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E-mu Keyboards Hilo HI

-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.

Music Exchange
(808) 961-2124
792 Piilani St
Hilo, HI
 
Lumphery Piano Studio
(808) 935-5135
90 Kamehameha Ave Ste 9
Hilo, HI
 
The Music Exchange
(808) 961-3363
792 Piilani St
Hilo, HI
 
Tanaka Hatsume Piano
(808) 935-3631
165 Keawe St
Hilo, HI
 
Lahaina Custom Guitars & Repairs
(808) 662-0220
222 Papalaua St Ste 110
Lahaina, HI
 
Agasa Furniture & Music Store
(808) 935-8609
30 Ponahawai St
Hilo, HI
 
Hilo Guitars & Ukuleles
(808) 935-4282
56 Ponahawai St
Hilo, HI
 
Pacific Music Connection
(808) 969-9342
834 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI
 
Joys Gift Shop
(808) 969-6789
252 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, HI
 
Music Exchange
(808) 961-2124
792 Piilani St
Hilo, HI
 

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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