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Item#: N82E16829110015

E-MU 1212M 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Digital Audio System

  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Interface
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Model

Brand
E-MU
Model
1212M

Audio core

Sample Rate
192KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
120dB

Ports

SPDIF In
Optical and Coaxial
SPDIF Out
Optical and Coaxial
MIDI/Joystick
MIDI In/Out
Other Ports
Two 1/4" Balanced Inputs
24-bit/192kHz ADAT In/Out (switchable to S/PDIF)
24-bit/96kHz S/PDIF In/Out (switchable to AES/EBU)

Spec

Interface
PCI
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP (SP 2) or Windows XP x64
System Requirements
Intel or AMD processor - 1 GHz or faster
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard & chipset
Microsoft Windows XP (SP 2) or Windows XP x64
256MB System RAM
900MB of free hard disk space for full installation
PCI 2.1 compliant slot for E-MU 1010 PCI card
CD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD-ROM drive required for software installation
XVGA Video (1024 X 768)

Features

Features
Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 96, 192kHz from internal crystal or externally supplied clock (no sample rate conversion)
Bit Depths: 24-bit I/O, 32-bit processing
PCI Specification:
PCI 2.2 Compliant
Form Factor: Universal Keyed, Short PCI Card
3.3V I/O, 5V Tolerant
PCI Bus-Mastering DMA subsystem reduces CPU usage
E-MU E-DSP 32-bit DSP with 67-bit accumulator (double precision w/ 3 headroom bits)
Hardware-accelerated, 32-channel mixing, and multi-effects processing
Zero-latency direct hardware monitoring w/effects
ASIO 2.0, WDM/MME/DirectSound Drivers
EDI (E-MU Digital Interface) proprietary 64-channel audio link over CAT-5 cable
Anti-Pop speaker protection minimizes noise during power on/off
Ultra-low jitter, clock subsystem: < 1 ns in PLL mode (44.1kHz, Opt. S/PDIF Sync)

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  • JEFF W.
  • 4/18/2008 2:24:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood sound quality

Pros: It's got amazing sound quality. I've made some amazingly high quality recordings. It's crystal clear. I've got a nice home studio now. It ran even better once I upgraded to a SATA raid.

Cons: The drivers are terrible, over complicated, and have almost no documentation. It took me forever to get mine working. You'll want to pull your hair out if the drivers ever stop working for no good reason - which has happened more than once to myself and a friend.

Also, the effects aren't that good. I still use my favorite DSP software effects or external effect units. I was pretty let down on that. Plus, it's tough to set up the internal effects. There's no good documentation.

I wish it had a professional microphone jack. I have to use an adapter.

Other Thoughts: You'll need Cubase or ProTools.

I originally got this to use with Emulator X. I'm convinced E-MU cannot write good software (plus they load everything down with so much copy protection - even the driver CDs!). Don't bank on this if your plan is to use Emulator X with the 1212m for a sampler. I could never get it to work right.

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  • Jeffrey N.
  • 1/4/2008 10:36:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsNot recommended

Pros: This soundcard promises much. A 120 db dynamic range from studio grade converters and an excellent bundle of free and trial software.

Cons: On a brand new computer with a fresh install of XP this card would not work no matter what I did. After 3 wipes of my hard drive, four fresh installs of XP and all drivers, updates of all firmware, disabling every unused system on my computer and so forth for four days I'm throwing in the towel. I can't recommend this card to anyone with a modern computer. E-MU tech. support didn't address my specific problem at all. Another soundcard installed perfectly with the default bios settings without a hitch.

Other Thoughts: The latest drivers available on the E-MU website are over two years old. Did they perfect this card or just give up trying? You can decide if you want to gamble $150. I lost.

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  • Tomasz S.
  • 12/8/2007 9:40:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSounds sweet, but not for everyone

Pros: Great sound quality, when used with the right outboard gear (and in properly treated space) this gizmo will make records on par with much more expensive setups. Great compatibility with serious music production software. Excellent ASIO latency, rock-solid under 5 ms on a 3yr old PC.

Cons: The driver, and associated I/O matrix will test your patience (and perhaps teach you a thing or two about audio routing.) Set aside a whole day to set this up properly. This card particularly hates AOL (shame on me for still using AOL.)

Other Thoughts: DO NOT get this card if you're a hardcore gamer. This is a specialty tool, and should be used as such. Make sure you have the right cables to connect it. You cannot use it with the average PC speakers without special adapters.

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  • Thomas J.
  • 11/30/2007 2:27:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for Hi-Fi

Pros: This card is aimed at hobbyists and budget professionals who wish to make high-quality "bedroom records." Well, guess what: the hi-fi community is finding the 1212m to be an excellent music listening card. The DAC is Cirrus Logic's flagship 4398, whose specs are outstanding. The noise is ultra-low, the dynamic range is huge. Used as a DAC for listening, the 1212m outperforms many standalone DACs costing twice its price.

Cons: The PatchMix DSP software has the potential to be very complicated, but like others have said, most people who buy this card know what they're doing already. Still, for plain music listening, you don't *need* to know anything about the software, really; Foobar and Winamp will work fine instantly.

It does take up two PCI slots, and if you only plan on using the analog OR the digital portions, you may feel like you're wasting a PCI slot.

The DSP effects are fine, but most people will already have much better software plug-ins installed (like Waves). If you just want a little EQ or compression for music listening, the on-board FX are worthy enough.

It's not meant to be a home theater card, so surround sound is out. But most software DVD players will downmix to two channels anyway. DVD's with Dolby Headphone encoding sound phenomenal with the 1212m.

Other Thoughts: It looks like I listed a lot of cons, but they don't really exist if you're the right person for this card...someone who just wants a few channels of great sounding audio, for studio purposes or for listening.

I use the 1212m with a good headphone amp and top-of-the-line headphones, and it sounds fantastic. I do a little basic recording, and a lot of MIDI work, so for me it's a great card. I really can't complain about anything.

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  • Marco D.
  • 9/16/2007 5:52:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVista Drivers

Pros: This is a card that allows you to do professional recording in your home PC.

Cons: Software learning curve very high, not really a con though. You wouldn't be buying the card if you're not serious about it.

Other Thoughts: Vista Driver information:

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/6/2007 1:36:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGamers Read Closely

Pros: Specifications are wrong on this item. It is not a 7.1 card there are no outputs for channels listed, also 7.1 should not be listed in title. Luckily I knew what I wanted when I ordered this, but a gamer would be pretty upset (this is more for a musician, or somebody wanting to hook up a sound board) It's excellent for it's intended purpose.

Cons: Specs. Do not match product. Fine for me I knew what I wanted.

Other Thoughts: Click on manufacturers page for complete info.

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  • Dyer W.
  • 7/10/2007 3:18:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsKiller Card

Pros: This thing is great. I bought all my stuff from Newegg that I used to build my Digital Audio Workstation. NewEgg did not have these cards then so I got it elsewhere. I have it hooked up to a Behringer ada8000 ADAT and I have been making some excellent multi track recordings. There are drivers for this card for Linux and I have recorded on Linux using Fedora 7 x64 with Ardour. Super low latency with analog and the MIDI..

Cons: Wish they were cheaper...

Other Thoughts: I recommend using a two HD setup with 10k 74g Raptors. I have this setup and it works great. I use one drive for my recording VST's and Applications, the other one just to record on. If you want to here some sample recordings go to myspace dot com bigskybluesband

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