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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Mark a part-time user from USA writes:
Unlike other people who comment / review I have actually owned and used a P2K for about 7 months (not just played in a store), but after a few short weeks with a Korg Triton Rack and a Roland XV-3080 in my studio, the P2K is history. I always found the sounds to be anywhere from bland (thin) to weak. Trying to tweak them was a waste of my time. Many of the Korg and Roland sounds out of the box were good and editing with these units resulted in much better sounds! Also the optional E-MU ROMS vary widely in sound quality. The Orchestral (2 ROM set - same ones in the Virtuoso) are expensive and really bad compared to Roland and Korg Orchestral Roms. I liked the Xtreme XL-1 but the World Expedition (same as Planet Earth) is an expensive waste of money and has very few good sounds. I heard ZR was OK but not up to the quality of Roland's offerings for the XV. Overall the P2K stock pianos are not very good, strings are really weak compared to the XV, drums OK not as good as Tritons. Synth sounds are Ok but both the XV and Triton Rack are much better. Pads are the strongest feature of the module, Basses are fine but not outstanding. Lots of patches but not many are any good (and some are terrible). No aggressive sounds in the bunch about on par with the Alesis QSR. Finally I think the on board effects are weak, Triton Rack and XV-3080 kills the P2K in this area. With the XV-3080 down to $990 USD new and Triton Racks (w/sampling) down to under $1400 USD new , the Proteus 2000 is not something I would buy . No matter what type of music you are working on other modules do it better. I am glad I am rid of the Proteus 2000 it frees up space for something that sounds better.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-26-2001 at 17:33
Walter Wagenleithner a part-time user from Austria writes:
I really love the sounds of this machine! The four real time knobs are very useful in tweaking the sounds. The effect routing is horrible but the rest of the synth is very functional.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-10-2001 at 18:18
Ferenc Kisvari a professional user from Hungary writes:
This rack very useful, when you are in hard situation with the time or the inspiration. Extremely useful with Digital Performer software because that have good midi-timing and correct patch-list! Ok. The sounds? I'think the P 2000 is a powerful mid-range quality sound modul on the market. When you are finish your work (in very big tempo!) you"ll find extra sounds from extra synth-s,like Nord,SE,Omega,Karma,EIII,EIV,etc.! I love this poweRack and Techno-card option!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-08-2001 at 22:27
Simon Murphy a hobbyist user from England (UK) writes:
I've had my proteus 2000 for a good few months now and regarding it's functions and capabilities I find it to be a very useful synthesiser for different purposes. I use it for gigs and for sequencing and it does a fine job for me.

As a beginner to programming sounds I would highly recommend this sound module for those users who are experienced programmers. But for the not so experienced programmers of sounds it is a hell of a lot to learn because of how complex programming on this sound module really is. I do know some people who are really good at it and I have watched them create some good sounds. I've read alot about this P2K and I find it to be one of if not the most advanced synthesiser for programming your own sounds.

I am experienced in composing music using sequencing software on the PC and for years I have used a PSR 330 keyboard at home and the JV 30 synthesisers at college and they are both dreadful for sound quality especially in the guitar section which is typical for being poor for quality for many synthesisers and so I know a good sound and a poor quality sound when I hear one and I am fed up of using poor quality midi instrumental sounds because they make my compositions sound rubbish and regarding the proteus 2000 for it's quality in sound in certain groups of the instrumental sounds it seems to be a mixture of poor quality sounds and good quality sounds. I am a modern composer of music and I especially like to use the guitar section and there just isn't enough good quality sounds for my needs. There is only one distortion guitar sound which is any good which comes in three variations and this is the crunch distortion sound that I'm talking about which is brilliant, The acoustic guitar sounds are just nothing like the real thing although there are some very nice sounds and the picked bass guitar sounds are absolutely shocking and the piano sounds are very good but not the best of quality. The strings, brass and wood wind sounds are all excellent and there is even a sitar sound which sounds like the real thing.

Over all the proteus 2000 sound module is not the ideal synthesiser for sound quality for the modern composer of music but for it's usage of expantion, programming and set ups it is very good. So I would give it a fairly average rating of 3. This is a good sound module but it just needs better sounds to be installed into it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-05-2001 at 10:57
Davide Poggio a part-time user from Austria writes:
I wish to point out one hardware problem with the P2K. The internal netboard (the little board for the power) overheats. I changed it once as I could not work more than 40 minutes. With the new one I can work about 1 hour and 20 minutes. I spoke with other Proteus users and they all confirmed this problem which was present also on the Proteus 1. The only solution is to drill several holes and not put the P2K into a rack. I contacted the EMU support about this problem and the deny to sell this module, and if they do it has no boards inside... eh eh eh

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-31-2001 at 07:20
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