Emu have released their ProteusVX Software Sound Module completely for free!
You just have to subscribe to their newsletter (and can unsubscribe whenever you like), which is a very fair deal, I think!
ProteusVX comes with the full 1,000 patch set from the original Proteus 2000 (I think), and runs as either a VSTi or standalone.
I wonder if the original purchasers of the Emulator ever thought that its makers would be releasing a free version which is umpteen times more powerful, in twenty years’ time? (Or is it thirty years? I don’t know how long ago the first Emulator came out.)
VX comes without sounds at all, many usefull functions are hidden or locked.
Perhaps usefull features may be hidden or locked but VX free it comes with a samplelibrary.
no sounds? uhrm… make sure the path to the soundbank is correct.
the sounds are really good, specially sum great drum sets.
Atarix, have a look at the ProteusVX manual - it seems to have most of the functionality of Proteus X, including control of the filters, etc.
My copy of ProteusVX certainly has the same 1,000 patches that Proteus X has!
It’s amazing for a free download - loads of usable sounds.
Edit: it doesn’t appear to have control over the filters after all, the manual just contains information on them as a way of encouraging you to upgrade to Proteus X2. But it’s still a great VSTi for free - MLoN - have a look at patches 815-818 - there are some great dance ‘hits’ in there.
I think it’s a really useful VSTi - all the sounds are already loaded, so patch selection is instant. I already have Proteus X which came free with my X-Board, so I have the ability to edit the sounds and use the filters, but Proteus VX is still very good for nothing - probably one of the most useful ‘bread and butter’ free VSTis out there.