Hercules 1612 FireWire Audio Interface

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24-bit, 96kHz recording interface. 16 inputs, 12 outputs, 2 MIDI in / 2 MIDI out. Includes Cubase LE and Ableton Live SE (Mac/PC).
The Hercules 16/12FW is a multi-track audio recording and playback rack system with 16 input and 12 output channels, all featuring high-resolution audio (24-bit/96KHz). Easily transportable, the Hercules 16/12FW connects to your PC or Mac's FireWire port and includes the hit software titles Cubase LE and Ableton Live SE (Mac/PC).

The Hercules 16/12FW's drivers are updated regularly. The most recent version--for Windows 2000 and XP--enables two new functions. The first is the "Rewire" panel, which allows users to redirect any stereo input to any output, with zero latency; this function allows for the connection of external effects racks (for Techno music, for example) or lets each member of a group hear themselves without any latency. The second new function is the Vumeter, which allows users to monitor the sound level of each analog source right on their screen.
16-in/12-out multitrack record and playback

16 independent inputs:
-- 10 gold-plated, balanced or unbalanced jacks

-- 2 combo connectors (XLR/Jack ┬╝ )

-- 4-channel SPDIF inputs (optical & coaxial)

12 independent outputs:
-- 8 gold-plated, balanced or unbalanced jacks

-- 4-channel SPDIF outputs (optical & coaxial)

24-bit 96KHz audio resolution
-- Sampling rates: 44.1, 48 and 96KHz

-- A/D Converters: 105 dB (A-weighted)

-- D/A Converters: 114 dB (A-Weighted)

2 MIDI In / 2 MIDI out interface

Compatible with PC (Microsoft Windows(tm) 2000 / XP) and Mac (OS X 10.3)
Hercules Warranty ´╗┐Hercules offers a 2 year warranty on all DJ consoles.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 866-889-5036
(34 ratings)
Submitted January 28, 2006 by a customer from gmail.com
"If you need to record more than eight inputs at once, take a good look."
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Again I bought this mainly because of its ability to record multiple inputs (more than eight) simultaneously. It does that very well. My only hesitation is that my latency settings are pretty high. If I desire to use this to record live sounds, it will probably take a good deal of tweaking and I will need to go back and forth between different latency settings depending upon my recording needs at the time.

I use this to record my five midi sound modules. The sound of the Hercules is very clean and noise-free. My main concern before purchasing it was if it would record all of the inputs simultaneously without timing issues between the various inputs. Hercules tech support was great with a response to my question. I am happy to report that when recording all five midi modules at once there are no timing issues and the sound is excellent.

The only thing I really miss about it is the lack of monitoring options. You can only monitor one set of stereo outputs at once. Fortunately the included software does allow you to select which pair you want to monitor. There are workarounds to this though. You can switch on-the-fly among the various outputs while recording without affecting the recording. You can also use an external mixer with it.

The product has been very reliable for me. The only issue I have is that I have to set the latency pretty high to read more avoid pops and crackles in Sonar. This is not a problem for me as I am not recording "live." Basically I am recording previously composed midi tracks. If you want to use this to record in real time you may have some latency issues between your keyboard and DAW. Then again latency is more an issue between your computer setup, your sound card, and recording software.

Almost every other firewire audio interface offers a maximum of eight channel recording. I needed ten (five stereo pairs) and this unit actually gives you twelve analog inputs plus another four digital inputs. It sold me!

Manufacturer Support
As I stated above, I contacted their support team prior to purchasing this unit. They were very helpful and their response was incredibly detailed. I haven't had to contact them since my purchase.

The Wow Factor
I wanted it because of the number of inputs. It looks nice.

Musical Background:
minister of music

Musical Style:
choral and gospel
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