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E-mu Systems MK-6 Mo' Phatt Keys

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Upgradable Sounds

MK-6 contains a thorough collection of Hip-Hop presets.These sounds are rich in harmonic texture and a perfect complement to the Z-plane filters. MK-6 contains three additional, user-upgradable sound SIMM sockets, allowing you to mix and match sound sets according to your needs. New sounds can be added as easily as plugging in a new 16MB or 32MB SIMM module. Each E-MU sound set has been meticulously crafted to be the finest of its kind. Samples are expertly matched and perfectly looped to create realistic instruments which form the exceptionally playable presets.

1024 Presets & more

MK-6 contains 512 user presets and 640 factory ROM presets, but it can be expanded with literally thousands of ROM presets. (ROM presets are automatically added when sound SIMMs are installed. As an example, a 32 MB SIMM may contain up to 1024 ROM presets.) MK-6’s Sound Navigator makes it easy to find the exact sound you want. It’s powerful, yet simple to use.

Velocity & Pressure Sensitive Keyboard

The five-octave, velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch allows you to perform live or record via MIDI into an external computer/sequencer. The keyboard action is extremely responsive, capturing all the subtle nuances of your performance.

Multi-Function Controllers

Multi-function buttons allow you to trigger arpeggiators and notes internally or on any of your other MIDI devices. They can act as preset select buttons or Beats Mute or MIDI Trigger buttons (latched or unlatched). Four real-time controller knobs are also multi-function controls. These knobs make it a snap to edit and modify internal preset parameters. The controllers are fully programmable and can control internal preset or other MIDI equipment. They can also be programmed to adjust multiple internal parameters at once, allowing complex levels of control. For example, a single knob can simultaneously turn up filter cutoff, while detuning one sample, and adjusting the release time of the volume envelope. Virtually every synth parameter in the MK-6 is controllable using the real-time knobs or by any internal or external control source.


Beats Mode is a whole new way to create dynamic, original music. With Beats, you trigger, latch and unlatch synced loops and grooves from the sixteen trigger keys. Simply select a bts: preset and go. Then use MK-6’s perfomance controls to alter and mutate the rhythm or the sound itself.

Multi-Channel Arpeggiators

MK-6’s Rhythmic Pattern Generator/Arpeggiator can play up to 16 synchronized arpeggiator patterns at once using a different sound for each! Patterns can be edited using pattern flow commands such as: delay for 2 bars, play for 4 bars, hold for 2 beats and repeat. You can program or download 100 user patterns in addition to the 200 factory patterns.

Ultra Powerful Synthesizer

The extremely flexible yet easy to use synthesizer makes it easy to build sounds of any kind. Up to 4 four layers can be switched or crossfaded using key position, velocity, real-time controllers or any modulation source. 64 voice polyphony ensures that you can play and sequence the most complex material. MK-6 also contains 50 different 2nd to 12th order resonant & modeling filters which are used to shape and modify over 1200 waveforms contained in 32 megabytes (MB) of ROM.

Sixty-four modulation sources include three multistage envelopes and two LFOs per layer, as well as full MIDI control over virtually every parameter. The digital patch bay, with 24 cords per layer, (and 12 more cords per preset) lets you connect modulation sources to 64 destinations in any imaginable way. The patch bay also contains a set of arithmetic modifiers, allowing you to create complex synthesis models. Synth parameters as well as arpeggiator and BEAT tempos can be controlled from MK-6’s internal clock (or an external MIDI clock). Up to 8 LFOs and 12 envelopes can be perfectly synchronized at different rates.

24-bit Effects

Once you have created your preset, you can add richness to your sound using MK-6’s 24-bit stereo effects. You can choose a different effects setup for each preset from over 60 algorithms. MK-6’s effects section is actually two separate effects processors with control over each wet/dry mix level on four effects sends. Effects Processor “A” contains primarily ambiance algorithms like reverb and delays, while effects processor “B” contains primarily spectral algorithms such as chorus, flange, phase, distortion, and delay. Effects can be linked to each preset or used globally for increased flexibility.

Other features include multiple solo, voice assignment and performance modes for expressive control, 12 user-definable alternate tunings, and, of course, an extensive MIDI implementation.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM, Subtractive
Oscillators: 4
ROM Size: 32
ROM Resolution: 24 bit, 44.1 kHz
Envelopes: 3
Filters: 1
LFO: 2
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 64
Timbrality: 16
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 512
Patches ROM: 512
Multipatches ROM: 3 SIMMs slots
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
Display Type: LCD, Backlit
Display Count H: 24
Display Count V: 2
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 6
Audio Output Notes: Main, Sub 1, SPDIF
DAC Bits: 24
DAC Frequency Rate: 44.1
Year Released: 2001
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MSRP List Price: $1195 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1100 - convert
Used Price: $200 - $300 - convert

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