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HELP- Emu 1616m or 1820m

Discussion in 'Recording' started by RRRecords, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. RRRecords

    RRRecords Active Member

    Hey Guys,

    First of all i've read most relevant threads about these two products but still needed clarification...

    Im considering the following soundcards for my PC and wasnt sure which one was the better option (1616m v 1820m).. Now i live in Australia and both cards retail for $1200 AUD, but the only problem is, that the 1616m has not been released in Australia yet.. I know the converters are the same in both, but which one is more so worth getting?!

    I use cubase and am relying on the mic pre's that come with these sound cards to be better than my ultra gain tube ( a cheap pre ).. Im using a Rode NT-1A and SM58 as my main microphones- just to record vocals.

    I was thinking about getting an RNP pre but they retail for $1300 here in Australia plus i needed a sound card also so that will be way out of my budget..

    Any information would be great!

  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    The E-MU 1820/1820M has been discontinued for more than 6-months. The 1616/1616M has better mic pre's and is a better, more mature product that can be used in a PCMCIA/Cardbus laptop or PCI desktop. I have had and used the 16161M now for about a year and am very happy with it. Not perfect, but the power/felxibility/features have made it become my portable digital swiss army knife.
  3. RRRecords

    RRRecords Active Member

    thanks for the reply! I know the 1820m is discontiued, but that is the only thing they stock here!!

    I was speaking to the offical E-mu distributor in australia and they said the 1616m for the PC may not be released here!! it really does suck!

    anyways what dont u like abt the 1616m??

    thanks again
  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Well, that is too bad. No real big compliants. The 1616M has two less analog inputs/outputs than the 1820M. The only other things that really bother me or affect my work is when changing sample rates it can be pain in the butt if you don't do specific things in the right order. No built in mic pre pad. All audio has to processed in real time and not at the speed of the computer. The E-MU DSP effects are pretty good and work great when used with the E-MU PatchMix software mixer, but don't work so well as VST effects as advertised.
  5. RRRecords

    RRRecords Active Member

    thanks alot AudioGaff, i really do appreciate it! :) im still swayed to get this soundcard over any others that are avaliable.. is there any other option soundcard wise for $1200 AUD? Its for a desktop PC, im using cubase also..

  6. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Your welcome. If you can't get the E-MU then look into the RME stuff. I also own and use 2-RME DigiFaces (one connected to an Alesis HD24) which have been rock solid and work great with Cubase/Nuendo. All the RME stuff is

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