E-mu Keyboards Salem 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.

Cascade Organ/Sound Service
(503) 581-5525
Po Box 12097
Salem, OR
 
Cascade Sound
(503) 581-5525
1225 20th Street S.E.
Salem, OR
 
Weathers Music Corp
(503) 362-8708
2825 Commercial St Se
Salem, OR
 
Cascade Sound, Inc.
(503) 581-5525
1225 20th S.E.
Salem, OR
 
Uptown Music
(503) 393-4437
3827 River Rd N
Keizer, OR
 
Abc Music Co.
(503) 363-1641
263 Chemeketa St Ne
Salem, OR
 
Cascade Organ
(503) 581-5525
1225 20Th Street S.E.
Salem, OR
 
Weathers Music
(503) 362-8708
2825 Commercial St Se
Salem, OR
 
Uptown Music
(503) 393-4437
3827 River Rd N
Keizer, OR
 
Sonrise Woodart
(503) 391-1515
Salem, 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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