E-mu Keyboards Waterloo IA

-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.

Bobs Guitars LLC
(319) 277-8863
5911 University Ave #150
Cedar Falls, IA
 
West Music Center
(319) 277-6750
6322 University Ave Ste L
Cedar Falls, IA
 
Grady Instrument Service Inc
(319) 232-6297
5605 Ansborough Ave
Waterloo, IA
 
Brandenburgs House of Violins
(319) 266-6401
503 Washington St
Cedar Falls, IA
 
Duees Pawn
(319) 266-7807
2024 Center St
Cedar Falls, IA
 
Bob'S Guitars
(319) 277-8863
5911 University Ave
Cedar Falls, IA
 
Lukes Music Stop
(319) 296-7698
803 Commercial St
Waterloo, IA
 
Critchetts Lowrey Organ Center
(319) 236-1899
44 Brookeridge Dr
Waterloo, IA
 
Bob's Guitars
(319) 277-8863
5911 University Av
Cedar Falls, IA
 
Rieman Music
(515) 278-4685
6501 Douglas
Des Moines, IA
 

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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