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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27 Visitor comments
November 21, 2009 @ 6:37 am
I picked one up for $350 aus. It has not been my favourite synth to program but it has a solid sound which I love. I love the digital sound.
September 12, 2009 @ 5:58 am
As mentioned below by this is an great piece of gear. Hands down. I've had mine for close to 9 months now and love it more and more each day. Yes, the overall sound is outdated and the presets can be pretty bad at times...But the fun really starts once you learn how to shape your own patches, as well as drums!

The 9090 enables you to explore the presets and edit them to your liking, by combining two different sounds to make one, then adjusting the LFO, attack, delays, etc. etc. You can always go back and switch these settings.The filtering is pretty heavy and great for low-end bass; since it has a main output, and 4 sub outputs. For an old synth, I've been generating some dirty and modern sounding tones. The drums can be pretty frustrating at first, but once again just shape them to your liking. I use mine with Ableton 7 and am very pleased with the results, especially since this is my first rack-mount synth. You can't go wrong for the price! Hope this is helpful...
July 8, 2009 @ 6:51 pm
I have the V2 and im clueless is what makes it better than the original bcuz this site isnt up to date on a few things
March 5, 2009 @ 7:22 pm
Ive just bought one of these from e-bay...price £40.I wanted one since they came out and havent received it yet to comment on sounds,but give me a week and a tweak and i`ll comment.....Think it`s gonna be good tho!..................
Thanks FEZ
February 23, 2009 @ 5:37 am
Don't listen to Norbert. The Orbit was my workhorse from 1996 to 2001 and I got some great sounds out of it. Wicked filtering was nooo problem! In the end, I guess it's more up to the user than the synth.
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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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