E-mu Virtuoso 2000

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The Virtuoso 2000 is a 128-voice orchestral sound module with over 64 MB of sounds - an entire orchestra in a single rack space! Featuring the "Orchestral Session" soundsets 1&2 from E-mu, the sounds are great and they include violins, violas, celli, double basses, trumpets, French horns, trombones, bass trombones, tubas, piccolos, flutes, oboes, English horn, clarinets, bass clarinets, bassoons, contra bassoons, harp, orchestral bells, tubular bells, bell trees, celeste, xylophone, marimba and a percussion battery with over 20 instruments! With 128 voices, 32 MIDI channels, lightning-fast MIDI response and over 1,000 sounds you can create the largest of orchestral ensembles!

Additional professional features worth mentioning include the twelve assignable real-time front panel controls, six analog outputs plus an S/PDIF digital output, two additional internal ROM expansion slots, ability to play back Flash ROMs authored on E4 Ultra Samplers and an advanced synthesis architecture based on the Proteus 2000. The Virtuoso 2000 is likely the best all-in-one orchestral sound module ever!

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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13 Visitor comments
Rick Moore
June 7, 2011 @ 9:11 am
The string sounds in the lowest bank are suddenly all funky. Some sound with a root and fifth or play a totally different note than what I play on the keyboard. I don't have any idea what I (or someone) did to mess this all up.
Does anyone know how to reset the Virtuoso 2000 to the factory defaults. I've called E-MU support and they're of no help. OR can anyone tell me where I can get this information?
lio
March 28, 2011 @ 5:49 pm
It's better to have mono instruments because you can create your own stereo orchestra.
Patti
December 18, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
I used it to write an entire orchestra score. Love the strings. Wouldn't have used anything else. It was GREAT! I still arrange string parts for worship. This brings out the best in arrangements. The clarinet sound fools those who major in clarinet performance.
Gav Man
July 29, 2010 @ 11:37 pm
Nice bit of kit, so many usefull sounds.

Sorry, I don't agree with you David, maybe it's your set up? And i just don't know how you can say it is junk if you used it for 40 recordings.
David Castagna
May 31, 2010 @ 5:25 pm
This box is a big piece of junk.... There is a woodwind section sample that is the very best sound in the box.....Really good ..the real deal.. I made 40 recordings with that one sound !

The other sounds are just horrible ....I had one of the 1st one's when it was released .....sold it for a huge loss a year later ...
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 128 voices
  • Oscillators - 64 MB "Orchestral Session" soundsets 1&2 (expandable to 128 MB via 2 additional ROM slots)
  • Arpeg/Seq - Over 120 orchestral MIDI riffs
  • Sounds - violins, violas, celli, double basses, trumpets, French horns, trombones, bass trombones, tubas, Piccolos, flutes, oboes, English horn, clarinets, bass clarinets, bassoons, contra bassoons, harp, orchestral bells, tubular bells, bell trees, celeste, xylophone, marimba and percussion battery with over 20 instruments
  • Effects - 24-bit dual stereo-effects processor
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 512 ROM and 512 User Presets
  • Control - MIDI (32 channels)
  • Date Produced - 2000
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