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E-me Systems Planet Earth Rack Module

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    Description
    The Planet Earth is a new world instrument synth/sound module with an array of new dynamic and rhythmic features. Planet Earth was designed for live performance, so make sure to try out all the controller knobs on each preset. And as you’ll soon discover, Planet Earth is a total kick to play.

    Planet Earth’s sound set consists primarily of ethnic instruments and percussion. These sounds are rich in harmonic texture and are perfectly matched to the filters.

    Planet Earth contains two user-upgradable sound SIMM sockets, allowing you to mix and match sound sets according to your needs. New sounds can be added as easily as plugging in a new 16MB or 32MB SIMM module. Each E-MU sound set has been meticulously crafted to be the finest of its kind. Samples are matched across the keyboard, perfectly looped, and rich in harmonic texture.

    Planet Earth 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.) Planet Earth’s Sound Navigator makes it easy to find the exact sound you want. It’s powerful, yet simple to use.

    Planet Earth contains E-MU’s SuperBEATS Mode, which is a whole new 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 Planet Earth’s performance controls to alter and mutate the rhythm or the sound itself.

    Then there’s Planet Earth’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. Planet Earth also contains 50 different 2nd to 12th order resonant & modeling filters which are used to shape and modify the myriad 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 Planet Earth’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 the Planet Earth is controllable using the real-time knobs or by any internal or external control source.

    Once you have created your preset, you can add richness to your sound using Planet Earth’s 24-bit stereo effects. You can choose a different effects setup for each preset from over 60 algorithms. Planet Earth’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.

    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.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 4
    Waveforms: ROM
    ROM Size: 32
    ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain, Release, Release 2
    Filters
    Filters: 1
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope , Band Pass, Band Reject, Formant, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance, Parametric, Z-Plane
    LFO
    LFO: 2
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 64
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 1000
    Patches ROM: 1000
    Storage: Internal
    Case
    Case: Rack
    Rack Size: 19", 1U, Full
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Display Count H: 24
    Display Count V: 2
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
    Audio Output Count: 8
    Audio Output Notes: Main, Sub 1, Sub 2, SPDIF
    Inputs: SPDIF
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    DAC Bits: 18
    DAC Frequency Rate: 44.1
    Production
    Year Released: 2000
    Manuals & Documents
    Reviews
    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $995 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $900 - convert
    Used Price: $250 - $350 - convert
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