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 )
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent

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

Hercules 16/12 FW
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
The number of inputs and outputs, analog and digital and of course the price!

For what purpose?
Small home-studio association.

What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
P4 2.5Ghz, 512MB Ram, 80 GB internal drive, 250GB hard extension

With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...
I used to use guitars dry electrect, singing, baterie, with a preamp or preamp Tb 202 of my table, live out a batery for example.


The installation is done it without problems?
No problem

Have you experienced any incompatibilities?

The general configuration is easy?
A breeze.

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Yes very understandable, very good for beginners.


Driver stable, I use Cubase LE for simple things, lantence of 23ms but it means décendre to 10ms or less. Up to 12 simultaneous tracks


I use it for a month, easy. No model of tried before.
Extraordinary value for money, € 270 in thotho in Germany.
Yes I would definitely do it again this election.

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

Hercules 16/12 FW
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?
This is the number of initially motivated my choice and the system of sending deals. Having had an isis (ds I bought his release and silent REALLY innovative Contents rack unprofessional) that allowed me to record a number of models in a quality OK, I was looking for a rack with at least 8 inputs and outputs and give the envoys DBiT important (to avoid any computation time, latency, ...). This provides 12 rack firewire main entrances and is clearly sufficient for the live recording of a small group or to make a model. Ds the first tests I t tonn facilitated by the recognition of the rack, the compatibility with the software ... Everything works without any worries.

- For what purpose?
I use it mainly for making models of groups and singers to make music in multitrack expriences.
Live I used it once and I plan to start recording the test quality.
Do not think you have a hardware professional studio rack but this is clearly sufficient for tests and models.

- What is your config (motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
I have a PC and a laptop, I use it with two (plutt the PC for use of a large number of tracks).
Desktop PC:
Athlon XP 3200 + - 1GB RAM - 160 GB HDD 2 + 2 60 GB HDD rack
Sempron 3000 + - RAM 512 MB - HD 40 GB + 60 GB HDD rack 2 (the same as for the PC)
Win XP Home SP2

- Which instruments or Systmes (console, prampli, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ...
I use a mixer behringer 24/42 or live microphone for vocals.


- Installation is it without problem?
Trs simple installation, nothing wrong, it installs the drivers, one branch and it works.

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?
No incompatibility.

- The configuration gnrale is easy?
Configuration trs simple, too simple, we would like a little more paramtres and a little more precision, but c clear, we are not lost!

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
The manual is clear enough. It is simple and concise but also lacks depth.


- The drivers are stable?
The drivers are stable on both my machines.

- Are they often put day?
The updates seem to be often offered. Hercules gnral works well.

- What software do you use most often?
The cubaseLe comes with the rack.

- What you get lag?
trs low or almost non. is also a dpendre the config.

- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
I have so far recorded eight tracks simultanment.


- How long have you use it?
For the past three months without worries.

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The +: the facilties of the connection, use, recognition.
the -: the interface and some Austre pramp of 2 mic not terrible.

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
I did the essay and multi-isis numriques a while and ministudios.

- How do you report qualitprix?
This is an excellent deal, a quality such a sum as little, do not go without! Certe you do not record an album of great quality for a national broadcast, but to make models, test sounds, pre-album, c really perfect.

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...

Yes I would do without this choice hsiter!

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

Hercules 16/12 FW
Former owner of Isis, I also have two graphics cards Guillemot. I have all poses problems of instability, boot, non-recognition, conflict ... I have trouble swallowing the sauce "Guillemauve & Hercules" now offers a Firewire card for professional paces. I've been trying but I abstain forever, and I can only advise to forget this SHAMEFUL brand, and turn to the safe brands. I personally have an m-audio Firewire 410 and I prepared my first CD with now, no need to Apogee or RME PROSONUS or because the quality is more than enough, what matters is the musician and music! Only regret with the 410, it was cool to have 10 inputs 4 outputs because that really serves 10 outings, home studio, with NUENDO?
Greetings to all creators.







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

Hercules 16/12 FW
-What Technical characteristics have motivated your choice?
I do not achterais this sound card, even if it is exclente. The reason: its brand.
monitoring the isis card has told me a lot about the Manire guillemot which treats its customers.
So we just do well coupon of Enfert if there are no srieux technical, this card is not a toy.
- For what purpose?
not beyond 10 years after it is too large.
- What is your config (Map mother / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?

I would not dare to put on my computer
Guillemot took us for fools once, not two, thank you.


Incompabilit complte sevice between technical and commercial service


- Are the drivers stable?
- Are they often put day?

is still waiting guillemot gives dvellopeurs indpendant the secrets of his card for real dvelloppeurs working on a version of win xp or linux ...


- With the exprience, you do again this choice ...?

with the experience, I would not give advice to buy from guillemot has those I really want evil.

As we prten belly something 699 and we are ready to let go the less than 400, we can not ask questions ????

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

Hercules 16/12 FW
Before purchasing this card, think, ask Watchlist how long you intend to keep it. I do not own this card, but I have acquired a top studio isis (of the same manufacturer) and when we see the follow-up agreement is their product, it would be this: Jupiter Card became opsolette within two years. In fact as you could see it on the forums isis attractive card, hercules (c guillemot same) do not find useful to follow her right product to create drivers for Windows XP. So think before you make the purchase of this card because if a new operating system (post XP) came to see the day (and this necessarily happen), you may find yourself in a bind because it would make etonant that hercules the effort to create the new drivers. A word to salvation.


I need regular.


I need regular.


I need regular.

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

Hercules 16/12 FW
Former owner of a card ISIS (I'm pulling his own hair so I have more) I recently invested in new Hercules 16/12 FW. I was looking for a card with a sufficient number of to save battery and I found my happiness.
I use the Hercules card to record rock bands to make DMOS. Dj I used to record drums, acoustic guitar, singing. I use cable or XLR jack with and without power fantme.

<ul> Motherboard ASUS
AMD Athlon XP 2800 +
500 MB DDR400 memory
Graphics card MATROX Dualscreen connects two notches
Firewire card </ul>


Installation is simply trs. The Hercules connects the computer thanks to the Firewire port. As I had no Firewire port, I d buy one (17 in stores).
In Windows XP I had no difficulty in installation. It is fair to light ncessaire the rack before the computer or it is not recognized.
The configuration is fairly clear and Submitted as a mixer with Inputs, Outputs and Monitors on each of which can be adapted according to the custom settings impdance microphones and instruments connected to the rack.


In terms of drivers of it exists only one version for now. It is too to see if tt rgulirement be updated. But they seem stable trs.
I used the card with the following software:
- Sonic Foundry Acid DJ
- Sonic Foundry Soundforge.
- Steinberg Cubase VST32
- Steinberg Groove Agent
I get a latency of only 15ms (a change me from the ISIS). But in terms of number of tracks read I am not at all del 22. And if I use too many effects on these tracks, it's my PC that does not follow (see config above). At the simultaneous recording I tried with seven tracks simultaneously ... no problem.
I had some minor crashes with Cubase. But I think they are more than my PC that the card itself.


I use this rack for 1 month and I'm not.

What I like:
<ul> The connection is on port FireWire (extremely easy to install).
The latency of just 1.5ms ASIO2 is.
The two front connectors (between 11 and 12) can receive or XLR jack and the pots possdent volume and power for condenser microphones fantme.
The prsence a headphone jack on the front (enough amplified) with a knob volume is also a big advantage.
The absence of noise.
The possibility of rack mount 19'' </ul>

What I dislike:
<ul> Many entries are the rear of Hercules which is not always very practical when the card is put into a 19''rack. You can also add that it is going through a ncessaire prampli for inputs rear of the rack if the recording level is really low.