Hercules 16/12 FW
Hercules 16/12 FW

16/12 FW, FireWire audio interface from Hercules.

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Average Score:3.7( 3.7/5 based on 16 reviews )
 5 reviews31 %
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent

Pat.Rick's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Shame it has become a scam with temp"

Hercules 16/12 FW
The wide choice of inputs and outputs is what motivated me to be buying. The aesthetic is as much for whatever interface noon to critectere been a priority.

I never used the Hercules with a mixer. Yet it is recommeded to do, and I know that the result will have been much better.

I used it mainly to record my bass (Ibanez SR800, Yamaha TRB6P2 among others) or guitatre. The expendeur controlled midi also going through the sound card.

Configue of my time been:

CM: Asus A7V600-x / after: Asus A7V800
CPU: AMD XP 2500 + Athmon Barthon (OC to 3200 +)
RAM: Kingston Hyper X DDR1400 case (2x1GB then 4x1Go)
Your HD: WD Raptor 70GB (system) and many others for stocage ranging from 80GB to (250-500GB)
PSU: CoolerMaster M620 Realpower


The driver is stable, but no driver for use with a System of eploitation 64bit will be available. So forget Vista64, Seven64 and OSx64. The manufacturer announced that it clearly is not worth having hope in one day.

I give it 4 instead of 8 because of that.

If there was any time of latency, we must know that I used with expendeur external PC for just avoids the problem of latency, audio lag.


The instalation is almost no problem with operating a relatively long procedure. Following the well indicated (not complicated, turn off, turn etc ...) the instalation is very easy.

Must be configured after all, and it becomes a little more delicate, anything not rocket science either. M-AUDIO example seems less intuitive to configure. Now, we must know that a grip is not needed anything too long.

I spent some of the manual is saying.


I used it very little because my OS64 bit prevented from using it.

I have not used a lot of Pro sound card before aquerir. However I was given to instaler and test other model.

What I prefer is flexibilitée ca. Namely, with all inputs output, which has paramettre wish with great ease, the possibilities are enormous. May have to use it to listen to 5 or 7.1 for example.

The value for money itself was correct. However, I knew at that time only Hercules will not give themselves little effort on drivers instalation. And compared to this, the price was not justified. I NEVER buy more product from Hercules, whether in music Pro, or other Multimetia.

NO if I knew, I have waited 6 months to the M-AUDIO, and I will not get that impression of having thrown my money out the window. since then I look at my Hercules in the eye without the power used, and did not want to scam quelqun, I do not intend to sell.

bassiste49's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hercules 16/12 FW
12 audio input, 10 channels for output.

I would not spit on 16 tracks the input, but with a mixer
next to re-inject the battery, it gets everything they want. So
finally enough.

2 entries amplified facades, and 2x2 midi ports.


Stables.Prévoir drivers to transfer a regedit before all traces of old drivers
previous sound cards that could make the PC unstable (to the wise for those
who have complained about this card. Clean your registry and try again, you
may be surprised ...)

The VU meter on the front are handy, as the switch. It's really convenient.

No worries alim.

At first they fussy, and after a while, when we find the config settings and hardware,
ben nothing to say there's more!

I record on 12 tracks with my groups and I have almost no latency. It works
really, really, really well trèèèèèèèèèèès!!

models are very good. However, it does not catches up bad microphones.
In use with Cubase, I am 100% satisfied


Installation: I deliberately spent time to clean my registry because I read
there were risks that it does not work.

So count 30 minutes for it to be clean nickel. 5mn frankly, to make quality, I do not
not count. Not credible.

Today I have a mega system stable and I have spent time, but whatever audio or vst,
I like performance of the Mac in terms of reliability.


Bin here all I said.

Mr Hercules say, when you take out a 24/18, let me know.

If made in the same mold as the 16/12, you'll put a box of 20!

Bluesoundbe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hercules 16/12 FW
I dj I post a notice danslequel rlais sec.

In fact as the board above, and everything is OK j'aichangl'alimentation;
I am convinced that every problem meeting came from the power supply, not strong enough.

For what I have to do, this card is trs trs well, especially the price at which I bought.

Let that which is Csar Csar.






I made a handling error.

Please do not take the view Previous.
The conclusion, now that power is hadhoc, I am satisfied with the trs sound card.

rytmic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hercules 16/12 FW
The number of
home studio
AT THE TIME Athlon 2.2GHz
cubase, Newt


Simple enough


Driver not stable hyper
a latency of 8 to 10


Map buys and keeps a week after one hour of taff, the power supply of the card cut.
So reignition card with loss of sync, so we restart the PC and company!
crachouilles few knobs of from time to time, in short everything to return very soon!
This map shows well but is that the wind, the same stuff would have REAL version was parfaite.je hello street trade fai very promptly the exchange without question, I think of ailleurd they are used to of Hercules defective.
I put 2 because I consider the product misleading.
I never would do that choice!

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hercules 16/12 FW
I mainly purchased this for its many among important as well as its price.
I use it mostly for MIDI recording. Sometimes audio with a condenser microphone.
I possde a laptop equipped with an Intel Core Duo (2x2 GHz) and 2GB RAM.


No problem during installation.
No problem of incompatibilits.
The manual is pretty clear and franais.


Drivers are stable with my configuration.
I mainly use this card with Sony Acid Pro 6 and I am thrilled.
Latency is almost zero (PS: I like ASIO).
I admit never having test more than 2 tracks simultaneous recording.
The pramplis are not as bad as I had heard.


I use this card for 2 years now.
What I like most: The simplicity the efficiency price.

The big downside of this card, it's food. Its power is well below what the card application to function properly. With pramplis branchs, 20 min from overheating diet. So I replaced with a universal laptop power (15 VDC, 3.5 A). From: happiness.

By consquent I have only give you advice: If you buy this card, change the power supply!

AlexisL's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hercules 16/12 FW
I return as promised (a little late) fill me several months of use APRS
Bought ... for many of his! recording (multitrack, although sr) concert and the home studio.
Configuration: Laptop ASUS A6BG (Centrino 1.6 GB, 1GB RAM, firewire port internal, external hard drive USB2)
Reli midi keyboard on Matra.


Installation flawless on my setup, and following the instructions included with the CD (version 2, with firmware update).
No incompatibility with me, configuration software for 4 -10 meters, rglage symtrique / asymtrique via software, for meters, monitoring a few brief (you can monitor that a pair of, if you must use the patch assignment of inputs / outputs and it's all or nothing, no possible level .. so it must be through another grate program (Cubase, etc. ..)
config easy, clear guide on paper!
Some bugs sometimes, but once the rec launched in multitrack, I still had to Plantade (thankfully!)


No problem for the moment with current drivers, if not using at the same time and in asio mode is plantogne multimedia, so you have to force windows not to use it for sounds multimedia.
Test Cubase, Live, does not work on Plant (senseomusic)
17 + 12 tracks read in 5ms latency recording with Cubase before saturation on my internal hard drive (5200 rounds!)
BMOL on a big card entries ... attention to the configs and complex problem of mass, with the use of power supply pluseieurs dcoupage, you really monitor tracks before starting the rec because I t Confront the problem twice of my interferences by plugging in analog consoles dcoupage alim. The problem seems to disappear in RIAS alim dcoupage my laptop ... must know, and not have too long to register if the pb Submitted!


I for more than six months, and the ratio quality / price is simply amazing, as long as the card works stable configuration Pc!
The only worry is that it's a bit of Russian roulette after the comments I've read.
Mac, it's apparently not yet (could not test ...).
The big problem is the big book with dcoupage power supply, which is really cheap and probably undersized (the card heats up when even a little, ate the inside!).
Apparently this is THE big problem of the card, lots of world does require a new transformer to apply for Hercules, who returns for free at the end ... a time / time uncertain!
So mfiance on problem area / mass ...
One solution would be to the isolation transformers on all inputs, ground breaking, but has become the CHRE concerver seeing if a minimum of quality ...
I'll get a true transformer power supply compatible, see if a problem does not rsoudrait. Adj Someone tried?

organicdareal's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hercules 16/12 FW
- What characteristics have motivated your choice?

The number of entries for the price, like everyone else ...

- For what purpose?

Some for all, especially recording model, but for me, a midi interface, what the sampler scratching, and other instrumentals thanks to the preamp.

- What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?

Macbook Intel Core Duo 2G, 512 MB RAM, internal HDD 60G basis 5200t


This is where it gets tough ... Being on macbook, such was my surprise after receipt of my card when I called to ask why Hercules I could not install it.
"The Intel Mac drivers are not yet out."
I bought the card but 2006. The hotline told me to come out after the month in 2 months at the latest. After 2 months still nothing. And I remember, even topo, within a month. The drivers were supposedly long over but they were in beta test. And they said that every month until December and I decided to shout at once ... the past three days (January 6), the drivers are available on the site of Hercules. My card has waited six months in his box before I serve.

All content (but a bit annoying when even ^ ^) I install all this. Installation top lap time of one minute, no problem. But trying to set this up, I do not have a stable configuration. The volume button of the first preamp to death spit when I move. Preamp on, monitoring is very low, and when I push a little, it saturates at once. Map plant a lot: I listen to audio on itunes, the software control of the card launched, I adjust the volume, and I leave. And by the time the software closes, the sound abruptly cuts off, forced to restart, resynhroniser the card to exit the software ...
I hope that Hercules will have the decency to do an update stable quickly. Because on this one's, they really shit in the glue ... In the words jcrmusic, in the same situation as me: At Hercules, it's really not serious.
These problems are so much for the note.


- The drivers are stable?
- Are they often updated?

See above ^ ^

- What software do you use most often?

Before the card, I worked on Reason, I start now comes with Cubase LE.

- What you get lag?

Still not managed to get really stable configuration, but it runs pretty good at 15 ms latency.

- How many tracks you get to record / play time? ...

I have not been able to make big test


- How long have you use it?

3 days ^ ^

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

No, but the layout of my group was recorded with the same card, so I knew what it was.

- How would you rate the quality / price?

Simply unbeatable.

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...

It depends if I have to wait six months drivers ...

jcrmusic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hercules 16/12 FW
I decided to give my opinion to prevent others to have the same boat. It is true that this card looks interesting from the number of entries it gives. I am not able to give my opinion on sound quality, but against the seriousness of Hercules, yes. I bought this card in June, I install and then I realize that nothing works. I phone the hotline, and I learn that the drivers for Intel Macs are not available. It was not until July, in July, I was told in August, and that, every month until October. It's a shame, Hercules is unable to provide drivers, they are the only galleys for the development of drivers, while the competition for quite some time point. Unfortunately, we can not shout "crowing" we'll still buy abroad (which I do not have a problem, actually).
Well, I think you mean when it's good, but when it's bad, must also have the simplicity of the share!
Good luck to all







MetalUp's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hercules 16/12 FW
- What characteristics have motivated your choice?

The recent drop in prices of the product. The 10 line inputs! The quality of the converter for this price range. The firewire!

- For what purpose?

I record layout for small groups and I needed a card that allows me to do multitrack.

- What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
P4 3.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 2x160 GB S-ATA, MSI motherboard, chipset i915P

- Which instruments and systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...

The insert of my Mackie CFX16 enter the line inputs of the card. I plug in my v-amp also directly on it!


- The installation is done it without problems?

I had absolutely no problem, and that is either SP1 or SP2. 5 minutes chrono every time. on the other hand should spend some time fixing buffers, latency and all the fuss for not cracking!
Ah yes, remember to disable the sound card integrated with the CM, if it is on that aura of conflict!

- Have you experienced any incompatibilities?


- The general configuration is easy?

There's not a lot of adjustment. You just understand the routing system of the map thanks to rewire. But it's not very complicated once you get caught, it's up!

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

Not too bad, most of the SAV (Arbiter France) is very competent, do not hesitate to mail!

on the other hand, Hercules does not seem to want to update their drivers regularly, so -1 for monitoring!


- The drivers are stable?

Its going home. Not too worried even if there are improvements that could be made!

- What software do you use most often?

I run Cubase SX, up to 8 tracks simultaneously, no prob. Latency about 10 ms. In the mix, about 18 tracks loaded plugin without cracking!


Good, I digress ...
I use it for three months without incident. Recently, the card restarts for no apparent reason. I immediately thought of the power supply, but the sky was faster than me. It was enough of a power currents in the day so that the power supply makes the soul! Really not good quality ...
In short, a lil mail to me that the Service has dispatched a new DIRECTLY, I recoi in the currents of the week ...

At its, great value for money, I counsel all those who want to model!
As soon as I have more, I will turn to an interface more "pro", like RME ...

EDIT: I received the new power supply that works very well, the card will reboot over and is very stable.

bilou3007's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hercules 16/12 FW
I bought this card because the price for its CHARACTERISTICS are very interesting.
I made a private use to record a vocal group and my house to mix different sound sources.
I use it on a laptop Compaq Athlon 2400, and a desktop Pentium IV 2.4 Ghz.
I mix mostly ambient microphones.
The product I bought does not work, the drivers are buggy and unusable compltement ... Hercules could put the CD's days ...
But thanks internet I could download any updates that have run my card.
The book is CUBASE LE software (SONAR is a demo version unusable)
CUBASE LE 4 simultaneous input brid: So Hercules sells a box with 12 inputs, but provides no tool to use?
Therefore buy SONAR CUBASE SX or to use the card ... if you do not prvu budget we can put the card the trash ...
It's easy to say we ssay this card with Cubase, Sonar ... ABLETON ... etc. when you pirate software, but it's not normal!!
(I had on my desktop PC card AUDIGY had t book with a multitude of very powerful tool to use compltement the map, with Hercules is not the case! !)
Then why my bill does not exceed 5 / 10


Installation is no problem but does not work with the software drivers


With the latest drivers the card is not always recognized, and sometimes you lose contact, you must restart the
I record 4 tracks the time since Cubase 4 is brid
With MIDI I sometimes cracking I have a PC Pentium IV 2.4 Ghz, 512 MB, this is not the last out, but it's not a scooter, it works very well also.
Cubase LE does not latency (such as Cubase SX) but I do not feel


I use it for 15 days, the first case of its kind that I use ...
qualitprix report because it normally means adding a correct software such as Cubase SX to use this map ...
I would do this choice because the competing products are more expensive and I'm doing like everyone else but I can not find a normal ...