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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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troy tan a professional user from jamaica writes:
THIS CARD IS THE BEST SOUND BLASTER LIVE ,,IS A GOOD FUCKING CARD ..I BOUGHT ONE ,,EASY TO INSTALL ,,I PLAYED SOME NOTE OFF MY CASIO-CTK 601 ,RECORDED IT TO COOL EDIT PRO ,,MAN I COULD NOT BELEIVE MY EARS ,,I GOT CELIEN DIONS CD QUALITY THE CARD IS THE BEST ,,BUY IT ,,I HAVE ALOT OF FULL SOFTWARES IF ANY ONE NEED THEM EMAIL ME OK troytan_45@hotmail.com I HAVE COO EDIT PRO ,FRUITY LOOPS 2.7 ,CALKWALK 9,WAVE LAB 3.0,SOUND FORGE SAMPLETUDE STUDIO,N TRACK AND LOY MORE //THEY ARE ALL FULL OR CRACKED WAREZ BY THE FUCKING CARD AM A JAMAICAN MUSIC MAN OK

posted Thursday-Feb-08-2001 at 02:14
Rich a professional user from USA writes:
As an Audio card, the SB Live/Value, does a good job for a $100 bucks. If that's all it did, I'd be satisfied. But the addition of the Emu Soundfont engine puts it in a league all its own. Its has 90% of the functionality of a 32 meg sampler. Anybody who complains about the value of this card at the 100 buck price point should have their tweakhead examined. Sure You can spend $750 dollars on a card and get better sound quality, better latency specs, etc. but for the price, you're not going to do any better. I find it a great addition to my rig. An additional 32 meg sample set is always a good thing to have no matter how big your rig. Just don't use the Mic preamp. Going through the line inputs i find no objectionable noise. When you stack up soundfonts in Vienna and add effects you can make some truly massive sounds that most samplers will not let you do.

check out my custom SoundFonts at http://www.tweakheadz.com/SoundFonts.html

Rich

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-24-1999 at 01:54
c a part-timer user from usa writes:
i was shopping around for a while and was fighting between the sblive and the sblive value, i eventually settled on the live value because as a student it was a lot cheaper, i'm not a serious musician but i loved the idea of the digital i/o featured with the SB LIVE but thought that it alone wouldn't be worth an extra $120. So i bought the LIVE VALUE, from the minute i set it up i loved it, but i was still a little dissapointed that i hadnt sprung for the i/o daughter card that comes with the SB LIVE... from my point of view you're paying that extra $120 for the daughter card and the software package that comes with the SB LIVE, but i already have all the software that i could want.. so my final decision was on the SB LIVE VALUE. But oh! The missing daughter card haunted me! I CAN'T RUN DIGITAL OUTS!! i was pissed about this... Damn the software i dint need that i would have to buy if i wanted the I/O card... damn that software to hell! But then i came across northernsounds.com, with their fantastic additons to the SB LIVE you can setup your SBLIVE VALUE with the digital I/O card for only $39! so i was able to get the SBLIVE VALUE for $70 and the Digital I/O card for $39 and skip the software i didnt want! I'm very happy with my desision!! Great Sound Card for beginners or those on financial restraints!

http://www.northernsounds.com/store/SoundCards.html

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-07-1999 at 16:25
Marvin a part-timer user from USA writes:
Good card for gaming and midi source. Soundfont is big plus. EMU10K is pretty powerful and it has good effects. But this card is still not good for audio recording. Still too noisy and bad S/N ratio. Fixed 48Hkz is bad since some mini disc recording only support 44.1Hkz. You don't use SB live anything relate to audio production. It maybe good for midi beginner and hobbyist user and hard-core games(EAX baby) but if you are looking for more serious card, then you should look somewhere else.

Hoontech makes good card for cheap. Thier Digital Audio 16ch is far better than this card. Actually SB can't be compared to Digital Audio16ch. It has 2 DSP opposed to 1 in SB live and excellent S/N ratio,better midi quality,more channel supported,better sampler and too many to mention here. If composing and recording is your primary concern then you should take a look at this card. It only cost $190 which is just a little more expansive than SB live.

Overall SB live is good for gamers and hobbyist musicians. SB live value is even cheaper.

Hoontech is good for composing and recording.

visit their sites for more infos on specs. http://www.hoontech.com http://www.sblive.com

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-21-1999 at 22:50
Bill Smith a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought a SB Live! a while back, as did a few of my friends. Nobody I know can get the SPDIF in to work right... aside from that, it's an excellent card, imho. It's a hundred times better than any other cards I've owned to date.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-19-1999 at 23:46
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