Terratec Producer Phase 88
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Phase 88, PCI/ISA + Rack Soundcard from Terratec Producer.

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frog'n raoul 09/24/2006

Terratec Producer Phase 88 : frog'n raoul's user review

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Hello, I Made computer music and MCO 1994.
I chose this card to the number of entries and this important gains for each input. In addition I can also come out in 7.1 Digital DTS 96k on my amp.
Before I worked with an Audigy 2ZS which offers four simultaneous inputs without preamps with KX drivers, I was shielded by placing the card in an old box cdrom drive connected to ground. Also with this card I will be able to play pro me saying in my config. I have a card studio pro (yet ZS (€ 60) also has a very good sound quality by buying preamps (eg Monacor MPR-6 € 30)

UTILIZATION

Very easy to install and use (was not even need the manual!).

GETTING STARTED

The drivers seem stable, but it remains to be proven in 20 hours of use, no bugs.
I have not tried yet the simultaneous recording tracks, but it's coming.
Phase 88 is less powerful than the Audigy 2 ZS in latency, but it uses less system resources, fruity with some effects on it turns a second 10ms without problems and started a little crunch from a 2ms seconds.
She looks less ergonomic than the ZS, the sound cracks a bit (by stretching the ear) when I move the splitter bars in the windows of the pianoroll fruity with a 5ms latency, it disappears from 10ms latency and may be had to the software.

OVERALL OPINION

However I like a lot already, I could put my bazard preamp and I has a much better sound quality of the entries. With 8 inputs, it is possible to record a pop band without mixer (4 mic baterie, guitar, bass, singer, keyboard) or to make recordings of high quality battery.
It is also suitable for use as I want to do live, namely in creating architectures Sonnora using VST taken his microphone and real instruments.
For against my Audigy 2 ZS has more outlets (12 in total). But with eight speakers (one at each corner of the room) you can already work on sound in space.
I use it for a few days.

For the record 5 cards can be linked together and have 40 inputs and 40 outputs, to record the instrumentals for a classical orchestra or for art installation, scalability J'aprécie this, especially since the price drop in years year.

Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.

Config: AMD Barton 2.8, MSI infinity II, 2x256 DDR 400 in dual display, Seagate 80 GB, ATI Rage 9200, samsung 52x burner all mounted in an old desktop PCDH-5H Siemens / Nixdorf, the case of 90 years are very Solid, no need to rack!