E-mu Proteus 2500

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The new Proteus 2500 is basically a 4-unit version of the 128-voice Proteus 2000 rack module with much greater real-time controls and some other new tricks! The Proteus 2500 has got over 30 real-time, programmable knobs and buttons. It features the exact same great Proteus 32 MB sound set of ROM samples, and can be expanded up to 128 MB with additional sound cards from E-mu's family of genre based sound modules, keyboards, and desktop groove machines. The sounds it ships with is called the "Composer" soundset, offering sounds that cover the whole spectrum of synthesizer type sounds, from real instruments to bizarre sounds and effects.

The Proteus 2500 features a built-in 16-track MIDI sequencer, with 16 MIDI channels per track! It offers both linear and pattern based recording, real or step time, analog grid/drum machine style programming and more. Unlike the Proteus 2000, the 2500 has 24-bit DAC outputs instead of 16-bit, for enhanced sound quality. The MIDI processors have also been redesigned and are three times more efficient now than on the Proteus 2000! The 2500 has six audio outputs, S/PDIF digital output and a USB port. This is the most powerful Proteus ever, and will likely be E-mu's flagship synthesizer module for quite some time!

Current E-mu sound modules ship with one 32 MB sound-set each, but are expandable up to 128 MB via three additional slots for 32 MB expansion cards. These cards include (ranging from $249 to $395):

  • 9061: Siedlaczek Orchestra 32 MB ROM.
  • 9062: Pure Phatt 32 MB ROM - standard in Mo’Phatt, MP-7 and MK-6.
  • 9063: Beat Garden 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9082: Protozoa 16 MB ROM - standard in Proteus 1, 2, 3.
  • 9083: Definitive B-3 32 MB ROM - standard in B-3.
  • 9084: Techno Synth Construction Yard 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9085: Orchestral Session Vol. 1 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9086: Orchestral Session Vol. 2 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9087: World Expedition 32 MB ROM - standard in Planet Earth.
  • 9088: Sounds of the ZR featuring the Perfect Piano 32 MB ROM - standard in Ensoniq Halo.
  • 9089: X-Lead 32 MB ROM - standard in Xtreme Lead-1, XL-7 and XK-6.

With these expansion options, you could buy a PK-6, then add the sounds of the Orbit 3, XK-6, and the MP-7... or any other combinations you may want. If you like desktop synths, you can start with an MP-7 or XL-7, and then add these same expansion card options to add Proteus, Orchestral, or the new Halo sounds to them. E-mu/Ensoniq's interchangeable sound cards and a variety of keyboard/sound-module options means that there's a model out there for everybody now.

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27 Visitor comments
May 13, 2011 @ 5:36 pm
To TAZ. I´m really sorry for your Proteus 2500. Sorry for him, lying in the studio of somebody who just don´t had the brains to learn to use it.
Please do not bash over a synth and tell to others "don´t buy this crap" if you are just an ignorant over the artifact.
This is one of the most amazing rompler engines ever built, with a very versatile modulation matrix. Any sound can take a total new character treated inside the modmatrix. You can create links between almost any parameter available to tweak, plus a dinamic sequencer, and customizable controllers.
December 31, 2010 @ 9:03 am
lounge ....hit you up about my 2500...why ? It is a piece of non working crap lying in my studio. I am going to bring it to a repair facility to see how much it will cost to repair. If it is more than 100 bucks I will take a sledgehammer to it and post it on youtube:) MAJOR PIECE OF CRAP DO NOT BUY THESE THINGS !!!! kenpobear@hotmail.com
December 29, 2010 @ 6:26 pm
@Taz - are you a member on this board ? If so hit me up about your 2500
December 20, 2010 @ 2:13 am
Ok, I have had this turd of a rack for almost 2 weeks and has now resorted to flashing just pretty lights while trying to re-boot until it shuts off. Occasionally, it farts as well. Truly quality product and E-Mus tech support ???.........( ROFLMAO )
they suggested that check out a newer E-MU product. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME ?? I am guessing in my limited capacity that it is either an O.S. problem, Bad ROM board, or all the above. Save you money don't buy this piece of crap. By the way my JV-1080 ( 64 voice ) blows this thing out of the water and is 10 years older !
December 4, 2010 @ 9:09 am
I recently purchased one of these and I have to say the pianos and pads ( which I use primarily) are not too great. The navigation is clumsy and the pattern sequencer has drawbacks when compared to current models. It was a birthday present or else I would have gone a little extra for a Triton Rack. It looks cool, lots of pretty lights, and the real - time controls are a nice touch but the Proteus line as a whole is over rated in my opinion.
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  • Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 128 voices
  • Oscillators - 32 MB "Composer" Sound Set ROM (expandable to 128 MB), four 24-bit DACs
  • LFO - 2 per voice
  • Filter - 50 types of 6th- and 12th-order Z-plane filters
  • Effects - 24-bit dual stereo-effects processor with 29 reverbs types, 15 delay types, 8 chorus types, 7 flange types, 5 distortion types
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 1,024 Patches (512 factory patches, 512 user patches)
  • Control - MIDI (32 multitimbral parts)
  • Date Produced - 2001

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