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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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RE: ehh...
By salt636 on 8/16/2006 11:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
well please correct me if im wrong, but are there any other audio solutions that do 384Khz at the price range that the EMUs are going for? I think that we should keep in mind that the EMU range is going after the computer musician and not really the audiophile. So, that being said, maybe they mean pro computer musician or something.

Being an ex owner of the 1212M myself (sold it 'cos i was poor), i would like to say that although the customer support isn't as top notch as i'd have liked it to be (they took really long), there is a really good support forum "EMU Production Forums", where EMU staff (the ones that build the cards and the drivers) themselves hang out and try to help out to the best of their ability.

Audio computers are a really different breed from your regular gaming machine. It really even boils down to the different brands and type of hardware that you have. Everybody has different individual problems, and its really not easy to identify problems straightout.

It is through numerous windows tweaks, and really just using the process of elimination to find out what's wrong (if you're unlucky enough - like me), that's why people normally scout what others are using without problems to have a trouble-free audio computer...

while i might not really agree with the previous post that suggested that M-AUDIO is a better solution (their customer service isn;t really something to be praised either), MOTUs rock. But again, as it was highlighted in sh3rules highlighted in his/her post, at what difference in price?

Just my 2 cents.


RE: ehh...
By Lyman42 on 8/17/2006 3:17:58 AM , Rating: 2
Who needs 384khz? Does somebody need to record bat sonar or something? Such a fast sampling rate can only reduce accuracy. I can understand using 96khz or maybe 192 if you're doing a lot of FIR/IIR processing, but 384khz? Take a look at Lavry Engineering's stuff, none of it goes past 96khz. There's more to sound recording than just sample rate....


RE: ehh...
By Bluestealth on 8/17/2006 5:13:58 AM , Rating: 1
Ummm I havent read the specs but I imagine this is 384khz/8 or 48 Khz per channel, where as 192khz was only 24 Khz per channel. Correct me if I am wrong.


RE: ehh...
By CSMR on 8/17/2006 11:06:00 AM , Rating: 2
You are wrong. No-one in his right mind would use 24khz


RE: ehh...
By Bluestealth on 8/17/2006 6:32:59 PM , Rating: 2
Are these DACs split between each input or for all? I can kind of understand why 384 khz is pointless then if its for each input :), I have no experience with proaudio tools so I was curious why something would be not good enough for a audiophile(perhaps slightly insane?) but ok for a musician.


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