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Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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ali a hobbyist user from usa/india writes:
gettin the morpheus was a surprise...considering the price it can be had for ..it excels in long evolving pads which to me sound pretty warm despite this being digital. the z-plane filters play an important role in sounding different and alive...this is a programmers synth and any amount of time you put in will be sweetly rewarded and please dont waste the four realtime modulations which can be routed to just bout anything. i still wish it could be expanted with some rude samples suitable for acid trance but i am exited bout the audity which uses the same architecture and morphing filters and the patch is made of 4 sounds instead of two.But make no mistake the expressive sounds that the morpheus makes cant be duplicated by any other synth (if you dont have a life time to program).the instruction manual that comes is pretty comprehesive and easy to understand even tho sometimes it gets difficult to choose between the 197 filter types (isnt this sick!!)......i cant imagine any one from a beginner to a proffesinal not liking the morpheus..........buy it u wont be sorry..

posted Saturday-Dec-26-1998 at 01:51
William Kurniadi a part-timer user from Indonesia writes:
This is a monster module, I'm using it together with Korg WavestationSR, EX, Trinity Pro and JV1080, really a different synth, not just a boring PCM sounds, the Z plane is just plane awesome,...it's use standard 512 K PCMCIA card for additional 128 Presets and 128 Hyper Presets + 16 Midi Maps. But no Mailing List (98 Dec) yet! Or sound Banks from 3rd party, anyone have it please point me some direction. At last, this is trully an amazing module that have an "only that one can sound like that" factor very excellent! Salute for E-mu, the pity is that they don't support for the 8 megs expansion board,...but still doesn't stop for Morphing,...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-09-1998 at 20:16
Mike V. a hobbyist user from us of a writes:
well now. this is a very interesting piece indeed. i actually took someguy's advice and bought the last unused morpheus from E-mu. the presets are all very rich - my only problem with them is that they aren't very useful to what i'm doing now. however, it's ease of programming should change that. i actually programmed a cool tim blake-style lead for myself, so yes, the analog sounds on it are good. not as good as the real thing of course, but definitely more than "serviceable." actually the ease of programming is quite a welcome change from my other synth, the oberheim matrix-6, which i also enjoy, but it is a BEAST to program. if you are into ambiences, cool pads, and a wide selection of interesting sounds and filters, get this piece.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-01-1998 at 13:28
Tivor X-09137 a hobbyist user from U.S.A. writes:
My God, this is one cool module!!! I bought it for $449 at E-Mu web site, and it arrived yesterday. I had so much fun go through the presets that I must rate this machine 5 out of 5 just for the initial fun factor. Ooh, gotta love those pads! The sounds change dramatically depending on velocity and modulation wheel. Not just some usual sample crossfades or vibrato stuff. Morphing filters and lots of cool harmonics and nice delay effects all kick in. You really gotta move that modulation wheel while auditioning the sounds. Some sounds change so drastically that it's like you get a whole new instrument. I don't know how much of the sounds' coolness is due to its morphing filters alone. There are definitely some layering and crossfading going on too, but those alone can't account for those living, breathing sounds I got. As it says in the manual, "Morpheus isn't a mere mortal synthesizer with just one filter." 197 filter types!!!! The programming section in the manual just blew me away!!! I can't even begin to grasp the scope of the thing's programming possibilities!!! You really gotta hear this thing to believe it.

It's such a shame that this gem didn't get the recognition it deserved. I heard someone say that the probable cause for its lackluster market performance was that when it came out, sample playback was the "in" thing, and there were other machines that outperformed Morpheus in that regard. Perhaps that is true, but that isn't to say that Morpheus's internal samples are bad. Sure, I've heard better samples, but the ones in Morpheus are convincingly realistic. No cheap stuff here. But that isn't why you'd want this machine. You want it for its cooler-than-coolest filters and program capabilities. With its modulation capabilities, I imagine this thing would fare really well as a live performance module as well. I've heard that the presets don't come close to maximizing the programming potential of the machine. Imagine that!!!!

If I haven't said it enough yet, I LOVE ITS SOUNDS!!!! It's so... alive. Many sounds, especially pads, evolve and evolve. And just when you thought the sounds have gone to the sample-loop phase, new harmonics kick in. It's just amazing.

Don't let the fact that it wasn't much of a market blockbuster hold you back from getting this machine. It only means that you simply won't sound like other guys, and the other guys will be left picking their jaws off the floor. Especially now that E-Mu is selling it for so cheap, there's no reason why you shouldn't have one. (Actually, I hope you don't buy one, so that it won't be all sold out until I can get enough money to buy one more)

Oh, one final note. It has 2 main stereo outs plus 2 stereo submix outs. That never hurts.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-07-1998 at 00:59
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