E-mu Keyboards Rockford IL

-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.

Guzzardo Music
(800) 747-0480
3010 Charles St
Rockford, IL
 
Guzzardo Music
(815) 229-5020
3010 Charles Street
Rockford, IL
 
Guitar Center #364
(815) 399-7241
5425 E State St
Rockford, IL
 
Randee'S Music
(815) 399-1500
4116 Morsay Dr
Rockford, IL
 
True Tone Music
(815) 399-8065
2820 Charles St
Rockford, IL
 
Guitar Center #364
5425 East State St
Rockford, IL
 
Guitar Center Rockford
(815) 399-7241
5425 E.State Street
Rockford, IL
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Randees Music Center
(815) 399-1500
4116 Morsay Drive
Rockford, IL
 
Mix CD Connection
(815) 965-3892
1027 Broadway
Rockford, IL
 
Randees Piano Gallery
(815) 398-5800
1330 S Alpine Rd
Rockford, IL
 

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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