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E-mu Keyboards Ames IA

-mu's LONGboard 61 and SHORTboard 49 are the first E-mu hardware keyboards since the Proteus PK-6. Combining robust MIDI controller functions and great internal sounds from the best of the Proteus family is enough bang-for-buck given that these bad boys sell for real-world prices of about $400 for the 61-key version and $350 for the 49-key version. But E-mu upped the ante from there. They have aftertouch, which is pretty much unheard of in synths at this price.

Frank Rieman Music
(515) 233-4203
327 Main Street.
Ames, IA
 
Brg Music
(515) 233-4900
328 Main St
Ames, IA
 
Guitar Center #311
3860 Elmore Ave
Davenport, IA
 
Guitar Center Des Moines
(515) 267-9501
3910 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA
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Guitar Center #310
(515) 267-9501
3910 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA
 
Rieman Music
(515) 233-4203
409 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA
 
Hoshaw Fine Violins
(515) 360-6881
218 Main St
Ames, IA
 
Frank Rieman Music
(641) 423-6563
13 S. Federal
Mason City, IA
 
West Music Co Inc
(319) 351-2000
401 Westcor Dr
Coralville, IA
 
West Music Co Inc
(319) 377-9100
1398 Twixt Town Rd
Marion, IA
 

E-mu Keyboards

E-mu's LONGboard 61 and SHORTboard 49 are the first E-mu hardware keyboards since the Proteus PK-6. Combining robust MIDI controller functions and great internal sounds from the best of the Proteus family is enough bang-for-buck given that these bad boys sell for real-world prices of about $400 for the 61-key version and $350 for the 49-key version. But E-mu upped the ante from there. They have aftertouch, which is pretty much unheard of in synths at this price.

They have a small but intelligently-chosen complement of knobs, to control filter cutoff and resonance, and envelope attack and release (or decay, depending on the patch). When you think about it, that's the stuff you reach for 90% of the time, anyway: "This pad would make a great comping sound if only it had a quicker attack," or "A little more (or less) cutoff, and this lead would be perfect." On top of that, both models transmit audio wirelessly to an E-mu PIPEline receiver you can patch into your mixer. With guitar-strap pins on the 49-key model, you've got a real wireless synth.

E-mu's Michael Lee dropped both review units off at our mothership, and editor Stephen Fortner got to try them out in these videos. If you can't see the window below, CLICK HERE to open the video separately.

 

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