E-mu Keyboards Bellevue WA

-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.

Northwest Guitars, Inc.
(425) 284-1960
13107 Ne 20Th St
Bellevue, WA
 
Bellevue American Music
(425) 641-5005
14340 Ne 20th St
Bellevue, WA
 
Bellevue American Music
(425) 641-5005
14340 Ne 20Th St
Bellevue, WA
 
Moore Brothers Music
(425) 836-2263
22820 Ne 8th St #102
Sammamish, WA
 
Hogg Guitar Shop, LLC
(425) 890-3971
8705 Willows Rd. N.E.
Redmond, WA
 
Mike Lull's Guitar Works
(425) 643-8074
13240 Ne 20th Suite 2
Bellevue, WA
 
Kennelly Keys Music/Eastgate
(425) 641-7723
14360 Se Eastgate Way Suite 102
Bellevue, WA
 
Kennelly Keys Music/Bellevue Square
(425) 455-8282
Bellevue Square Suite 1019
Bellevue, WA
 
Moore Brothers Music
(425) 836-2263
22820 Ne 8Th St Ste 102
Sammamish, WA
 
Sonic Boom - Capitol Hill
(206) 568-2666
514 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA
 

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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