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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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RIP a part-time user from CA writes:
Im in LOVE with the planet earth!! I just got my 2nd one. My first one is also loaded with the MO Phatt ROM. My second one is also loaded with the Orchestral 2 ROM. I love the Planet Earth sounds so much that I decided to have 2 of the on hand for extra flexibility and cool cross-fading capabilities between the 2 mods. Really cant get enough of these incredible sounds. I feel like EMU made this one especially for me. I even love the color!! Very well done in every respect. I cannot praise this planet earth enough. EXTREMELY inspiring to me and has helped my music tremendously!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-27-2002 at 06:10
Nifflas a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I own an E-MU XL-7, with the World expansion (so I basically I have all the sounds of the Planet Earth inside my XL-7), and the same effects, synth engine and so (+ a sequencer). so I might as well give you my opinions about how this machine sounds.

Great!

A huge bunch of useful percussion instruments (the best thing about the module I think), and some really unique instruments. Sometimes, the sounds may sound a bit odd, but somehow, new ways of using it's sound seems to appear all the time... I recommend the Planet Earth. But you will also need other synths (or expansions) for standard-sort of sounds. A Planet Earth is not very good on it's own.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-26-2002 at 10:55
Dave Sherriff a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I can only add to what has already been said. This is a specialised module - srictly ethnic sounds (so no piano, guitar, etc). But the sounds are fantastic. Loads of superbly recorded percussion. Far fewer plucked, bowed and blown melodic instruments - but they too are wonderful sounding and very inspiring. It does have a full synth engine inside (Z-plane filters, comprehensive modulation matrix, MIDI syncable LFOs and envelopes) and a few of the presets show what can be done when you warp the samples a bit - heaven for the experimental musician!

You couldn't do complete conventional songs with this module. But for adding great sounding percussion and exotic 'tweaks' to an existing setup it is unbeatable (and far more immediate than a sampler). I have actually done several complete, percussion-heavy tracks with this. But then my stuff isn't too conventional...

You can add one another EMU sound ROM internally (e.g. XL1, MoPhatt etc).

The FX section is disappointing. Only 2 FX, with v.limited programming on each. You can't set individual FX levels for each MIDI channel , but have to route each channel to one of 4 mix "busses". Only stereo output on non-turbo version too. Still, the sheer loveliness and playablility of the sounds makes up for that and more.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-15-2002 at 19:34
Rod a part-time user from USA writes:
This the module I have been waiting for. FULL of organic earthy sounding stuff!! Finally!! There is nothing like this module anywhere on the market. Thanks EMU!! Once again, you guys lead the way! Cant wait for the Mo Planet Earth module to come out!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-31-2002 at 23:14
Tenet a part-time user from USA writes:
Excellent sounds - I paid only $399 for the unit back in December 2001. If you are looking for percussion and ethnic sounds, look NO FURTHER. The drums are convincing, especially when played through an electronic padset (like a Roland SPD).

This is not a unit that does everything - it does one thing and does it very well. I've found it great for doing soundtrack work - nothing like a wall of drums with strings (strings from another source) to lay down the tension for dramatic scene or an action scene.

The only bad marks against it are the clunky editing interface and the so-so effects. However, since the presets are already excellent, there's virtually no need to modify, unlike a synth/techno module, where it's ideal to create your own sounds. Here, a djembe sounds like a djeme and a taiko sounds like a taiko - nuff said. As for the effects - just use an external unit.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-19-2002 at 02:51
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