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Average rating: 2.8 out of 5
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Ed a part time user from USA writes:
First, don't bother with the ROM sounds - they're as lame as they get. There are 8MB GM soundfonts floating around, they make a huge difference (as you might well imagine). Second, don't bother will full duplex - the card downconverts the playback to 8 bits and records in 16, and that'll ruin your ability to hear any mix you're doing (I have a Turtle Beach Daytona PCI that I only use for digital audio). I'm running this under NT and using it strictly as a computer-based sample playback unit, running the output through a BBE 462, and it sounds as good (and better, with some E-Mu soundfonts) than my U-20. I'm not getting the noise that some people are complaining about, but then I'm not using the digital audio section. It's pretty good for a cheap card, and I'm not burning production CDs on my system so I don't care if I don't get a 90db s/n ration - it works, it runs under NT 4.0 (and I've got dual P166s), and it doesn't argue with the Turtle Beach card (which also works well under NT). I stuffed a 12MB RAM expander on it and I can't really complain - it's no Akai sampler, but it didn't cost me over a grand, either!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
J. Tucker a part time user from USA writes:
I've read reviews from you "Professionals." All I can say is: "What do you expect for $200? I think it is an outstanding value for the $$$. The Tech support could use some help, but at least its there. I can't really provide a technical breakdown of all the pros and cons, but I do know it sounds good!! Real Good!!! For entertainment purposes, the card is great. I like the Soundfont features and the Vienna Editor that it comes with. I don't think there is a better card on the market for the price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Michael Bluemik a part time user from UK writes:
For thr serious musician the card is a waste of money and space. It's noisy - I've had endless problem using VST with it. The soundfont system is a toruous way of sampling and the fiddling around required with the sysnth functions (ie turn them off) when used to record audio is a pain. But at the end of the day you get what you pay for.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Daniele Radacich a hobbyist user from Italy writes:
Sound Font Technology is very good: You can play a sample like a sampler workstation. 4 Mb GM Bank is good: piano, acoustic guitar, brass, drums are very good. I use it with 2 synths (DX7IID and JX-8P): a good sequencer.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
dF a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
Whatever they say about this card, wether it sucks, sounds great or makes noise like hell, I don't give a SHIT. Yes indeed the quality may not be so good as for example a Turtle Beach card and yeps, there are trouble getting it in action for VST but one thing's for sure, if you want to amuse yourself after a day of hard work and just want to have fun... this is great stuff... I know there's better stuff out there, but I'm not one of those willing to pay 300 to 500$ for a damn soundcard if I'm only going to use it now and then. Sure you can't create your own FABULOUS CD music with this thing, but with the right laming around and twiddling stuff you can get decent things out of it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
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