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date: 21 November 2019

E-mu Systemslocked

  • Kyle Devine


Designer and manufacturer of synthesizers. Founded by Scott Wedge and Dave Rossum in California in 1971, the company initially focused on analog-based modular synthesizers such as the E-mu Modular System, which was well regarded by professional musicians. E-mu also developed a digitally controlled nonmodular analog synthesizer, the Audity, which never went into production, in part because of its expected price tag of $70,000. In recent years, the company has become best known for its inexpensive digital instruments.

Although Wedge and Rossum had patented digital innovations as early as 1973 (a digital polyphony system that was licensed to Oberheim and to Sequential Circuits), they did not develop digital instruments until the early 1980s. At that time, fully digital synthesizers and samplers were still too expensive for the average musician. Sensing a market for more affordable digital instruments, Wedge and Rossum produced the E-mu Emulator, a dedicated sampling keyboard that was introduced at the ...

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