E-MU 1820m
E-MU 1820m

1820m, PCI/ISA + Rack Soundcard from E-MU.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 14 reviews )
 9 reviews64 %
 3 reviews21 %
 2 reviews14 %
Audience: Beginners
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

E-MU 1820m
For an up start, I can't see anything missing. The studio package allows you to get up and creating ASAP.

Price paid



One has to jump through more than a few hoops to get this card installed, more than a bit of trail and error. However once everything is complete harmony (I say it lightly), it runs well and definitley will suit your needs.


No problems. Not yet (knock on wood)


Very high sound quality. You get what is there all the time. The only thing that would not the sound quality donw a notch would be the driver and a system not tweaked for audio.

After moving all my audio programs to my second drive, i'm finally experiencing problem free music making. As a result, I must say i'm loving the card just a little bit more.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: gb4double ( 4-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

E-MU 1820m
With the 1820M we aren't talking about what features it's got, but what it hasn't got! Which is basicaly nothing. It has everything! Check the specs! Only thing it could have done with would be a few extra RCA inputs, obviously you can still input and output to RCA with a 1/4" mono jack to RCA. So not realy anything to cry about. One thing which realy is a TRUE bonus is the phono input, ground lug and RIAA turntable pre-amp. Allowing direct turntable to audio interface connection, this is PERFECT for sampling vinyl. I is a huge bonus to not have to pass through a mixer, or pre-amp, as this only degrades signal quality. If you want to sample from vinyl, I strongly suggest this. ASIO 2 super low latencies when producing is a definate plus also, ASIO 2 adds support for direct zero latency monitoring, another bonus.

Price paid

£285 / $600


Extremely easy to set up, stick the two sound cards in the PC, connect the breakout box to the sound card, turn on, install drivers and you done! Then we get to the Patchmix software. When you first start using this you might find it a little hard to adapt to for a day or two. This is due to it's incredible routing capabilities and this is defintely worth the slow start. Once you get to grips with Patchmix you'll soon be routing audio all over the place within seconds.


Haven't to get it repaired so far, but I haven't had it too long, but, when you pick up the break-out box, you can feel the build quality. Everything, including the cable to link the break-out box to the sound card is exeptionaly sturdy. The break-out box feels very solid and the ins and outs are of exeptional build quality, all gold plated too, as you would expect. A big 10/10 for this one. E-MU haven't put a foot wrong here.


The sound quality is just... well... how can we put this? ermmm... you can't! Can't think of a word... it is that good. Honestly. We are talkin the same A/D converters as Pro Tools flagship system! 120dB SNR on the inputs an outputs all accepting Balanced signal. They haven't compromised on the mic pre-amps, XLR phantom powered British made TFPro pre-amps, huge amounts of gain and they double as 1/4" instrument/line-level inputs.

The love factor? Well, I was stumped at what to say here. I thought of what to say again, and then realised that I wouldn't want to live/produce without it. It really is a weapon of mass destruction, if you know what I mean! It really is the doggies nuts! It's one of those things that, once you get it, you will not want to live without it again. And the value for money is the highest ranking of ANY product on the pro audio market to date, even at it's retail price, and I was luaghing when I found it for £285! By the way, basicaly all this applies to the non M version too. Quite simply, the best buy of this decade and beyond. Could another pro audio company REALLY match what E-MU and Creative Professional has done here?

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: OG Mike (January 1-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

E-MU 1820m
A lot of features! you can route anything with the patchprogramm!

Price paid: 400 euro


It's not too easy first, but you can get along with it





I love the sound so...

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Cal1 ( 4-, 2006)

MGR/fourstring's review"E-MU 1820M"

E-MU 1820m
Guitar Center, Portland OR, $499.99

Having same A/D processors as the Digidesign 002 at a budget price, ease of use, FANTASTIC manual, easy to install, great software package - really a one-stop recording studio in a box (assuming you have a computer already). Best of all (for us PC users) is that it really seems to be built to work for PC as well as it does for Mac. Running on a 2.0 P4 w/ 512 Mg of RAM = screaming performance so far...

Design of breakout box makes the front panel hard to see - would be nice to see sync daughter board made so it doesn't use up a PCI slot.

The design of this unit is really well done throughout - one really nice feature is that the breakout box is hot-swappable, making it easy to reposition or replug if you need to change it while recording. The Patchmix DSP software *main mixing software* is so easy to understand, totally configurable beyond your wildest dreams!

This unit was designed for either the mid-level studio that wants to sound high-level. It is a smart, user-friendly and easy to use package, from the hardware to the powerful software that is included *Cubasis VST*. It is tremendously easy to install and set up for use. I would suggest this is a fantastic product for either a first-time user of computer-based recording, or for

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

jullo88's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1820m
Many interesting things two very good preamps, a number of entries to the various formats, short but good.
I use it for home recording and to my models.
I use it with electronic instruments (keyboards) and voice recording guitar


Instalation without any problem, no conflict with my current config, the only small snag is the starting configuration is quite complex given the many opportunities offered by the PatchMix must spend a little time and read the manual may be useful.
just the manual is quite well done and all the scans in some detail (of course it is auformat acrobat ...)


For the moment no stability problem, I use with my dedicated pc running XP SP1, so I have not updated the drivers, but everything works fine so I let my config as it is!
on the site, the drivers are updated on a regular basis
I use it with cubase sx2 and no problems
latency can be lowered to 4 ms with no problem
I experimented with sticking an instrument on each entry and use the two preamp em together, and everything works great!!


I use it for 8 months, and yes I really like this sound card, converters and preamps are really good, only minor damage to the internal effects managed by the DSP, we can not use a small number and the quality is a notch below most of the plug-in.
I also have a Tascam US 122, but the dynamics and much less good and more if we add to the AC noise due to the USB, it's not really water and wine!
the price / quality ratio is simply excellent choice I would do this without any hesitation

aceofspades06's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU 1820m
- What characteristics have motivated your choice?

man the feeling, the feeling, the aura!

- For what purpose?

microwave at the beginning and end sound card ...

- What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
hahaha, AMD 1.2GHz, 128 ram, XP, 40 SD go (in fact a stew)
- Which instruments or the systems do you use? ...



- The installation is done it without problems?

- Have you experienced any incompatibilities?

- The general configuration is easy?

yes, except Cubase SX book that ended with a dessert my pitbull

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

yes, to get the paw, but the feeling, man, the feeling, the aura!


- The drivers are stable?

- Are they often updated?

not so
- What software do you use most often?

- What you get lag?

- How many tracks you get to record / play time? ...

I went up to 24 trouble-free


- How long have you use it?

1 year 1 / 2
- What is so special that you like most and least?

impeccable all points of view, it heats a little, I put a fan in the direction shifted, and the ca rolls

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

- How would you rate the quality / price?

is that price? no idea but I back it's on!

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...

and with the feeling man, the feeling and will, YES!

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

E-MU 1820m
Hello all!

- 8in for the battery ... But only two pramps card equivalent quality team of 8 pramps, there is a price that FIREPOD suprieur widely, especially since the EMU has reduced from 100 ! Go ... Score of 9 because of a!

- The apparently convertos trs good (see the reviews)
- Two pramps of good quality (see opinion)
- Instruments: Guitar, drums, bass, synth voices


I did not install ... See last point!


I spend ... See last point I tell you! : O)


I just got this card ... Someone has he ever tried to connect more than 2 Neutrik jacks of the pretty postrieur MUMU? Someone would post a notice as I am, doing it? Nan! Ms. P!

Well I ... Yes! I have this great honor! Et .......... It does not fit: o /

I read a notice about it on the Echo Layla 3G, so I had doubts and THE FIRST thing I did reception is to try ... And bang!

So advice to the couple's future acqureurs Neutrik Emu-1820 (m): Select the finest connectors (or other map if you do not want to change your Cables: o))!

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

E-MU 1820m
I bought this card for two reasons:

- Its technical specifications: 2 x 8 inputs pramplifies of 6.35 with the possibility AudioDock and mounting rack with a 16-track ADAT output are numbers, and large oprationnalilit (internal effects, low-latency ASIO drivers and stable development days available)
- The report Qualit price: For performance, the price can not be beaten the more divided I have my purchase in 2 times, the first 1212M (PCI card 2 entries), then AudioDock ( external rack) then. It's faster to get into the red!

- I have a multipurpose use: 16 tracks simultaneous recording, concert sound and recording, multi effects, and re-re. No problem!

My config: Pentium III 1GB CPU, ASUS motherboard, 512MB Ram, 3 SD of 520 GB total!
And despite not always worry!

OS: XP Titanium
Monitoring: RA-300 Monitor One Mk II (Alesis)

A small regret, however: the effects supplied with the dsp cards are grs (apparently by the internal memory, which in some cases is very well for my old PC. But the memory card is low, which offers little possibility of use of effects simultaneously. It does have a good idea I think you can increase the memory or you can configure it so that the RAM of the PC can take over. But hey dj c luxury.


Installation nickel
No incompatibility date
The routing of the map is complete but requires good connaissnce its
The manual also demand knowledge (logic), print it helps!


Drivers trs stable
Updates sufficient
I work in Cubase SX 3, Reason 3, samplitude
Latency: 2ms
16-track recording (with a rack ADAT)
I rarely Exceeds 20 tracks in reading, but I get 24 tracks without using plugins (My PC is a bit limited


One year of use
I especially like the quality of its Tfpro converter, its versatile connectivity trs, and modularity.
I regret his lack of memory for managing the effects EMU
Report quality unbeatable price for the home studio in the process of professionalization.
The economy RALIS invests in the environment of the card (a good mic, good monitor speakers). It does not serve to have super converter that costs a fortune, if not a sound recording, and dissemination of quality.
I'm glad we did trs, it allowed me to offer me a quality system in homgne and cot, made with a pro.

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

E-MU 1820m
So first of all I chose this card to its number of inputs and outputs for the quality of these two pr-amp Tfpro (c inch of m. ... e) headphone output, ADAT etc ... Pkoi all these entries? The reason is simple: for recordings of models, and the biggest concern as the battery ncissite 8 entries!

So my config is pretty simple:

AMD Athlon 2600 +
Asustek motherboard (A7N8X-vn)
120 GB Western Digital 7200 trs
512 MB 333

I use an ALTO L16 for mixing before entering the map.

I put a ten because there is no card on the market as to complte the same report qualitprix!

(Do not forget that with a PCI fontion that really relieves the CPU!)


Installation is no problem ... The only concern is the incompatibility with the video card Intgr the motherboard! And yes the GeForce 4 MX Intgr does not marry well with trs! Mute in the games and some critical shutdowns ... Since I added an AGP GeForce FX 5200 and: no more problem!

The setup is fairly intuitive, you just have some knowledge of the language of Shakespeare and rolls, plus there dej configs of "pre-configured" according to the record you want to do .. ..

And the manual is in Acrobat franais trs complete (I printed ...)

Because of the incompatibility ke I had, I put 8!


The drivers are stable and in addition to days set are arranged!
I use Cubase VST provided with (they could have a Cubase SX or The! But hey you can not have everything!).
I dscendu 2 ms latency and yes .... even when
Cel will be 6 months ke I use it and really I find it a trs ke good map, however I am not the only one to say ... TFPro amps are excellent, I use them mainly with microphones Samson CO2 Over-Head and I can say j'adorrrrre ke! And having a good console,
6 between the lines derrire can express themselves without problem ....
Here I have mainly used this card for recording drums on 8 tracks (for now) I would say koi in a month for the rest ... I do not think very deu!
I put him nine for the time ....

As promised, c. .... nananana nana na!

Here I come back to give me a little more objective! I spre because my opinion has not changed I find this card still good, I recorded the guitars through a POD 2.0 and my bass line and I find your exact trs ok ... I had more errors of beginners .... in both is normal! So by correcting the con ... ies is ten times better, no crashes ... the latency is still low 2 ms!


As I said six months is going to cel ke I use and I like everything, it is simple and intuitive ... prcis sound is warm and ... the sound is magic, and finally here I would return if necessary on this opinion a little later when the model is over ....

The report quality price of this card is absolutely excellent .... In any case, if I had the choice again I would do without hsiter ...

That said stay on 9 for now because I want to have a little more xprience Contents do to give the highest grade if it happens to be .....

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

E-MU 1820m
See data sheet ...


No problem-When the installation is simple and clear
No-incompatibility found so far
-Manual (PDF) is clear and comprehensive


Drivers-stable (asio)
-Updates on the site
4ms latency-around!


I use it for around 4 months for me unbeatable value for money, the dock (1 / 2 rack) appears strong and serious design, TFPro preamps are really good for this price range (good recovery, no breath, ...), converters 24 bit, 192 kHz (the same as those used on Digidesign): yum yum.
The PatchMix offers almost unlimited routing capabilities, the software is intuitive enough, and good quality DSP effects.
independent headphone outputs (+ volume knob) quality (lack a little bit of potato ...)
turntable inputs + E: awesome!
I would do this choice with his eyes closed