Synth Site: EMU: Orbit Planet dance module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Session Cat a professional user from CANADA writes:
This unit is a rompler????????? My GOD they never used to make romplers that sounded like THIS!

Let me give it to you straight. This synthesizer sounds like an incredible moog polyphonic or mono fully analog synth with the amazing moog filter and envelope filters and playability, all with optional beautiful touch sensitivity and aftertouch. Wait, let's create a different patch. Now this synthesizer sounds like the best AM synth Kawai every built (such as the K5000) with ongoing fascinating endlessly beautiful mezmerizingly complex creations. Well ok, not quite as amazing as a really great AM synth, but pretty damn close. Now let's create another different patch. WAIT - it's an one of the best rom-based sample playback synths there could be, with beautiful synthesizer control of already gorgeous sounding recordings of everything from classical instruments to insects. Ok, let's create another different patch, now this synthesizer is one of the most exciting drum synthesizers you can get, complete with amazing sequenced pattern playback that can control any patch in the machine or ones from your imagination.

Ok, so the orbit V2 is simply the best single space rack synth I've ever used in my life. I have some great double space units (And bigger), but I have never owned a single space unit that was this good. Also, it does analog as well as most analog gear does, with that huge analog tone. great filters, great oscillators (even if they are sample playback based, the way this unit works they are basically working as perfect oscillators), great touch response, great tone, great amps. With this unit I can do moog better than I can with my moog. Why? it sounds every bit as good and stays in tune when my moog is drifting. Sorry, but if someone thinks it's cute and warm and authentic to have an out of tune instrument then go tell that to Jimi Hendrix who HATED how his strat's trem bridges couldn't stay in tune after a dive bomb.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-19-2007 at 00:10
SLA from Poland writes:
A really reliable piece of equipment with a stunning set of presets - even if you apply today's yardsticks. If you get one, make sure you get OrbEdit - programming patches with it makes sound design an enjoyable experience. Overall pros: very rich and punchy sound (for a rompler - it's not moog voyager, mind you ;)), it's loud and the outputs are clean, loads of sound-making potential, sturdy build, 6 outputs. Cons: small display, minimalist approach to UI, stupid logo. I paid $200 for mine (used, mint condition).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-18-2006 at 06:50
billy don't a professional user from ireland writes:
The E-MU V2 Orbit really sucks! I mean, come on, I need really kick ass leads and bases, thumping loud drums but this unit squeeked like a mouse on a climax! I say get the clavia nord or the access virus and then you can blow it all out your techno ass!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-18-2005 at 07:36
The Sarge! a professional user from Germany writes:
great piece from E-MU! 1st of all I wanna let those anti-Orbit-talkers do a 50miles-run with stones in their shoes, coz u´re mostly stupid! why? coz The Sarge! said so and coz u knew when u went to the shop or eBay what u´re willing to buy: a ROMpler with dance-sounds, nothing more nothing less!!! homes do U understand me? I can´t hear ya! if u dudes thought, you´ll buy a miracle-machine, which will make you your #1-clubtune, then you´re poor babies, coz this ORBIT will help u to do so, but with great sounds & NOT with finished tracks, ideas, groove and so on! E-MU only advertised that the Orbit will give you earthshaking basses, hardedged leads, kicking drums and so on, and they hadn´t lied! GOT IT? I love my Orbit (upgraded it to V2, love it since then more), I can always use a lot of the presets in my traxx, combined with my other synths,AKAI&VSTi! OKAY, u´re RIGHT when u say, that the polyphony sometimes crashes, it also happens to me, especially using the beats-mode, okay shit happens. and a big FU to the dude, who didn´t love the golden colour: go to the psycho-doc and tell him your prob, I bet he´ll smack u down to the asylum as fast as Ferrari drive at F1 *lol*

regards, The Sarge! HARDSTYLE is my lifestyle

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-11-2004 at 05:23
INFINITE RETRY a hobbyist user from SPAIN writes:
Very nice warm analog strings. Fully funky electronic drum kits. Huge moog basses. Being able to control the filter live by routing to a wheel is totally fun! Vast majority of presets are musically useful as is, the rest can be tweaked thru programming. THe manual is the best I've seen for any piece of music equipment.

You will need a effects box to run this thru for reverb or chorous or echo or ..., not a big drawback, just send to mixer and effect out.

The basic sounds offered are extremely nice, and the price of this used is very attractive. Plus I like the stupid yello/orange color of the box!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-10-2003 at 16:05
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