VOICE a Motorola 68000 CPU (mc68hc00fn10) system handles up to 32 voices polyphony, with 6 X 16 bits DACS AD1861 (analog devices).
A basic voice is composed by 1 or 2 samples "oscillators" Primary and Secondary Instruments.
Each instruments have some assigned individual wave parameters:
- volume / paning
- delay start
- pitch tuning coarse and fine
- zone assign
- chorus mode (thicker sound)
- reverse playback flag
- monophonic mode with variable portamento rate
- crossade fade volume Primary--> Secondary or vice versa.
WAVETABLE the non-expandable 8 MB ROM contains 297 PC samples coded at 16 bits at 39 kHz frequency rate. Various sounds like percussions, piano, brasses, hits and more. However, the ROM contains also basic waves for some eletronic sounds in addition with filter and LFO section.
PERFORMANCE up to 16 parts each with individual parameters:
- footswitch assign (assignable to any Midi CC#)
- master tune with semitones transpose
- realtime modulation matrix (check out table below "matrix")
- scale: equal, C, Vallotti, Gamelan and user.
FILTER a single resonant digital filter for both primary and secondary.
There are 2 kinds of filters A-B out of 17 models:
3 lowpasses, 2 highpasses and 2 bandpasses
- Z-planes: 10 models partially derived from Emu Morpheus including sweep, vocal formant and phaser.
ENVELOPE 3 EGs:
- primary EG: ADSR with 2 times
EG: same as primary
- AUX EG: same as primary.
In addition the Orbit features 8 preset velocity curves.
LFO there are 2 interchangeable delayed digital modulators (5 shapes: triangle, square, random, sine and saw) with variable amount and "variance" factor - a modulation desync.
MATRIX the LFO are assignable to the real-time modulation control matrix:
||pitch (pri /sec / both)
|MIDI CC# (4 X called A B C D)
||filter cutoff (pri / sec / both)
||volume (pri / sec / both)
||ADSR (pri / sec / both)
|LFO 1 / LFO 2
||LFO1 amount / rate
||LFO2 amount / rate
||portament rate (pri / sec / both)
||EG AUX ADSR (pri / sec / both)
||Panning (pri / sec / both)
BEAT SEQUENCER is a groove arranger based on 100 beat presets with real-time transpose. The SONG composer makes beat sequences with the X-factor function which streches samples to a BPM. Both LFO and BEAT sequencer can be synched to master clock (range from 5 to 500 BPM) or sync to external Midi clock
- 384 ROM patches
- 256 RAM slots.
Memory sytem works with a CR-2032 lithium battery in a holder, replacement is quite easy.
EDITORS there are some free and commercial computer-based softwares:
- PPC (free - LINK)
- Soundquest (commercial)
MAINTENANCE not much, should be ok for years - just typical trouble with the rotary encoder that may need cleaning after years and dust.
||EMU ORBIT same EMU Carnaval hardware but PCM wavetable oriented to techo house. Later updated to V2 and then finally to ORBIT 3
EMU PLANET PHATT same hardware but PCM wavetable oriented to HIP HOP. Later updated to MOPHATT like Orbit 3.
EMU LAUNCHPAD performance control Midi controller optimized for the EMU Orbit.
VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are NO samples set nor VST known.
AUDIO DEMO EXAMPLES here's some demo, first part is plain "latino" while in second one we tried to build up some electro sound and pads using the internal waves.
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