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Creative's E-MU 1212M PCI
Three new E-MU sound cards for the creative musicians

Creative Labs has launched three new E-MU professional sound cards. The new E-MU 1212M PCI, 1616 PCI and 1616M PCI are targeted towards creative musicians seeking multiple input/outputs, ASIO and high quality DACs and ADCs. At the lower end of the new E-MU product lineup is the 1212M PCI. It features 24-bit/192 KHz DAC and ADCs with a 120dB signal-to-noise-ratio. Audio I/O capabilities include 12 input and 12 outputs with MIDI I/O and Firewire. Two ¼” balanced inputs are also available too.

The E-MU 1212M PCI features:
  • Mastering grade 24-bit/192kHz converters - the same A/D converters used in Digidesign's flagship ProTools HD 192 I/O Interface delivering an amazing 120dB signal-to-noise ratio
  • Hardware-accelerated effects - over 600 standalone and E-MU Power FX VST plug-in effects with no CPU overhead
  • PatchMix DSP zero-latency hardware mixing and monitoring - with super-flexible patchbay - no external mixer needed
  • Comprehensive analog and digital I/O plus MIDI - 12 inputs and 12 outputs, plus MIDI I/O and FireWire port
  • Compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications - ultra-low latency 24-bit/192kHz ASIO 2.0 and Stereo WDM drivers
  • E-MU Production Tools Software Bundle - includes Cakewalk SONAR LE, Steinberg Cubase LE and Wavelab Lite, Ableton Live Lite 4 for E-MU, IK Multimedia AmpliTube LE and T-RackS EQ, Minnetonka diskWelder BRONZE, SFX Machine LT, plus E-MU's Proteus X LE Desktop Sound Module - everything you need to create, record, edit, master and burn is in the box
Next up is the E-MU 1616 PCI and has an external breakout box. It features 24-bit/192 KHz DAC and ADCs with a 112dB signal-to-noise ratio. There’s also a robust amount of input and output options including two ultra-low noise microphone/line-in preamps, four 1/4” balanced inputs, six ¼” balanced outputs, turntable input, S/PDIF, two sets of MIDI in/out, stereo 1/8” speaker outputs and a stereo headphone output. The stereo 1/8” speaker outputs can be configured for stereo or 5.1 channel audio usage. Lastly is the E-MU 1616M PCI, which is very similar to the 1616 PCI with the exception of the DAC and ADCs. The E-MU 1616M PCI has higher quality DAC and ADCs with a signal-to-noise ratio of 120dB. Aside from that its virtually identical to the E-MU 1616 PCI.

The E-MU 1616 PCI features:
  • Premium 24-bit/192kHz converters - 112dB signal-to-noise ratio for pristine recording and playback of your tracks
  • Hardware-accelerated effects - over 600 standalone and E-MU Power FX VST plug-in effects with no CPU overhead
  • PatchMix™ DSP zero-latency hardware mixing and monitoring - with super-flexible patchbay - no external mixer needed
  • Two E-MU XTC™ Class-A, ultra-low noise preamps (-127dBu) - Mic/Line and true Hi-Z inputs via Neutrik connectors, with analog soft limiter, 48V phantom power and 60dB of gain
  • Compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications - ultra-low latency 24-bit/192kHz ASIO2, WDM and 64-bit drivers
  • E-MU Production Tools Software Bundle - includes Cakewalk SONAR LE, Steinberg Cubase LE and Wavelab Lite, Ableton Live Lite 4 for E-MU, IK Multimedia AmpliTube LE and T-RackS EQ, Minnetonka diskWelder BRONZE, SFX Machine LT, plus E-MU's Proteus X LE Desktop Sound Module - everything you need to create, record, edit, master and burn is in the box
The new E-MU cards are priced at $150, $350 and $450 for the 1212M PCI, 1616 PCI and 1616M PCI respectively.


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Driver support?
By knitecrow on 8/16/2006 9:44:18 PM , Rating: 3
The main reason I stay away from creative is driver support, specifically, the lack there of.

Does anyone know if these cards have better drivers?




RE: Driver support?
By phatboye on 8/16/2006 10:15:29 PM , Rating: 3
People complain about creative's windows drivers but so far I have not had any problems. The one thing that does bother me is creative's slow driver release schedual.

And speaking of creative's drivers has anyone figured out how to make the X-Fi cards work in linux?

Also until someone releases a sound card for pci-e i'm not going to upgrade from my sb audiology 2zx.


RE: Driver support?
By Ardan on 8/17/2006 12:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
Their open source page says they're coming out with complete, full support in early 2007 for the X-Fi cards in linux. I wonder if that took long enough? :P


RE: Driver support?
By mlau on 8/17/2006 12:40:33 AM , Rating: 2
They're going to be closed-source crap, targeted for an
ancient kernel version. However, someone is working on
free drivers for the 1212m, he already can program the firmware
into the onboard FPGA


RE: Driver support?
By Araemo on 8/17/2006 9:39:04 AM , Rating: 2
I have an audigy(First gen), and I must say, the drivers they released last year are pretty good.


I just wish they had been out 4 years ago when I bought the card.

Until I rebuilt my system this spring, the way for me to install the latest Audigy drivers after an OS reinstall was:
Install the original drivers.

Install Creative driver update 1.

Install update for creative driver update 1.

Each one requires a reboot for the next one to work right.

WTF? When I went to the creative download page in march and found a brand new installer, one package, with better drivers, I was ecstatic. My Nforce2(Soundstorm! :) ) motherboard had finally died, so I had to either use my audigy again(which had had crackling problems on all my previous motherboards) with my new motherboard, or use the realtek onboard 8 channel audio - which had shit for output power, and noticeble issue I could hear on my 2.1 'computer' speakers(Good 2.1s, but still just 2.1s)


RE: Driver support?
By abhaxus on 8/17/2006 12:39:21 AM , Rating: 2
I agree wholeheartedly. I love my x-fi, don't get me wrong. but the months I endured with the rice krispies of creative (crackles and pops) because of poor driver support don't really endear me to them. I used to love their products, but their support for x-fi users has been terrible.


RE: Driver support?
By Ghouler on 8/17/2006 11:49:26 AM , Rating: 2
I have no crackling with my X-Fi.
Creative says those that have problems should check for PCI bandwidth issues. In many cases latest chipset drivers for mobo sort problems out.


RE: Driver support?
By CSMR on 8/17/2006 10:57:42 AM , Rating: 2
The current drivers for E-MU cards are very good. E-MU was a separate company until it was bought by creative. It's product line and drivers are quite distinct from audigy cards (though some DSP technology has been shared and some hardware brought into the X-Fis). In any case drivers are updates of the drivers from before Creative took over and are now very reliable as well as flexible. They are a bit complex to use if you only want to do simple things with them.


RE: Driver support?
By Clauzii on 8/17/2006 7:07:00 PM , Rating: 2
These cards are NOT the same as Audigys or whatever Creative makes for gaming and so. These are professional products from EMU (bought by Creative), a WELL known Sampler specialist in the past and present :)

These Cards are a dream :)


RE: Driver support?
By Clauzii on 8/17/2006 7:08:01 PM , Rating: 2
...oh - didn't see CMRS post above - sorry :)


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