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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 http://members.theglobe.com/reflexx1. 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 out...so 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
Diego a professional user from Spain writes:
First of all: all 64 family are simply AWE32 with new software... and marketing. What does it means? creative have "discovered" software mixing, and the other 32 channels are mixed by the CPU. In other words: you will only use 32 voices on games and sequencers, the other 32 voices are for listen MIDs with the media player, the only task running. Forgot any multitasking while using WS/WG. Other "creative" develop: cheap and standard 30pin SIMM on AWE32 have been changed on both SB64 by creative's own memory (double+ expensive!!!!). The EMU8000 sounds good, ok, but the 64 gold is a s##t, don't spend your money on a modified AWE32 with new software and it's "creative" memory, go buy the good old AWE32 instead ;-)

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Marten W a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
I dont like the fact that i have to buy a intel or amd processor to use the full software for the card. On my IBM/Cyrix 6x86 P200+ the Wavesynth/gw software will not be installed because you need at least a intel pentium 90 or a amd k5 p90+ can't you make an update to make the software work on a 6x86 p200+ the other software works perfectly and the card is the ultimate soundcard for a pc. the people who do not like the card yust have to install the card like it has to be, my AWE64 value works perfectly except wavesynth/gw

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