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Hercules Firewire 1612

Feb 08 2006 | 6:41 pm

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any experience using the new Hercules Firewire 1612 interface with Max/MSP? It’s Mac compatible, has tons of i/o, and the price is right, I just would rather hear something from someone who actually has used it before I go ahead and buy it. What are the pluses, minuses, does it work with Max well? Is it firewire bus powered or external (can’t find that spec online). I haven’t really heard anything about the reliability of the company either so am a bit hesitant to buy right away. Can anyone out there help me?


Feb 08 2006 | 10:39 pm

Alright, forget it, I just bought it, it was so cheap, down to $300! If anyone is thinking about buying it and wants to know how it works with Max or just in general, let me know. I can tell you in 5-7 working days.


Feb 09 2006 | 2:23 am

Hi matt, i’m interested in
could you tell something more about this Audio Interface?



phone: +393938422159

Feb 09 2006 | 8:23 am

just asking,
where did yoy buy the card here in europe it costs around �600

Feb 09 2006 | 9:34 pm

Feb 09 2006 | 10:04 pm

I found it online at, though I’m not sure they ship to europe. Probably for an extra cost i’d imagine

Mar 14 2006 | 11:14 pm

hi MisterW
so, what about the Hercules? It’s a good interface? Good drivers and software support?

Mar 14 2006 | 11:35 pm

Well, i received it but it was one that had been sent back, presumably for repairs. I say this because the original seals were broken so I’m assuming someone had sent it back. Anyways, i got it set up and hooked up to my computer no problem. I write a quick program in Max to check it out…and…it works in max perfectly, just how i expected….BUT….the interface itself was a piece of crap. The preamps were noisy, the hi-Z button did absolutely nothing, the outputs were all noisy, the instrument/XLR inputs had bad connections meaning you often had to wiggle them to get a connection, the pots were all scratchy and you, again, often had to wiggle them to get a signal. So yeah, it was crap.

However, i convinced myself that MAYBE this is just the suppliers fault and that I should return it and get a brand new one that hadn’t been opened, and that hopefully it will be in better condition. It’s backordered until Mar 17 so once i get the new one I can report back how it works and if it really is a crappy interface or if I was just unlucky.


Mar 15 2006 | 8:00 am

maybe this is interesting for all who
are looking for a new firewire interface. mp;task=view&id=1207&Itemid=44


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