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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26 Visitor comments
AllWayZ
December 10, 2011 @ 5:39 pm
adekoyote - You need to upgrade to the 2.26OS or the same for the Proteus 1U Racks, just usb it to the computer download the OS and your Good, there are a couple of hoops so download the Manual. That's it! E-MU stopped giving the free OS upgrades so search the web!! PEACE
adekoyote
November 1, 2011 @ 2:50 pm
Currently my probably is that the machine only seems to see 2 dimms at a time.

also I hear aliasing as well...drops in and out. I will try and fix it by doing a factory rest. Current version 1.31...it is pretty amazing though...there are alot of sounds...and the drums on the Phatt are quite welcome.
adekoyote
November 1, 2011 @ 2:49 pm
So I finally got it home to unpack it and at first I could not get it to work(did not have the file of the manual :s...and I could not get sound out of it...zoiks!....so the I opened it...lo and behold the seller never opened since the previous owner I get...and I found 3 extra roms inside. Phatt Protozoa and QRom.

Soundwise the filters sound different from the roland mc808 I have, and I am happy for the added variety.
Rob
October 28, 2011 @ 8:06 am
Just took delivery of one of these beasts! It looks like something out of mission control and sounds flippin awesome! Just off to read the manual so I can start to leverage its true potential!
adekoyote
September 29, 2011 @ 5:50 pm
I just bought one. I think that compared to many grooveboxes it offers a great deal of features long forgotten and under appreciated. like 3 analog stereo in/outs...USB midi...and lots of controls to real sculpt the sound. This seems to be the last flagship before Creative sunk its corporative cost cutting teeth into the company...

I am so psyched...I want my DAW primarily as a HUB for midi. after cutting my teeth on the MC808, I can't wait to see what this instrument has to offer.
 
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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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