E-mu Keyboards Kahului 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.

Bounty Music
(808) 871-1141
111 Hana Hwy #105
Kahului, HI
 
Bounty Music
(808) 871-1141
111 Hana Hwy
Kahului, HI
 
Piano Jaimea
(808) 893-0957
300 Ani St
Kahului, HI
 
Piano Center of Hawaii
(808) 893-0707
275 W Kaahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI
 
A Cash for Gold
(808) 244-6666
46 N Market St
Wailuku, HI
 
Bounty Music
(808) 871-1141
Kahului, HI
 
Lahaina Custom Guitars & Repairs
(808) 662-0220
222 Papalaua St Ste 110
Lahaina, HI
 
Piano WM S
(808) 877-4003
115 Molokai Akau St
Kahului, HI
 
Bounty Music
(808) 871-1141
111 Hana Hwy Suite 105
Kahului, HI
 
Piano Antonio & Judith
(808) 244-8723
1004 Kuhio Pl
Wailuku, 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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