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E-mu Planet Phatt Rackmount Synth Sound Module - The Swing System

Planet Phatt gets a

BEAT MODE 8 STAR RATING.

Phatt Hip Hop
and Dance sounds!

OK, we know - MO PHATT is out & it is sposta be betta... But I like Planet Phatt just the way it is...

This funky little purple box packs a lot of punch as synthesizer sound modules go. The DRUMS are especially pleasing with all types of kits and various instruments. Yes, Planet Phatt does contain some cheesey cliche stuff in it, but then again that is part of the charm.

My question is... Did the E-mu sound designers rip the sounds and grooves from the popular songs we recognize, or did the artists find their groove on the Phatt? We tend to think the latter, but can't help marveling everytime a preset sounds like something we've heard before. But that's ok...

Warren G - do you have a Planet Phatt?? I thinks so!

BEAT MODE RATING SYSTEM

0 to 1 star - SUCKS - BARELY USABLE - Not RECOMMENDED

2-4 stars - SOME REDEEMING VALUE, BUT NOT MUCH TO SHOUT ABOUT.

5-6 stars - DECENT - worthwhile for some applications.

7-8 stars - VERY GOOD product with many pluses, highly usable.

9-10 stars - INDISPENSABLE - must have - the cream of the crop!

The strength of Planet Phatt is the huge variety of hip hop sounds and beats which are easily accessible. It is very easy to tweak sounds and make variations of the included beats. Pure fun to PLAY IT LIVE with knob turns that change presets and mapping etc. The results are unpredictable and make this a unique performance instrument. The big plus is that you can RECORD this beat data live into your sequencer and tweak away to your hearts content.

Now a big MINUS in our opinion is that many kits are loaded with cliche "vocal hits and stabs and scratches" that make it hard to use the resulting beats and grooves as is. That is a problem inherent with sampled vocals in general... How many times can a song get away with snagging a phrase like "let me take you higher" or " oh yeah"??? SO, some heavy editing is in order if you get a good groove and one of those cliches gets stuck in there...

U can use the kits in ROCK songs too! Great snares!

I just can't figure out why anyone would want to add VINYL CRACKLES???

Now, what we wanna know is - what is betta about MO PHAT?? This box does just fine by me!

Listen to songs with Planet Phatt at the E-Mu site -Planet Phatt MP3 sound samples

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