E-mu Vintage Pro

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The Vintage Pro takes the concepts from the Vintage Keys and packages it in another great single-space rack module with the same features and capabilities as E-mu's Proteus 2000, Virtuoso 2000, Orbit 3, and Turbo Phatt sound modules. It comes full of classic synthesizer sounds of the '60's, '70's and '80's. This includes analog and digital synths, FM synths, Hammond organs, Wurlitzer EPs, etc. According to E-mu, there are over 30 classic keyboards from ARP to Yamaha within the sample-based ROM of the Vintage Pro for easy and authentic recreation and emulation of these sounds.

It features 128-voice polyphony and 32 MIDI channels allowing it to handle even your most complex MIDI sequences. It ships with a whopping 32 MB of sample ROM memory which is expandable up to 128 MB using the internal ROM slots! The sounds it ships with are from the brand-new "Classic Keyboards" sound-set, offering you 1,536 presets (1,024 ROM, 512 user). You can shape and edit these sounds with over 100 synthesis parameters per preset! There are E-mu's expressive multi-mode resonant filters on-board, plus four real-time controls allow you to access any of up to 12 parameters, giving you instant control over your sounds right from the front-face of the module. You'll also find two sets of extra outputs, digital output and another MIDI port as well.

Current E-mu sound modules ship with one 32 MB sound-set each, but are expandable up to 128 MB via three additional slots for 32 MB expansion cards. The Vintage Pro ships with the "Classic Keyboards" sound-set which features actual samples from the Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer EP, Fender Rhodes, Hohner Clavinet, Farfisa, Mellotron, Moogs, Prophets, Oberheim OBX, Jupiter, Juno, 808, 909, ARPs, DX7, CP70, Matrix, SH101, TB303, E-mu Modular, Fairlight, and many more. Other cards include (ranging from $249 to $395):

  • 9061: Siedlaczek Orchestra 32 MB ROM.
  • 9062: Pure Phatt 32 MB ROM - standard in Mo’Phatt, MP-7 and MK-6.
  • 9063: Beat Garden 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9082: Protozoa 16 MB ROM - standard in Proteus 1, 2, 3.
  • 9083: Definitive B-3 32 MB ROM - standard in B-3.
  • 9084: Techno Synth Construction Yard 32 MB ROM - standard in Orbit 3.
  • 9085: Orchestral Session Vol. 1 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9086: Orchestral Session Vol. 2 32 MB ROM - standard in Virtuoso 2000.
  • 9087: World Expedition 32 MB ROM - standard in Planet Earth.
  • 9088: Sounds of the ZR featuring the Perfect Piano 32 MB ROM - standard in Ensoniq Halo.
  • 9089: X-Lead 32 MB ROM - standard in Xtreme Lead-1, XL-7 and XK-6.

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11 Visitor comments
August 5, 2013 @ 10:34 am
The Vintage Pro is a great machine, all those brilliant vintage synth sounds in a 2u rack with the ability to have more sounds added is just awesome, and Sorry but i must disagree with John on his post about this Pro, if you know anything about programming a synth and learn to program the vintage pro you will find almost any sound you can think of, if you only use the presets then you are very much restricting yourself, and to call the Vintage Pro and for that matter the Proteus and its brothers a "rompler" is wrong and shows a real lack of knowledge, why do you think it is programmable?.
June 19, 2013 @ 9:57 pm
Oh, one thing worth mentioning though, its horrible at pads, and most "synthy" sounds for that matter. I wouldn't waste your time buying this as any sort of practical synth or modern synthesizer. If you need Mellotron/Rhodes/Wulitzer/FM Pianos/70's String Machines/Hammond B-3/60's Italian Organ in your setup, and don't want to spend alot this is it. Don't be expecting much else though, because it's not there. All the synth stuff is mildly usable, but obviously there is MUCH better stuff out there for that, like actual synthesizers instead of a rompler.
June 19, 2013 @ 9:50 pm
Bought it for the Mellotron/Rhodes sounds and it not only covered that, but a load of other stuff as well. The Vintage Pro is easily the best emulation in the sub 1k price range, just about every instrument sample set is usable. I did the JV Vintage synth and 60's 70's card setup and this was a FAR more logical and less wasteful way to go. Instead of buying a bunch of cards and a synth, this covers it all, and slightly better IMO. The Hammond organs are killer as well. Not much out there to compare this to, its miles better than the Vintage keys box as well.
kenny keys
November 11, 2012 @ 4:51 pm
In answer to the question about OBx--this unit does a great, fat OBx. It only has a couple of OBx waveforms, but they are the essential ones. Like the Roland and Korg romplers, the Vintage Pro gives you the big sounding waveform that everyone associates with "Jump." There are a couple of others. The Vintage Pro is the most wide coverage 1U unit that I am aware of. A good keyboard controller, the VP, and a couple of keyboard amps and you are good to go on stage. Been there.
kenny keys
November 11, 2012 @ 4:45 pm
I have been using the Vintage Pro for 10 years. I like it better than my Roland hardware or than my other E-Mu gear. The only rompler that is close is the VX-5080 _with_ appropriate vintage expansion cards in place. There is a reason this rack continues to command primo prices. Even the bemoaned crossfaded Leslie speed change works great in a live setting.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 128 voices
  • Oscillators - 32MB ROM "Classic Keyboards" Sound Set (expandable to 128 MB), four 16-bit DACs per voice
  • LFO - 17 types including tri, saw, random
  • Filter - 128 (50 types including hi,low bandpass with resonance) per voice
  • Effects - dual stereo-effects processor with 29 reverbs types, 15 delay types, 8 chorus types, 7 flange types, 5 distortion types
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 1536 Presets (1024 ROM, 512 RAM)
  • Control - MIDI (32 multitimbral parts)
  • Date Produced - 2002

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