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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25 Visitor comments
November 10, 2011 @ 9:49 pm
An Orbit 9090 was used for Energy 52 - Cafe del Mar :)
October 1, 2011 @ 11:05 am
Just for the record, the estimated value on here is grossly overestimated....these seem to go in the $150-$250 range currently (more in the $150 range than $250).
May 18, 2011 @ 4:56 pm
Weeeee!! Got it by chance for €88 a couple days ago, mint condition. I've had the time of my life checking the presets as some of them are great and others are laughable.... well as with most other synth's presets. Will be a nice challenge to get the best of it. Receives midi cc to most parameters, the (many)drums are fairly cool, it gets along very well with a hardware sequencer and it's six outputs are a blessing. so far it's a very funny synth!
October 26, 2010 @ 9:19 am
I bought it several years ago when I was looking for a compact synth with lots of synthetic sounds. Programming is not really easy - two buttons and a knob, lots of menus... - but indeed you don't really have to, because the Orbit is a huge sound library compacted in a small module. I use it for basses, leads, pads, sfx, drums... well just for all :-)
September 22, 2010 @ 9:24 am
Picked one up for €90. Not the kind of synth you fall in love in, but if you're into 90'ies stuff, this thing is a real workhorse. Especially all my drums and basslines are done by this little thing, as well as a lot of organs and some FX/pads.
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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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