E-mu Keyboards Portland OR

-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.

Old Town Music
(503) 295-6808
40 Sw 3Rd Ave
Portland, OR
 
Portland Music Co
(503) 226-3719
531 Se M L King Blvd
Portland, OR
 
Showcase Music & Sound
(503) 231-7027
3401 Se Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
 
Oldtown Music
(503) 295-6808
40 S.W. 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR
 
Apple Music Co
(503) 226-0036
225 Sw 1St Ave
Portland, OR
 
Inner Sound/Service
(503) 238-1955
1416 S.E. Morrison St
Portland, OR
 
Portland Music Co
(503) 226-3719
531 Se M L King Blvd
Portland, OR
 
Platinum Records
(503) 222-9166
104 S.W. 2Nd Ave.
Portland, OR
 
All Svc Musical/Kma Elect
(503) 231-6552
617 Se Morrison St
Portland, OR
 
Apple Music Co
(503) 226-0036
225 Sw 1st Ave
Portland, OR
 

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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