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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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astronomer from u.s. writes:
been play'n with this box along with the rs7k...the raw sounds on the 7s are definitely more polished than those on the rs7k...but given the ease of sound editing and applying efx on the rs7k (and the fact that the 7s provide no secondary storage) the rs7k would have it all over the 7s--IF it supported recording on the fly--but it doesn't...how could emu put out a groovebox with no secondary storage? how could yamaha put out a groovebox that loses certain key functionality of its predecessor (rm1x) and doesn't allow recording on the fly? what’s going on here? are these companies getting stupid? don’t these companies compile requirements? don’t these companies do PC mockups first? why can't they get it right????? ...think I’m going to wait on these...too bad...had high expectations...

posted Thursday-Jun-20-2002 at 13:43
david jones a professional user from USA writes:
This instrument rocks. Very intuitive, very deep interface. Takes some time to learn, but it is in fact: The bomb

There are a lot of gripes on this forum about this machine. With the new revisions, everything is tight. And as far as no smart media goes, that is not a concern for me. I don't use the smart media on my synths as it is! However the USB connectivity, to me, is Awesome.

I do hope they expand the eloader software tho

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-30-2002 at 06:24
peter a professional user from holland writes:
this is the best sequencer/synth box ever! no silly bugs anymore since last o.s.. the sounds are fat and easy to tweak. the sequencer is simple to use. the whole box oozes quality (except the ugly color-scheme, but hell... it's american! :=)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-29-2002 at 18:03
mike G a professional user from canada writes:
I have owned the XL-7 since the day it came out in canada. I recived the first one to enter Toronto, it was the demo modle for the store.

In the begining the box was buggy, and I mean buggy! But after 2 updates they have it working verry well. It now feels very solid and is much tighter than a computer.

I hated the fact that it did not use a floppy drive for storage at first but now that I have spent some time with the ELoader program that comes with it I am glad that I got used to this new way of dooing things. The Eloader program now works with USB and is very stable.

The sounds are hit and miss with me. I love the kits hole heartedly and have heard them in a club and they kick some serious booty! as for the leeds I don't like em much at all. I am more of a juno, JX-8P kinda guy. But that is just the presets. The waves that make up the sounds are very good and I can get some old skool sounds out of this box but it takes alot of work. The basses are fat and sweet as well as some good bleepy bloopy sounds for that electro/acid type of sound. The hits are good and come in usefull more that i would have ever thought. The bottom line when it comes to the sounds is this (in my opinion) they all fit together well, the box sounds like one box. this is a good thing in the end but it is best to use it with a varity of other sound sources. This is the same with all electronic music. Keep it ritch.

As for the sequencer, I love it. It took a long time for me to get used to using a pattern based sequencer but now that I am it kicks ass. The thing is as close to a computer sequencer as you can get with ought all the crap. It just makes music and thats it, and it does its job well. I mean 32 midi channels and 16 tracks what more do you realy need?

I have heard alot of complaining about the way that the FX sound are layed out. This I dont get at all. Ok first things first. They dont sound like a 1000$ fx unit but for the cost of this unit they sound great. And as for the way they are layed out I dont see any reason to get confued, anyone who has used a mixer with 4 FX sends should not have any problem. There are four sends and two fx and you just set the levle of send for each of your four busses and you send your indevidual sounds through the buss that best suits your needs. Again this box is best used for the heart of a studio.

As for the padds they are also fantastic! I wright almost all of my music now with a 13 note Padboard in stead of my 5 octive synth, I have to laugh but they are great for drums and work fine for entering melody. It only gets stupid when I am trying to play more complex melodies.

When i went to buy this box I said "I want the best external sequencer for making techno" and a long story short I traded in my RM1x in for the first xl that came to toronto.

I am very glad that I held on for the new OS to be finished, it was totaly worth it and I have peace of mind that i have what I asked for. The best external sequencer for making techno.

If you want to make clasical look to the yamaha QY7000.

If you are looking for the way out of the computer then you found it with the XL/MP7 and no they did not pay me to wright this.

Peace

Mike G

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-23-2002 at 20:27
Richard a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
I own the XL7 now for 3 months and still have no idea how the sequencer and effect routing works.

Can;t be my ignorancy as I owned the 505, 303, RM1x, MPC2000XL and they all worked (within their limitations) fine.

The sounds are great, the effects and sequencer totally sucks. The only reason I still own the box is the sound quality and the hope (....) that EMU comes out with the final and good OS asap.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-31-2002 at 03:02
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