E-mu Keyboards Spartanburg SC

-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 & Arts Center #22
(864) 595-1116
1450 Wo Ezell Blvd Ste 400
Spartanburg, SC
 
Boulevard Music
(864) 599-0508
340 Village Creek Dr
Boiling Springs, SC
 
Hames Music
(864) 489-1166
370 Peachoid Rd
Gaffney, SC
 
Music & Arts Center
(864) 595-1116
1450 W O Ezell Blvd
Spartanburg, SC
 
Roper Music Company
(864) 542-2263
753 E Main St Ste 1
Spartanburg, SC
 
Music & Arts
(864) 595-1116
Market Square Shopping Center, 1450 WO Ezell Blvd Ste 400
Spartanburg, SC
 
Hames Music, Inc.
(864) 489-1166
370 Peachoid Rd
Gaffney, SC
 
Guinn Lutherie
(864) 848-9510
1620 Old Hwy. 14 South
Greer, SC
 
Case Brothers of Spartanburg
(864) 583-1463
906 S Pine St
Spartanburg, SC
 
Blvd Music
(864) 599-0508
340 Village Creek Dr
Boiling Springs, SC
 

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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