E-mu Keyboards Olympia WA

-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.

Music 6000 Inc
(360) 786-6000
3738 Pacific Ave Se
Olympia, WA
 
Band Aid Music Dba The Music Stand
(360) 528-3944
5701 Capitol Blvd Sw
Tumwater, WA
 
Music 6000 Inc
(360) 786-6000
2921 Pacific Ave SE
Olympia, WA
 
Anderson Piano Service
(360) 866-8252
2732 French Rd NW
Olympia, WA
 
Yenney Music Co
(360) 943-7500
1404 Harrison Ave NW
Olympia, WA
 
Music 6000
(360) 786-6000
3738 Pacific Ave Se
Olympia, WA
 
Capital City Guitars
(360) 956-7097
108 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA

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Pianova Piano Service
(360) 705-4160
1822 Eastside St SE
Olympia, WA
 
Westside Music Center
(360) 705-3598
200 Division St NW
Olympia, WA
 
Borders Books & Music
(360) 352-3438
2415 4th Ave W
Olympia, WA
 
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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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