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Average rating: 3.1 out of 5
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Keith a hobbyist user from New Jersey writes:
Nothing sound better than on this old ISA sound card. I've listened to MIDI on many other boards and it sound "tinny" and weak.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-19-2003 at 22:02
The Absorbant a professional user from Sweden writes:
This was my first-ever sound board and I was listening to some recordings I did back when all I had was a 486 with a Pentium Overdrive and they still sound good as hell! As someone said, the best internal sound board for amateur and semi-pro use until the SB Live! came along. All in all, a great sound board...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-25-2002 at 06:04
KC a part-time user from USA writes:
I've read several comments about how "bad" the Ensoniq SoundScape was (or is!). I had an Elite for a few years, and initially had some problems, too. The complaints on sound quality (particularly noise) can be legitimate, and here's why:

The Elite has a "daughterboard" installed; seems that Ensoniq got a bad batch of these from their supplier, and caused them a major headache with their customers. I encountered noise problems with my Elite. I didn't have too much of a problem contacting Ensoniq support, and I found that they were pretty helpful on the phone diagnosing the problem. I went through TWO daughterboard replacements before I received a "clean" (good) one. In each case, Ensoniq was very receptive in replacing the daughterboard, and shipped them out quickly. Besides, how can you argue about scratchy, screechy sound when you're both listening to the card's sound on a speakerphone!!! ;->

When I finally got a good daughterboard installed, my Elite performed beautifully, and with the additional software tools, I had a lot of fun with it. IMHO, Soundblaster didn't have anything that could honestly compete with the Elite's sound and performance until the Soundblaster Live! series was released. By then, Soundblaster had bought Ensoniq up - if you can't beat, buy 'em out, I guess....


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-30-2002 at 10:04
mrZERO a hobbyist user from Aust writes:
This sound card is really bad. I started making some tracks and when I burned them to CD I noticed there was lots of noise in the background. It was disapointing because I had to delete every piece of audio I had ever recorded :(

After this I got a M Audio Delta card and all is fine. I still use the Soudscape to trigger midi. It can trigger midi, but could never trigger and record at the same time properly for too long without errors.....

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-27-2002 at 22:40
Lada from Sydney writes:
I bought Soundscape Elite about 4 years ego. Cost was approx US$300. Sound is average. Only one great thingabout this card is the drum sounds. I use the card for music recording and drums are great. On my first PC I've had big problems installing the card to make it work right. Now I got another PC, and after three days Istill can't get it to full duplex. Terrible! Ensonic support was "0" in the first place now they seem to be gone. I will NEVER buy anything from Ensoniq again!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-07-2001 at 18:33
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