E-mu Keyboards Columbia SC

-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.

Star Music Co
(803) 252-8133
1322 Assembly St
Columbia, SC
 
Sims Music
(803) 772-3966
1110 Saint Andrews Road
Columbia, SC
 
Tri City Music
(803) 794-2207
708 12th St
West Columbia, SC
 
Music & Arts
(803) 865-1905
Columbia Plaza, 7201-C Parklane Road
Columbia, SC
 
Musicians Supply
(803) 957-3707
722 W Main St
Lexington, SC
 
Pecknel Music Company Inc
(803) 799-6860
732 Saluda Avenue
Columbia, SC
 
Sims Music
(803) 772-1185
1110 Saint Andrews Rd
Columbia, SC
 
Tri City Music
(803) 794-2207
708 12Th St
West Columbia, SC
 
Star Music Co
(843) 448-2819
9810 Two Notch Rd
Columbia, SC
 
Star Music Company
(803) 252-8133
1322 Assembly St
Columbia, SC
 

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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