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Guillemot Maxi Studio ISIS XL

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      22.08.2001 00:52
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      Setting up a home recording studio can seriously eat away at your wallet. So why spend more on your soundcard than you absolutely have to? That's not everyone's philosophy, but it suited me. And the Guillemot ISIS has been a superb buy. What you get for around £200 - 8 analgue inputs, 4 analgue outputs, digital in & out (coax & optical), MIDI ports (in/out/thru), onboard update-able wavetable & sampler, 48kHz sampling, Logic Audio multi-track software. That just about says it all for the pros. I think they speak for themselves, especially in the context of the price. How about the down-side? Well, unsurprisingly, it doesn't work first time with every motherboard & chipset (or so I hear) - VIA chipsets especially a problem. And Guillemot are less than helpful. However, I've found that installing it as the first bit of hardware under Windows works every time - even with a video capture card installed as well. There's no Win NT or 2000 support yet, and it doesn't look as though there will be, either. For MIDI users, the latency is long at 93ms (but Cubase seems to compensate well). Lastly, the sound isn't perfect - with all 8 inputs running, you can just about hear some noise. But, for the price, you'd have to be pretty fussy to complain about that!

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