Orbis Rack Extension Review
This Orbis Rack Extension Review digs into the new synthesizer by Skrok music. It is a great choice for musicians looking for a drifting 80s-style synthesizer. It works if you’re running Reason 7+. And it’s great in Reason 9 with the new scales + chords.
Click here to download 5 free Orbis Combinator patches.
However, it’s not perfect.
If you’d prefer to watch a review of the Orbis synthesizer, it’s right here. Otherwise, keep reading for more details.
Orbis Rack Extension Review of the Sounds
Orbis nails those analogue oscilators, and the filters just interact in beautiful, surprising ways. The aftertouch and expressiveness of the Orbis Rack Extension are great, too. It is a joy to play.
I really like the way the filter cutoff is set to control high pass, band pass, and low pass simultaneously. Orbis also includes a really cool “Hi Shelf” knob which adds or subtracts some nice sounding high end.
Here are some samples of the types of lush keys and pad sounds it excels at:
However, it doesn’t do a great job with leads, and the Orbis synthesizer also only does an average job with bass type sounds.
Thankfully, Skrok music makes a couple a companion rack extension, Solaris, which offers incredible 80s style analogue synth and analogue bass sounds.
Here are some demos of the lead instruments:
Orbis Rack Extension Reviews of the Intangibles
Like I said, the Orbis isn’t perfect. First, the interface is crowded, and I find that it discourages experimenting because there’s just too much to read, without enough intuitive design. Second, the buttons don’t easily reset to ‘zero’, so it can make dialing in your favorite settings difficult.
My biggest gripe, though, is that there are no CV inputs for anything other than note and gate. While you can always use a combinator to get access to all the features, I’d prefer to have the most common controls (filter, res, etc.) readily available for CV input.