E-mu Keyboards Champaign IL

-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.

C V Lloyde Music Center
(217) 352-7031
102 S Neil St
Champaign, IL
 
Spalding Audio
(217) 356-9319
1706 Garden Hills Drive
Champaign, IL
 
Samuel Music
1006 W Anthony
Champaign, IL
 
Cv Lloyde Music Center
(217) 352-7031
102 S Neil St
Champaign, IL
 
Pro Sound Ctr
(217) 356-8005
114 S Neil St
Champaign, IL

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Samuel Music Co.
(217) 352-2466
1006 W. Anthony Ave.
Champaign, IL
 
Corson Music
(217) 352-1477
71 E University Ave
Champaign, IL
 
Corson Music Gtr Store
202 W Main St
Urbana, IL
 
PRO Sound Center
(217) 356-8020
27 E Marketview Dr
Champaign, IL
 
The Piano People
(217) 359-7601
503 S. Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL
 
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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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