Review - PRO-2000, excerpts from Sound on Sound, June 1997

....the Pro-2000 comes in a two-thirds rack width box, which feels solid, reliable and well up to the rigours of regular gigging - although I'd strongly advise the purchase of the optional rack ears for such use. A quick glance inside the unit shows that its beauty is not just skin deep. Neat job Kenton! MIDI In, Out and Thru are included. One of the nicest things about the Pro-2000 is that, despite its size, it features an internal power supply - no wallwarts or line lumps here. Power arrives from a standard IEC mains connector; the CV outputs are all of the mini-jack variety...

...Someone at Kenton Electronics was obviously in a generous mood the day that the auxillary outputs were discussed, because the Pro 2000 has no fewer than six of them! The amount of control that the user has over these auxillaries is generous too, with options for minimum and maximum controller voltages and the reset level. Either of the internal LFOs can be defined as a modulation source, with a definable controller number for LFO depth and a maximum modulation level. The only option I'd like to see added is for any auxillary to copy one of the main channel CV outputs. - for use in filter tracking, for instance....

Conclusion

I'm impressed. Very impressed. OK, it's not perfect: I've mentioned the fiddliness of the user interface and I've touched on one or two features that I feel would enhance the overall package. But Kenton really have understood what a musician wants from a MIDI/CV interface - and have included a small bucketful of useful extras into the bargain. Once the Pro 2000 is in place it's eaay to forget youhave a MIDI/CV converter in your system at all - which must surely be the best accolade that any interface can hope to attain. If anyone knows of a better alternative to the Pro-2000 then I'd love to see it. Until then I'm nailing this into my rack...

Summary

I can think of no other MIDI/CV interface that comes close to those produced by Kenton - and the Pro-2000 is the best of Kenton's range. Performs the maximum amount of work with the minimum amount of fuss. Anyone still struggling with a variety of cables and boxes to get vintage gear running in their rig really out to take a look. Highly recommended.

Review by Paul Ward

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