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E-mu Systems Virtuoso 2000 Orchestral Rack Module

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The power of E-MU Systems Virtuoso 2000 begins with it’s stunning, 64 MB orchestral soundset—from solo and section strings to brass, woodwinds and percussion—all sampled from the same orchestra under ideal recording conditions. To complete your symphony orchestra, Virtuoso gives you 128 voice polyphony, which means that up to 128 different instrument lines can be played at once! With all these voices, 16 MIDI channels didn’t seem to be quite enough, so we added another MIDI input jack to allow 32 MIDI channel operation. As long as we were going for the gold, we decided to add the ability to access 128MB of sound memory on user upgradable SIMMs. And there’s much more as you will soon discover.

Virtuoso 2000 contains four 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 and up to 128MB of sounds can be added! Each sound set has been meticulously crafted to be the best of its kind. Samples are matched across the keyboard, perfectly looped, and rich in harmonic texture.

Virtuoso 2000 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.) Virtuoso 2000’s Sound Navigator is a major innovation for the main screen which makes it easy to find the exact sound you want from the thousands available. It’s powerful, yet simple to use.

Of course the real power of Virtuoso 2000 becomes apparent when you synthesize your own sounds. The extremely flexible yet easy to use, 4-layer synthesizer voices make it easy to build sounds and textures. Layers can be switched or crossfaded using key position, velocity, real-time controllers or any modulation source. Virtuoso 2000 also contains 50 different types of 2nd to 6th order resonant & modeling filters which can be used to shape and modify the orchestral waveforms for musical expression and control.

The 64 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, allowing you to create complex synthesis models.

Four front panel real-time controllers give you control over 12 userselectable parameters. The real-time knobs can adjust multiple synthesizer functions 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 Virtuoso is controllable using the real-time knobs or by any internal or external control source.

Six 20-bit analog outputs let you process separate sounds and integral effect sends externally. Returns allow the addition of external effects units without the need for a separate mixer.

Once you have created your preset, you can add room ambience and richness to your sound using Virtuoso 2000’s 24-bit stereo effects. You can choose a different effects setup for each preset from over 60 algorithms. Virtuoso’s effects section is actually two separate effects processors with control over each wet/dry mix level. 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 digital stereo output lets you connect to other digital equipment, such as digital mixers or external effects 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, an extremely easy to use interface and, of course, an extensive MIDI implementation.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 4
Waveforms: ROM
ROM Size: 64
ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Oscillator Notes:
Orchestral Session 1 ROM
Orchestral Session 2 ROM
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain, Release, Release 2, Looping, Triggered, Time
Filters: 1
Types: 6dB Slope, 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope, Band Pass, Band Reject, Formant, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance, Parametric, Z-Plane
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Clocked, Delay
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 128
Timbrality: 32
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 1000
Patches ROM: 1000
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 1U, Full
Display Type: LCD
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: 2000
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MSRP List Price: $795 - convert
Retail Street Price: $700 - convert
Used Price: $200 - $300 - convert

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