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EMU Command Station Resources

Updated on June 4, 2014

Get the most from your E-MU XL-7 MP-7 or PX-7 Command Station!

The Emu Command Station line was released in 2003 and has since become somewhat of a modern classic. Not quite vintage compared to the analog synths built decades earlier but still a very versatile and hands on sequencer, synth and drum machine that has gathered a following of dedicated users from producers to live performers.

This page features the best resources for getting the most from your e-mu from tutorial videos to feature lists to user tipss and live ebay listings for command stations and expansion ROMs.

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The Emu Command Station Line

What are the differences and how to expand your machine.

E-MU released 3 command stations, the XL-7, MP-7 and PX-7 each identified by their own custom color and sound set. Underneath the paint the three units are identical and differ only in the sound ROM that is included. Each command station is expandable and capable of holding 4 sound ROMs including the one it came with.

In total there are over a dozen expansion ROMs available for the CS line.

When purchasing a used Command Station be sure to verify which sound ROM if any is included. I was lucky to find my preferred color scheme (PX-7) with the MP-7 sound ROM I was looking for.

Command Station Tutorial Videos - Good Starting Place for New CS Users

These video tutorials are a great introduction to using your Command Station.

Examples use the XL-7 however all of the CS line work the same.

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Model Specific Information

Recognized by it's vivid yellow color scheme, the XL-7 version is perhaps the most popular Command Station sporting an arsenal of energetic dance music sounds from house to techno.

E-Mu Official XL-7 Downloads

E-MU XL-7 Official Downloads Page

XL-7 E-Loader software backup software and manual.

XL-7 Instrument Keymaps

XL-7 Preset Banks

XL-7 Patterns / Songs

XL-7 Documentation

XL-7 Software

The MP-7 is my personal favorite of the Command Station sound ROMs based on the hip-hop beats and samples from the Emu Mo Phatt Urban Dance and Hip Hop synth module.

E-Mu Official MP-7 Downloads

E-MU MP-7 Official Downloads Page

MP-7 E-Loader software backup software and manual.

MP-7 Instrument Keymaps

MP-7 Preset Banks

MP-7 Patterns / Songs

MP-7 Documentation

MP-7 Software

The PX7 is the most rare of the Command Station line and features an understated silver and blue finish and a huge drum library based on the Proteus

E-Mu Official PX-7 Downloads

E-MU XL-7 Official Downloads Page

PX-7 E-Loader software backup software and manual.

PX-7 Instrument Keymaps

PX-7 Preset Banks

PX-7 Patterns / Songs

PX-7 Documentation

PX-7 Software

Gear for Sale

Find command station synths and expansion accessories on eBay.

Community Resources

Do you have a Command Station and how do you like it?

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      zenfire 3 years ago

      I like my command station but I have acquired a scrambled screen. Just a lot of letters and numbers after power up. Hoping someone out there knows where i could find a new or used display for this well loved px7. I currently have about 8 new songs (and 3 monihs of programming) I can't get out of it because of the display problem. Any help is much apriciated.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, I have the same unit but unfornadly I've lost the CD's that came with it.

      Do you have still the CD's and could you help me with a copy ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a px7. i really like it. it's taking me a looooooong time to get into it and learn it. it is a keeper for me.

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      sarahholmes334 4 years ago

      I guess you really did some good research to build this list,.Nice job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have an MP-7 with additional sound cards and I am having a hard time learning the device. I have it hooked up to my keyboard and would like to learn how to just play the available sounds for now, then make music. Where can I find a user friendly manual or how can I get help. Thanks onzoose

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Edutopia: Trying to find out how to record the "audition phrases" or

      "audition beats" from the command station into the internal sequencer. Do you know how ? Do I have to turn any particular midi switches on or off.. Thanks, Randy

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Very thorough list, good job on the lens!

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      Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

      Resources have been updated. If you know any others I am missing feel free to post them here. Comments are moderated so they won't appear right away but I do read every one.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

      @anonymous: Hey Konrad, I think there is a way to restore the OS from your computer, check the Yahoo users group for more specific info:

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Timewarp: hello time warp

      my px7 is frozen in the start up..the screen reads ..searching for OS...

      from ther nothing else

      any suggestions

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      Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

      @anonymous: Yeah Ive noticed the prices are often high on ebay as well, seems word is getting out on this great old synth. They aren't too rare so keep looking, check your local Craigslist for bargains. Around $300 is a good deal for a unit with 1 ROM.

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      anonymous 5 years ago


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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      I don't, but I'd love to own one of these. Perhaps one day I'll have the time & money... At the moment, I make do with software synth's like Reason - but nothing is quite like tinkering on real hardware.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i'm on my second CS, dopped with om of the CS serie more beatgarden.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Hey there command station fans, how do you use your machines?