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Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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the don a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
it is shit! and the drums are wack! I can be fair and say there are a few sounds you can use but other then that i regreted buying this junk. Dam ugly to if i may say so. Dont waste money on this crap.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-29-1999 at 07:15
Ambiguous Desire a professional user from US writes:
Yes, this is a "meat & potatos" box. So what! This little box can easily be 1/2 of your rig. All the "natural" and "real" sounds are right here. I have it paired with a Roland U-220, and there's my natural sounds. The strings in the Proteus are great. Layer it with a choir and *BOOM* you're in heaven. No, there's no great analogue sounds, but hey, that's not why this box was made. I'll never part with it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-30-1999 at 17:17
Steve a professional user from USA writes:
Thanks, Correction Man! I didn't realize I was appending my comment to the Proteus 1 list until it was too late to change it.

The module is indeed the new PROTEUS 2000, which Emu's challenge to the Roland JV2080, Korg's Trinity Rack, etc. market. ANYONE considering buying one of those machines had better check this module out, or you may end up very angry to learn you can now get more (and arguably better) machine for half the price of those guys.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-21-1999 at 12:14
Steve in Venice Beach a professional user from USA writes:
Upgrading my Korg x-3 sounds to the 500+ wonderful presets on this amazing (and amazingly reasonably -priced) sound module was a revelation! My x-3 now makes an excellent controller for this wonder box. Superb piano patches, great strings, brass, woods, synths (!), drums, and percussion must be heard to be believed.

I know this module has only been out a few weeks, but MY GOD I can't believe I'm the first to review it for SynthSite! It's received several reviews over at Harmony Central, all raves, from writers who are much more synth-savvy than myself. We need someone who knows, for example, the Roland JV2080 well to compare. The Proteus has twice the polyphony of the JV (128!), is upgradeable up to 128 MB (same as the Kurzweil 2500, which has only 48 voice polyphony. Best of all, the Proteus costs half what you'll pay for a JV2080, and about 1/9th what you'll pay for the K2500.

To my eyes and ears, this is the module of the future and its low price challenges Roland, Kurzweil, etc. to slash prices on their now WAY-overpriced units. Look, listen, you'll see this $800 one-rack-space box and a keyboard is now ALL YOU NEED to make CD-quality music from beginning to Grammy. (Well, the Grammy part is up to YOU ...)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-20-1999 at 17:34
The most basic workhorse rompler before GM was finalized. If you wrote music that required 'real' sounds in the early 90's then you probably had this or at least knew how to use it. Very easy to use, has samples from the EIII, sounds good if kind of boring now (wait another few years and it'll sound new again), and pretty much a good box to have even if you have only one module because of the multi-timbrality and 'essential music writing tools' type of sounds. These have been going real cheap lately (I saw one for $150). Check out 'Fat Boy Bass' and 'Muted Gtr' to relive those R&B hits. Just a basic 'meat & potatoes' kind of box with no frills by today's standards but great ease of use.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-20-1999 at 14:17
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