Synth Site: EMU: Xtreme Lead/XL-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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U a part-time user from USA...I think writes:
I'm back with more random shit about the XL-1. I can't say enough about the excellence of this module...

The filters do sound decidedly digital (it's no Korg MS-2000 filter) but downright sexy nonetheless. The 2-pole lp naturally sounds a bit harsher than the tighter 6-pole or 12-pole. All the filters are absolutely usable. There are maaany types to choose from: lp, hp, bp, eq's, several unique vowel emulators, flange-type, phaser-type... etc. There's a nice aaddrr envelope dedicated for the filter. I can't get it to self-oscillate but maybe it's just me.

For the four main layers that can comprise a patch, I love the individual fx send levels. So, for example, you can have a chorus that's 92% on layer one, only 6% on layer two, etc. In addition to chorus in the fx sections, there's yet another separate chorus effect for each layer! In this one the level and width are adjustable. Increasing the effect reduces the number of notes you can play, since chorus is in essence a doubling effect, but with 64-voice poly possible, that shouldn't be much of a problem.

EACH LAYER can have up to 24 modulation routings!! (Nevermind the additional routings for the patch as a whole) For example, your mod wheel can modulate the filter, increase a chorus effect, modulate the pitch, invert a sound, etc. up to 24... pretty obscene, huh?

There are a couple annoyances I found but they NO WAY IN HELL match up with the awesome points... the occasional stuck note, layer (two additional layers possible) not very programmable, front panel knobs only effect the patch as a whole (turning the cutoff knob for example couldn't only effect the second layer). oye vay...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-18-2000 at 00:43
Acces Granted a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
DAMNNNN, I just bought the XL1 and right now I'm suffering from insomnia. You can layer and edit till you drop, sync LFO's with midi is a piece of cake I love it!!!! So much new technology in a single rackspace. Try one, you will definitely want one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-29-2000 at 18:14
xxx a professional user from xxx writes:
Wow,thats the phattest digitalsynth i've ever heard,think about the 50 filters and the 200 appregiators!forget the Roland and Yamaha groove crap!this thing rocks!!sorry for my bad english!I'am in love with this pease of technologie!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-25-2000 at 18:12
Nathan Belomy a professional user from Usa writes:
Ok I have one of these bad boys, its just so impressive, Like I have a yamaha ex5 and its like this little box can basicly do what my keyboard can do and its like 1/60 th the size, well not everything but you know what I mean. I was thinking about the turbo and the techno upgrade card... and my hunch that it would be a good idea was only reinforced buy mark saying it was good.

All I gotta say is this box can fill a lot of different feelings, and for me, that is nessary because I have a lot of thoughts in my head

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-30-2000 at 02:01
U a part-time user from USA writes:
This synth is the shit. I've had it for about three months now, but haven't nearly found everything this box is capable of. I play noise/industrial and this synth is excellent for it, with it's generous array of creepy pads, fuzzed bass, pounding beats, etc. The XL-1 is capable of twelve layers! The two built-in effects processors are very nice. FX A has tons of reverb and delay to choose from. FX B has chorus, flange, distortion, more delay, panning delay, phase (in the filter section). The fx are very programmable: rate, depth, amount, etc. The filters rock: 2-, 4-, or 6-pole lp, bp, or hp and eq. The filter and volume envelopes have an "aaddrr" format as opposed to the usual "adsr". The four front-panel knobs are excellent. There's a button to toggle through three rows of four effects, for a total of twelve real-time effects. You can control the cutoff, reso, lfo rate, lfo depth, etc. The arpeggiator is excellent. Choose from hundreds of patters or create your own. Massive amounts of modulation routings... It's obscene how much E-mu managed to cram so much into this small one-rackspace box. There isn't much that the XL-1 isn't capable of. This baby is definitely worth the $570 I paid for it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-29-2000 at 23:41
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