Synth Site: EMU: Xtreme Lead/XL-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Mac a professional user writes:
The XL1 ROM board is now available for the Proteus200 / Virtuoso so you CAN have your cake and eat it! IE:- you don`t have to put up with the poly / SPDIF and output limitations of the XL itself, just grab a P2000 (or if you`re classically minded, Virtuoso) secondhand and stick the XL1 board in! good stuff.

I wish EMU would re-think their FX structure though, these wonderful modules have the most primative setup, as bad as a 10 year old Wavestation in fact, I thought things had moved on since then :(, also you can`t tweak the resonance while holding a note!.. just two flies in the P2000`s bargain ointment

The XL1 gets a 3 cuz of the limitations compared to the P2000 (and there`s little if ANY street price difference in the UK) - an XL1-Equipped P2000 is worth full marks for being cheap AND excellent

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-18-2001 at 04:57
Gary a part-time user from USA writes:
AWESOME UNIT......!!!!!!!!! An ultimate, hard-core dance machine, and then some... Nothing compares!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-18-2001 at 01:35
playahata a hobbyist user from cambridge ma USA writes:
OH MY.........OH MY........... where shalt i starteth on this HARDCORE MACHINE... fat...

you might say to yourself..'hmmm only one unit rack is it so large??' well who may be thin and orange, but THIS MACHINE IS FAT ROUND AND GOT A WIDEASS!!!!!!!

i got mine used today for 600, got it delivered to work, and i'll tell you whut, i looked like a FREAK to my co-workers, wiggin out to this thing with my mickeymouse headphones on...the presets are so sweet, but it doesn't end's so deep i'm actually upset they made it so complex.. ok i'm not too bright and even tho i went to MIT and i scored a 150 on my iq exams, i'm still retarded in front of this fat orange ROD....... this machine is truly inspirational, and not in the 'Kitaro' sort of way....

enough of the chit chat lemme bitch a little about it...VERY LIMITED MIDI IMPLEMENATTION......only a total of 12 CC#'s can be modified remotely from a 'Control Freak' or 'Phatboy', or even a Korg MS2000, which has about 35 knobs... i wish all filters, FX, arps, layers could be modified using an external source cuz i'll tell you whut, 4 knobs on the panel just doesn't do it justice. Now the XL-7 is coming out and OHHHHHH MYYYYYY.....EMU is planning to take over the world!!!

so don't get this machine cuz i want an serious edge over all you tweakers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-14-2001 at 03:04
Johan a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:

This little devils kicks alot of digital analog synth butt!


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-13-2001 at 09:46
aural a hobbyist user from US writes:
I sure do love my XL-1.I've had it about a month. I have only a couple of negative things to say about it.EMU's whole "sell a reasonably priced module,then charge nearly as much to upgrade it" scheme really irks me.I really wish the XL-1 had a couple extra outs (with the send/return deal,like the Proteus 2K),but there's no way it is worth 450$ to me to get that (with other features that I don't really desire)- I only spent 550$ on the thing in the first place (used). Putting most of the manual on .pdf sucks,and there is no listing of the factory arp patterns either. Getting around the OS is surprisingly easy,but there are WAAAY too many menus all under the EDIT button to scroll through.It would be much better if there were just a couple more dedicated buttons(like there already are for arps/beats and save/copy). My unit occasionally makes a glitchy static sound.This is completely random-not related to any specific patch.It doesn't happen too often,but every now and then I get this flurry of static.

The effects are so-so,and I wish there were more available at a time than just 2.

Some of the things I DO like: Great filters,and lots of different ones.They might not sound "analog",but who cares,they rock! The arps are really cool-highly programmable and very usefull.

Very deep programming is possible-almost anything can mod anything else.

Generous amounts of user patch slots. I just generally like the sound,and for anyone making any kind of "electronic" music there are tons of usefull sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-14-2001 at 16:40
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