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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Audio Clip 1 Various patches. From the Future Music CD, Issue 47.
Audio Clip 2 Various loops. From the Future Music CD, Issue 47.
ManualDownload the original owners manual here.


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