the EII.
PS great interview here with Dave Rossum, the guy that designed all of the Emulators:http://www.theemus.com/interviews.html