E-mu Keyboards Council Bluffs IA

-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.

W A Petersen String Shop
(712) 256-1430
Council Bluffs, IA
 
Rainbow Recording Studio
(402) 554-0123
2322 S 64th Ave
Omaha, NE
 
Midwest Sound & Lighting
(402) 474-4918
4318 South 50th St
Omaha, NE
 
A. Cavallo Violins, Llc
(402) 827-9270
8705 Shamrock Rd
Omaha, NE
 
Desjon Music Inc/Russo's Music
(402) 493-2116
720 N 114th St
Omaha, NE
 
Sean M Lidgett Music LLC
(712) 322-0200
150 W Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA
 
Dietze Music House/Bellevue
(402) 291-3745
2012 Cornhusker Rd Suite 100
Bellevue, NE
 
Garage Guitar LLC
(402) 556-6125
4967 Dodge St
Omaha, NE
 
Schmitt Music Center
(402) 391-5588
7355 Dodge St
Omaha, NE
 
Dietze Music
(402) 476-6644
13015 W Center Rd
Omaha, NE
 

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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