Sonic State Studio / Digital Mixers / EVENT EZbus

Average rating: 9.2/10 out of 10

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Coleman a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The install was a bit tedious on WinMe, atleast for me...searching for drivers that they did not tell you about, but once that was set up, it came through like a champ. I was also looking at teh Tascam 428, but thought why get something that is limited, when for a bit more I get something that can be stand alone as well. I run Cubase VST 32 and it was easy to hook it up. The istructions in their online tutorial where excellent and the screen shots were exactly what I was looking at. For $600 I could not see how I could go wrong...well I have only been using it for 10 hrs...straight, but no problems yet:). If your pondering...just do it, you shouldn't be sorry. I have used this site for many product reviews and purchases, I trust the users better than the mag reviews.. Good Luck

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 17-Oct-02 at 23:1
Steffon a part-timer user from USA writes:
I have spent allot of time with my new purchase of an Event EzBus with the Ez8 card, and so far I am blown away by the sound clarity of the unit which was going to be my biggest concern. The signals are clean and crisp. The Ezbus unit is slightly heavy and larger than I thought, but I like how sturdy it feels. All the buttons and faders are of better quality than expected and Event has out done themselfs with this great new product. You can control any Midi CC# with the hardware buttons and faders. Which means that any synth that you own now has extra real time controls as does any software synths you have. The software to configure these functions is very easy to use and requires very little reading up on how to use it. I have not used the USB for recording as I have the Ez8 optical card. But I am sure that it would have no issues doing so as Event is so proud to state. A misconception is that you can record 24/96 over the USB cable which is not true. When you record with the USB cable the KHZ drops down to 48khz. But recording over a simple USB cable with 24/48 is really not bad for most users. Although the Ez8 card is well worth the $150 and is a snap to put in and load up on most computers. The Eq on each channel is what should be expected, The Noise gate threshhold is great on the unit and the compressor is of good use as well. I give the Event EzBus a 10. Because of the sound quality and over all great quality! IF you have a small to medium studio and are looking for a peice of great gear with clean signals to record onto hard disk or to control your external synth or other midi stuff than this is for you. And another great point is that you can use any software app with it. Unlike the Digi 01 that this thing beats down. And I thought about holding out until the Digi 02 was released but I fell very satisfied with Event. You would think that there would be something on the Ezbus that would seem cheap do to the price of the unit. But really there isn't. Just buy it 10 out of 10. Even without motorized faders :)

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Saturday, 21-Sep-02 at 9:40
Shomi a part-timer user from USA writes:
Finally I get to write my comments on Event's EZBus. Bought EZBus and the EZ8 card together after returning the protools digi001. Even though I paid more for the EZbus and EZ8 pair which doesn't come with a sequencing software, I'm glad that I'm not stuck with just one protools software.

Ezbus is definitely way more than what I initially expected it to be. I can't believe they are giving out such a cool hardware for such a low price! I have 2 modules, one yamaha motif and reason soft synth and they all work with the same soundcard. So many inputs! And the internal noisegate + compressor... I needed them too. What more could I expect? The sound quality is awesome. Event is not a huge brand name like protools and thats exactly what I was looking for. I dont want to pay extra for the name.

If you are a mac user and if your aim is only to record tracks using a simple system, I'd recommend digi001. But if you are like me who likes having loads of options open and doing experiments with your hardware and software... go with Event Ezbus cause it rules.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 10-Jul-02 at 11:57
Christian a part-timer user from Sweden writes:
I use my EZbus with a RME 96/52 Hammerfall card and it sounds beautiful. Latency is 16 ms, but I could probably tweak it a bit. This is a great mixer/midi controller/ad-da interface which has lived up very well to my expectations. I use it on a mac G4 system and was up and running with 8 channels i/o via adat lightpipe with midi control trough a Opcode studio 4 in less than 2 hours after I brought it home. Very well built with steel encasing and quality connectors from neutrik. The display would benefit from a higher resolution as it would make navigation easier with less pages to flip trough. Other than that minor complaint it's a full 10 out of 10 from me.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Monday, 17-Jun-02 at 3:32
Doug a hobbyist user from USA writes:
It is very clean sounding and easy to use (while still having alot of versatility). Plan on buying an ADAT optical card if you want to multitrack, though. It only sends 4 channels via usb (2 in / 2 out) simultaneously.

If you're making electronic music it can't be beat for a small setup. It has enough inputs for nine stereo outboard units (16 analog TRS + 2 coax inputs) while leaving the optical channels free for computer i/o. Add two extra midi ports, clean dacs, programmable control surface functions, and you end up with a hell of a deal for less than $700. With 108 db dynamic range, there aren't many synths or samplers that this baby can't keep up with. The sound is VERY clean. From others I've talked to (and with my setup) the average latency is around 16-20 ms, which although respectable should be improved with new ASIO updates, as well as the EZ8 optical drivers (8 channels i/0 simultaneous via ADAT lightpipe). I'll probably get an EZ8 when it starts shipping, so if/when I do, I'll post a quick message with latency figures. Should be closer to 10 ms--we'll see.

For the money, I've been more than happy with this unit, and highly recommend it. It's a 10 for value, but 9 overall (somewhat limited in its 24/96 capabilities). Good luck.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 31-May-02 at 5:10
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