E-mu Keyboards Worcester MA

-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.

Union Music Inc
(508) 755-9975
Worcester, MA
 
Music & Arts
(508) 473-2895
164 Main Street
Milford, MA
 
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
(508) 853-2236
541 D Lincoln St
Worcester, MA
 
The Royal Academy for Music
(508) 792-1221
370 Boston Tpke Ste 3
Shrewsbury, MA
 
W D Daggett & Wife Piano Service
(508) 892-9823
12 Salminen Dr
Leicester, MA

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70 Worcester Providence Turnpike, Suite 410
Millbury, MA
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Union Music Inc
(508) 753-3702
142 Southbridge St
Worcester, MA
 
Borders Books & Music
(508) 845-8665
476 Boston Tpke
Shrewsbury, MA
 
Daddys Junky Music Stores
(508) 797-4421
161 Bos Worc Tpke
Shrewsbury, MA
 
Beckwith Strings
(978) 833-6383
26 North Street
Grafton, MA
 
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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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