Hercules Studio ISIS

Hercules Studio ISIS

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Studio ISIS, PCI/ISA + Rack Soundcard from Hercules.

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  • Manufacturer:Hercules
  • Model:Studio ISIS
  • Category:PCI/ISA + Rack Soundcards
  • Added in our database on: 05/17/2004

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Hercules Studio ISIS user reviews

Average Score:3.4( 3.4/5 based on 36 reviews )
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Audiofanzine FR12/16/2010

Audiofanzine FR's review

Hercules Studio ISIS
Originally written by Fender2a on Audiofanzine FR.

Bought in 98. It was the only one at this price which provided an external rack housing, eight inputs and a comprehensive software package.
Use: home studio for guitar and keyboard recording
Computer system: CPU AMD Athlon, 1 GB Ram, two hard drives, dual boot with Win Millenium (for the Isis) and XP.


Installation can be a bit tricky, but it works if you use the latest driver version (somewhat old) and follow the procedure.
The only problem is the lack of support for XP. That's why I use a dual boot system with Millenium for the sound card. Stability is not an issue, the system never crashes.


I use it with Cubase Vst5, Acid pro and Wavelab
I record only audio, no latency problems.


After so many years with my Isis, I must admit that it will be difficult to part with it.
When I bought it, it was a very good product. It's a pity that there is no XP support.
I would buy it again.
I created an area dedicated to the Isis on my homepage. Visit it and tell us your experience.
Petit zicos06/13/2014

Petit zicos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" If nothing else better ..."

Hercules Studio ISIS
At the time one map of the price (2000 CHF) with an external rack while 6.35 with 8 inputs 4 outputs, SPDIF in / out RCA, optical and finally midi in / out / thru!!

nothing to write that we must be dreaming if we add that we are in 1995.


Yes stable and several updates have been delivered
correct for latency time.


Problems getting it to work properly only because of the Pc config not powerful enough nor sufficiently provided in memory. (Dx2 + 100Mhz 16MB)
Then with a Pentium II (intel chipset and the Via chipset is strongly recommended at this time for computer music) and max memory for its motherboard (380 MB) it was very correct.
Finally, as I used Logic Audio comes with, everything was fine. As soon as I wanted to try another (Cubasis blackjack comes with a purchase) I never ever get something good.
Where audio back to Logic. But it took me "redo" the entire PC to start over clean.


It was my 1st audio card. I since 1995 I think (it starts to date).
before I was only noon. therefore synth and everything required for replay shebang. the recordings were made k7 (in 1994) and there not multitrack. he had to do everything by noon. then when it's ok to mix and record from noon on the magneto. yeah I said small zicos.

Since I still use it for digitizing LPs.
It keeps me from monopolizing the other PC with its fast track that could do very well yet.
But the performance of the isis in this area are sufficient. So long as the PC on which it is running ..... and then also it amuses me. a certain nostalgia in fact.

In fact, the big disadvantage of vinyl is that it is a carrier of another era. It wears longer it is used.
Where the scritch scratch scrtoch that settles over time.
No, I'm not one of those "melted" who swear by vinyl. However some productions have never been and will probably never recorded on CD.
I learned, however, that a former base of the National Library is precisely this kind of preservation.
But that's just for heritage preservation. Nobody can listen or obtain a copy of digitized recording.
So I make them myself with this card.
She recorded quietly while I do something else or just that I listen to the music.
This is to go on a reliable in terms of what exists today.
Obviously the quality I'm looking for today is not primarily the appointment. However these are the interpretations of the tripe zicos group or tails I'm trying to save for my entourage.
So just for that I gladly would put a good score on the map although these are now much more efficient.
But how Guillemot treated us to the arrival of XP, then triple revenge "0" pointing doubled!
In short, if you have small needs not too expensive and you have an old PC lying around in a corner, go ahead.
Otherwise buy something else. (I'm very happy with the "fast track pro" to which I said a little trick on this forum)

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The great adventure of computer music ..."

Hercules Studio ISIS
The dream she brought to all musicians finally going to do our album at home.


I know how many more there were versions of drivers that are traded on the web hoping to find the Holy Grail, an era ... I can successfully install, after several months of discussions .

I think I'm a piece of 8 tracks with, I keep preciously, it is a rare work.


I became a computer engineer trying to install ...


If this card worked, AF, can be simply would not exist.

It is possible that it is trying to run a community of Internet users is found, giving birth to what would later become this wonderful site.

For that, with hindsight we could put him 10.

zindozs's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A musthave for nostalgia!"

Hercules Studio ISIS
Sound card Guillemot Maxi Studio ISIS is a PCI sound card with an additional extension box 8/4 + MIDI + SPDIF.
This card was released in the late 90s, and ran under Windows 95/98/Me only. W2000/XP systems and higher are not compatible ...
The "PCI" this set has standard I / O (Line in and out, Mic Port Midi / games), and a web of internal link connects to a riser connection with the outer casing. This card features a RAM Expansion for function "sampler" and soundfont management and a DSP chip.
The outer casing is equipped with 8 analog inputs and 4 outputs 6.35 jack, MIDI thru in out, in out and SPDIF coax and optical in.
The recording mode is accomplished by "direct to disc", ensuring very low latency. Converters are accurate and do not generate virtually no harmonics.
A great little system for a good start in home studio.


This card offers a great stability, and its interface facilitates the mapping of I / O settings and levels. ASIO drivers are compatible despite his age.
Mode ensures direct to disk latency below 40ms.


Mechanically speaking, the installation is a breeze, with respect to drivers, ibid. The only real difficulty is to understand the correspondence cursors console settings compared to I / O The manual is pretty vague about it here.


I started the home studio with this product in 1999, and I also apparent from time to time, as part soundfont is just perfect. The DAW used is not the one that came with (Logic Audio), but Magix Music Studio 2005, still compatible W98. Employing this medieval OS is not very disabling because the PC used is disproportionate to W98 with its 1GHz processor and 256MB of ram :)
The HDD used for multi-track taken is SCSI, which ensures optimal access!
Not a wrinkle, and ergonomics nice, this sound card still has many services to make ...

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