E-mu Keyboards Lowell MA

-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.

Whitsett Guitar Works
(978) 454-1601
Lowell, MA
 
Avid Technology, Inc.
(650) 731-6300
75 Network Dr
Burlington, MA
 
Music & Arts
(978) 532-3380
Route #114, 300 Andover Street
Peabody, MA
 
University Music
(978) 453-6488
1717 Middlesex St
Lowell, MA
 
Johnson Music
(978) 454-0055
340 Pleasant St
Dracut, MA
 
Guitar Center Nashua
(603) 891-5777
258 Daniel Webster Hwy
Nashua, NH
Store Information
Mon-Fri: 11-9
Sat: 10-9
Sun: 12-6

Thompson Guitars
(978) 369-3359
W Concord, MA
 
Guitar Center Danvers
(978) 777-1950
120 Andover St.
Danvers, MA
Store Information
Mon-Fri: 11-9
Sat: 10-8
Sun: 12-6

ABC Acoustic Pianos
(978) 454-5500
49 Drum Hill Rd
Chelmsford, MA
 
Miguel School of Music
(978) 453-8272
7 Lafayette St
Dracut, MA
 

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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