Synth Site: EMU: Orbit Planet dance module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Spec a professional user from Madison, WI writes:
Great sounds, but lacks some majorly desired features. ONE big one for me is not being able to save all bank locations on the unit. The manual suggests using my sequencer to do this, but quite honestly that has enough to do. the sounds are great and the sub outputs (tsr send returns or direct) are spectacular... i wish it had some built in effects... But the send/returns are ok for that too. Worth it? Just barely for me :)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-29-2001 at 20:17
JeremyNC a part-time user from Charlotte, NC writes:
I own the origial version of the Orbit. Bought it used off a popular auction site very cheaply, and this synth really is for people who don't know how or don't want to use samplers, like myself. It is a dance module, with some excellent sounds. I personally rely on the drum sounds a lot, and I think they are excellent, and while the output isn't incredibly loud, this can be changed by adjusting the overal velocity in your sequencer through Midi CC's. It also produces an excellent slightly overdriven effect. The high point of this unit is that the sounds for the most part are really excellent, although quite limited. Furthermore, the multiple outputs really help take this unit to a step above the rest. There is no saving, and for me I use the first 7 banks for various drum kits (1, raw drums, 2 raw snares, ect...) and use the remaining for the sounds I use more often, a couple pads, a lead and a bass. I find that a set up like this is ideal. The beats mode, as many people have mentioned, is completely useless, and on the original Orbit does not send midi, but even the most basic programmer can write a better beat than anything on there. The reason to buy this unit is because it is cheap, and will truly compliment most set ups. Its great for drums, and certain dance sounds. This is what it is, just like everything else, and what it is happens to be pretty damn good. No effects (decent ones at least), hard to manuver UI (Sound Diver is good for this), and great build quality. Overall its a good purchase. I can only judge this synth on the scale of what it promised, how it sounds, what it delivers and what it offers, and not compare it to other products. Overall I have to give this ROMpler a 4/5. The high points are really the benefits, and I recomend people purchase one simply because its easy and fun to use. If you want to edit something deeply and do lots of programming, I wouldn't recomend it...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-19-2001 at 12:40
tranceboy a professional user from usa writes:
fantastic module for pads. nothing else sounds like it. also has a great selection of drum sounds and bass/synth leads.

the beat mode is not all that useful, but cool to play with.

all in all, if you can get one of these pretty cheap, it is a really nice sounding synth module, easily programmable.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-12-2001 at 16:30
James a part-time user from USA writes:
Anyone looking for a great preset box is looking in the wrong place. That said, it has a fantastic synthesis architecture and a ROM set that is fairly inspired. Also, I have never seen a synthesizer that was so powerful with a tiny screen that was so easy to program.

In short, ignore the presets, as the majority suck. If you actually program it (which isn't difficult), you will be rewarded with GORGEOUS sounds. Considering that this module has no effects, this indicates the strength of the synth engine and ROM set. It annoys me when people write off a synthesizer because of the presets. If you want presets, buy a Sound Canvas.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-13-2001 at 13:17
sjmojo a professional user writes:
mine was ver 1 and costed me $750 in 96.sound great on bass and some drums and perc,at that moment the roland mc303 also came out,more cheaper but the synths of mc303 is really a shit,but the drums and seq is ok.on orbit,the synth sound is fat,an emu tradition,but many of the pcm samples are too short,and not looped well,so i intended to use the bass and some efx on it,the sonic quality in a mix is great though the drum stand alone is not the top.the so-called unique beat mode imo is not useful though it can generate crazy patterns combined w/ various bass and drums randomly.but its not so good for a weel-arranged tracks,well,i know its good for live jamming w/ different grooveboxes in random(or in chaos?)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 05:49
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