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Emu Orbit 9090


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Emu Orbit 9090

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Added: 20-Oct-23  |  Author: admin

New price: discontinued vintage  |   S/H price: £200 - £300

Emu Orbit 9090

Released in 1996 and evolving out of the ongoing Proteus series of modules, the Orbit 9090 (The Dance Planet) was E-Mu's first ROM module aimed squarely at dance & club music production.


There were 3 versions of the Orbit, with the gold coloured 9090-2 arriving the following year in 1997 & the Orbit 3  (9099) in 2001.


The Orbit has the usual 'dance' sounds of the time with plenty of drums including the obligatory TR-909 as well as Roland Juno & TB-303 synths and more. An EPROM upgrade was released in 1997 allowing the Orbit to be upgraded to V2 spec.


Sounds are 16-Bit with a 39kHz top end & each sound is created from a Primary & Secondary layered sample source, all delivered from an 8MB ROM.


The Orbit V1 gives a total 512 presets (256 RAM & 256 ROM) yielding a total of 384 instrument sounds at 32 note poly, while the V2 unit upped this count to 640 presets (256 RAM & 384 ROM).


Both units could operate in 16 part multi-timbrel mode & featured E-Mu Z-Plane filters and 6 analog outputs, arranged as Main L/R Outs 1 & 2 plus sub-outs 3/4 & 5/6. Both units also had traditional MIDI In, Out & Thru connectors, but no effects were included in either unit.


The Orbit is not too hard to find in the free ads & at a typical secondhand price of around £200 - £300 it's an interesting Rompler that could add some wide variety of sounds to your hardware setup.

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