E-mu Morpheus

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The Morpheus has its claim to fame with the ability to "morph" sounds creating unique, evolving and intricate sounds with superb digital clarity. The Morpheus uses Z-Plane synthesis and filters. These are 14-pole filters that model and interpolate resonant sound characteristics. In other words, you can morph between different sounds and vary the balance of the morph between these sounds. Go from analog drones that fade into high strings, for example.

The Morpheus is a digital rackmount synthesizer. It features complete 16-channel MIDI implementation that can control most parameters as well. The Morpheus is also easy and intuitive to operate. This plus a dual effects processor and up to six individual outputs make this a professional synth worthy of professional studio work. From film scores to textural ambiences, the Morpheus and its new Z-Plane technology will satisfy you. It is used by Orbital, Astral Projection, Hardfloor, LTJ Bukem and Fluke.

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17 Visitor comments
July 22, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
I've decided an Ultraproteus article here would serve little purpose. The only differences between the two are the ROM sounds and the number of filters. The Ultraproteus can load Morpheus sounds so it can sound like the Morpheus. The U. has 288 filters to the M.'s 197 so the U. is more versatile. Even the manuals are practically identical word for word except for some typefaces and the pictures of the M.'s faceplate look like they came out of an Apple Imagewriter and the U.'s are high process color. Get an Ultraproteus and download the Morpheus ROM sounds from the net. Best of both worlds.
April 18, 2012 @ 10:52 pm
I would advise the Morpheus for the musician or remixer that has plenty of analog sounds, VA synthesis, additive and Rompler/wave devices and wants just an extra flavor. The demo sequence made me feel like passing up this machine as well as many presets. However, the bell, angular pads and washes and a few other sounds all said, "Hey, I fit in a mix and most listeners will not know just what that flavor is." This synthesiser works really well with other sounds. If you need generic, this is NOT the machine for you. If you want something that has a useful sound to add and that's pro gear, Bingo!
March 29, 2012 @ 9:40 am
Can the Morpheus sysex be seen by the Ultraproteus? I mean can I upload it to the UP and play it the Morpheus patches on the UP?
Also, where can I find the six ROM cards or the sysex of the cards for the Ultraproteus?
March 9, 2012 @ 4:29 am
The nicest feature on this, apart from the obvious utility of the Z-plane filters, is the ability to modulate the used sample start point through the wave ROM, which to my ears can yield sounds of randomly scanning through AM radio frequencies. As a I remember it, it can scan the start point through the entire sound ROM, which makes it more flexible (but also more random) than e.g. the PPG, Wavestation et al. That's the fun bit. Apart from this, it's a nice box of PCM samples with a ton of great filters, which might fit your particular bill. Fondly remembered.
February 17, 2012 @ 10:12 am
One of the best digital synth. A dream for the sound designer. This and the K series of Kurzweil are my favorites digital synths! You get thin and ugly sounds only if you do not know how to use it :)
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Oscillators - 16-bit, 8 MB ROM samples (Expandable to 16MB), 18-bit output DACs
  • Synthesis - Digital, Z-Plane, Acoustic-Simulation
  • Filter - 32 14-Pole Interpolating Digital Filters employing 32-bit internal arithmetic; 198 programmed filter types
  • Effects - 2 effects processors
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - Patches: 384 (128 RAM, 128 ROM, 128 Card); Performances: 16 internal, 16 external card
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1993
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