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Average rating: 2.8 out of 5
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Perra a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
AWE64 has no real full-duplex, it is very noisy and 32 of the voices are emulated(the AWE64 is a AWE32 with some new emulated things wich will slooow your system down!). Well it's cheap anyway and good if you're into gaming.But dont buy it and think that you're gonna make music with it. Then your making a BIG mistake!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Michael a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Very Noisy for recording music. Tech. Support is disappointing. They put you on hold forever (20-50+minutes). This has happened several times. They take weeks to answer email as well.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Roland Quast a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
A good sound card for the price however..... it is still and awe32 with a softsynth.... why a softsynth??? they sound inferior for professional use... I never use the stupid thing! I turned the damn thing off!!! hmm... but anyway... I like the fact that it is upgradeable with ram module etc... (like awe32? dont know?) and yes.. where is the digital out on the Awe64 value edition??????

which leads me to say that documentation was absolutely PATHETIC! I got a sb16/awe64 manual... nothing in detail on the thing... Hmmm.. anyway.. it sounds good for the price... and its features are good (same as awe32)... PLEASE EMAIL ME AND TELL ME WHERE THE DIGITAL OUT PORT IS??????

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Raven Wind a part time user from Michigan, USA writes:
Oooh! This is a sweet little card! For 200 bucks it does what most higher-end samplers do. The AWE64 comes with 4 meg of RAM onboard, and can be boosted to over 20 meg (if I remember correctly). This makes it quite capable of doing some fantastic things with layered samples!

Of course, the card has some problems. First thing is that it only has 64-voice polyphony if you have a Pentium-BRAND processor. Anybody else's processor will not work with the software-based synthesis, and thus you have only 32 voices.

Second problem: It has no space for a daughterboard. this is just a little thing, really, but the AWE32 and SB32 would let you strap on a daughterboard- Excellent for slapping on some XG synth. I miss that in this model.

The dual gold outputs are a nice touch, and the SPDIF is cool, even if I haven't had a chance to use it. Now if only Emu would cut the price of soundfonts a bit, and Creative Labs would make the memory modules a tad more affordable for us low-budget types, I'd be in heaven!

Software musts for this card include the AWEtoy, a cool effects engine for the AWE64. Don't forget that this baby also comes with Vienna, which is necessary to get what you want out of your patches.

All in all, this is an excellent card at a very reasonable price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Mike a part time user from New Zealand writes:
Not really as bad as many people think. I didn't really notice the noise too much until I compared it to some other gear, it really is quite bad in this department. I find it perfect for my very small setup to use primarily for drums and the occasional other sample. The low-pass filter and resonance aren't very good, definately not for lead synths etc, but do the trick for a quick blip or a background sweep. This little review may sound bad, but I like the card more now I've got some more gear to play other sounds from, so not everything is going through the AWE's low quality single output.

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