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E-mu Keyboards Mesa AZ

-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.

Buchanan Music
(480) 461-9161
714 E. Brown Road-Ste 101
Mesa, AZ
 
Buchanan Music
(480) 461-9161
Mesa, AZ
 
Milano Music Center
(480) 827-1111
38 W Main St
Mesa, AZ
 
M-Troniks Engineering
(480) 461-3194
41 W Main St
Mesa, AZ
 
Musicians Discount
(480) 827-1725
1110 W Southern #12
Mesa, AZ
 
Music & Arts
(480) 984-4200
Mesa Pavillions, 7040 East Hampton Avenue
Mesa, AZ
 
M-Tronics
(480) 461-3194
41 West Main St
Mesa, AZ
 
Milano Music
(480) 827-1111
38 W Main St
Mesa, AZ
 
Music & Arts
(480) 898-1499
891 E Baseline Road Suite 101
Gilbert, AZ
 
The Music Store
(480) 831-9691
Dba The Music Store 2630 W Baseline Rd
Mesa, AZ
 

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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