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
Jarrett Green
January 1, 2013 @ 11:00 am
Tony the version 2 was an eprom chip upgrade. I think it has more sounds. more filters etc. Not sure how easy it would be to upgrade this many years later.
December 10, 2012 @ 2:47 pm
can anybody tell the diference between Orbit and Orbit V2?
Gear Before Beer
October 12, 2012 @ 2:36 am
I like mine a lot. If electronic music is your thing, this is a great box. There's a lot of reworked Roland sounds in it, but the twist on them is not offensive. It's definitely was built for modern dance music as it existed before the computer-based-only boom today (2012). Very true, the sounds are not not rich, spacious and clear. Instead of tinny, I find it to sound kind of muffled. But, just as the article says, with a little processing you can really squeeze some great sounds out of the thing. Compared to other text-based interfaces on rack units, I find it very easy to use.
September 22, 2012 @ 11:39 pm
I just won the E-mu Orbit 9090 in MINT condition for $69.88 +$10.00 shipping, a new benchmark low-price for an 'open-to-public auction' on one of these classic vintage Emu rack synths. I will enjoy my new toy, especially for the low price I paid!


Thank you VintageSynth, I decided to try and win this rack off eBay based on your information, and a little tidbit of info from GearSlutz. :)
March 9, 2012 @ 4:20 am
A box of PCM sounds doesns't seem too great on paper, but I remember many of its pad sounds with a certain fuzzy warmth of which it is probably wholly undeserving. Other than those possibly stellar pad washes, file under "nice if very cheap". Like most of the E-Mu PCM boxes, it's a solid grabbag of sounds to have around if you're not into (free) VST instruments. If you are, this is just space better spent on some decent AD/DA.
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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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