Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002
Well said dB. The industrie does need a bottom end card that is more capable then the tried and trud SB card's as well as Turtle Beach stuff.
Posted on Sep 28, 2002 12:14 pm
Administrator Since: Apr 03, 2002
As some of you regulars know, I was chosen by Philips Electronics to helpthem beta test their new card, the PSC605 Sonic Edge. It is a 5.1 digital surround sound card with 1/8" outs, digital out, line in and mic in as well as a typical MIDI port.
This card has been released so I can give you the story on it. No great shakes, and has a whole I am a little bit upset with Philips, but I will get over it. They were not intending to build a home studio quality recording card, and they succeeded, cuz it's not. It still beats the hell out of SB Live Value and Audigy Value packages, but it still doesn't cut it for me.
It runs from a C-Media chip and does games, DVD playback and other media playback (Windows media, CD, mp3 and such) very well. Therefore, for the common user it is very nice indeed. But the 5.1 does not work for play back in the context of Nuendo or Cubase SX, though it does in PowerDVD and Windows Media 9.
I have been beating the ASIO drum in our private forum for weeks and they have still not decided if they are going to develop ASIO drivers or not, but the card was released with decent WDM drivers. I saw it at Best Buy COmpany for $49.99 which, considering the price of the competition, that is a great price for the card, as it far outshines it's $100 competitors...in my opinion.
I have stringly encouraged them to look into marketing a recording card, because I don't think they understand the number of people that have this great software but still use SB's and such as their card. With a little time and effort, and the products I have seen from them, they could easily dominate this end of the recording market.
Anyway, that's my story, and I am sticking to it...
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