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
April 30, 2014 @ 11:49 pm
it is a decent solid light easy fun compact sound generator device with 6 outs,
with a lot of possibilities if you get into layering and linking, excellent e-mu
filtering, and e-mu were more generous with userpresets than Roland.
the sub outs can act as send/return-to-main-outs on stereo/TRS jacks.
now: would use the user presets for lots of variants of subs/synths/warmpads/
drums and have lots of variations of these.
also good for phasey BPF/HPF stuff, can go from really low thru
'bottomfeeder' EQ'filter' up into HPF fizz. easy e-mu.
April 30, 2014 @ 11:36 pm
cons: i had found it isn't great used on it's own
eg: if you get all your drums from it, it will sound a bit muddy > 32khz
- if you overdo the fillters, they quickly impose themselves recognizably
over any of the waveforms (like any digital filter)
- a lot of the onboard presets get annoying after a while, and some of
the waveforms are best ignored
-really ugly glitzy gold front panel!- i painted mine black, a bit of a bodge,
but didn't care because it was staying and i didn't mind punking it up:
because: >>>
August 23, 2013 @ 4:01 am
Orbit used by...Orbital :)
July 27, 2013 @ 4:22 pm
This orbit was also used on the KMFDM Album Symbols.
Dj Sparkle
May 13, 2013 @ 6:29 am
I own both versions Orbit and Orbit V2....they have a lot of the same similar sounds..but the Orbit 1 you can also find a lot of hip hop sounds on it...and the V2 is mostly and mainly techno and trance type sounds..not hip hop friendly...unless you are imitating Kraftwerk..then its an awesome update...E-mu was ahead of their time with these racks
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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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