Mikron Orbiter was modeled after the effects of the Eminent 310 Unique electronic organ: chorus, tremolo and ensemble. Of which the ensemble effect is by far the most famous, in large part because it is not only the Eminent Unique that uses it. The strings of the Eminent organ were such a hit with musicians at the time that the ensemble section was reused to form the core of the Solina String Ensemble (rebranded in the United States as the ARP String Ensemble). A smart move. This affordable and easily to transport synthesizer became so popular that it was used by almost every band in the seventies, from Pink Floyd to Herbie Hancock. And not just the seventies, in later decades it can be also heard on many albums. The Cure, Kim Wilde, Abba, Brian Eno, Air and Gorillaz are just a few of its notable users.
While we tried to recreate the sound of the original effects as accurate as possible, we added a few knobs to make them more versatile. You can control the width of the stereo field and mix between a dry and a wet signal. Furthermore, you can change the depth and rate that in the original organ were fixed.
When you leave the knobs Depth and Rate in their default settings, you get a close approximation of the original Eminent/Solina sound. However, changing these values can be great to create a little variation for different instruments you run through the effect. After all, you are not limited to the few basic sounds that came with the organ.
A last difference: you can make a smooth transition between the different modes, like the transition of the effects of a Leslie speaker. A feature that is so convenient that it makes us wonder why the makers of the Eminent didn’t add it.