E-mu Planet Earth

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E-mu's new Planet Earth picks up where their popular Carnaval module leaves off. Polyphony has been doubled to 64 voices. And there is an all-new 32 MB "World" soundset with an amazing collection of authentic rhythms and traditional world-instruments. E-mu's exclusive SuperBEATs performance mode is here as well. Planet Earth also has up to 16 syncable arpeggiators, digital 12-pole resonant filters, 12 real-time controllers and more! Sounds can be tweaked and warped using its advanced synthesis architecture and effects processor. On the stage or in the studio, Planet Earth is the professional's choice for World sounds and ethnic percussion!

Every one of these ships with one 32 MB sound-set, but are expandable up to 128 MB via three additional slots for 32 MB expansion cards. These cards include (ranging from $249 to $395):

  • 9061: Siedlaczek Orchestra 32 MB ROM.
  • 9062: Pure Phatt 32 MB ROM - standard in Mo’Phatt, MP-7 and MK-6.
  • 9063: Beat Garden 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9082: Protozoa 16 MB ROM - standard in Proteus 1, 2, 3.
  • 9083: Definitive B-3 32 MB ROM - standard in B-3.
  • 9084: Techno Synth Construction Yard 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9085: Orchestral Session Vol. 1 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9086: Orchestral Session Vol. 2 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9087: World Expedition 32 MB ROM - standard in Planet Earth.
  • 9088: Sounds of the ZR featuring the Perfect Piano 32 MB ROM - standard in Ensoniq Halo.
  • 9089: X-Lead 32 MB ROM - standard in Xtreme Lead-1, XL-7 and XK-6.

With these expansion options, you could buy a PK-6, then add the sounds of the Orbit 3, XK-6, and the MP-7... or any other combinations you may want. If you like desktop synths, you can start with an MP-7 or XL-7, and then add these same expansion card options to add Proteus, Orchestral, or the new Halo sounds to them. E-mu/Ensoniq's interchangeable sound cards and a variety of keyboard/sound-module options means that there's a model out there for everybody now.

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Demos & Media

Audio Clip 1 Some ethnic demos showing the types of sounds, beats and music it can make.
ManualDownload the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

Specifications

Polyphony - 64 voices
Oscillators - 32 MB World soundset (1 additional ROM expansion slot w/ Turbo Upgrade)
Effects - 24-bit dual stereo-effects processor
Filter - Dynamic 12 pole filtering
Arpeg/Seq - E-mu's exclusive SuperBEATs Mode; Advanced syncable arpeggiation functions
Keyboard - None
Memory - 512 preset, 512 user
Control - MIDI (12 real-time control parameters)
Date Produced - 2000

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