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E-mu 1212M Master-Level Recording System

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The E-MU 1212M Master-Level Recording System is easily expandable as your needs grow. Features mastering-grade 24-bit, 192kHz converters (the same co...Click To Read More About This Product

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Produce professional audio on your PC.

The E-MU 1212M Master-Level Recording System is easily expandable as your needs grow. Features mastering-grade 24-bit, 192kHz converters (the same converters used in the ProTools HD 192 I/O interface) and flexible connectivity with 2 - 1/4" balanced analog I/Os, 24/192 ADAT I/O switchable to S/PIDF, 24/96 S/PDIF I/O switchable to AES/EBU, MIDI I/O, plus a FireWire port. The 32-bit multi-effects processor offers over 16 simultaneous hardware-accelerated studio-grade effects with no CPU overhead, and the plug-in architecture allows you to add new effects as needed. 32 channels of zero latency mixing/monitoring with super-flexible virtual patchbay and full compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications make it project friendly. Also includes a powerful software studio package.

E-MU Systems has teamed up with the Creative Advanced Technology Center, a world leader in ASIC and algorithm development for PC Audio, to develop the new line of Creative Professional hardware interfaces that stand toe-to-toe with the most advanced and expensive audio systems in the world. Whether you are recording full-blown productions or running virtual instruments on a dedicated computer, the E-MU 1212M Digital Audio System delivers everything needed to create professional-quality music on your PC at a price that will change your expectations of desktop recording forever.

The 1212M is now shipping with the new Power FX software update, giving users the ability to run over 600 hardware-accelerated effects as VST plug-ins for Cubase and other applications. Power FX also introduces EMU's first expansion plug-in, with new reverb and delay effects.

The 1212M System is also available with EMU's comprehensive EmulatorX sampling software.

FEATURES
  • System features:
  • 32-bit E-DSP hardware effects acceleration
  • Over 20 effects algorithms (more than 500 effects presets)
  • Plug-in effects architecture
  • Intuitive drag-and-drop PatchMix DSP patchbay/mixing/effects interface
  • Compatible with most popular PC audio/sequencer software (ultralow latency WDM/DS and ASIO 2.0 drivers)
  • E-DSP hardware-accelerated effects with over 500 presets
  • MIDI and FireWire interfaces
  • Zero-latency hardware mixing/monitoring
  • Complete audio recording/editing/mixing/effects software package included
  • I/O Configuration:
  • 2 - 1/4" Balanced Inputs
  • 2 - 1/4" Balanced Outputs
  • 24-bit/192kHz ADAT In/Out (switchable to S/PDIF)
  • 24-bit/96kHz S/PDIF In/Out (switchable to AES/EBU)
  • MIDI In/Out
  • Firewire Interface (6-pin)

The power you need to break out of the ho-hum recording rut. Order now.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Package Includes:
  • E-MU 1010 PCI card
  • E-MU 0202 I/O daughter card
  • I/O card cable
  • Mini-DIN MIDI adapter cables
  • Quick Start guide
  • Operation Manual on CD-ROM
  • Creative Professional Software CD-ROM
  • Windows 2000 and XP Drivers
  • E-MU PatchMix DSP
  • E-MU E-DSP FX Library
  • Audio software package on CD-ROM
  • Minimum System Requirements:
  • Genuine Intel Pentium III or AMD K6 class processor or higher operating at 500MHz or faster
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard & chipset
  • 128MB System RAM
  • 500MB of free hard disk space for full installation
  • Windows 2000 SP 4, Windows XP SP 1 or greater
  • PCI 2.1 compliant slot for E-MU 1010 PCI card
  • Adjacent PCI slot for E-MU 0202 I/O daughter card
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive required for software installation
  • XVGA Video (1024 X 768)
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4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

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Entry-Level 192kHz

The main selling point of this card is its 24 bit/192kHz sampling rate at such a low price. No doubt the sound quality is excellent at this rate. However, it should be...Read complete review

The main selling point of this card is its 24 bit/192kHz sampling rate at such a low price. No doubt the sound quality is excellent at this rate. However, it should be noted that that the higher you set the sampling rate, the less features you have and the less channels are available. At 192kHz, there are only two analog inputs available. Obviously if you are miking drums, recording several vocalists simulataneously or recording your entire band at once, two channels isn't going to do the job. Keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to make this purchase. If you're looking to record more than two instruments or mikes at once, this is not the card for you.There is no breakout box with this unit and only two 1/4" inputs, two 1/4" outputs and no headphone out. This means that in order to make everything work nicely like with the breakout box units (i.e. E-MU 1820M or ESI WamiRack 192) you're going to need a patch bay, a headphone amp and a mike preamp (compressor/limiter). Once you make all those purchases, you're now approaching the price tag for the breakout box models.The feature I like least about this card is its software interface. It comes with a software mixer called PatchMix DSP. The interface is very clunky and difficult to use. Instead of having animated patch cords, you have what they call a "TV Screen" that you use to insert sends and effects. It's a real pain keeping track of it all. The worst part about it is that any time you change sampling rates in your sequencer, the PatchMix DSP pops up and forces you to load a new "session" that corresponds to that sampling rate, and you have to use the TV Screen to re-patch everything again. Fortunately, you can save the session and just reload it next time, but you still have to set up each session the way you want it for each sampling rate, rather than simply setting it up once and having the software automatically adjust to the sampling rate. A lot of times Sonar has crashed on me when the Patchmix pops up and complains about the changed sampling rate.Bottom line is that this is an inexpensive but entry-level 192kHz card. If you're just getting into home recording and want to make high-quality recordings using two channels or less at a time, I'd say go for it. However, bear in mind that you'll want to replace this card later on down the road when your tolerance for changing patch cables and working with only two channels reaches its end. If you're already set up in your studio and are looking for a long-term solution for recording, this is not the card for you. Take a look at the Wamirack or other such cards.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I own this thing....

I've had this blasted thing since April 2005, or I should say 3 of them. The first one had parts rattling around in the box, and I dared not install it. 2nd one...Read complete review

I've had this blasted thing since April 2005, or I should say 3 of them. The first one had parts rattling around in the box, and I dared not install it. 2nd one worked for about 2 mos., then the left analog output died. Now the 3rd one has quit altogether. No signal passes at all. Tech support was insistent my computer was at fault (I installed the 1212 in a different computer just to humor them, and it didn't work on it either), so I pitched the whole mess in the trash. I replaced it with a ProTools system, and now everything works just fine. When the unit worked it had excellent quality, maybe a bit excessive noise in the background.

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3.0

I own this thing....

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've had this blasted thing since April 2005, or I should say 3 of them. The first one had parts rattling around in the box, and I dared not install it. 2nd one worked for about 2 mos., then the left analog output died. Now the 3rd one has quit altogether. No signal passes at all. Tech support was insistent my computer was at fault (I installed the 1212 in a different computer just to humor them, and it didn't work on it either), so I pitched the whole mess in the trash. I replaced it with a ProTools system, and now everything works just fine. When the unit worked it had excellent quality, maybe a bit excessive noise in the background.

 
5.0

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By vm-Oh

from North Bend, OH

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For the price. This is a great value and solid. asio/wdm drivers with latency down to 2ms!Very Pleased !

 
5.0

AudioDockM available separately!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This card is DEFINITELY WORTH the money!With ADAT as well as Firewire, it's ready for easy expansion as one's needs grow! And amazingly, the external AudioDockM that comes with the 1820M is available separately, allowing one to purchase and upgrade to the 1820M as one's financially able! Which by the way, does have 6 balanced inputs, 2 mic inputs, a much NEEDED headphone jack with volume control! So yes, it's a fairly inexpensive upgrade that one can make at ANY future time when one's money is available! And IF one never never does, hey the 1212M is a GREAT soundcard that I'm VERY satisfied with!

 
5.0

Great sound.. great little card!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

If you have a little experience with sound cards and computers it is easy to set up and I love the fact that it has an optical out option because the sound is so much clearer than analog when it goes to my moniters. The card is an unbelievable value. Amazing! Costumer support was very helpful the one time I had a question. The only downside to this box is the limited inputs and no xlr, but you can always upgrade to the 1820m so all is not lost!

 
5.0

I'm Glad I Bought It... Great Interface!

By walter-2jCWg

from Florida

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I was using an USB interface before I purchased the 1212. I needed a faster and more stable interface without having to add another piece of hardware to my small workspace. With so many PCI choices, I followed the advice of a salesman that I have purchased gear from for years. He was absolutely right. The 1212 works perfect with Cubase SL3. I had my PC designed specifically for audio production? The 1212 completed the picture (At least for now). Although I wish that it had a headphone output, the card performs great overall! Clean and crisp.

 
5.0

Incredible Sound Card and Software

By teleman2112

from Oklahoma City

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I cannot believe the quality of this product, the software and the excellent Tech Support with this product. It is best bang for the buck with all the ins/outs on this, plus it is great sounding as well. E-MU also has 64 bit drivers on their website for XP x64 which is hard to find for anyone else out there. E-MU is ON TOP of their game with this card. The software is like a mixer in itself and is very powerful - it is not a toy or a simple plug in card, though, so novices will have to spend a few hours understanding how it works. For intermediate users you will be GREATLY satisfied. I intend to buy another for an additional computer system. It also comes with excellent trial/limited version software. To top it off, its compatibility, price, and performance is OUTSTANDING. BUY IT!!!

 
5.0

Great features at a great price

By Xyrium

from NY

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Wow, extremely neutral, though on the side of clinical. I haven't run Rightmark Analyzer on it yet, but the dynamics and S/N ratio is amazing. This card is dead silent, and wonderful with the balanced connections to my powered monitors.

 
4.0

E-MU 1212M

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The E-MU 1212M is OK but my left audio IP has become distorted and effectively useless. The mixer is stupid and defies anyone with less than a 144 IQ.The included software only works with certain setups. Gives good playback quality.

 
1.0

Bad customer service

By Pain

from Oklahoma

I bought this product hoping I would save some room from all of the analog equipment I have, but it didn't pan out the way I hoped. I rarely ever got a signal to the Cubase and when I did it was to weak to record. Their customer service was horrible. They would never give me a straight answer to the problem I was having. I wished it would have worked but it didn't.

 
4.0

NO UPDATE WDM DRIVERS

By E2rd

from The Netherlands

This card is good/ very good, but I miss an new WDM driver update, therefore my low rating.So E-MU technicians....please a update!!!Only then I/we can give you rating 9 /10

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