Need advice on second hand Korg soundcard

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by Big Craigie, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Big Craigie

    Big Craigie Guest

    I'm not a "Pro" but I thought I'd ask here because, well, you are the
    professionals and shoudl know best. Anyway I have been offered a Korg 1212
    I/O soundcard quite cheaply. It's fully boxed etc and the previous owner is
    a friend and is a Cubase expert etc. He's moved on to greater things but
    offered me first pick on this.
    Money is tight for me and I have other considerations i.e a new car but I
    really must look into this soundcard as I myself want to start moving on the
    music world. My current setup is Pentium III 600 Mhz, 20 Gb HD (soon to be
    80Gb), 256 Mb ram (soon to be doubled), Soundblaster Live Platinum card with
    breakout box. I work mainly with Cool Edit pro but I am actively learning
    Cubase SX (which actually runs fine on my Windows 98 SE machine). I am not a
    Cubase power user in that I don't have millions of tracks and thousands of
    VST instruments running at the same time. I have been brought up on a Fostex
    4 track portastudio so anythingthing more than 10 tracks is unknown
    territory for me. In Cubase I tend to work with soundfonts in creating the
    music which means I have 0 latency then I audition the VSTi. Even with the
    SB Live card I am down at 42ms latency which is fine for me. This is teh
    question, would the Korg represent any significant leap for me as far as
    performance and quality. Currently on the SoundOnSound small ads website the
    cards are between £55 and £85 so it will not break the bank but money is
    still an issue regarding priorities.
    Secondly, would the two cards happily reside side by side on my machine.
    Many thanks and I look forward to your replies.
    --
    Big Craigie
    Remove yourclothes to e-mail me
  2. forget about the P.O.S. Korg card and get an M-Audio "Audiophile" 2496
    card instead. The converters on that card are downright usable, and
    it's a modern card with modern drivers that are compatible with modern
    software such as Cool Edit Pro (now known as Adobe Audition). The 2496
    sells new for under $150, which should be in your stated ballpark.

    ulysses


    In article <bij3vv$659$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk>, Big Craigie
    <bigcraigie13yourclothes@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

    > I'm not a "Pro" but I thought I'd ask here because, well, you are the
    > professionals and shoudl know best. Anyway I have been offered a Korg 1212
    > I/O soundcard quite cheaply. It's fully boxed etc and the previous owner is
    > a friend and is a Cubase expert etc. He's moved on to greater things but
    > offered me first pick on this.
    > Money is tight for me and I have other considerations i.e a new car but I
    > really must look into this soundcard as I myself want to start moving on the
    > music world. My current setup is Pentium III 600 Mhz, 20 Gb HD (soon to be
    > 80Gb), 256 Mb ram (soon to be doubled), Soundblaster Live Platinum card with
    > breakout box. I work mainly with Cool Edit pro but I am actively learning
    > Cubase SX (which actually runs fine on my Windows 98 SE machine). I am not a
    > Cubase power user in that I don't have millions of tracks and thousands of
    > VST instruments running at the same time. I have been brought up on a Fostex
    > 4 track portastudio so anythingthing more than 10 tracks is unknown
    > territory for me. In Cubase I tend to work with soundfonts in creating the
    > music which means I have 0 latency then I audition the VSTi. Even with the
    > SB Live card I am down at 42ms latency which is fine for me. This is teh
    > question, would the Korg represent any significant leap for me as far as
    > performance and quality. Currently on the SoundOnSound small ads website the
    > cards are between £55 and £85 so it will not break the bank but money is
    > still an issue regarding priorities.
    > Secondly, would the two cards happily reside side by side on my machine.
    > Many thanks and I look forward to your replies.
  3. Analogeezer

    Analogeezer Guest

    "Big Craigie" <bigcraigie13yourclothes@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message news:<bij3vv$659$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk>...
    > I'm not a "Pro" but I thought I'd ask here because, well, you are the
    > professionals and shoudl know best. Anyway I have been offered a Korg 1212
    > I/O soundcard quite cheaply. It's fully boxed etc and the previous owner is
    > a friend and is a Cubase expert etc. He's moved on to greater things but
    > offered me first pick on this.
    > Money is tight for me and I have other considerations i.e a new car but I
    > really must look into this soundcard as I myself want to start moving on the
    > music world. My current setup is Pentium III 600 Mhz, 20 Gb HD (soon to be
    > 80Gb), 256 Mb ram (soon to be doubled), Soundblaster Live Platinum card with
    > breakout box. I work mainly with Cool Edit pro but I am actively learning
    > Cubase SX (which actually runs fine on my Windows 98 SE machine). I am not a
    > Cubase power user in that I don't have millions of tracks and thousands of
    > VST instruments running at the same time. I have been brought up on a Fostex
    > 4 track portastudio so anythingthing more than 10 tracks is unknown
    > territory for me. In Cubase I tend to work with soundfonts in creating the
    > music which means I have 0 latency then I audition the VSTi. Even with the
    > SB Live card I am down at 42ms latency which is fine for me. This is teh
    > question, would the Korg represent any significant leap for me as far as
    > performance and quality. Currently on the SoundOnSound small ads website the
    > cards are between £55 and £85 so it will not break the bank but money is
    > still an issue regarding priorities.
    > Secondly, would the two cards happily reside side by side on my machine.
    > Many thanks and I look forward to your replies.


    I would never buy a software based product from Korg, Alesis, or just
    about any other company that deals mainly with hardware based stuff.

    Korg in particuliar is really bad about just dropping stuff...they had
    a pretty cool card/system (for synth processing) with the Oasys, but
    dropped it like a hot potato, now it's Win 98 or nothing.

    I seriously doubt they are doing much with, by, or for the 1212 any
    more.

    I agree with the 2nd poster, just get a modern card, they would not
    run that much more and you would be able to use it longer.

    Then again if you are a glutton for punishment, try and find one of
    those Lexicon Core systems, I heard they were a bunch of fun <g>

    Analogeezer

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