E-mu Proteus

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Proteus 1 (1989)

Throughout the 1990’s, E-mu came to be known for its rack-mounted synth and sampler modules. In 1989, the Proteus was the first rack-mount module E-mu produced, and it was a huge success for the company. The Proteus 1 is an economical one-space module consisting of your basic rock and pop sounds. It has 4 MB of sounds from the EIII library such as samples of pianos, organs, strings, horns, guitars, basses, drums, Latin percussion, and more all at your fingertips. The Proteus offers professional features such as full 16-part MIDI multitimbrality, 32-voice polyphony, 16-bit ROM samples, six individual polyphonic outputs and extensive editing and modulation capabilities. There is also E-mu's RMidiPatchS that allows direct real-time control of over 40 parameters for keyboard, midi controllers, internal LFOs and envelopes. It has been used by Astral Projection, Pet Shop Boys, Vangelis, Genesis, and Information Society.

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Proteus 1 Pop/Rock

E-mu Proteus 1 Plus Orchestral Image

Proteus 1 Plus Orchestral

The Proteus 1 model was expandable with an additional 4 MB of orchestral samples (from the Proteus 2), making it a Proteus 1 Plus Orchestral. This gave you 4 MB of Pop/Rock sounds plus 4 MB of Orchestral sounds - 384 patches total! Presumably, when the Plus 1 Orchestral came out, the original Proteus 1 took on the Pop/Rock label to make it perfectly obvious what sounds each Proteus 1 model came loaded with.

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Proteus 2 Orchestral (1990)

In 1990, the Proteus 2 was released which is identical to the Proteus 1 in most every way except that it has 4 MB of purely orchestral sounds - the same sounds from the Plus Orchestral ROM card, which also happen to come from the EIII library. This was the first time really high quality sounding orchestral sounds could be had in a dedicated sound module.

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Proteus 2 XR (1990)

The standard Proteus 1 and 2 could be upgraded to XR versions (extended RAM) as well. These doubled the RAM and memory up to 8MB, adding another 192 of user patches (128 preset / 64 user) for a total of 384 patches.

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Proteus 3 World Instruments (1991)

The Proteus 3 is identical to the previous Proteus models except that it features an ethnic World set of sounds. It's full of 16-bit samples (4 MB expandable to 8 MB via an XR upgrade) of shofars, flutes, celtic harps, tablas, tamburas, banjos, didjeridoos, bagpipes, etc.

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Proteus FX (1994)

A Proteus FX module is also available. It features sounds from both the rock pop and orchestral modules. It also adds two digital effects processors with reverb, delay, chorus and more. Surprisingly, the FX surpasses other Proteus models in many ways but it is also the least expensive model! It features 8 MB of sounds standard, and up to 512 patches. But what it doesn't have, is six polyphonic outputs. Just your basic stereo L/R(mono) output.

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43 Visitor comments
Klaus
February 8, 2012 @ 2:48 pm
All Proteus should be 100% MIDI-compatible. 31250 Baud (= 32usec per bit), 8 bit (no parity, 8 full bits of information), one start, one stop. Bytes with the MSB set (128-255) are command bytes, other bytes are data bytes. MIDI originally uses a current loop interface, but some non-standard implementations work via TTL or RS232. MIDI is standardized - the only thing which can be manufacturer-specific are SysEx ("system exclusive") messages (typically used for remote patch editing and such). I suggest that you look up some MIDI 1.0 documentation.
Mike Dodaro
February 1, 2012 @ 3:32 pm
I have a Proteus FX and I'm trying to decypher the serial protocol so I can run it from a NET Micro Framework microcontroller. The baud rate must be 31250. I need System.IO.Ports.Parity parity, int dataBits, System.IO.Ports.StopBits stopBits.
Mck
January 9, 2012 @ 6:12 am
@eddie
Why do you need a new power supply?
Isnt there one built in in your proteus?
I had one 2/xr orchestral with an internal power supply faulty and its too easy to fix..!
If you need help fixing it just email me at akisakis1@hotmail.com
eddie
January 5, 2012 @ 4:45 pm
Looking for a power supply module for Proteus3/World. Does E-mu hold any stock?
Could eproms be swapped out with Porteus2 or Porteus1
Love those ethnic sounds!
Digi Fan
December 19, 2011 @ 10:46 pm
Own the Protozoa expansion card. Protozoa expansion card was actually designed for the Proteus 2000 legacy gear but has all the original samples from the proteus 1 2 and 3 and 1 extra bank of sounds. Its full of amazing classic E-mu sounds. Just love it.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 Voices
  • Oscillators - 4 MB of ROM based 16-bit samples (expandable to 8 MB); 125 waveforms
  • LFO - Yes
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - None (FX Module has 2 digital effects processors: Reverbs, chorused and delays)
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 192 patches (64 user programmable); up to 384 on XR modules; up to 512 on FX module
  • Control - MIDI (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1989 - 1995

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