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  1. Deusx

    Deusx Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    a friend of mine have given me advice to go for EMU's 1820M
    i want a studio quality soundcard, my budget is 1000$ first i was thinking of buying a MOTU 896hd but
    the purpose i changed my mind is for now i might not need so many i/o's
    i would want to work with a lot of soft synths
    recording acoustic guitar
    electric guitar

    do you have any suggestions about this soundcard "EMU 1820M"
  2. 187

    187 Guest

    I heard there gonna discontinue it because of some conspiracy (no joke) apperantly the drivers are really messed up and it's problematic.I don't know if your on pc or mac but Its known that motu doesn't run so smoothly on pc's.But there amazing on a MAC platform.I'd say if your on a mac go for MOTU and If your on a PC go for RME.

    of course these are just my opions based on facts,lol.
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Once again, the internet rumor mill get's it all wrong. What you heard is bogus. If you mean that E-MU will SOMEDAY discontinue their current products? Well duhhh, ya of course.

    The E-MU 1820M offers great quality and great value. The EmulatorX Studio package offers the best quality, best flexability and best value I've found in a package deal that I've seen in many, many years. More than good enough for me to spend my money on and those that know me know I'm a pretty picky gear slut snob. And yet the E-MU passed with flying colors.
  4. Deusx

    Deusx Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    i'v found out that emu 1820m has only 2 neutric/xlr mic inputs.
    i want to record bass, guitar,keyboard,drums
    in my home studio do you think that i can do the job well done with emu 1820m (im not an expert) and there are about 8 outputs
    why would i need so many outputs as if i wanna attach just my monitors or head phones to the sound card
    and what is the purpose of the daughter card
    would i have to put in two pci cards that come with this soundcard.
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    It's up to you to judge how many inputs you need or need available at one time. If you don't need as many outputs don't worry about it. You don't have to use them. They can be used for many things such different cue mixes or used with unused inputs for send/return paths for external gear.

    The daughter card is a sync card. See the website for details. It uses one backplate slot but not a PCI slot. It does not have to be used.
  6. JBsound

    JBsound Guest

    What about the Presonus Firepod?
  7. Deusx

    Deusx Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    i am gonna check out presonus firepod and by the usage of the sync card.
  8. hawaii82

    hawaii82 Guest

    you may have a look at Lynx:,
    i've bought a L22 and it sounds fabulous.
  9. djmac

    djmac Guest

    Take a look @ Aardvark line of sound cards as well. They are great!
  10. mds

    mds Guest

    The firepod is a good choice. I owned one for a little while and thought it sounded great for the money. Better than the competition, IMO. The guys at Presonus are awesome, too.

    In my experience the notion that MOTU doesn't work on PC is a very dated concept. I've used many of their interfaces on many machines without probems. I even worked as a quality assurance engineer for Syntrillium and tested MOTU gear regularly. I own a Traveler. It all works great on PC. Several years ago thier PC support kinda sucked. A few years and the stability of XP has solved much of that.

    I've also had good experience with thier Tech support, so I'm not sure why they get bashed so much for that either. I've communicated through email with them alot, mostly with trivial crap that I was curious about, and they've always been prompt and helpful.

    Good luck!

  11. doubleJ

    doubleJ Active Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Branson, MO
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    I'm looking at buying a motu traveler to use with Adobe Audition. I was wanting to record, probably stereo, at either 24/96 or 24/192. Do you see any issues with this? It would be a p4 with 512mb-1gb of ram and an i865 chipset.
  12. Deusx

    Deusx Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    my friend has an Aardvark direct pro q10 and i have seen very good results with that soundcard.i would go for an emu1820 as my budget now pulling me back from thinking of the emu1820m.
    by the way i have seen little differences in both these cards specs but i don't know for what purpose the daughter card is for that comes only with emu1820m.
    at first i was thinking of motu 896hd but then realised that an interface like emu1820 would be sufficient for a guy like me.
    i obviously did not comprise on the quality of the product but just after a good search and reading i changed my mind to go with this interface.
    thanks a million guys for ur help.

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