E-mu Keyboards Racine WI

-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.

Schmitt Music Inc
(414) 634-5637
1409 Washington Ave
Racine, WI
 
Music Center Inc
(262) 697-9393
7700 Green Bay Rd
Kenosha, WI
 
Music Center Inc
(262) 697-9393
7700 Green Bay Rd
Kenosha, WI
 
Kraft Keyboard
(414) 858-9700
Kraft Music 4700 W Ryan Rd
Franklin, WI
 
Top Shelf Guitar Shop
(414) 481-8677
2358 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, WI
 
Rodolfo Sanchez Zamora
(555) 360-7148
Av. Adolfo Lopez Mateos # 201 Local
Naucalpan, ME
 
Music Center, Inc.
7700 Greenvay Rd.
Kenosha, WI
 
Kraft Music
(414) 858-9700
4700 W. Ryan Rd.
Franklin, WI
 
North Coast Music
(414) 483-5091
3383 E Layton Ave
Cudahy, WI
 
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(414) 281-3434
4610 S 76Th St
Milwaukee, WI
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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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