E-mu Orbit 9090

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The Orbit is first in E-mu's new line of dance modules. This is strictly engineered for the techno artist. It has 8 MB of samples of all the great vintage analog sounds plus many familiar and typical sounds used in house, hip hop, trance, and techno.

It includes an essential digital VCF-like filter that is (on many presets) usually controlled from the modulation wheel on your keyboard controller! It's great for filling tracks with lush sweeping pads, or trancing along a 303 bassline pattern and filtering away. It is a beautiful golden single-space rack unit with a big easy to read LCD. Its sounds are, well they're digital so they are a little harsh and 'tinny' but add a little 'verb and some delay and it sounds damn good! It is already being used by lots of techno artists around the world including Todd Terry, Roni Size, ATB, and Orbital.

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planetplayer
January 20, 2009 @ 3:13 pm
I tried this when it came out. The sounds are good and clean, but I'm not needing of the loops. Nice colection of samples. The leads are not anaolgue sounding. I know what it is supposed to be, but they don't sound like the real thing. It was between analogue and digital.
It is good for NEW original sounds which is what "NEW" instruments should do.
Norbert Caspari
December 2, 2008 @ 2:06 pm
This Synth was a big dissapointment! As I heard it for the first time on the Frankfurt Music Fair I was impressed but later I found that a lot of the good sounding filter sweeps are actually sampled and not produced by the internal filters of the Orbit. There were also syncronisation problems with the internal sequencer and other timing problems.
In my personal opinion it's just a cheap sample synth that was sold too expensive for what it is worth.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Oscillators - 8MB of ROM samples
  • LFO - Yes with 2 sources and 42 destinations + excellent MIDI control
  • Filter - Digital
  • VCA - 2 AHDSR envelopes
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 512 patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1996
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