When I first heard the Proteus/1 I was blown away by its internal demo song. The strings sounded so real to me, one could hear the rosin on the bow and the friction of it on the strings of the violins. One of the peculiar things about the Proteus is the fact that many patches seem to emulate Roland D-50 patches, but not Korg M1 patches.. Both instruments were the instruments “to beat” at the time. I wonder why the programmers only focused on the D-50 and didn’t give the M1 sounds a shot.
The Proteus/1 was so successful that it spanned a series of byproducts, including a dedicated Orchestral module, an Ethnic one, a keyboard version and several other “pumped-up” versions, using more of the same great samples.