Not available from Creative any more. Creative have eliminated everything Ensoniq and E-Mu from their site except for a couple of pair of their earphones branded E-Mu. I have placed the Proteus VX and the Emulator X3 in Archive.org as abandonware.
This is really the all-you-need- vst!! But the down side of this VST is 1) it takes about 3 to 5 minutes to save just a small change; and 2) when using this and want to do something else, i need to start up my laptop because there is a problem with the sound and restart will solve that problem. So just go with this amazing vst, but keep others just in case.
As a long term lover of Emu Proteus sound I remember how sad I was to lose those sounds when I sold my Proteus 2500, for years I missed that machine and it is no longer available !! When I found out there was a VST with THE SAME presets as my P2500, I was very happy, and when I found out it was FREE, I had to kick myself !!! The VST version actually adds some editing capabilities not available on the hardware unit and the voice stealing is much more efficient than on the hardware box, where I experienced a lot of clipping for multi-voice sequences....
The interface has a very nice librarian and allows sounds to be categorized and previewed, and the 16 midi channel multitimbral editor is perfect, with so many sounds and multitimbral options, you could use just this synth for full productions, which I have in the past for many of my songs using only the Proteus 2500... Looking forward to rendering my old P2500 midi sequences now that I have a sound module that contains the original patches I had thought I lost forever !! Using only the P2500, I wrote the soundtracks to 2 commercial video games, one notably "Maniacal Max: The Maniac With a Cause" - by SD Entertainment. The tracks were all done using only the Proteus 2500 with the stock "composer" banks, which are included in this VST in it's entirety !!
A lot of care and love went into the programming of the original Proteus "Composer" banks and in my ears most of the sounds still sound as fresh and exciting as when I first got them. You simply can't lose with this one, get it then buy all the soundsets with the money you saved !!!
It's a rompler, so you have tons of sounds in it, but you can't import your own samples. The presets in this VX version are numerous (1024) but you have not access to the synth engine. You can alter the sounds with the 16 midi CC controls. So you have a simple and easy to use sound module. If you read KVR forums, you can see that most of the people make their opinion on a synth by listening to the presets. Sometime you wonder why there are so many parameters avalaible on the synths because most of the people don't take time to built their own sounds.
Here you have a huge choice of presets, some are very nice, and usefull, so you will certainly find one that suit your needs, and if you want to make some alteration to the sound, you can do it by using the midi CC controls.
The interface is nice, what I really love is that the 16 midi CC controls are always displayed, so you know what they do at a glance, and then you are encouraged to use the controlers of your midi keyboards. And you realize that it's a simple and fun way to find new sounds.
I personnally think that the sounds sound great, and it's almost a surprise because it's the old sounds from the hardware proteus modules, I must admit that E-mu has a great savoir-faire in samples based synthesis.
The manuel is really great, it's complete and clear. E-mu guys seem happy to discuss their product and their technology.
Considering that it's free, it's a bargain.
Now, if you read on the E-mu site, you see that this Proteux VX version will not be supported on future operating systems. Many report crashes on Vista or XP Pro. So, if you have to change your computer, you will not be able to use this little gem anymore.
So it's my conclusion : use it now, and THANK YOU VERY MUCH E-MU, even if we know that such a product is given for free to bring potential new customers to the compagny in the future.
It´s almost shocking that first review on this wonderfull instruments is only few days old.
Proteus stands out in my freeware collection / to be true - not only freeware collection /, it´s sound is something different compared to piles of synthedit/synthmaker creations - lots of great drumkits, guitars, basses, retro-synth sounds - an the collections is really, really big. There are even some great addons on digital sound factory site - like the Filters and Functions pack.
The filters of this Instruments standout too, I´m really sorry, that I can´t load my own samples in it in the free version as that would be something!
I just can´t say a bad word about this synth, and if it has some little quirks, I don´t care for them as the positives overweigh them.
So, grab it, if you´re in need of sounds from the Proteus modules, if you´re into hip-hop, big beat, if you´re searching for some great hits, stabs, basses, or drumkits. You get hundreds of presets, the drumkits are really big - not like the usual 8-16 sounds. You´ll even find yourself recognizing some of the sounds from some great tracks of the past eras.
There are not many freebies as this one - Core Player, Kotakt Player, Independence Free...and Proteus.
I had to give it full marks, as I Love the sound, interface, the presets, I never had any problems with it, the value for money is unbeatable, full documentation is included too, and well, I won´t spoil the full marks giving it 0 for customer support as it´s freebie, so what could I want - and I never needed it.
I grew up with Proteus 1 (which was a big step up for me from the Roland MT-32 I previously owned). The patches of Proteus VX sound familiar to me, as they build upon the Proteus 2000 sounds as well as the whole E-MU banks.
Let me say this at once - I can't believe this beatuy is freeware! I have tried so many VST synths here at KVR and have had a hard time finding a free or inexpensive good sounding bread'n'butter synth/rompler. Now I've found it!
Besides from sounding terrific, there are other nice things here. The UI is excellent, after reading through most of the manual I knew the synth inside out (PM me if you run into trouble!). The routing is very flexible and the fx sounds great. What's more, it is surprisingly light on my poor CPU. I used the SuperWave P8 in conjunction with the VX and thought that the eight or so sounds of the VX was slowing down my system, but it turned out to be the ONE sound from the P8! (This is not to say that the P8 is a CPU killer, just that my system is weak and that the VX is great on resources.)
I'm not sure on stability. It never crashed once on me, but I have had some dropouts, even when there were just a few notes playing. I can't tell though if it's due to the VX or to my DAW (Energy XT). Also, I have no idea on customer support, but you probably won't need it anyway.
Try it out! If you're mostly into sound design you might not be so excited but if you like the good ol' Proteuses, you'll be in heaven!
On my computer everything is on the unit D, so I'm in the same context as you.
Let's see with the standalone version. At the bottom left of the window you have three tabs :
First click on the tab "Library" if you never did it, so that you create your library by the button "Update". Let the scanner search in all your system as it is configured by default for that. Don't worry, it is quite fast.
Once done, you should now see two trees appearing in this "Library" tab:
And you're ready.
Now choose a preset and drag&drop it on the GUI. Beware, if you simply click the preset name instead of dragging it... the GUI disappears! To make it appear again, simply click the name Proteux VX which is on blue background at the top of the list, then now make carefully your drag&drop from the preset.
You can use the internal keyboard for your first tests. To make it appear, click on the little button showing a keyboard in the toolbar at the top of the windows.
Play around with this first very short tutorial... then read the excellent PDF help file. Especially starting from the page 27. The PDF help file of Proteus VX is really awesome.
If you don't have the PDF help file, don't hesitate to tell it here.