E-mu Keyboards Chico CA

-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.

Herreid Music
(530) 894-7777
824 Oroville Ave
Chico, CA
 
Houser'S Music
(530) 533-9336
1944 Bird St
Oroville, CA
 
Music Connection
(530) 898-0110
973 East Ave
Chico, CA
 
Speaker Connection
(530) 894-2663
230 Walnut St
Chico, CA
 
Soundpro
(530) 897-7777
255 E 20th St
Chico, CA
 
The Music Connection
(530) 898-0110
973 East Ave Suite U, V & W
Chico, CA
 
Rainey Music
(530) 343-6276
2835 San Verbena Wy
Chico, CA
 
North Woodwinds
(530) 891-6877
820 E 5th Ave
Chico, CA
 
Absolute Audio Video Service Center
(530) 893-4088
2117 Esplanade
Chico, CA
 
Blaze N Js
(530) 893-5965
236 W 9th St
Chico, CA
 

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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