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E-mu Systems Orbit The Dance Planet 9090 Module

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The Dance Planet is a cool place to be. With over 600 of the earth’s most cutting edge samples and the introduction of new rhythmic features, Orbit blasts its way to the forefront as the dance music machine. 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.


Talented E-mu® sound designers, along with programmers from the European company Control Synthesis LTD, spent thousands of hours sampling, researching and creating Orbit's tremendous sound set. Orbit's waveforms were gathered from all around the world, and were especially chosen to exploit Orbit's dynamic synth parameters. Deep Pulsating Basses, Ambient melodic Pads, Cutting Edge Percussion and Drums, In Your Face Syths and Massive Effects and Hits - they are all here and carefully prepared to be the ideal sound set for Dance music.


Orbit's "Beats Mode" has over 50 frum loops which have been programmed by some of the world's best programmers, and as cool as these drum loops are, they only scratch the surface of what Orbit can do. "Beats Mode" drum loops are not just static samples that lock you into only one tempo and sound set - they use sequenced drum parts that can play any of the sounds in Orbit. This means you can change the tempo of a beat without changing the pitch, you can change any or all of the sounds triggered and you can route any or all of the sounds through Orbit's powerful synthesis functions. The level of interactivity that 'Beats Mode" provide s puts orbit in a totally different galaxy from other dance sound modules.


Filters are an integral part of Dance music, and E-mu's® world famous filters, are a perfect fit for Orbit. There are 32 6-pole resonant filters in Orbit with 17 different types consisting of low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, phaser, flanger, EQ, morphing and more. By using Orbit's MIDIPATCH Modulation System, filters can be routed to real time controllers for complete expressiveness. Also, by using the two Synchronized LFOs as modulation sources to the filter, Orbit can create cool and interesting rhythmic filter lines.

Orbit's feature and sound set are perfect for the dance musician, but the synthesizer enthusiast will also find that Orbit The Dance Planet is out of this world. It's here, it's loud, it's monstrous and it grooves - Feel the Energy.


Master Menu

Master Tune, Transpose, Global Bend, Global Velocity Curve, Mix Output, MIDI Mode, MIDI Mode Change, MIDI Overflow, MIDI Enable, Preset Change, Controller #A/B, Controller #C/D, Footswitch #, MIDI Program -> Preset, Send MIDI Data, User Key Tuning, Viewing Angle, Demo Sequence, BEATS MODE, Global Tempo, Bank select

Edit Menu
Preset Name, Primary Instrument, Secondary Instrument, Key Range, Primary Key Range, Secondary Key Range, Volume, Pan, Coarse Tuning, FineTuning, Alternate Volume Envelope, Primary Envelope Parameters (AHDSR), Secondary Envelope Parameters (AHDSR), Delay, Sound Start, Reverse Sound, Solo Mode, Portamento Rate, Chorus, XFade Mode, XFade Direction, XFade Balance, XFade Amount, Switch Point, Primary Filter Type, Primary Filter Fc & Q, Secondary Filter Type, Secondary Filter Fc & Q, Alternate Envelope, Amount Delay, Alternate Envelope (AHDSR), LF01 Shape-Amount, LF01 Rate-Delay-Variation, LF02 Shape-Amount, LF02 Rate-Delay-Variation, Key/Velocity Control, Realtime Control, Footswitch Control, Pitch Bend Range, Pressure Amount, Controller Amount A/B, Controller Amount C/D, Velocity Curve, Keyboard Center, Keyboard Tuning, Mix Output, Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Save Presets


Key number and Velocity Modulation Control
Up to 6 simultaneous patches per preset may be programmed.
Sources: 2 (Key Number and Key Velocity)
Destinations: 42
Realtime Modulation Control
Up to 8 simultaneous patches per preset
may be programmed.
Sources: 10
Destinations: 33
Footswitch Control
Up to 3 simultaneous switches per preset may be programmed.
Sources: 3 (Footswitch 1, Footswitch 2, Footswitch 3)
Destinations: 10


Audio Channels: 32
Presets: 512
Data Encoding: 16-bit linear, 18-bit DAC's
Sound Memory: 8MB
Signal to Noise: >90dB
Dynamic Range: >90dB
Frequency Response: 20Hz-18kHz (+/- 6dB)
Distortion: <.05% THD
Power Consumption: 15 Watts
Voltage Input: 90VAC-260VAC at 50Hz-60Hz
Maximum Output Level: +4dB into 600 Ohms
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms


Effects Return 1 In (stereo), Effects Return 2 In (stereo), MIDI In


Six, polyphonic (configurable as three pairs of stereo outputs w/programmable panning), Mono mix, MIDI out, MIDI thru
Rack Dimensions
Height: 1.75", Width: 19", Depth: 8.5

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: ROM
ROM Size: 8 MB
ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 39 kHz
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Glide / Portamento, Sync Hard, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
384 samples
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Looping
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Phase Warp
Filter Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Velocity
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Delay
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 32
Timbrality: 16
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 256
Patches ROM: 256
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
50 drum loops
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 1U, Full
Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Velocity
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 16
Display Count V: 2
Dimensions (WxDxH): 19 in. x 8.5 in. x 1.75 in.
Weight: 3.1 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo 3
Audio Output Count: 6
Power: 120 V AC 25 Watts
Year Released: 1996
MSRP List Price: $995 - convert
Retail Street Price: $900 - convert
Used Price: $50 - $150 - convert

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