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Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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Paul Soulsby a part-timer user from UK writes:
Too right, the manual is crap, the card is temperamental and for the average user this card is totally unsuitable. However, the sounds are very good, the are very editable, the sampling is excellent and the circuitary is very lo-noise. Once you know what makes it crash and things it likes and dis-likes, it can be very useful. I must admit, I'd go for it over a sound blaster any day.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-11-1999 at 16:50
ik a hobbyist user from nl writes:
Dont buy, they are nor directX5 + compatible! this is confirmed to me by turtle beach tech support/ I had to reinstall my whole! system almost weekly untill I got rid of it.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-24-1998 at 10:32
mick terry a 0 user from L.A., CA writes:
Typographical correction to previous entry: &quot;at the end of 1996&quot;

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:16
mick terry a professional user from L.A., CA writes:
Not a user, but in all fairness, I felt compelled to note that Tropez is Turtle Beach's entry level sound card. They will readily admit that it was intended for pimply-faced teen-agers without any cash wanting any sounds they could scrounge for their Duke Nukem's. Their design parameters relative to price point did not really intend for musicians, composers, et al, to be among its primary market. That demographic was covered by the Monterey (comprised of the Rio + Tahiti components), which was replaced by the current Pinnacle. The highly rated and respected Monterey was discontinued thanks to Motorola halting production of a principle chip. Unfortunately, there was a long gap of time after the disappearance of the Monterey in which the Pinnacle seemed to be just vaporware. When the Pinnacle finally materialized at the end of 1997, there was extremely little hype and hoopla. Possibly due to the purchase of Turtle Beach by Voyetra and relocation across the continent, but still strange for a top-notch sound card (including a Kurzweil synth) replacing a top-selling model. Even so, the Pinnacle is one of the top contenders in my search for a high-quality sound card within a not-unlimited budget.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:16
Tony DeLibero a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I use the card as a synthesizer for music projects, controlling it with a

general midi keyboard and sequencing with cakewalk. I've found this card to be

very problematic and incredibly clunky to use. The card's wavetable sounds are

good enough, but if you want to get any usefulness out of the sample storing

capabilities, I'd suggest getting the Wavepatch freeware from the turtle beach

site. It facilitates the creation of instruments with up to four voices, each

voice optionally having either a keyboard or velocity split. There is much

control over each instrument, and LFOs, envelopes, and sample editing/looping

are easily accomplished. You can save individual instruments to disk or entire

banks. Unfortunately, the card can and will make Windows95 lock up, with

alarming frequency. Sometimes loading a sample or instrument will make the

computer hang, even if the ram is no where near full. It is very annoying and

unfortunate that the card has these errors, and that it locks the entire Pc! It

is also very annoying that in order to run msdos applications with sound,

separate dos driving software must be loaded during startup that takes over a

minute to load! The card (of course) crashes the computer if you run a dos app

(even from windows) that polls the sound card without having the dos drivers

resident (even if windows95 is using the card ok). Also, in some releases, the

stereo channels are incorrectly matched, and effects parameters sent from

general midi don't distinguish between reverb and panning (something that a

cakewalk user will find unacceptable.) The card does have excellent

oboe and banjo sounds, but it's not worth all the hastle and I'd have to

recommend the new AWE64 card from Sound Blaster instead of the Tropez+. The

AWE64 card doesn't have nearly the problems, doesn't crash the computer, and

supports Sound Fonts, which are quite popular and can approach the quality of

professional instruments. The ram cards are custom made and must be specially

ordered for the AWE, but the added usefulness is worth the extra effort. I have

certainly wasted enough time waiting for painfully slow driver software loading

times and reset-button reboots with the Tropez+. I'd suggest avoiding this

card, despite some nice sounds.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:16
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