Synth Site: EMU: Ultra Proteus Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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G Ras a professional user from usa writes:
The guy above says pass on the proteus 2000 and get the audity 2000 because it's better.... WTF? Aren't these machines as well as all the others in the line, the same damn thing with different ROM's? Man you really need to be carefull who you listen to when researching this stuff.... some clown could convince you your looking at crap before you even hear it!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-25-2004 at 18:56
dave a part-time user from US writes:
Well, ya know, everyone has their own particular taste to satisfy. I've been a musician for 35 years and I've gone through long periods where I had to try to make lousy equipment sound good, so when I get something that produces quality sound without calling in a faith healer, I feel pretty good about it. Look, every other week there is going to be a newer version, revision, etc. of some piece of equipment, and in the case of synths, though I am NOT an expert, it seems that sure, usually that means for the better in various ways. In my case I'm not going for a lot of unusual sounds, though I don't try to sound like everybody else I just prefer traditional instrumental samples for the most part. It's just me. And I think these units, for what you can snag one for on eBay, especially, are a very good buy. I agree, parts can be hard to come by, but so was a Mu-Tron vol/wah from the '70s I really wanted: I looked on the Net hard enough, I found it. I would find parts for this, too. Other people may not want to go to that trouble for an older unit. It all boils down to who you are and what you want from it: I use it with Sonar XL 2.0 and I tend to use it monotimbrally (is that a word, really?), I'll write a track at a time. I don't use it live or in situations where I need to fire MIDI for multiple instruments simultaneously. If you're going live and want to be able to do elaborate things on the fly, why not get the newest? You're doing yourself a favor. I have as long as I want to putter. It's a situational thing as much as quality. My point is there's still plenty of use that can be made of these older units, and they are really very good ones.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-10-2003 at 10:48
chuckie a hobbyist user from usa writes:
Recently I saw E-mu is selling old stock of their cards for the ultra proteus and morpheus and the like, might want to check that out. I've been having a lot of fun lately using the joystick on my tg-33 to control the filters on the ol ultra proteus-gives you a good idea of their sound. Recording joystick movements is quite easy too with my setup but tends to hog the midi.. so sad. You can control the filter transform parameter too or just about anything else but some of them only work on note retrigger =( Been using mine for 2 years now and still recommend it to anyone lookin for something with a unique sound. Once you get it up in a sequencer and get the filters moving with some external effects this beast reallllllllly comes alive. ;]

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-26-2003 at 17:53
RioMusica a part-time user from USA writes:
The UltraProteus IMHO is really a sonic arsenal that is under-rated and holds up quite well considering it's age. Programming is very deep. I use other modules in my studio set up (analog/digital/sample, etc) and I find myself often turning to the UltraPro when I need something a little different or on the edge. Sure, some timbres sound dated, but overall, I think it has a lot of potential for the price nowadays. Yes, they are hard to find and I believe musicians are definately hanging on to theirs. If you are not into tweaking or programming, the module has an incredible number of sounds at your finger tips - expecially worth checking out, are the HyperPresets which are very interesting. I only wish EMU would put the sysEX files from the ROM cards out on the archive site for downloading, since the cards have all but disappeared.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-12-2003 at 18:17
a part-time user writes:
I really recommend passing on this one. I have owned 2 morpheus mods and one Ultra Proteus. Basically they are way outdated now and cant hold a candle to the near gear. If you ever need parts, forget it!! If you need a new drive to read your data cards, forget it!! If you need a new value dial or practically anyting for these mods, forget it. Emu does not have any parts or anything for these old relics. They will tell you to call some guy in NJ who says he cant help you cuz these are old machines. If you get an Ultra Proteus---beware---you could get stuck with it. The price has steadily dropped on these ever since the Proteus 2000 mods really took hold. Like the guys says below, if you want something that will kick the Ultra Proteus in the teeth, get an Audity 2000 or XL-1. They are cheap now and WAY better than the Ultra Proteus or Morpheus. Forget these mods unless you can get one for like $150-$200. Even then, I would pass probably.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-15-2002 at 17:23
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