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Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Scuba a hobbyist user from USA writes:
i just picked one up for $250.00and I havn't stopped playing with it. Having 3 outs is wicked and all the sounds are tweakable with external effects. I didn't however get a manual for it, does anyone out there know where I can get a copy?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-26-2001 at 14:26
Lars Pothast a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
Really nice module for dance tracks, it's dedicated to that, so don't worry about the lack of FX. You should have those seperate anywayz. Especially since this baby comes with 3 seperate stereo outputs, which makes for some good routing possibilieties if you have enough lines on your mixer and said external FX processors.

The Orbit is ideal for dance music (disco, ambient, house, techno, but nothing too hard core). Don't expect to find ordinary string or piano patches in here. You will need other modules to complement the stuff that the Orbit is good at. It's fairly easy and straightforward to program and comes with lots of presets that already sound well, though most of you will want to create your own patches with the 512 internal sounds and find it very easy to outperform the presets. (And thank God and E-MU for that DATA WHEEL, I really miss it on my Korg X5DR)

I heard someone complain about the filters being a bit weak. That may be true except for the high and the low pass filters (which you'll be using most of the time) You can have 'em squeking in overdrive, and since they can be easily tweaked by an extra envelope generator or any of 2 LFO's (or all 3 of em), it allows for lots of cool stuff. Also you can use note position or velocity to influence the filter cutoff or Q factor (or both), but also influence all the parameters of the LFo's and the envelopes of the patches.

In fact it's many routing possibilities of sound parameters makes up for obvious lack of real time control that you would have to face in a module. It's really flexible and programmable.

Fun machine in all! Some draw backs: Either I don't understand Beats Mode or it is in fact not very good. E-MU may have improved on the concept in later modules. For some parameters the ranges of 0-127 or 0-255 seem to coarse. Attack of the envelopes obviously being one of them.

I bought it for something like $380, which is probably about rite.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-07-2001 at 11:02
Cups a hobbyist user from Trieste ITALY writes:
I bought ORBIT something like "as it was": I mean I bought it after heaing the DEMO songs and tried some samples (the price was the lowest in that category !!!), so... mmmh... I use it with a KORG NS5R and I find it quite like "the dark side of the moon". I explain: ORBIT has some pads and lead I wasn't able to find anywhere. Now it's easier to build up cool dance and trance tracks with my PC. Finally, I find hard to crate songs using the BEATS mode: I think BEATS help the entire machine to create MIDI data overflow (that's my own opinion), but who cares anyway ? To make good dance music, 4 tracks are still enough ! Don't ya think so, man ? So if you want some good stuff for your trance/techno songs, this is the right time (and price) to buy ORBIT V2. I also think that newest EMU products are still TOO expensive, so why don't try ORBIT ?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-22-2000 at 08:28
il_budha a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
Had one of these for a couple of months. I liked the ethereal pad-stuff so much, I'm buying it from the guy I borrowed it from, for about $350, which I think is a good deal. So, I'll be mostly using it for pads, but I have to belief there's some good drum and bass (sub-)basses in there, having heard its agressive filters. The drumkits didn't sound right to my ears though, there isn't a good set of anything in sight, although generous doses of distortion will work wonders on anyhting =)

I think the combination of AN-1x strings plus Orbits pads will get me some great soundscape stuff for drum and bass backgrounds. If not, I'll sell it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-14-2000 at 07:02
Mark Acosta a hobbyist user from Los Angeles, CA writes:
For anybody who doesnt like the ORBIT, probably it's because you tit's dont know how to sequence mann.. Try sequencing and filtering and you get some in your face sounds..dont just sample a phrase, thats not creative man...I use the ORbit with my EMAX 1(ahhheemmmm)..I use the Emax for the kick and snares and hi hat and bass, and a lead...and the orbit for sequencing some noises... I like it....for any body thats starting out, I guess I'd get two Emax 1's. but dont ever get the Mc303 cause it's a toy...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-22-2000 at 15:49
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