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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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Still PCI Express
By mendocinosummit on 8/17/2006 12:23:30 AM , Rating: 5
I want to see PCI express x1 cards, why release a new product and not make one pci express. I would think that they would see very well.




RE: Still PCI Express
By Cunthor01 on 8/17/2006 1:14:54 AM , Rating: 2
You are right. Heaps of people are ditching PCI mobos in favour of PCI-e. Except there is not much out there to fit the damn slots... (well, at least tuner cards last time I looked)


RE: Still PCI Express
By plewis00 on 8/17/2006 7:32:38 AM , Rating: 2
I think a lot of us are thinking the same thing. Fortunately, in my budget upgrade to Core 2, I went with an i865 board so am still running AGP, DDR1 and PCI, but when I move boards to 9xx series I'd want a PCIe sound card really.

If you can use bridge chips on graphics cards where latency is important (probably even more so than sound) I don't see why it can't be done on sound cards.


RE: Still PCI Express
By MonkeyPaw on 8/17/2006 10:57:32 AM , Rating: 2
I totally agree. You'd think that creative would target thier high-end cards for high-end systems. Most new systems have PCIe slots, though many OEM mATX boards have one 16 lane slot and three PCI slots. That certainly doesn't help the cause, but creative should at least offer a PCIe card.


RE: Still PCI Express
By CSMR on 8/17/2006 11:11:10 AM , Rating: 2
I would think most of their products are sold to amateurs not professionals. You can do very well with a computer a few years old. Doing DSP on audio tracks just takes a bit longer.


RE: Still PCI Express
By mendocinosummit on 8/17/2006 12:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
That is not what he meant. I think what he meant was enthusiast and they do buy boards that have PCI express and they are the ones that buy sound cards, because they make music and games sound better and they also give you about from a 1 to 3 percent improvement in benchmarks.


RE: Still PCI Express
By CSMR on 8/17/2006 1:29:35 PM , Rating: 2
These cards are not gaming cards; they will not give you performance improvements in games. You are right though people who are interested in gaming performance are likely to have computers with PCI express.


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