Synth Site: Emu: Proteus 2000: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Mac daddy a part-timer user from Canada writes:
After 5 years of using a JV-1080 and an Orbit, I made the plunge last week and bought a P2000. I'm just liking this thing more and more as I get further into it. As far as my subjective judgement of the sound quality, I find it darker and warmer than the Roland, and much more realistic. You can truly hear the difference of 32MB of ROM against the Roland's 8MB, particularly in the pianos & organs. The pads are spectacular too. In addition to the quality of the sounds this box's greatest strength is it's ease of programmability. The use of knobs makes editing ridiculously easy and the patch cord concept is intuitive and versatile. In addition to all the other good stuff, the capability for *E*normous expansion and self-authored ROMs is just ridiculously appealing. I do have a couple of gripes, mind you, the filters are on the "polite" side, meaning you can't really get that painful squealing sound out of them, but I knew what I was getting owning the Orbit. My other complaint is that a few of the waves have audible loop points in the high registers, mind you I'm talking about 2 or three out of a thousand. In my mind I'm constantly comparing it to the JV I know so well (which isn't really fair, given the age of the JV's technology), and it just keeps coming up the winner. I think Roland will be hard pressed to come up with a similarly capable machine anywhere near this price range.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-19-1999 at 13:13
Carl Coan from USA writes:
It works great with the EWI, I can really feel the difference with the faster chip. Great pan and bottle flutes,muted trumpet, and Jan Hammerish synth patches. Its odd that the drums aren't in stereo, I mentioned this to a rep at the Woodwind and Brasswind's grand opening and he wasn't aware of it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-15-1999 at 00:36
squarewave a hobbyist user from USA writes:
My bad...I wrote that last review without diving as deeply into the machine as I should have. I have seen the light, the Proteus 2000 rocks! Crazy editing possibilities...the patchcord concept is a slick and easy way to set up different modulations.

4 layers per patch, 4 six-stage envelopes per layer. Z-plane filters. Interesting modulation processors like summing amps and lag processors. Lots more....the manual is nice and concise. Editing is easier than you might think it would be with a 2 line lcd display.

Has a mind-boggling amount of good sounding drum kits built in...has to be at least 50 kits. Several of the kits have maybe of an octave of another instrument built into the patch, which is nifty. Has some very hard and deep kicks. Check out DeepBooty...oh my. It sounds like some of the drum samples came from Ensoniq's Urban Expansion card (sound similar to me, and they're one company now).

All jammed into a tiny 1u rack space. Bang for the buck indeed. I'm embarassed that I orginally only gave it 4 marks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-08-1999 at 23:42
squarewave a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I love the fact the EMU added so many nice touches to this synth...32 midi channels, 128 voices, digital out. Considering the low price EMU charges, other synth companies should be ashamed for not offering such luxuries.

BUT....

I know it's almost like heresy, but the sounds arent as rich and warm as I had expected. In my opinion, roland's JV/XP engine still sounds richer, fuller, and punchier. I've only owned the Proteus for a short period of time, but it didn't knock my socks off as much as many online reviews would have you believe.

Granted it's still an awesome machine. And maybe after digging deeper into the programming possibilities more, I'll eat my words. There are many very impressive sounds in it, most noticably electric pianos, organs, and vocal samples. Patches that use these samples really stand out.

I'm probably being too harsh, for $800 the capabilities of this machine of stunning. Lots of usable drum kits, etc. But there are other romplers out there that have a bit more of a wow factor when it comes to sound.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-08-1999 at 13:02
Tony Shayne a professional user from USA writes:
This is one AWESOME piece!!!! Sounds are simply great! Drum kits galore! Clean clear sounds with a "warmth" to them. Can't say enough good things about it! Try it, you'll like it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-23-1999 at 18:20
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