E-mu Keyboards Helena MT

-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.

Piccolo'S Music
(406) 443-4709
1415 11Th Ave
Helena, MT
 
Clark Music
(406) 442-1080
1088 Helena Ave
Helena, MT
 
Rod'S Music & Sound
(406) 771-1314
721 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT
 
Piccolo'S Music
(406) 443-4709
1415 11Th Ave
Helena, MT
 
Guitars Of Montana
2 5th St. South
Great Falls, MT
 
A 440 Piano Service
(406) 447-8100
2100 11th Ave
Helena, MT
 
Piccolos Music
(406) 443-4709
1415 11th Ave
Helena, MT
 
Hansen Music Inc.
(406) 245-4544
1819 Grand Ave
Billings, MT
 
Hansen Music
(406) 245-4544
1819 Grand Ave
Billings, MT
 
Marcus Engstrom
(406) 431-9818
Bozeman, MT
 

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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