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
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.
Digi Fan
July 4, 2010 @ 7:57 pm
A truly awsome board the E-mu Orbit 9090 is, better build quality than the 2000 units and has a bigger warmer sound, though not as easily programmable and as usefull for sequencing as the 2000 units, it still has its place. E-mu.
Peter Connelly
June 19, 2010 @ 5:20 pm
I wanted one of these back in '97 but opted for the JV1080 instead. 13 years on, I've just picked up an Orbit v2 for a fraction of its original cost and I must say... WOW... this is one heck of an amazing sound source which will work beautifully with my modern VSTi's, hardware S+S synths and vintage analogue's. The sounds are phat, clunky and in your face. VERY impressive, think I prefer this to the Orbit 3 I had and sold, many years ago. It's VERY underated but I could not imagine this to had been my only sound source back then, it's not versatile enough but it certainly helps with "that" sound it's aiming to achiece :)
Cadillac Jack
February 10, 2010 @ 12:43 am
Bang for your buck this 9090 module will pump some new energy in your sound craft. I picked up this Orbit off of a guy I found online. If I new it was going to be this brilliant I would have hunted it down long ago. I was hesitant to buy it due to it being manufactured in the mid 90's in the paramount of the "Techno" era, and the lack of tasteful demos posted combined with thee lack of info about it on synth forums. That being said if you are on a budget and you want a whole lot of creamy, rich, completely usable voices. This is you toy.
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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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