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jugatsu 04/04/2011

ESI ESP1010e : jugatsu's user review

«  Very good value for money! »
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Value For Money : Excellent
- I bought this card for its reputation on the level of latency, the number of inputs and outputs both preamps

- My goal was just to have a sound card booster that can dial into my room and teach me how to make sounds

- My config: Intel I7 920@4.1ghz, 6GB DDR3 1666mhz, Win7 x64, motherboard Asus P6T

- I work mainly in REAPER, a little Live8

UTILIZATION

- The drivers are stable at 90% I would say it works very well in the workplace, just as a VST to a bug it may be that it blocks the card and it is sometimes necessary to reboot the machine I'm working on an RME and I never rebooted with it (c we are told that the value for their money with this kind of cards)
- The drivers are almost never updated, so once a year something happens, but one must be super happy now, it's a large black dots in this map, for example in my case my pc can not die, I am forced to momentarily press the button to do so, all because of drivers not optimized to be compatible everywhere, I'm lucky because it does not bother me at all but others have more serious problems with their motherboards.
- Latency is excellent, the map rotates in 64 samples without any problem

GETTING STARTED

- Easy installation, just think back to the drivers on the ESI website
- The configuration of the card is fairly standard for a panel such as one finds in general
- A paper manual is provided in the bundle


OVERALL OPINION

- I use the card for a month
- I like its latency
- I do not like the support of ESI drivers
- Value for money seems very good in the sense that it is simply impossible to have a card with as many inputs and outputs, such low latency and two preamps for 155 €
- If I were to compare it to other models of sound cards I would say it did not have the sound quality and support that one expects from a pro.  cons for someone who is doing a little computing and who seeks to build a studio at the lowest effective prices is an excellent choice.
The card could be better, in this price sector is the TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6, not as input-output but for a semi-pro quality.