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

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

E-MU 1820m
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Rebutté by the price at the beginning, I still bought the sound card. Well I do not regret my choice, and I think the price is not so high as that for the card can do!

I use it for miking guitar (electric and acoustic amp) with a Shure SM57 and a behringer b2 pro, sound quality is simply excellent for its price range! The two mic preamp are really excellent! No breath (unless of course to push the gain to max power amp but you will not ever come to that end).

Install Hyper easy (hardware and software). The manual in French, is essential to go disponnible on the installation CD or on the official website, in terms du'une paper was That a quick little guide star, but do say it, but I like a paper manual in French! But it's chippotage!

The dock (the main case) is doing very well, he looks very strong and the main entrance is directly in front of the case. The host of this exit at the back you will meet no doubt as they are numerous!

Once connected silent, we arrive at the interesting, the heart of the beast, I appointed PatchMix! Under the name of tick-tobacco technomaniac in fact hides a virtual mixer or almost everything is possible! It works as a "routing". For example, a microphone input can be routed to an ASIO input (for software like Cubase for example), return to the PatchMix be routed to a physical output, mixed with another signal by a vote of two TO disponnible (yes 2! ). In short there's something there even may be too early! But once aprivoisé, let the music! The Patchmix has more effect than the little insert anywhere in the signal. ON bit register such hearing a sound with delay than without, registered user! The effects sound pretty good but I prefer to use external VST plugin. (To be noted that the DSP uses hardly any system resources!)

As I said the sound quality is top notch! No hiss or background noise can have tainted the decision-her! I paid the driver ASIO latency 4ms, I think I can still go lower but it's enough!

Finally, I personally decided to install on a partition separate from my hard drive, a clean version of Windows only reserved for the computer music. What is a good idea I think and I advice all users of this card! Not that it will work OK but it is always wise to work in a computer music saint! (Having 2 sound card, it allows me to keep the Dock when I use my Windows étaint usual, since I do is not installed, so he does not heat for nothing) But of course not the used as a standard sound card!

So much for that opinion, or rather the test given the length! So I have a board if you still hesitate: Compete!

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

E-MU 1820m
Set of two cards: one for the sync connectors lautre with SPDIF, ADAT and dsp, along with 2 external dun Dock excellent pre amp with power Tfpro fantme common (Acesta damage), two MIDI ports, 6 out of 8 symtriques, between an RIAA platinum with prampli, 4 outputs HP Stros 3.5 mm, headphone, SPDIF optical and well on sound converters, the same as those utiliss clbre the product Digidesign - ProTools HD interface 192 I / O

Jen wants to forget still so Lemue vritable be a gas plant.


Everything would be fine with the best hardware if there were drivers and that damn Patchmix coming gcher the fte.

With Samplitude, using the WDM driver, you can not accder inputs soties numriques Adat or SPDIF. You must use the ASIO driver for it and go without the possibility of using two cards at the same time.
Configuration PatchMix is ​​anything but intuitive.
But the musician has no time lost in handling and configurations of any kind. That's what makes the musicians prfrent the Mac to PC: everything is easier. So why manufacturers s'ingnient they complicate the Czech possible users.
We must choose quickly and clearly the inputs and outputs of its sound card which is not the case with the EMU.
Use with Samplitude Relva the permanent head breaks, it can be the fault of the software but the majority of other audio interfaces do not pose this problem. One has the impression that the 1820m Has Designed to work only with Cubase.
The manual is complete in French but not of much help because it does not explain the philosophy of the designers of the card. The assignment of the channel strip is nbuleuse becaufe poorly explained.


EMU seems to mock compltement users: the updates, when available, do not provide significant amliorations.
Latency, with Samplitude, may be of 5ms, which is not bad.


When we get log tracks samplitude with I / O of the 812m, all is well.
The pramplis are excellent, the converters do not seem all of a stunning quality as good plutt.
I do not like the effects of PatchMix.
For cons, the AudioDock very hot and it would be able apprciable the dye.
I bought this interface to overcome the difficulties faced with the Motu 828 MK2 and because his report qualitprix seemed a good rev.
Given the time I lose rgulirement find configurations that have yet t normally backups, I will not go at all this choice. there are many other things more interesting for competitors: Edirol, Prsonus, RME brings me regret my old Seck'd Prodif 96 pro.

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

E-MU 1820m
The map features that motivated my choices are different. The number of inputs and converters berserk.
I play heavy metal. Guitar, amp, preamp, microphones, bass ... Kit classic, what ...
My config: celeron 2.67 ghz, 778 MB RAM, 80 GB HD and 20 GB.


The hardware installation is no problem ... except a little but then little snag ... the map synchronization beyond the box! If so, I swear ... it's a bad start ... So synchronization card unusable. (I said that my case is standard)
Another disadvantage of size, in common with all the cards pro: Windows 98 and Millennium are not usable, only XP and 2000 are compatible.
The start of the sound card is ... chaotic. Manual PatchMix (interface that handles volumes, inputs and outputs ...) is totally inadequate. Not clear to understand how to do something stupid style record a wave file or send the sound output. For a map of this award ... unacceptable. In addition do not rely on after-sales service for purchase by mail order. My rating is well deserved.
This card is not over, but continues to be marketed ... and I'm not the only one to say.


Latency is very low hardware performance is very good. But overnight (it's a lot to say> I turned off the computer and I came back an hour), the card no longer worked. No shock, no hacking, no explanation. So here it takes on the forums, and it's cotton ... Do not ask yourself these questions and buy a card that works. For the money ... in video games, some of his cuts.
When she walks on the other hand, the sound is clear. You can see the difference from a crap card.


I use this card for two months, after a sound blaster live platinum ... at least it is easy to use and ... it works!
The value for money is very poor, so the card is unworthy of inclusion in the category of cards pros ... I deeply regret my choice, both for those sleepless nights to come.
ALL THIS IS NOT A JOKE, unfortunately. I really hate this card against the idiot that I have slammed 500 euros in such a stew. I'm not the only one for that matter. Some have no problem
(See other reviews) ... for now anyway. I know people with whom she has never worked. Others crunches low latency, and some conflicts with the onboard sound card to their motherboard ... short, buy a RME, at this price it should be possible to have better luck.
THIS NOTICE is only my opinion, users seem happy ....

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

E-MU 1820m
My choice is explained by the number of outputs, digital (optical ADAT and SPDIF) and analog converters (those of Pro Tools HD or 192 if we are to believe the manufacturer), the preamp on neutrik front, RCA inputs for turntables with Grind and Preamp, the ultra-competitive prices and the DSP.
(The syncro I am not indispensable but only the model "1820M" has the great converters, plus the store sent it to me instead of making me a 1820 ptite rebate, so I will not complain )
The goal being the home enrgistrement bass, guitar, vocals etc.. and the opportunity to record "correctly" with my band: drums, bass, microKORG, a computer with samples, song.
MY config: Athlon 2400 +, 80GB, 512 DDR, 16MB Video share.
Currently no other material except micro base.


Installation: No worries, 5 minutes by my watch!
Limit too fast, I flip a bit (I left a large galley that level with a FW 410), but that was unfair!! Perfect fit!
No problem, the configuration of the card is easy for anyone with a PC dedi music for at least one year (time required to meet a few galleries and learn coping). Nothing insurmountable for a beginner either!!
The printed manual is very short but fidel la real. Each step of the installation is well detailed and potential problems.
However the manual CD-Rom (the real user manual of the card) I do not know I did not open yet.


Drivers stable until present. Maybe a bit heavy. Last updated several times before the release of the map in Europe, I think it's a regular working guy in Emu.
Patch Mix (app that handles input / output in the background), slows down my computer (compartment before installing the card) the closure of projects and time to release the drivers is a bit long. (c can be the computer that is a bit light level config)
I must say that I pass Cubase SX2 at the same time, so probably heavier than the SX1 without sound card. (I used the chipset of my motherboard)
In short, it works well, I have no latency at the top, for now I have two bosses on track simultaneous recording with fifteen derrire read (6 or 7 and a dozen audio tracks in rewire Reason): a turn!! . I read easily after a 15 audio tracks and 15 without rewire my CPU and disk I suffer, After you must see there's no effect. (Note that of Patch Mix does not eat up CPU machine, they have their DSP dedi like a TC Powercore)


I have this card for a month now, bought abroad, it replaces one that has FW 410 NEVER works [/ b] (despite three weeks of fierce fighting can be a c compatibility problem of equipment with the pc, some talk about the VIA chipset, but shit: I do not recommend this card, the drivers were pourraves, m-audio France told me kindly "go fuck" she has not bought t e in France démerder you ... It's not nice !!!).

At the moment I test the inputs and Neutrik combo for MIDI, and the patch mix DSP effects. I keep saying but it works! and it's fun to turn on the machine, install the card, open Cubase and everything works!!
DSP effects sound good all the same, do not eat up CPU and can be used as a VST plug grace that bridges the gap between the Patch Mix and my sequencer.
The card comes with Cubase VST (32 I think) in full and blackjack (this app was the top of Cubase he has just two years, enough to start in good conditions for beginners !!!!)

Obviously a nice ring to it, more so than my Guillemot ISIS and the FW 410 is not working. My lack of refences forces me to 9 and not 10 even though I am for now more than exceeded!! It should print some more, but certainly not less than 500.
Ok I can not use it on a portable USB or FW, but never mind, at least I have a card set that has, in bulk, lots of input / output (Jack, XLR mic-line , instrument, automatic detection of the impedance, RCA for turntables) midi 2 In / 2 Out, a map sync, ADAT, optical S / PDIF, a DSP ... that you ask for?

EDIT: I still have it, everything works, almost, I have a preamp that makes little noise, so I do not longer used. I'm can be a bit much all through my notes after a few months of use, but basically it '(trs is a good card ... nothing really wrong ...