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Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:04 am
by breitt
Now that the FR's Orb has been available for several months, I was curious about the opinions from the regulars on this board. I heard that there's an option to combine 3 of them and have them fit into a 19" rack now; that sounds tempting. But, before I blow any more money, I just wanted a few expert overall reviews of the unit.

Re: Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:24 pm
by JSRockit
What would you like to know? It works as advertised in my experience.

Re: Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:52 pm
by shaft9000
i have a Revo2 which is like 99% the same sequencer (swing?)
as a straight MIDI sequencer there are of more cost-effective options like a Cyclus
as a bassline/pattern/JAMMING sequencer it's the mutt's nuts. plus the CV pouts come in handy.
'remix' is the silliest name for the thoroughly awesome sequence "divider and variation generator"....makes for acid heaven that never gets boring

Re: Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:03 am
by breitt
JSRockit wrote:What would you like to know? It works as advertised in my experience.
I was just curious about its tactile response, if it's easy to use, etc. I noticed you got rid of yours; was that just because you no longer had any use for it due to getting rid of the XS?

Re: Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:15 am
by tekkentool
hey thanks for making this thread, i never knew about the cyclus before.

Re: Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:41 pm
by JSRockit
breitt wrote:
JSRockit wrote:What would you like to know? It works as advertised in my experience.
I was just curious about its tactile response, if it's easy to use, etc. I noticed you got rid of yours; was that just because you no longer had any use for it due to getting rid of the XS?
Yeah, just didn't have use for it anymore... but I thought it was great. So tiny and fun to use. Worth the price IMHO. I'd say go for it, but weigh the differences between it and the mobius before swapping.

Re: Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:55 pm
by breitt
JSRockit wrote:
breitt wrote:
JSRockit wrote:What would you like to know? It works as advertised in my experience.
I was just curious about its tactile response, if it's easy to use, etc. I noticed you got rid of yours; was that just because you no longer had any use for it due to getting rid of the XS?
Yeah, just didn't have use for it anymore... but I thought it was great. So tiny and fun to use. Worth the price IMHO. I'd say go for it, but weigh the differences between it and the mobius before swapping.

I wouldn't swap; I'd get the 3 Orbs in addition to the Mobii when I save up again next year).

Re: Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:23 pm
by JSRockit
There could be more option by then though. Start with one and see if you like it...

Re: Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:05 am
by clusterchord
ok, i have a few question for the Orb users..


what would be its pros/cons, in general use, in your opinion?

i intend to use it live to run some CV machines that need simpler 8- or 16-step patterns for berlin school type-of-thing.. sorta like analog step sequencer yet with advantages of memory, remix functions, and transposition.. how easy it is to change these things on-the-fly, or how fast can you programm a pattern in a live situation?



also, most important, how is the timing, of the unit itself, and especially, how is timing behaviour when its synced to an external midi clock source, like, RS7000 or MPC, or DAW etc.. ?

i intend to sync it with my RS7000, that also runs some CV gear via Kenton Pro2000 mk2.



thanks for any input. :wink:

Re: Final opinions of the Orb sequencer?

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:17 am
by cartesia
I've never used one, but I have to say..this goes out to alot of sequencers. in the age of digital sequencing, being limited to a small number of steps seems silly.. they could have made a 'pages' system where you can add more 'pages' of 16 steps, and have them chained together.