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Average rating: 2.7 out of 5
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Sean Shea a part-time user from US writes:
Now I am selling one of these currently so please feel free to factor that into my review but I feel that the reviewers haven't given this piece it's due. This thing has some of the most fantastic Brass sounds on it and is worth buying for just that. I make tekno-swing music and this has been the first synth or sampler that can give me that full big band sound without making me wince at the artificiality. Also this really does have a great amount of drum sounds and the filters are simply wonderful. I am parting with it because I just don't use the drums ever since I got Fruity loops and access to a real human brass section.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-12-2002 at 15:11
Rhonda a part-time user writes:
not really what its cranked up to all.... very disappointing!! Some sounds are ok, but most are very stereotypical and will bore you fast. I kept mine for 2 years only because I was lazy to sell it. Got a good price for it, but Im glad its gone.....I would not recommend this to anyone.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-19-2002 at 18:43
Rob a professional user from NY/NJ writes:
I bought this used and sold it to someone else at a profit. I found it so useless, I couldn't justify keeping it. I am deeply involved with all kinds of Latin music and I had hoped that the Carnaval would provide a few things my setup was lacking. The Carnaval is a waste of time if you are a musician already playing Latin music.

What it does well: THe beats mode provides really excellant beats for a variety of styles. They are well constructed, but unfourtunately all contain a montuno which must be programmed out. If you don't know what a montuno is, then the carnaval still might be inspiring to you.

What it cant do: This is supposed to be a latin module? My biggest hope was to get a good lead cuban style flute. Nope, not there. My next desire was a good bandoneon (Thats a kind accordian to non-Argentines), nope. Sax for merengue? Not really.

Its EMU, the filters are good. There are good sounds. Some of the pads and synth sounds are fine. But I have other gear for those things and my other gear is far more programmable. The Carnaval is not a waste if you get a good deal. I think the reason why this hasn't sold well in the US is that it does not serve the needs of Latin musicians. I think there's alot more of us here in the NY/NJ area than in Europe. Maybe Im wrong, but the music stores in Hudson County NJ, Loisida and El Barrio said they weren't interested in buying it from me.


Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-25-2002 at 12:58
Bob a part-time user from CA writes:
Great for adding the true Latin flavoring to your tracks. Very easy to use, pretty much like all the proteus models are. Full of amazingly authentic sounds and beats. Some of the ethnic, even tribal type sounds will totally blow you away. There isnt much else on the maket like this Carnaval package. This box is hard to find and kind of rare in the USA market. Emu told me that they were FAR more popular in the European market. That figures. The Europeans have a better handle on utilizing ethnic flavors in their music than we do in the USA. Anyway the Carnaval is well worth hunting for and you wont be disappointed. If you can find one for around $400, buy it. :-) oh yeah, its got the quality filters we all love from EMU. You cant go wrong with this unit.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-21-2001 at 21:28
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