Synth Site: EMU: Xtreme Lead/XL-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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NIN a part-time user from Dirty dirty south writes:
Two words, Buy it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-26-2000 at 23:15
House de Kris a hobbyist user from U. S. of A. writes:
I picked up the XL-1 mainly because I was able to purchase it for a decent price, plus I had been interested in the Audity2000 for some time. My past experiences with ROMplers was not too favorable, but I was looking forward to the "rhythmic" aspects of this box. I am certainly not disappointed. The multi-timbral arpeggiator isn't what I would call an arpeggiator, but more of a transposable loop sequencer. With room for a 100 user patterns, this thing has provided me with hours of sequencing fun from a box I thought was mostly a sound module. The SuperBeats is an interesting diversion when simultaneously transmitting the MIDI data to another instrument.

Another reason I was interested in the XL-1 was to get some MIDI synched LFOs (of which you get two per patch). What I didn't realize is that the envelopes could also be tempo based. I've had a lot more fun programming patches than I thought I would. Adding to this fun are the extensive routablility of the PatchCables with a healthy supply of modifiers.

The display is the typical two-line affair, but has enough characters to not require cryptic abbreviations. This makes it more readable and eases the pain of scrolling through menus since there are a minimum of buttons on the front panel.

As a final plus, the sound quality is quite high. All in all, I am quite happy with the addition of the XL-1 to my setup.

Kris

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-26-2000 at 18:05
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