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E-MU Protozoa Proteus 2000 Expansion Sound ROM

The E-MU Protozoa Sound ROM gets a

BEAT MODE 5 STAR RATING.

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E-mu Xtreme Lead-1

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This sound ROM was somewhat of a disappointment. It didn't have PUNCH, seemed somewhat cliche and just lacked that OOMPH we were looking for. That said, it does have a good selection of standard type sounds you can add to your arsenal of sounds but beware of the less than optimal sound quality.

For some reason the sounds on this rom are wimpy and weak - as in punch and volume level (couldn't the samples have beennormalized???). We tried to use them together with XL-1 patches in tandem on different channels and the Protozoa patches would simply all but disappear. We'd have to drop down the volume significantly on the XL-1 patches just to be able to HEAR the Protozoa sounds.

Part of this can be attributed to the fact that these are from older sound libraries and simply are not recorded and processed as well. Also we noted that many of the presets on this rom only contain 1 layer of "instrumets" while the XL-1 for example almost always utilizes all 4 layers of instrument sounds.

BEAT MODE RATING SYSTEM

0 to 1 star - SUCKS - BARELY USABLE - Not RECOMMENDED

2-4 stars - SOME REDEEMING VALUE, BUT NOT MUCH TO SHOUT ABOUT.

5-6 stars - DECENT - worthwhile for some applications.

7-8 stars - VERY GOOD product with many pluses, highly usable.

9-10 stars - INDISPENSABLE - must have - the cream of the crop!

If you have the empty slot available and a few extra bucks burning a hole in your pocket we say OK, go ahead - get it... BUT if you are like us and don't have the free slots (yet) you may wanna look at the TECHNO SYNTH CONSTRUCTION YARD instead. Our Xtreme Lead-1 module only had 1 extra slot, so we had to remove the Protozoa to make room for the TECHNO SYNTH rom. When we get the expander, we'll drop it in, but so far we haven't missed it.

Before buying this one we'd suggest giving it a listen at your local music gear dealer.

Info and preset lists for the PROTOZOA ROM at the E-MU site

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