E-MU Systems is a leading developer of digital audio products to serve musicians and audio professionals. We design, manufacture and market audio/MIDI interfaces, software instruments, USB/MIDI controllers and powered reference monitors, many of which make use of proprietary VLSI/Chip technology and E-MU's advanced software algorithms. Superb audio-quality and consistent technical innovation have made our products the choice for quality-minded musicians worldwide.
Founded in 1971 by Dave Rossum and Scott Wedge, E-MU Systems built its reputation in the 1970's by building modular analog synthesizers and selling them to some of the biggest artists of the day like Frank Zappa and Tangerine Dream, as well as licensing technologies to companies like Oberheim and Sequential Circuits. From the beginning, E-MU differentiated itself from other manufacturers by integrating the latest technologies into its musical instruments, including the emerging possibilities of computer control. In 1981 E-MU introduced the original Emulator®, offering musicians the first affordable digital sampler - a product line that we are developing to this day. The ‘80's saw development of E-MU's line of legendary drum machines, most notably the classic SP-1200 drum machine which has become synonymous with Hip-Hop music. In 1989 E-MU released Proteus®, the world's first sound module, and subsequently introduced genre-specific modules like Planet Phatt and Orbit that are still found in countless studios around the world. Most recently, E-MU has embraced the potential and power of the latest computers and ported its technologies to the PC, combining E-MU's proprietary DSP, software and sounds with the latest processors to create a new generation of products.
E-MU Systems has a world-wide presence with a European office, warehouse and service center based in Dublin, Ireland. A Pacific Rim office is located in Singapore, and there are distributors located in almost every major country not directly served by the headquarters or branch offices. E-MU Systems is based in Scotts Valley, California on the West Coast of the United States about 50 miles south of San Francisco on the outskirts of Silicon Valley.