E-mu Keyboards Keene NH

-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.

O'Brien Instruments
(603) 532-4398
Jaffrey, NH
 
Retromusic
(603) 357-9732
38 Washington St
Keene, NH
 
DiBurro Guitars
(603) 778-0746
Exeter, NH
 
Music & Arts
(603) 623-0153
Ted Herberts, 934 Elm St.
Manchester, NH
 
O'Brien Instruments
(603) 532-4398
Jaffrey, NH
 
Borders Books & Music
(603) 357-7667
30 Ash Brook Rd
Keene, NH
 
Cheshire Music Co
(603) 357-4277
20 Main St Fl 1
Keene, NH
 
Guitar Center Nashua
(603) 891-5777
258 Daniel Webster Hwy
Nashua, NH
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Acoustic Outfitters Music
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Stratham, NH
 
Scott Hager Dba Srh Soundworks
(603) 543-1002
176 Washington St
Claremont, NH
 

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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