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
February 27, 2009 @ 4:33 pm
This is my favorite module in my rack. Had it for 15years now. Used it live hundreds of times. It has traveled all over the US with me. Never had a single problem with it. Keyboard players have approached me countless times after a gig and asked how I got the B3 sound. I have a Classic Keys installed in my rack right under it just in case the Vintage goes down on me live, but I've never had to use it. There's a photo of my rack here - http://www.myspace.com/sonicinsanitycolorado
- oops, thought I had one up there! I'll take a pic tommorow and add it in!
February 20, 2009 @ 11:07 am
2 Demos at ZZSOUNDS

http://cachepe.zzounds.com/media/Vintage1-203a2b4faad635aac475735cc3369c fb.mp3

http://cachepe.zzounds.com/media/Vintage2-930e545f2ee99fcb8a7ed209cc8d0a20 .mp3
Jim Alciere
December 28, 2008 @ 7:17 am
The Vintage Keys has 8 mb of samples, expandable to 16. It has 512 patches
September 9, 2008 @ 12:53 am
again, demo would be usefull!! pleeeeeease someone!
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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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