E-mu Keyboards Detroit MI

-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.

Aaa True Value
(313) 934-2266
8749 Joy Rd
Detroit, MI
 
Guitar Union Inc
(313) 926-8742
15210 Charlevoix St
Grosse Pointe Park, MI
 
Marshall Music
(313) 383-5560
6500 Allen Rd.
Allen Park, MI
 
Guitar Center Allen Park
(313) 561-3904
23133 Outer Dr.
Allen Park, MI
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Joes Music
(586) 777-2333
24525 Gratiot Ave
Eastpointe, MI
 
Koontz Guitar Repair
(248) 545-5460
600 Hilton Road
Ferndale, MI
 
Vision Electronics
(313) 294-5555
17029 Ecorse Rd
Allen Park, MI
 
Guitar Center #323
(313) 561-3904
23133 Outer Dr Unit D
Allen Park, MI
 
Guitar Center #323
23133 Outer Dr Unit D
Allen Park, MI
 
Pegasus Theatrical
(248) 353-6130
20570 West 8-Mile Rd
Southfield, MI
 

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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