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E-mu Systems Orbit-3 128-Voice Super Synth Rack Module

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The Orbit-3, 128-Voice Super Synth Module takes over where E-MU’s legendary Orbit classic left off, adding a blazing fast CPU for tight MIDI timing, our ultra-powerful Proteus 2000 synth engine and 64 MB of hot new sounds. This baby was designed for maximum performance, so make sure to try out all the controller knobs on each preset.

Orbit-3 contains 64MB of electronica sounds: TeCnO Synth Construction Yard and BEAT Garden, created especially for E-MU Systems by Dutch sound designer extraordinaire Rob Papen. Need more sounds? New sounds can be added as easily as plugging in a new 16MB or 32MB SIMM module into one of the two additional user-upgradable sound SIMM sockets. Many sound sets are available now, with more coming all the time, or you can create your own custom ROMs using E-MU’s E4 Ultra samplers.

Orbit-3 contains 512 user presets and can hold literally thousands of factory presets. (ROM presets are automatically added when sound SIMMs are installed. As an example, a 32 MB SIMM may contain up to 1024 ROM presets.) Orbit-3’s Sound Navigator makes it easy to find the exact sound you want. It’s powerful, yet simple to use.

Orbit-3 contains E-MU’s SuperBEATS Mode, which is an easy and fun way to create dynamic, original music. With SuperBEATS, you trigger, latch and unlatch synced loops and grooves from your keyboard. Simply select a “bts:” preset and you’re ready to groove! Then use Orbit-3’s performance controls to alter and mutate the rhythm or the sound itself.

Then there’s Orbit-3’s revolutionary Rhythmic Pattern Generator/Arpeggiator which can play up to 16 synchronized arpeggiator patterns at once using a different sound for each! Patterns can be edited using pattern flow commands such as: delay for 2 bars, play for 4 bars, hold for 2 beats and repeat. You can program or download 100 user patterns in addition to the 200 factory patterns.

The extremely flexible yet easy to use 4-layer synthesizer voices make it easy to build sounds of any kind. Layers can be switched or crossfaded using key position, velocity, real-time controllers or any modulation source. Orbit-3 also contains 50 different 2nd to 12th order resonant & modeling filters which are used to shape and modify the waveforms contained in 32 megabytes (MB) of ROM.

Sixty four modulation sources include three multistage envelopes and two LFOs per layer, as well as full MIDI control over virtually every parameter. The digital patch bay, with 24 cords per layer, (and 12 more cords per preset) lets you connect modulation sources to 64 destinations in any imaginable way. The patch bay contains a set of arithmetic modifiers, letting you create complex synthesis models. Synth parameters as well as arpeggiator and BEAT tempos can be controlled from Orbit-3’s internal clock (or an external MIDI clock). Up to 8 LFOs and 12 envelopes can be perfectly synchronized at different rates. This is an extremely powerful synthesizer!

Four front panel real-time controllers give you control over 12 userselectable parameters. The real-time knobs can adjust multiple parameters at once, allowing complex levels of control. For example, one knob can simultaneously turn up filter cutoff, while detuning one sample, and adjusting the release time of the volume envelope. Virtually every synth parameter in Orbit-3 is controllable using the real-time knobs or by any internal or external control source.

Six analog outputs let you process separate sounds externally. The built-in effect returns allow you to use external effects with Orbit-3 without the need for a separate mixer.

Once you have created your preset, you can add richness to your sound using Orbit-3’s 24-bit stereo effects. You can choose a different effects setup for each preset from over 60 algorithms. Orbit-3’s effects section is actually two separate effects processors with control over each wet/dry mix level on four effects sends. Effects Processor “A” contains primarily ambiance algorithms like reverb and delays, while effects processor “B” contains primarily spectral algorithms such as chorus, flange, phase, distortion, and delay. Effects can be linked to each preset or used globally to further enhance your sound.

The S/PDIF stereo digital output lets you connect to other digital equipment such as digital mixers or external effect devices, keeping your signal entirely in the digital domain. Other features include multiple solo, voice assignment and performance modes for expressive control, 12 user-definable alternate tunings, and, of course, an extensive MIDI implementation.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 4
ROM Size: 32
ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain, Release, Release 2, Looping, Triggered, Time
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope, 48dB Slope (8-pole), Band Limit, Band Pass, Formant, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance, Parametric, Z-Plane
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 128
Timbrality: 32
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 1000
Patches ROM: 1000
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
+ SuperBEATS mode allows you to trigger, latch and unlatch synced loops and grooves from separate keys on your keyboard.
+ Up to 16 simultaneously synced arpeggiators, each with a different preset sound.
+ Play one of 7 different arpeggios or stored pattern.
+ Dual 24-bit master effects.
+ 40 Reverb, delay, dynamics effects
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 1U, Full
Display Type: LCD, Backlit
Display Count H: 24
Display Count V: 2
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 8
Audio Output Notes: Main, Sub 1, Sub 2, SPDIF
Inputs: SPDIF
DAC Bits: 18
DAC Frequency Rate: 44.1
Year Released: 2001
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MSRP List Price: $795 - convert
Retail Street Price: $700 - convert
Used Price: $100 - $200 - convert

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