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E-mu Keyboards Lima OH

-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.

Bobs Music
(419) 224-7440
1206 W Robb Ave
Lima, OH
 
Rettig Music Inc
(419) 227-1508
1121 Shawnee Rd
Lima, OH
 
Private Sounds of Music Instruction
(419) 224-5444
280 N Eastown Rd
Lima, OH
 
Ed James Rohrbaugh
(419) 738-3837
713 W Plum St
Wapakoneta, OH
 
Kitts Music And Sound
(513) 679-0610
3568 Stoneboat Court
Mainville, OH
 
Gromans Music
(419) 224-6751
1171 W North St
Lima, OH
 
Bob's Music
(419) 224-7440
1206 W Robb Av
Lima, OH
 
(419) 738-3837
(419) 568-1220
20322 State Route 33
Wapakoneta, OH
 
Absolute Music
(937) 878-0123
10 E Main St
Fairborn, OH
 
Sam Ash Music
(614) 436-3919
1690 Morse Road
Columbus, OH
 

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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