Hercules 16/12 FW
Hercules 16/12 FW

16/12 FW, FireWire audio interface from Hercules.

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organicdareal 01/09/2007

Hercules 16/12 FW : organicdareal's user review


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- 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 ...