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Emu Ultraproteus




emu morpheus
info Country: USA
Weight: 3 kg
Dimensions: n/a
audio demo trend price : 200€
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Emu Ultraproteus (1994)

An updated EMU Morpheus version with different wavetable and filter table.

A one of kind module able to create and morph motion textures with evolving pads.

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info RACKMOUNT 1 rack height unit.
The main panel features a 16 x 2 lines display, 8 buttons and a data encoder.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- Midi interface
- main out
- 2 assignable AUX

Front panel terminal connectors:
- headphones out
- data card slot.

editVOICE a 16 bits core Motorola MC68020 manages up to 32 voices polyphony.
A basic sound patch is a combination of 2 samples "primary" + "secondary" - each with individual parameters:
- oscillators crossfade osc1-> osc2 / osc2 -> osc2
- stereo panning position
- keyrange
- pitch tune
- monophonic with portamento
- reverse sample play
- loop mode.



WAVETABLE the internal 16 MB ROM contains 484 PCM waves at 39 kHz / 16 bits resolution, most of these are from previous Emu Proteus machines.
The wavetable contains various kind of PCM including:
drums, choir, strings, organ, moog bass, guitar, harmonics, piano, basic waveforms and ethno percussions.


playmodes MULTIMBRAL
the 32 voics polyphony can be assigned to hypermode performance mode which manages 16 parts with individual settings:
- volume / panning
- transpose
- keyboard zone
- velocity offset.

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filter FILTER
this section features 288 Z-PLANE pre-calculated filters: combinations of 20 comb EQ with variable bandwidth parameters. The fmaous filter Morphing function interpolates 2 selected filter models simply using the modulation wheel CC. Here's the Z-planes FULL LIST.




adsr ENVELOPE 3 EGs:
- Primary amp : 4 segments +2 level times
- Secondary amp: 4 segments +2 level times
- AUX assignable: 4 segments +2 level times
Special function generator segments a curve into 8 parts and creates a special motion mode using 64 preset shapes (e.g: linear, exponential or random).



lfo LFO
up to 2 delayed modulators (shapes: triangle, sinewave, square, saw and random) and 4 destinations:
- LFO to filter cutoff
- LFO top anning image
- LFO to volume
- LFO to pitch tuning.
Modulators offer other special parameters such as depth and variance mode which is a natural strings instruments emulation, a kind of natural desynch prcess.



matrix mod codes every parameters from one the another with many different path routing assignable to Midi CC# - these are really similar on the one found on the EMU samplers like ULTRA series.

pitch wheel pitch OSC 1-2
Midi control assignable ABCD volume OSC 1-2
mono pressure ADSR osc1-2
polyphonic pressure crossfade
LFO1 LFO1-2 amount/rate
LFO2 AUX EG amount
function generator 1 portamento OSC1-2
function generator 2 filter morph 1-2
free run function generator pan 1-2
  function gen1 -2 amount


fx EFFECT there are 28 effects including: ring modulation, reverb, shimmer, phaser, delay, echo and fuzz.

edit MEMORY:
- 128 ROM presets
- 128 RAM sounds
RAM card doubles using PCMCIA SRAM cards.
BATTERY REPLACEMENT: RAM system works with a lithium battery model BR-2330, but it is possible to use more common BR-2325 model.

ultraproteus battery

edit EDITOR softwares for the module:
- Midiquest ($$$, PC/Mac)
- Morphedit (freeware, PC) PIC
- Zeus (freeware, Atari ST) pic below

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effet Morpheus or Ultraproteus? Some people prefer Morpheus for the more ambient-oriented waveforms, but Ultraproteus is more powerful including more z-filters and a bigger wavetable.

morpheus and ultraproteus !


effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set:

  name price demo
free morpheus samples Rhythm lab free
sample set 65Mb
audio oddy Creative/EMU Emulator X3 Commercial VST
a sampler with Zfilters.
Closest plugin available
emulator X3




demo a whole track only with Ultraproteus
demo noise Z-sequence
demo pads
demo bass
demo filter with drums
demo glitch effect
demo we just have a few demo. Want to send yours? UPLOAD


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Company: E-MU
Model: Ultraproteus
: module
Dates: 1994
Price: 200€
Synthesis: PCM rompler
Resolution: 16 bits
Sampling Rate: 39 kHz
Oscillator: 2
Polyphony: 32 voices
Multitimbric: 16 parts
Filter: 288 Zplanes
LFO: 2
Demo: 6



factory PATCH SET


ULTRAPROTEUS Reset Procedure

Hold both cursor keys held down to access diagnostic mode while powering on. Only initialise and reboot from the diagnostics page.


-more demo
- free samples
- service manual



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Dates: 1994
Price: 200€
Synthesis: PCM rompler
Resolution: 16 bits
Sampling Rate: 39 kHz
Oscillator: 2
Polyphony: 32 voices
Multitimbric: 16 parts
Filter: 288 Zplanes
LFO: 2


REVIEW "A lot of interesting functions and one of a kind filters. Recommended: yes, but patience is required with that limited interface."

manual manual
-flter - old proteus PCM
- textures
- edit

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