E-mu Keyboards Asheville NC

-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.

Musicians Workshop
(828) 252-1249
319 Merrimon Ave
Asheville, NC
 
The Music Center
(828) 299-3076
800 Fairview Rd Ste C6
Asheville, NC
 
Music City Asheville
(828) 253-8735
1408 Patton Ave Ste C
Asheville, NC
 
Electric Guitar Shop
(828) 628-1966
1185 G Charlotte Highway
Fairview, NC
 
Tempo Music Center Inc
(828) 693-8276
244 N Main St
Hendersonville, NC
 
Musician's Workshop, Inc.
(828) 252-1249
319 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC
 
Music Center, The
800 Fairview Rd. Suite C-6
Ashville, NC
 
Hughes Stringed Instruments LLC
(828) 628-9777
44 Witch Hazel Way
Fairview, NC
 
Hughes Stringed Inst LLC
(828) 628-9777
Fairview, NC
 
Swanson & Sons
(828) 692-6515
425 N Main St
Hendersonville, NC
 

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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