E-mu Keyboards Iowa City 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.

West Music Co Inc
(319) 351-9111
1701 1st Ave
Iowa City, IA
 
West Music Co Inc
(319) 351-2000
1212 5Th St
Coralville, IA
 
Westco Fulfillment
(319) 351-2000
2100 James St
Coralville, IA
 
Piano Lounge
(319) 351-1797
217 Iowa Ave
Iowa City, IA
 
Reck Violin Shop
(319) 351-8374
2nd St Suite 110
Coralville, IA
 
West Music Co Inc
(319) 351-2000
401 Westcor Dr
Coralville, IA
 
West Music Co
(319) 351-2000
Coralville, IA
 
J Frahm Music
(319) 338-4500
1841 Lower Muscatine Rd
Iowa City, IA
 
West Music
(319) 351-2000
1212 5th St
Coralville, IA
 
Reck Violin Shop
(319) 351-8374
1801 2nd St
Coralville, IA
 

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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