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E-mu EmulatorX Studio Sampler with 1820M PCI card   

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The E-Mu EmulatorX Studio Sampler with 1820M is a true professional sampling system redesigned from the ground up. It offers musicians and sound engi...Read More

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Build presets and automate your sampling like never before!

The E-Mu EmulatorX Studio Sampler with 1820M is a true professional sampling system redesigned from the ground up. It offers musicians and sound engineers unprecedented tools for automated sampling and preset creation. The integrated waveform editor, unrivaled synthesis engine, and patented Z-Plane morphing filters deliver hands-on control over your sounds right down to the sample level with the perfect balance of usability and raw sonic potential. Delivers the best of both worlds -- true professional sampling, synthesis, and sound quality with all the advantages of software.

Automated sample acquisition and preset creation

Sampling is as easy as loading a preset with intelligent, automated sampling and preset creation from both external audio and batch files, allowing you to turn a WAV file into a fully functioning preset in seconds with a single click of your mouse.

Integrated waveform editor

Provides you with a host of professional DSP tools that you've come to expect from E-MU (e.g., Gain Change, Time Compression/Expansion, Sample Calculation with automatic digital tuning), giving you total control over your samples.

Advanced synthesis architecture

No software sampler can match the depth of the synthesis engine, with 36 patch cords per voice, over 50 patented Z-Plane morphing filters, multiwave LFOs, conditional voice modulation, clock modulation, and a host of other synthesis features and parameters. You can even save your favorite synth setups as templates for quick editing.

E-DSP hardware-accelerated multi-effects processor

Offers you over 20 hardware-accelerated effects (over 500 presets), freeing your computer from running CPU-intensive plug-ins that limit your audio performance. The E-DSP effects architecture is fully expandable, allowing you to add more effect plug-ins to your system as needed.

PatchMix DSP mixing and monitoring

E-MU's PatchMix DSP delivers 32 channels of zero-latency hardware mixing and monitoring, delivering unmatched flexibility in routing audio between all of your physical and virtual (ASIO/WDM) inputs and outputs -— no external mixer needed.

The EmulatorX 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.

Mastering-grade E-MU 1820M 24-bit/192kHz audio interface & breakout box

Emulator X ships with an 1820M PCI card and breakout box with 2 TF Pro Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamps; 6-1/4" balanced inputs; 8-1/4" balanced outs; turntable input; 24-bit/192kHz ADAT In/Out (switchable to S/PDIF); 24-bit/192kHz coaxial S/PDIF (switchable to AES/EBU); 2 sets of MIDI In/Out; 4 stereo 1/8" speaker outs; headphone out; and FireWire interface. Also includes E-MU Audio Dock M, E-MU Sync daughter card, EDI digital interface cable, sync cable, and headphone splitter cable.

  • Automated sampling, pitch detection, and preset creation with integrated waveform editor
  • Advanced synthesis architecture with over 50 Z-Plane filters and 100 tempo-based parameters per preset
  • Standalone or VSTi operation
  • Sound engine supports RAM and streaming playback
  • 24-bit/192kHz PCI interface with 18 inputs/20 outputs, 2 preamps, MIDI, and FireWire I/O
  • E-DSP hardware-accelerated multi-effects processor with over 500 presets
  • Comprehensive sound format support
Ships with Over 2GB of Truly Useful Sounds
  • Emulator X ships with these killer sounds:
  • X Producer - 1 CD
  • Proteus Composer - all 1024 presets from E-MU's Proteus 2000 sound module
  • E-MU General MIDI - collection of sounds for use with standard MIDI files
  • Hip Hop Producer - over 100 of E-MU's legendary urban sounds
  • Saint Thomas Strings - symphonic strings
  • Studio Grand - 2 CDs
  • E-MU's definitive sampled grand piano, optimized for the Emulator X streaming engine
  • Beat Shop One - 1 CD
  • Acoustic Drum Kits - brand new modern, rock and studio kits

The world of sound is your playground with the Emulator Studio.


EmulatorX Studio Sampler with 1820M PCI card

  • Minimum System Requirements:
  • Genuine Intel Pentium III or AMD K6 class processor or higher operating at 1__GHz or faster (Pentium 4 at 2_ GHz or faster recommended)
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard & chipset
  • 512MB System RAM (1GHz or greater recommended)
  • 7200 RPM hard disk
  • 200MB of free hard disk space for minimum installation (3GB needed 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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E-Mu knows what they are doing

By free77

from WA, USA

This product kicks booty. It has everything I ever wanted in a E-Mu sampler, but then its a sound card, and not only that, a sound card with SOME OF THE BEST SPECS YOU CAN BUY!


Do Your Job

By Moose Lewis (Aquilla/VRS Band)

from Richmond, VA

I have been producing some of my best material with this system for about a year now, and am just blown away. I have years of experience in live performance as well as studio engineering and production. You can spend over 3 grand to get this kind of quality, or you can use your head. Yeah - you have to learn to use the system. That guitar doesn't play itself either. If you think this stuff is easy - you're not giving much credit to those of us who have spent our lives learning to produce sound. If you need more channels, either plug an analog board in through the TRS/XLR connectors, or spend a little bread for a digital mixer. The preamps are great, the controls are pro and the sound is incredible. I've used it with a variety of applications (Cubase/Reason/Audition 1.5 & 2.0), recording both digital & live vocals/instrumentation, with stunning results. Incidently, the Grand Piano in EmulatorX will send chills up your spine (especially using a good controller). Get the product, download the updates and templates - get to work (if you print out your manuals - it makes it easier to learn as you go)! With tools like this, it's all on you. Do your job.


Best For the Price

By epiphone77

from WA

This card is awesome, the inputs are great and the 192K processor makes all the difference. Sure beats the hell out of my SB Audigy 2 ZS. Amazing what a good preamp and DSP does for sound. Haven't really used the Emulator-X but I got the whole bundle for the normal list price of the 1820M.


Great DAW, pristine audio, needs more I/O

By Jay Lenard T.

from South Central Pennsylvania

The Emulator-X has great digital audio features and the sampler capability is mind-blowing. I only wish it had four more, maybe eight more, TRS inputs and outputs. Otherwise, it can handle almost anything: analog, SPDIF, light-pipe or ADAT. It also has Word Clock, and all of these mentioned features are switchable and adaptable via the on-screen mixer.


Studio grade

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This product is well worth the investment. It has all the bells and whistles that this one man band needs and more to produce a product that sounds like it was recorded in a major studio setting. Thanks E-MU.

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Nice product - bad copy protection

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The 1820m sounds great to my ears. EmulatorX could be very useful, too, except for one show-stopper: The copy protection. Even though the PCI card is required to install EmulatorX, each and every install requires the original CD, which you can't make an operational backup of. Lose or damage the CD, and you will no longer be able to install your EmulatorX, you'll lose access to all of those samples you worked so hard on, and any sequencer data requiring the presence of the EmulatorX. EMU says they'll replace people's CD's if they lose them or they become damaged, but what happens if EMU changes their policy, goes out of business, is bought, discontinues the product line, etc.?Not worth the risk for me. And, by the way, this is a non-returnable product. So, once you purchase it -- you're stuck.If EMU would just fix the CP so that users's don't risk access to their data, EmulatorX could be a great product. For now, though -- buyer beware!


Decent little card

By Bubbagump

from Columbus, OH

The 1820M is absolutely wonderful. The preamps are quite competant and the ASIO implementation is great. The PatchMix DSP mixer application is very intuitive for those used to working with an analog mixing board. The convertors are very accurate. The downfall is that the EmulatorX sampling software is buggy at best unusable at worst as of 8/30/04. It has problems with lockups as a VSTi in several VST hosts I have tried including Cubase. The stand alone application seems to be better, but by no means flawless. This is quite disappointing in that I really want the VSTi capability and that was one of the main reasons I went for the EmulatorX Studio package over just the 1820M.


bogus system software

By danny-z18ve

from missouri

Bought product around February 2005, poor directions for use. I called their technical support numerous times to get system to record, just to find out once you have tracks recorded you have to export the audio to a file so you can be able to have a final version on a CD. One huge stopper the software system doesnt do that! Called an advanced technical support in California, guy says he had same system version and system would not export audio! I was told software system has bug or is bogus, something to that sort. Anyway was told a month ago there is a new software CD that will be available for the price of shipping and handling by one of the wigs. Month went by called again and got the run around saying middle or end of month for a now free CD. I waited till 21 of June still no CD, I already paid for the product, whats the deal? I would strongly not recommend product!

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