Computer & Music
|Creative Technology in conjunction with E-MU Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd., announces the Creative Professional brand of Digital Audio Systems, designed to suit the specific requirements of musicians, recording engineers and sound designers. The first product to be launched under the new brand is the Creative Professional E-MU 1820, a 24-bit/192kHz PCI audio interface.
The interface delivers everything needed to produce professional audio on the PC including high-grade converters, hardware-accelerated effects and mixing and compatibility with all major PC Audio and MIDI software.. It ships with ASIO 2.0, WDM and DirectSound driver support for Windows XP and 2000.
The Creative Professional E-MU 1820 features E-MU's powerful E-DSP chip, the effects processor that can deliver over 16 simultaneous hardware-accelerated effects. It frees the PC from running CPU-intensive plug-ins. Creative Professional Digital Audio Systems come with over 500 effects presets and their effects architectures are fully expandable, allowing for the addition of future plug-ins. The E-DSP chip also provides zero-latency and hardware-based mixing and monitoring via the included PatchMix DSP mixer without the need for an external mixer.
The Creative Professional E-MU 1820 features ADAT, S/PDIF (optical and coaxial) and FireWire interfaces as well as providing sync upgrade options. It also ships with a 24-bit/192kHz half-rack breakout box with I/O expansion covering everything from pristine 1/4-inch balanced inputs and outputs to specialised I/O including turntable inputs (with ground lug and hardware RIAA preamp), dedicated speaker outputs and two studio-grade TFPro preamps with 48V phantom power and 40dB of gain. These preamps feature Neutrik connectors and accept mic, line and Hi-Z level inputs.
The breakout box also provides two sets of MIDI I/O and is powered over the EDI (E-MU Digital Interface) cable (a 3 metre CAT5-style network cable) that connects it to the system's core 1010 PCI card . No external power required.
An optional upgrade sync daughtercard will also be available. This allows musicians to lock external analogue and digital systems together with a stable, high-resolution time base. The sync daughtercard supports Word Clock Sync in/out for sample-accurate phase-lock of the digital studio, SMPTE Sync in/out and MTC (MIDI Time Code) out.