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
November 9, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
Hi Wild Puppy,

I'd be very interested in purchasing this from you. Please email me at: themanor (at) gmail dot com and let me know if it's still available.

Wild Puppy
October 30, 2010 @ 5:36 am
Fantastic piece of kit. It helped take my music in another direction. Relatively easy to use and very functional. I do have one for sale so if this gets deleted I do apologise.
Dave Busnelli
October 21, 2010 @ 6:00 am
I use it with a Roland PK5 and it's amazing.
Best 'live' rackmount ever IMO
September 23, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
Considering its age can't be knocked.
Bill C.
October 24, 2009 @ 11:11 pm
There is a reason that these units don't show up on eBay very often. Most folks who own a Vintage Keys know their continuing value and usefulness. The organ samples alone rival even the best "stand alone" boxes.....IMHO. I own mostly Kurzweil Samplers, and I've always found the Proteous sounds to be weak in comparison, but this thing is a whole different deal. I use it often to supplement my Voyager and SE-1, and the" Wurly" Samples are excellent. My MOTIF beats the Rhodes samples, but that's about it. Paul Schaffer has 2 Vintage Keys in his rack, on Letterman, and I'm sure that he can have anything he wants, (There's a JV-1080 in there, too.) As new technology leaps forward, I believe this unit will continue to be a useful tool for any studio, and it's a 1 space powerhouse for gigs. If you see one pop up on eBay, GET IT!
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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