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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 21 reviews )
 16 reviews76 %
 3 reviews14 %
 1 user review5 %
 1 user review5 %
Value For Money : Excellent
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

E-MU 1212M
Features are limited, but it is only a soundcard so what more could you want?

Price paid: $200 USD


The installation is easy, however the Patchmix to set the unit up with your software can be a daunting task if you've never done this stuff before. They could have made it a little easier.


I've had mine for over a year now and it works just as well as it did on the first day. No complaints whatsoever.


Great quality of audio going in and coming out of this card.

Its a great unit for the price and I would encourage artists on a budget to pick it up.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Riott ( 3-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

E-MU 1212M
The soundcard features stereo 1/4 jacks for in and out (L/R in, L/R out), S/PDIF in and out, ADAT, and Midi in and out. I am currently only using the 1/4 jacks (ins for my turntable, outs for my speakers) and they're great. For a pci soundcard, it's got everything.

Price paid

$135 USD


I haven't even begin to tap the full potential of this soundcard but the software/driver that it comes with (patchmix dsp) seeems a little bit complicated, but that may be just because I am a beginer. The asio routing seems to be confusing to me. Installation was easy, plug in both cards into pci slots and connect the ribbon cable between the two. as of recording through the 1/4 jacks, i didn't have to set up anything. just plug in the 1/4 cables and hit record in cubase.


I bought it used, and it seemed as good as new.


This is the only sound card i have expiereince with but for me, i am satisfied with it. I am sure there are better soundquality sound cards out there but for the price i got it for (and the original price), you can't beat it.

I personally love this sound card. in my opinion its the best pci sound card (besides the higher models of the emu soundcards). But for the price, this is a great sound card. In use with a mixer and a midi interface, you can hook up anything to your computer.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: loh90 ( 1-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

E-MU 1212M
S/pdif (coax), adat (optical), balanced 1/4" in/outs, all gold plated, midi, firewire and an adapter for the e-mu dock.. what else do you need?


If you're used to dsp cards, or cards with dedicated mixing software you won't have any troubles.. for everybody switching from a gaming or home-user card you'll have to get used to the PatchMix software first, that needs to be set up properly, or you won't hear anything.. some people claim that they miss a headphones out (or similar) but if you have a mixing console (as i do) this is nothing to worry about when recording external gear.. what i miss are drivers for mac or linux though


Gold plated connectors, rigid built.. no problems so far


The 1212m uses the same mastering quality DAC's as Pro tools, at a very reasonable price.. of course not only the DACs are responsible for the sound (but the connectors etc etc.) of course i wouldn't want to compare it to an apogee or prism sound converter that costs 10 or 20 times as much, but for this price this card is definitely unbeatable

as mentioned: if you're used to soundblaster-like plug and play devices: this one (as well as most other semi-pro cards) is NOT for you.. if you don't mind setting it up properly within the PatchMix software and having to get used to it, this is definitely one of the best cards in its pricerange

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: baggysound ( 9-, 2005)

Tyrell1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1212M
I bought it because I only read great reviews especially on the quality of his (sic). I thought this card was also low latency.

My goal was to use it with Sonar or Cubase VST style with four Kontakt, Reason and rewire but also for listening to music (see below HIFI equipment)

Also I was looking to replace my old 5.1 that was Soundlaster live primarily as faults, drivers with a latency of 46 ms with KX driver (which is not bad) and incompatibility with Win Seven and also with a few hiccups on XP divx blue ray. Other than that, it's a HUGE (I'm as surprised as you because I have 10 years and it cost me only 30 euros :-) ).

Config: AMD 5600 +
3 GB of Ram
Win XP
a master keyboard controlled UMA25S U Berhinger

The computer is connected to an amp Cambridge Audio Azur 540 A with a pair of speakers QAcoustic 1020i (short of very good stuff HI FI)


I tried this card for two days before returning to the old. I have nothing to say about the drivers. I had no problems with instabillité.

The software I use most is 5 cubase 4 with Kontakt as VSTi

How many tracks I can read without cracking? With a latency of 50 ms, a packet (at least 5).
With a latency of 20ms, no (no possibility to adjust the latency between 20 ms and 50 ms, I do not know why because it is possible above and below)). As soon as I put the reverb (concert Hall A) on a violin, a few cracks appear. If I try two violins with reverb, it's horror.


Installation is no problem. No inconsistency. Relatively intuitive


So I used before, the soundblaster live. I had a great sound both in bass, midrange or treble. The sound was pure, clear and very precise.

With EMU 1212M, mids and highs are simply atrocious. If you turn up the sound, headache assuré.Et all other equalizers and compressors that are available to us will not help. An equalizer can not make up the treble and midrange screaming. It can remove the edge but beware the imbalance that follows.

What I liked but it's the very least, these are the drivers that are compatible with my hardware. Latency, however, is catastrophic for the stuff that price. The only real positive is the PatchMix which is not bad at all.

I wonder about the reasons for all these very positive feedback about the quality of sound. Either the owners of this card does not go through the good stuff that HIFI, it must be admitted do not accept mediocre food sources identified defects, as the qualities of a recording, or they have not really what reference-quality sound. I do not really want to offend anyone but it is clear that when you start from very low quality (like motherboard chipset), it is possible that appear next to 1212m exceptional especially because of all its effects

Now I understand that you can find very strange that I find the sound of a basic soundblaster, not turned especially to the audiophile, better than the EMU 1212 m. Imagine that you too, but I guarantee you that between the two there is no photo (I speak only of the sound quality). I am currently speaking with technical support for EMU. Besides offer me to install the latest drivers (which has nothing changed), no solution. If they find me a card and began to develop his extraordinary, I would of course my criticism. However, I am extremely skeptical of it ...

Oh, I forgot: Emu is good enough to slip us a ton of software that is a valid part of the demos a month but in addition they are super lightweight compared to full versions. Frankly, I do not see the point, except for the purpose of marketing is to us an eyeful. Personally, I preferred to put me than moved to the ears ....

krezof's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1212M
the converter a / nn / a is trésq own, the CSP, connector jack (6.35 for analog inputs and outputs noon), the price.

I turn on an ASUS m2n 68v with an Athlon X2 4600 + and 4GB ram, the system 3dd sata 80gb

I ais taken mainly to my songs on Cubase / Nuendo and Reason, and ways to register parties of course ...

if not I board a midi keyboard oxygen 49 ded m-audio, a Korg MS700 Analog and a roland tr505


for now I do but that high for 2 days and so I just do not talk too much about stability, although it looks to be very stable with the drivers supplied in the box.
latency level, I set to 10 ms for Cubase and Reason, for not cracking (as I board 5ms crackles on reason) it does not bother me, but hey I thought I could be better now ... Finally, considering the price it is still terrible.
otherwise you just register 2 audio tracks simultaneously, but I do not see the interest (especially since I only catch vocals) ...


for installation, nothing to say.
I board the card installed in the tower and when booting Windows detects the new stuff, I board inserted the cd and miracle he found the driver alone as I board a large not understand it went very quickly and after it works as hell.
for the patch do I board early mid ouch, but actually it is more impressive than anything else, it works as a console with insert effects and send it tip top on my old sound card, Waveterminal 192l had a much more succinct manager and I am quite happy


So like I said I did but that high for 3 days, and it's hard to do this review, but having had a wavetermina & s 192l that worked very very well I must admit that the e-mu c1212m it and it disconnects I changed the realtek ac97 I board that was in transition whew ..
I think if I had Rasht a sound card, I'd take that in fact the ...
clark d.05/25/2009

clark d.'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1212M
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?
The converters of high quality technical performance (noise, crosstalk, THD ...), the price!, The reputable E-MU, the DSP

- What is your config (motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)
Intel Viiv PC QuadCore 2.4 Ghz, 2GB Ram, 500GB HDD, Vista and XP now

-Which instruments or the Systmes do you use?
Eclerc Smac Pro 30 mixer, nothing else


- Installation is it without problem?
No problemo

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?

- The configuration gnrale is easy?
just a little hard for some config to do the routing in the Patch Mix (software for routing)

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Yes I believe


- The drivers are stable?
Perfecto, not a bug or not as I can remember

- Are they often put day?
Not anymore but there are 1 year E-MU has released Vista drivers

- What software do you use most often?
Fruity Loops / FL Studio, Ableton Live, Cubase, Sound Forge

- What you get lag?
About 5ms

- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
I would say 10 tracks in cubase read with compressor, EQ on each track and some reverbs, adpend use CPU ... but hey if you go online and you Tlcharger you open MSN, an active antivirus ... has decreased rapidly


- How long have you use it?
1 ½

- What is the particular feature you like most?
quality of sound, possibility to reconfigure the routing thanks to the DSP which also allows to use a lot of free plug-in latency, possibility to add the E-MU Dock for more I / O ... twelve o'clock, the possibility to Emulator X (virtual sampler E-MU)

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
Sound Blaster, M-Audio, Hercules and cheap solutions pro type Pyramix and Pro Tools

- How do you report qualitprix?
Excellent, can not do better given the quality (we have a right of A / D converter interfaces Pro Tools HD!)
Frankly it to take a technical specifications and compare with other cards

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
yes for a PCI card there's no better and if you want more I / O or take the 1616m in 1616.

how?'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1212M
I bought this sound card to record my music and models to have a little fun at home. I record with this card voice, bass and guitar.


The installation of this card I no possible problem.
The manual is very well explained. And configuration is easy.


I had no problems with the drivers provided but it is better to see if there
a latest issue of drivers on the official website of E-MU. History to have the latest version.
I have a latency of 2ms. I use Cubase to record my music. I register an instrument once.


I use this card for 2 months. Which is not very practical is that the connection is not available trs derrire the PC, but it's really good considering the price Chipot this card.
Exprience with the same budget and I would do this choice.

Docmao's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1212M
What technical specifications motivated your choice?
The price, advertising (yes!) Its more qu'allchantes CHARACTERISTICS
For what purpose?
Home studio


Installation is no problem it?
No, but must follow the procedure
Have you experienced any incompatibility?
no longer with the new drivers
Gnrale configuration is easy?
Ba is true that the patch mix is ​​proving fairly but as I only use the ncessaire ...
The manual is clear and sufficient? ...


No prob latency, do not overload, it's


I use it for over two years now and what I like most is its sound reproduction! No worries this ct has the rings and cash, even in finesse. When the ratio quality price I'll let you judge.

Small addition of 06/07/07:
With my grooming and fitness of my computer, new motherboard / new proc / DD / memory ...
is even better. In short, we can say is a map at the PRO.

Boomer789's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1212M
My choice is the port for the quality conrtisseurs, DSP and signal noise and crosstalk really very good for the price and given the many positive opinion I ended up taking it and I do not regret.
I use it for entertainment in studioxxl FL, REASON3 and as I love listening to music with sound quality is not better.

My config: Motherboard, M2N32 SLI Premium Vista Edition, AMD X2 5600 +, 4096 ram 4 hard drives 1 250GB 1 120GB, 1 80GB raptor in an external 150giga 10000tr while sata and graphics card Twintech 7600gtxtoc
instrument in just a synth and a beach dj


Problem-free installation and fast
I had a problem with the output symtriques but nothing serious I had just one cable to get my amp "two mono jack to RCA 6.35"


the config seems complicated to beginners but you get done quickly, and the manual is correct and clear comprhensible.


For the drivers no problem yet note I board look for updates.
latency and the tracks I board not paying attention, but runs well.


I use it for 4 days now, and what I love most is the rendering is really very good no distortion full power.
before I had other cards but really very far from the e-mu 1212mv2
I think given the quality and range of options is really a very good report quality price and the choice I would do without hesitation.

villatte's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1212M
The CHARACTERISTICS that motivated my choice: converters, DSP effects with ls and x emulator
Usage: utulisattion with Cubase and WaveLab for work samples and mix
Config: P4 3.2 Ghz, 1 GB ram, motherboard Asus P5GDC
Used in Cubase VST and several switches S 2000 and i + Wavastation


No problem for installation
Config OK, even a little patch mix to abscont dpart
Manuel ok


Drivers set days from the site of the EMU dpart ds, no particular problem
Latency: 5 ms when I have little track, then between 10 and 20 ms. So everything is OK
The number of track record does not Exceeds 2, I do not need to del aler.
As I read against t up from 100 to 110 runs without problem.


I use it since January 2006.
This is the most INTERESTED Obviously the quality is sound: powerful and prcis, the quality of the effects and the usefulness of x emulate (and its filters!)
Worst: the dcrochages effects in Cubase VST, since the went sx, it is much better, and then the patch mix, albeit powerful, open but not really easy to dpart, the fact having its inputs on the back of the PC is not always practical (you must pass a allori other models)
Report quality perfect price!
Yes, I do it again without buying the same hsitation