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|Morpheus needing (simple?) fix
A very interesting ROMpler/ synthesiser from 1993. Unique really, although Dave Rossum now has a filter module for Eurorack based on the same concept. They donít seem to come up too often for sale, when they do they seem to appear at very high prices.
Itís main claim to fame is the inclusion of Z plane filters (197 of them!). I believe the same term was used in later E-mu products, but in other modules they werenít as versatile.
The other difference from, say, the Ultraproteus, is that there is more emphasis on analogue synth waveforms, mainly from Minimoog or Emu Modular included. But it still has all the usual strings, pianos, woodwind etc.
It also has a slew of function generators to further manipulate sounds.
An odd thing that it can do that isnít usually mentioned is that it can sweep through adjacent samples to create a kind of wave sequencing effect.
More on the Morpheus see
Here are some demos (not mine)
These are some snippets I found from my own recordings, some factory patches, some my own.
As usual for synths of that era there is a lot of menu-diving but itís not too bad. I created a set of patches just using the front panel. There are a number of editors available, e.g Morphit, MIDIquest and Edisyn.
Now the bad news. After 10 years or so of fairly infrequent use, the last time I came to use it I found a major issue. On powering up the unit itself makes a clicking noise.
I turned it off quickly and have tried several times since. One time I got no clicking and everything seemed fine, but trying it again I got the clicking.
This is possibly a power issue to do with the relays. I got that suggestion from a number of technical synth experts. If so, Iím told it is a fairly easy fix.
I have no ability to test or repair and donít know anyone who can help. So itís up for sale as is. One curious and perhaps hopeful sign is that the display shows what I would expect as it starts up, ie the OS (OS version 1.03) and then displays the last thing I was editing, the display remains on when the clicking starts. Iíve not had it on for more than a few seconds so I donít know whether the audio outputs are affected.
Comes with a very clean 260 page manual.
I have not included the power lead, it requires a ďkettle leadĒ (which I think is called an IEC C13 lead). They cost less than £10 on Amazon.
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