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Powerful tool for your music making ventureJul 25, 2007
By Devious Wayz
Let me start by saying that Proteus X2 can only be used with the E-MU midi controllers... so buyer beware!!
This software is incredible!!! It turns the E-MU midi controller into a custom keyboard with more sounds then you could ever imagine. In addition to the 4 discs worth of sounds/drum patterns that came with this program, I purchased the E-MU xBoard25 which came with an additional 3 discs worth of sounds (Protean Drums, Mo Phatt, and World sounds) all out of the ESC soundsets. The proteus program in itself allows you to manipulate any of the included sounds to however you desire and provides you with limitless possibilities while creating music. I am using this program in tandem with Sonar 3 producer edition and after a little bit of work with the plug in's it was up and running without any problems. The Sound quality of the samples/sounds included are top rate as well.... Overall.. I Would highly recommend this software to anyone looking for a good sound bank!!
4 stars but would have been 1 without free Proteus VX versionJan 19, 2010
By Steve Conslaw
Update 1/2011. I've had this product for a year now, and I bumped my review from 3 stars to 4. (Until recently, Amazon didn't let you change the # of stars. I'm glad they changed.) I've improved my rating because despite this product's imperfections, it's a good midi interface, and the Proteus sound banks are fun to play with. The remainder of the review is my original text.
I had a similar experience as Manko Eponymous when I tried to install ProteusX2 software on my new Dell laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium Edition. I spent an hour installing it, then it didn't run. I couldn't get it to run no matter what permissions I tried. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the software, and it still wouldn't run.
Then I remembered that I had already installed the free version of the Proteus software, Proteus VX. Proteus VX is a great free soft synth on its own, but I found out after Proteus X2 that I paid for wouldn't run, Proteus VX could open up all of the soundbanks that came with X2. Proteus VX has a couple cripped features, including the lack of ability to stream samples from disc, but nothing I can't live with. The St. Thomas Strings soundbank sounds beautiful. The free VX version has a particular advantage over the X2 version in that the VX version will run over any working midi interface and with your computer's built-in soundcard. The paid X2 version requires either a hardware EMU soundcard or an Emu keyboard controller or Emu midi interface.
Now, about the Xmidi 2x2 midi interface: I could only get one input of it to work. The lights show it is receiving midi from both "IN" ports, but the code is not being received by the software.
Because of the quantity of good sounds, I can't say that for under a C-note that this is a bad deal, but if you don't need a new midi-interface, I suggest that you spend an additional 40-50 dollars and get Korg's Legacy Collection Digital Edition.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Great value - great soundsNov 13, 2008
By M. Kirk
Concur with previous reviewer. Wonderful soft-synth to use with Cakewalk products. Expandable with ESC (Emu Sound Central) instrument collections. Saves a ton of space in my small home studio.
Doesn't seem to work with Windows 7, and no tech supportJan 18, 2010
By Manko Eponymous
Installation took about an hour, and then I spent another two hours or so trying to get it to do ANYTHING on my brand new Windows 7 Dell. No luck whatsoever - it kept misidentifying me as a Windows NT user, and insisting that I needed Administrative privileges (which I have and was using). The company website's tech support pages evidently aren't being maintained; I gather EMU isn't a very high priority for Creative, and neither is quality control (which I already knew from the fact that my brand new "I paid extra for this" Creative sound card that came with my brand new Dell is effectively useless).
Requires too much powa'Mar 09, 2010
By Gerry Pedraza
Thought I could use this to play a lot of instruments at once, and since the software is not too new I thought my spare PC could handle it, but it requires more processing power. It can't be installed on a new PC because it is not supported by Vista or Win7. I'm using software instruments in Protools... RTAS enabled... what a difference! Well also the price tag is different. I don't know, maybe it's that I'm not so patient anymore with software, I just need it to work for me, instead of spending hours tweaking and tweaking to get it to work.
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