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Average rating: 2.8 out of 5
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George J ("subject 28") a part-timer user from USA writes:
Aiight, I'd like to update my last statement on the AWE line. They have the following: 2 envelopes (volume/filter), 1 assignable LFO (filter cutoff, volume, and pitch), resonant filters, and 2 effects (reverb and chorus). With the AWE it is totally possible to do some multilayered samples. The AWE 64 Gold has a better s/n ratio (90db opposed to 80db) and it really shows. I have the Value. It's noisy. That blows. I've heard the Gold. It's quieter. That's good. As far as sampling goes, It's good, as long as you have MEMORY. All in all I like my AWE. I'll be posting some Sound Font Banks on my site at I've done some analog basses on this thing. They'll have to be heard to be believed.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-14-1998 at 10:47
John McCallum a hobbyist user from New Zealand writes:
I bought this card as the cheapest option with SPDIF digital output and have been impressed with stuff recorded straight to DAT. However I get pissed off that line in won't get mixed to digital I have reverted to recording to tape and loving the noise. I believe you can solder your own SPDIF leads onto a 64 Value....

Soudfonts seem painfully fiddly so I have been happy to use other peoples ones. I strongly recommend the Vintage Dreams set. Mostly now I use the card as a drum machine with Seq-303 shareware. This really helps one make the most of the sounds by allowing you to tweak velocity, filter parameters, effects etc etc on each note. I would rate this software as a must-have to AWE owners as it is cheap,stable,midi-syncable, simple and good for improvising or live work.

The other thing you need is the AWE-Toy freeware to add better effects control, keyboard splits, arpeggiator etc. If Creative had their act together they would bundle something like this.

If you get one of these for a good price as a cheapo sampler you shouldnt be too disappointed.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-13-1998 at 21:45
Greg a part-timer user from South Africa writes:
Enough people have mention that it is only 32 real voices (not 64), how about updating your spec sheet. I find it mediocre card but makes a cheap S/PDIF option. For those who want a real sound card, this is not it. Look around, for not much more there are definately better options.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-10-1998 at 13:45
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
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