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E-mu Morpheus

Postby Gregor Samsa » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:48 pm

Anyone here use(d) this? It looks and sound interesting, and I like the textures coming out of there. I already have a Fizmo and the waveststion plug which I use for different types of atmosphere, so I wonder would I be duplicating to pick one up? It seems to be a different sound than I am hearing from most synths, but it's hard to tell with the youtube video quality.
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Re: E-mu Morpheus

Postby Phollop Willing PA » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:57 pm

I borrowed one in late 90s and loved it so much that I bought an Ultra Proteus (which had the same filters etc plus more (and some less)).

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Re: E-mu Morpheus

Postby Z » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:19 pm

I bought one new when they came out in '94. It's basically a Proteus with the funky Z Plane filters. It's a lot of fun to play with using an expression pedal to do "wah" type of sounds or morphing between sounds and/or filters. There's a pretty decent demo @ http://www.synthmania.com/morpheus.htm

Back then, I used mine mostly for "bread and butter" stuff to lighten the load for my W-30.

Check out my song "Drive Home" @ www.synthmusician.com/z - it's all Morpheus except the JD-800 piano.
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Re: E-mu Morpheus

Postby Gregor Samsa » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:38 pm

Not sure how much- the prices seem to go all over the board on these.

Ultraproteus does the same type stuff then?
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Re: E-mu Morpheus

Postby aeon » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:40 pm

I used to have a Mopheus, now i have an UltraProteus.

Either is a nice synth to get atmospheres and sweeping sounds out of due to the nature of the filters. Aside from that, these boxes can do a lot of other tricks too that are not typical of a "rompler."

If one can be had cheap, they are a fun additional color to have when producing timbres.


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Re: E-mu Morpheus

Postby xpander » Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:58 am

i went with the UltraProteus (255 morphable filter types as opposed to 198) and twice the sample memory- if i remember the only differences between the UP and Morpheus are the samples and the UP has more filters- and there's actually documentation for every filter! other fantastic features are the amazingly complex function generators, the complex modulation matrix, outstanding drum machine samples, continuous realtime control of pan (rather than only note-on), 16-part multitimbrality... but the craziest feature is that it allows you to exploit how it accesses the wave data from a table- you can change the loop start & end points to include neighboring samples for weird polyrhythmic stuff, reverse playback direction... it's a very weird beast.

still arguably my favorite synthesizer and unquestionably the synthesizer i've created the most patches for. in fact, i own two UltraProteuses and 3 software editors for it. note its position in my signature. the first one i picked up used for about $525 years ago when i didn't have money for stuff so i needed power... the second one i bought for i bit less than $100 a couple months ago. someday i will lead an effort to do a completely accurate knock-off of the Galaxy editor for the UltraProteus/Morpheus.
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Re: E-mu Morpheus

Postby astro_tiki » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:54 am

I bought a Morpheus last year for $150.00 off of Craigslist. It came w/ a VHS tape from E-mu that I digitized and uploaded for anyone interested. If anything, it proves doucebags are timeless. But if you can get past the on camera talent, there's a lot of good information in the clips.

http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_01.mov
http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_02.mov
http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_03.mov
http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_04.mov
http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_05.mov

The Morpheus has some cool and off beat features, but it really calls out for a standalone software editor.
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Re: E-mu Morpheus

Postby cornutt » Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:56 pm

Another thing to note about the Morpheus, that usually isn't noted, is that it contains a very cool arbitrary event generator that can be routed to any mod destination. Something you don't find in a lot of polysynths. The UltraProteus probably has it too, but I don't know for sure.
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Re: E-mu Morpheus

Postby Juno6 » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:30 am

astro_tiki wrote:I bought a Morpheus last year for $150.00 off of Craigslist. It came w/ a VHS tape from E-mu that I digitized and uploaded for anyone interested. If anything, it proves doucebags are timeless. But if you can get past the on camera talent, there's a lot of good information in the clips.

http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_01.mov
http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_02.mov
http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_03.mov
http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_04.mov
http://www.wildfreshness.com/quicktime/morpheus_05.mov

The Morpheus has some cool and off beat features, but it really calls out for a standalone software editor.


Really COOL!!!! Many thanx! =D>
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Re: E-mu Morpheus

Postby metrosonus » Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:45 pm

you should put those on youtube.
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