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
Eliot Lipp
March 4, 2013 @ 2:54 am
string sounds on this came from the Vintage Keys rack:
Sir Dejan Djordjevic
January 19, 2013 @ 4:20 am
The samples can't be deleted anyway.I bought my 8MB E-MU Vintage Keys version 1.03 in 1995 and used the sample player mainly for the glassy choir sound and the Moog Taurus bass synth sounds as they go lower than my Moog Prodigy Oscillators and sound as fat, i.e. on my new version of the 1982 Midge-Ultravox line-up song WE CAME TO DANCE that you can listen for free on www.myspace.com/ready-2-hear. Regards,Sir Dejan Djordjevic,Basement Flat Rear,189SandgateRd,Folkestone,Kent,CT20 2HJ,UK
Nigel Lloyd
January 13, 2013 @ 3:54 am
Does anyone know how to restore the factory settings, I have read the manual and cannot see it.
Robbie Nuke
November 16, 2012 @ 9:24 pm
My display is starting to show two *SYSTEM ERROR* codes;

1. f@F feLA236_
2. feL pc=A23E

Any advice? Is there a battery inside that may need replacing?
Watoo Watoo
September 30, 2012 @ 8:45 am
Also used by French pop genius Bertrand Burgalat:
http://www.brain-magazine.com/article/interviews/9348-Bertrand-Burgalat ---C_%C3%A9tait-Mieux-Apr%C3%A8s
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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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