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E-mu | Orbit 9090


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 some say they are a little harsh and 'tinny' but add a little 'verb and some delay and it sounds damn good!

Orbit features 32 voices of polyphony, 512 presets (256 ROM, 256 RAM), and is 16 part multi-timbral. Edit and tweak Orbit’s sounds the way you like them by using its powerful filters, MIDI synced LFO’s, and MIDIpatch modulation system. If that’s not enough, Orbit is equipped with plenty of user-editable “beats”. These drum loops aren’t going to sound like everybody else, Orbit gives you the flexibility to alter them to fit your style.

Orbit also gives you the ability to literally take these sounds apart and reassemble them into a limitless number of entirely new sounds, combining parts of one sound with another or with any of a selection of digital waveforms also stored in ROM. The dynamic multimode and morphing filters allow you to shape and mold your sound into new dimensions. And creating your own sounds is easy, thanks to Orbit's logical user interface.

Other features include 3 stereo outputs for individually processing sounds (also configurable as 6 polyphonic submixes with fully programmable dynamic panning), integral sends and returns to allow the addition of external effects units without the need for a separate mixer, user definable alternate tuning, and of course, an extensive MIDI implementation.

In addition, when coupled with E-mu's Launchpad Performance Controller, Orbit becomes a self-contained interactive groove machine for the stage or studio. So check it out.

ModelOrbit 9090
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)32
LFOYes with 2 sources and 42 destinations + excellent MIDI control
Engine Detailed8MB of ROM samples
Filter (VCF)Digital VCF-like filter
Envelope (VCA)2 AHDSR envelopes
Memory512 patches
Key typeN/A
Produced:1996 - 1996
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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