If you're about to buy a FireWire interface, you may want to take a look at the Hercules 16/12 FW - the US distributor, Kaysound Imports, have just announced a $100 price drop of the Hercules 16/12 FW, the first FireWire 24-bit 96kHz 16-In/12-Out audio and MIDI interface for PC and Macintosh.
"The Hercules 16/12 FW gives customers an incredibly powerful computer recording solution that is now available for under $500." said Mark Kalisky, President of Kaysound Imports. "Hercules has been very receptive to the needs of the market and its customers and has helped make this great product available to a wider audience."
The Hercules 16/12 FW now retails for $750 and has an estimated street price of $499*, down from $599*.
Features Sturdy audio interface mountable in a standard 1U / 19" rack unit Up to 16-In/12-Out multi-track recording via FireWire (IEEE 1394) 24-bit 96kHz audio sampling with professional-quality converters 16 inputs including 12 analog, 1 coaxial (stereo), 1 optical (stereo) 12 outputs: 8 analog, 1 coaxial (stereo), 1 optical (stereo) 2 mic/instrument pre-amplifiers with switchable 48-volt phantom power 2 MIDI In and 2 MIDI Out via standard DIN jacks (32 In/32 Out) Word Clock I/O synchronization via BNC connectors No latency with direct hardware monitoring Compatible with all the most popular audio software applications Drivers for Mac OS X and Windows What's more, Hercules 16/12 FW is bundled with an innovative music software suite compatible with Windows and Mac OS X and more than 900MB of high-quality sound files including STORM? Special Edition (Arturia), Live Special Edition (Ableton).
For more information http://www.hercules.com