E-mu Keyboards Tacoma WA

-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.

Ted Brown Music Co.
(253) 272-3211
6228 Tacoma Mall Boulevard
Tacoma, WA
 
Brown Ted Music Co
(253) 272-3211
6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma, WA
 
Guitar Center #235
Suite A 2919 South 38th St
Tacoma, WA
 
Sound West Audio
(253) 272-1435
2323 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA
 
Broadcast Supply
(253) 565-2301
7012 27Th St W
Tacoma, WA
 
Guitar Center #235
(253) 474-2900
2919 S 38Th St
Tacoma, WA
 
Guitar Center Tacoma
(253) 474-2900
2919 South 38th Street, Suite A
Tacoma, WA
Store Information
Mon-Fri: 11-9
Sat: 10-8
Sun: 11-7

Sound West Audio
(206) 272-1435
2323 Tacoma Ave
Tacoma, WA
 
Service Guitar Repair
(253) 779-5330
909 N Grant Ave
Tacoma, WA
 
Music Centers Inc.
(253) 584-3734
4927 95Th St Sw # B
Lakewood, WA
 

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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