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E-mu 1820 Computer Recording System

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The E-MU 1820 Computer Recording System delivers everything you need to produce audio on a PC with professional results: 24-bit/192kHzconverters, har...Click To Read More About This Product

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A soup-to-nuts desktop recording solution.

The E-MU 1820 Computer Recording System delivers everything you need to produce audio on a PC with professional results: 24-bit/192kHz
converters, hardware-accelerated effects and mixing, and seamless compatibility with your favorite PC audio/sequencer software. E-MU has teamed up with the Creative Advanced Technology Center, a world leader in ASIC and algorithm development for PC audio, to create the new line of Creative Professional hardware interfaces that stand toe-to-toe with the most advanced and expensive audio systems in the
world. The E-MU 1820 offers you a complete Digital Audio System at a price that will change your expectations of desktop recording forever.

The system features pristine 24-bit, 192kHz converters and flexible connectivity with 18 audio inputs, 20 outputs, 32 channels of MIDI I/O, plus a FireWire port for seamless integration with your entire studio. 2 premium TFPro mic preamps have 2 mic/line/Hi-Z inputs with 40dB of gain/attenuation and 48V phantom power. You can plug guitars, keyboards, and microphones straight into your system. A 32-bit multi-effects processor offers you over 16 hardware-accelerated, studio-grade effects with no CPU overhead. Plug-in architecture allows you to add new effects as needed.

With 32 channels of zero-latency hardware mixing/ monitoring routed through a super-flexible virtual patchbay, no external mixer is needed.


The 1820 system has full compatibility with most popular audio/sequencer applications through its ultralow latency WDM, DirectSound and ASIO 2.0 Drivers

The 1820 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 powerful studio software package bundled with the system means you'll be tracking and mixing within minutes of installing the hardware.

FEATURES
  • 18 inputs/20 outputs
  • E-DSP hardware-accelerated effects with over 500 presets
  • 2 sets of MIDI I/O plus FireWire interface
  • 2 TFPro Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamps
  • Compatible with most popular PC audio/sequencer software
  • Zero-latency hardware mixing/monitoring
  • Complete audio recording/editing/mixing/effects software package included

Order this total recording package today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • I/O Configuration:
  • 2 TFPro Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamps (w/48V phantom power)
  • 6 1/4" Balanced Inputs
  • 8 1/4" Balanced Outputs
  • Turntable input (with ground lug and hardware RIAA preamp)
  • 24-bit/192kHz ADAT In/Out (switchable to S/PDIF)
  • 24-bit/96kHz coaxial S/PDIF In/Out (switchable to AES/EBU)
  • 24-bit/96kHz optical S/PDIF Out (switchable to AES/EBU)
  • 2 sets of MIDI In/Out
  • 4 stereo 1/8" speaker outputs (configurable from stereo to 7.1)
  • Stereo headphone output
  • Firewire interface
  • System Features:
  • 32-bit E-DSP hardware effects acceleration
  • Over 20 effects algorithms (more than 500 effects presets)
  • Plug-in effects architecture
  • Zero-latency mixing/monitoring
  • 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)
  • Package Includes:
  • E-MU 1010 PCI card
  • E-MU AudioDock
  • EDI (E-MU Digital Interface) cable (3 meters)
  • Headphone splitter cable
  • PC power cable
  • 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 effects 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
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive required for software installation
  • XVGA Video (1024 X 768)
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3.8

(based on 25 reviews)

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    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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Good, but...

I upgraded to this from the 1212, basically the same thing but now I have 2 extra inputs and spend extra. This works great, patching is easy IF you use the software provided...Read complete review

I upgraded to this from the 1212, basically the same thing but now I have 2 extra inputs and spend extra. This works great, patching is easy IF you use the software provided and/or Cubase or some other such ASIO (not sure if this is the right spelling of the acronym) compatible software. I also have a Soundblaster in my highly modified Dell and I got blue screens every blue moon, but I havn't gotten one since I upgraded the driver from the E-MU website. This will NOT let you use your computer speakers as monitors through my SB card though; I run the E-MU outputs to my stereo and it works fine. Tons of channels, works great once you get the settings right (which takes a bit of tweaking, but if you are good with a computer you should do fine, especially with the manual). I play bass, for some reason in one session my bass sounded like junk. Restarted the computer, sounded fine. I think that the ongoing computer processes gradually deteriorate the program on the RAM, but this is easily fixed with a restart. Come to think of it, this has not happened since the driver update either...

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Great features but not simple

I bought the 1820 after downsizing my SONAR based DAW system. I previously had lots of outboard gear and digital mixers. This was going to be the start of my return to simplicity to...Read complete review

I bought the 1820 after downsizing my SONAR based DAW system. I previously had lots of outboard gear and digital mixers. This was going to be the start of my return to simplicity to quickly get my songwriting ideas. I am very fluent with SONAR, SoundForge, CD Architect and may plug-ins. HOWEVER, this thing made my setup much more complex than I wanted. It includes the PatchMix DSP software mixer. I suppose you can do anything with routine and effects imaginable with it, but I struggled to make sense of it. I did get it working, but for me it isn't worth adding one more layer of complexity digital mixer complexity on top of SONAR. It just does toooo much! But if you invest the time to crack this sucker you are getting a lot for your money. But you need to spend a good day learning how to use it.

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2.0

E-MU 1820

By B. Bremer

from Glendora, CA

Although all components are of the highest quality, I found this system to be so complex that it took away from making music. It is VERY difficult to understand and impliment. The manual is over 600 pages and if you want a printed version, you have to print it out yourself.

 
5.0

I love EMU cards

By demac

from Merced,CA

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I've had a emu 0404, 1616m, and now a 1820 I love the drive and there software set, I think its the best sound card in the price range by far, and I used M-audio, Tascam, and just about all of them under $600 and I love the 1820.

 
1.0

Beware if you do 96 or 192kHz sampling rates

By jefff

from San Jose, CA

While the card *can* do 96kHz and 192kHz, most of the audio inputs are disabled, as are thehardware DSP effects.If you're doing 44.1 or 48 work at 16 or 24bits,it works find *but* that's not why I bought the card and it's going back.

 
4.0

Good, but...

By Meh!

from Sacramento, CA

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I upgraded to this from the 1212, basically the same thing but now I have 2 extra inputs and spend extra. This works great, patching is easy IF you use the software provided and/or Cubase or some other such ASIO (not sure if this is the right spelling of the acronym) compatible software. I also have a Soundblaster in my highly modified Dell and I got blue screens every blue moon, but I havn't gotten one since I upgraded the driver from the E-MU website. This will NOT let you use your computer speakers as monitors through my SB card though; I run the E-MU outputs to my stereo and it works fine. Tons of channels, works great once you get the settings right (which takes a bit of tweaking, but if you are good with a computer you should do fine, especially with the manual). I play bass, for some reason in one session my bass sounded like junk. Restarted the computer, sounded fine. I think that the ongoing computer processes gradually deteriorate the program on the RAM, but this is easily fixed with a restart. Come to think of it, this has not happened since the driver update either...

 
5.0

Great Home Studio Tool

By The Parasprinter-KUuJn

from Tempe, AZ

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Got my 1820m about 6 months ago as part of a home studio upgrade. Hardware installation is amazingly simple (and this is coming from a guy who had never opened up his computer before), but unfortunately the software interface isn't quite so obvious. That's not to say it isn't easy to operate (in fact it's EXTREMELY easy once you understand it), it's just not intuitive. All inputs and outputs sound great at all sampling rates. 192kHz recording sounds amazing, but a lot of features are disabled at this speed, so check the details thoroughly if you're looking for a lot of effects. The dropouts people keep complaining about are eliminated completely in about 5 minutes by adjusting a few options on your recording software, so don't let that dissuade you, just be willing to read your manuals.All in all, I rated 'features' lower due to the non-intuitive software interface, but I'm really happy with this purchase and I highly recommend it.

 
5.0

Threw the M-Box Away

By Scotty J.

from Bitter Clinger

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The E-MU 1820 is, in my opinion, the best addition that I've made to my home studio to date. The M-Box had noticeable latency, I haven't seen a bit with the 1820.The connections were straight forward, I set my PC sound output for ASIO and the 1820 takes it from there. Now I can not only use my monitors for mixing, but I can also play music through them via the 1820.

 
5.0

E-Mu Review

By Twiggz

from Austin,Texas

I bought my E-Mu 1820 Sound in 2005 and I fell in love with it. I have a home based studio and get quality studio sound recordings from the comfort of my home using Cubase. This product will amaze you and if you love music and recording you will not be disappointed at all. I recommend it to anyone serious about their music production.

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4.0

Emu 1820 System

By concep

from Dekalb, IL

Much like the other reviewers, I found the Patchmix software to be impossible to navigate at first. However, after some a day or two of careful study I figured it out. It works great. The only issue I've had is that I can't get the DSP effects to work inside Samplitude. If you have a Creative Soundblaster card on your computer, make sure to remove it along with the old drivers before you install this card. Both cards won't work well on the same system because the drivers are incompatible. I remember reading this in the documentation. It has a lot of inputs and phantom power for your mics. Make sure you have a good powersupply on your computer if you plan to use the phantom power. I would have ranked this a 10, if the patchmix program's interface wasn't so poorly conceived. That being said, it works very well once you get past the complexity.

 
1.0

Hard to setup

By Gatsbi

from California

I've try to setup this thing over my existing Audigy 2 soundcard and that was a mistake...I got a blue screen of death on XP (very rare to see that on XP!). Included software was hard to configure (or maybe I'm just dumb)... I just want something nice and simple setup that will give me clean sound with no latency...

 
3.0

Window SP3 Drivers! Fatal issue

By Dave Usher

from St. Louis MO

I bought one of these a year ago, and it has been a useful interface. The mixer works well, sound is clean.If you bought this unit do not install windows XP Service Pack 3. Creative does not have a driver, and SP3 won't see the pci card. It will mess up your PC. Backing out is very tricky, no support from Creative. At the moment it looks like I will have to rebuild my PC from scratch to straighten out Creative's mess.

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