E-mu Vintage Keys

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The Vintage Keys is a digital rackmount synthesizer that emulates the sounds of classic vintage synths. For an early 1990’s ROMpler, this sound module was compact and actually sounded really good, loaded with good samples of vintage synth sounds. Just like the classics it has Portamento, a VCF (filter) and a Chorus effect. It has a lot of modulation capabilities which are all real-time and MIDI controllable. It does, however, have the typical brittle digital sound quality usually associated with digital sound modules, but it still makes nice pads, punchy bass and cool filter swept leads and works great for background synth sounds.

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The Vintage Keys Plus was released in 1994. This model doubled the internal ROM size to 16 MB of sampled sounds. Memory patches were also increased to 512 slots. Original Vintage Keys models could be upgraded to match the Plus version using E-mu’s 8 MB Expander Kit.

It is used by Hardfloor, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Meat Beat Manifesto, Goldie, Olive, Faithless, LTJ Bukem, Roni Size, Future Sound of London, Depeche Mode, Laurent Garnier, Yesterdays and The Shamen.

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34 Visitor comments
Chris
December 23, 2013 @ 2:50 pm
I don't want to aks for help - this unit is really good, but I've bought it a few days ago and unfortunately I'm not quite familiar with it. May one explain me how to make a backup of the Sysex from my Vintage keys plus.
The seller has lost the Manual.
Thanks a lot.

Best regards
Christine
maze
December 22, 2013 @ 4:23 am
Just got the Plus version for 40 US Dollars(!) in almost new condition. Really great "oldschool" keys sounds, I especially like the Mellotron sounds :-) Great to have this unit!!!
pyl20
December 6, 2013 @ 11:10 am
@freespace
I just took mine out of the cupboard after 10 years...shame on me.
But I promise I'll immerse myself in that nice little machine again. Please be patient.
Craig LaForce
September 15, 2013 @ 1:26 pm
The battery died and of course I lost Ram presets. Anyone know how to get preset 110 back. I need my killer B
freespace
September 7, 2013 @ 5:38 am
Anybody out there got patches they would like to share?
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices + 16 part multitimbral
  • Oscillators - 8 MB of ROM samples. Plus model has 16 MB of ROM samples.
  • LFO - Yes, with lots of modulation sources and destinations
  • Filter - Lowpass
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 358 patches. Plus model has 512 patches.
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1993 / 1994
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