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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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Sound quality?
By DukeN on 8/17/2006 9:50:21 AM , Rating: 2
How would these compare in strictly sound quality, compared to an X-fi?

I would be using the card with my Z2200 speakers or my home theatre (HK receiver, JBL towers all around + JBL sub), for music mostly.

Thanks.




RE: Sound quality?
By CSMR on 8/17/2006 11:19:05 AM , Rating: 2
You would not notice the difference using those speakers(with DSP turned off of course). The most important elements of sound reproduction are Speakers/room followed by amplification followed by source. The X-Fi is actually quite good if set up properly. Main problem is the connectors which are minijack. But the first thing to worry about is speakers. Look on the audio asylum and find the right speakers for your tastes. Then you might look into a better amp if you feel like it - easy to find for not that much these days.


RE: Sound quality?
By Eris23007 on 8/17/2006 12:50:31 PM , Rating: 2

I disagree. One of the principal differences between a semi-pro board with high quality converters (eg the EMU board) and a consumer board (the X-Fi) "should" be the jitter of the ADCs and DACs. Another major difference should be the quality of the analog electronics before the ADCs and after the DACs

One of the things you're all forgetting is that in order to hit those high sample rates, the jitter of the clock timing is going to have to be lower. This can have a dramatic effect on both recording and playback.

Look at Apogee, for example. Why do you suppose people pay $2K for a single stereo ADC or a single stereo DAC? Two reasons:

1) extremely low jitter
2) outstanding analog section before the ADC or after the DAC.

Don't discount such things - they are quite important.


RE: Sound quality?
By CSMR on 8/17/2006 1:34:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yes important but speakers are much more important. The difference between speakers is huge whereas the difference between sound cards of a is subtle especially above a certain level. If the poster had high end speakers say in a properly adjusted room with good amplification my answer would have been different.


RE: Sound quality?
By Clauzii on 8/17/2006 7:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
If You feed CRAP into the speakers - how the f... do You expect it to sound good? EVERY link in a signal chain is important.

You probably refer to the old method for speker selection for HiFis which said that Around HALF the amount used would be for speakers. NOT so today :)


RE: Sound quality?
By CSMR on 8/18/2006 4:12:17 AM , Rating: 2
Especially above a certain level I said. I think 70% is a good figure now not including room treatments because of the excellent amps and soundcards available for cheap these days.


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