E-mu Keyboards Chesterfield VA

-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.

Prism Concepts
(804) 748-8391
3100 Castlebury Drive
Chester, VA
 
Music & Arts Center #82
(804) 272-1197
9728 Midlothian Tpke
Richmond, VA
 
Music & Arts
(804) 272-1197
Steinmart Festival at Midlothian, 9728 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA
 
Music World
(804) 526-4716
1042 Temple Ave
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Music World, Inc.
(804) 526-4716
1042 Temple Avenue
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Richmond Music Center
(804) 330-7875
10364 Midlothian Tpke
Richmond, VA
 
Richmond Music Center
(804) 330-7875
10364 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA
 
Virginia Harp Center, Inc.
(804) 378-3761
14356 Sommerville Ct
Midlothian, VA
 
Musician's Dream LLC
(804) 381-8473
2219 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA
 
Guitar Works
(804) 358-0855
3335 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA
 

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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