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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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rob s a professional user from usa writes:
i think they should only sell for $150 or so

its an ok module but used price is still TOO much

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-21-2003 at 08:43
Oscar from spain writes:
Some things work, other work partially and some others don't work at all. Mellotrons are very good and usable. Some poly synths are good too, like OB-12 strings, and some MemoryMoog. There is a Modular Moog killing sound too. Hammond B3 and electric pianos sound good but they used too few memory. They are not usable. You can notice all the changes between samples... crap! This would have been different if they had used the memory for a tenth of instruments instead of this shit of drums, guitars and basses. The MiniMoogs and Organ partials are ultra-thin. The filters who were supposed to sound like Moog (24db) and Oberheim (12db) don't do it. Thin again. Actually I use it only for Mellotrons and some Memorymoog and Oberheim Matrix 12.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-19-2002 at 07:26
armando a professional user from Caracas- Venezuela writes:
Los módulos emu en general son bastante competentes y fáciles de usar. En este caso, el vintage keys es un buen módulo para alguien que quiere sonidos de los 70´s sólo cuenta como fuente de sonido con un casiotone...de resto, es una compra poco recomendada a menos que te lo estén vendiendo en $100 y esté virguito... Si cuentas con un roland, es preferible un expansión vintage o 60´s & 70´s...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-03-2002 at 16:47
sjmojo a professional user writes:
i bought it whenit first released in 93 at $1000.fair good pcm samples of limited range of analog keyboards selection,most of them are organs,elec pianos,some sweeping synths,samples of basses are not enough.sound is fat but a little bit dry,needs add outboards.not as wild and deep as i thought,so,sold it.the fact is: nothing can beat the real thing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 06:16
Synth72 a part-time user from Dallas, TX USA writes:
I have mixed feelings about this module in that it has some features which I really like and some features I could just as well do without and features which should have been included from the beginning.

Pros:

It does give you access to a lot of classic sounds at an affordable price (got mine used for $250). You have quite a bit of flexibility in editing and creating your own sounds using the onboard samples, and the interface is fairly simple. Also, no external a/c adapter, which is a relief from the all the racks which utilize wall warts. People might complain about all of the organ and electric piano sounds, but this module was supposed to represent the 60's-80's. I personally LOVE the Yamaha CP-70 grand samples as I've always liked that piano sound moreso than the infamous, dreaded DX ballad tines. To be fair, a lot of the organs are too similar and therefore could be replaced with other vintage instruments. Also, the display, although kinda small is easy to read in most any condition.

Cons:

Why in the hell would Emu put acoustic drumsets, sax (wtf?), and electric guitars in a module called VINTAGE KEYS?!!! They wasted precious memory space with these sounds which you can get from anywhere. They could have filled that space with sounds from Roland's Jupes/Junos/VP-330/JX, Elka's Synthex, PPG, Solina Sting Ensemble, Prophet VS, Voyetra, Casio's CZ series, Korg's P-series, MS-series, Polysix, DW8000 and various vocoders. Instead, we get these cheesy drumkits and shite acoustic sounds. Hell, if they were going to include percussion, why not Simmons or classic beatboxes such as the DMX, LinnDrum, TR-series, etc? Maybe Emu can make a more robust, complete version? I'm not going to buy the Plus Module as I already have a Juno-60, OB-8, and AN1x for my other analog sounds.

As I've seen stated before, this will not replace a roomful of vintage synths, but if you don't have the jack to spend on those synths, this can give you a taste of old school and the programming flexibility to provide your own interpretation on those types of sounds. Plus, it can save you from lugging around numerous analogs to a gig in a pinch. I feel it's a good, not outstanding, value for the price.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-20-2000 at 01:32
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