Interview: Dave Rossum E-MU, Part One – English Version

Peter:
E-Mu grew rapidly. Where did you have your production located in the beginning?

Dave:
In the early days, E-mu was just located wherever I lived – in my dorm room at UCSC, the house we rented at 625 Water Street during the summer of 1971, and spare bedrooms at other houses. The first official location of E-mu, our address when we became official, was 3455 Homestead Rd, #59, in Santa Clara. This was a unit in „The Diplomat Apartments,“ but we always wrote the address as „#59,“ or even „Suite 59“ to give the illusion we were in a business building. Still, this was where Leon Russell, with his synth programmer Roger Linn, came to get a demo of the E-mu Modular. We build the modules and submodules at a big work table in the master bedroom.

In 1976, the City of Santa Clara decided that we were getting too big to operate from an apartment building, and we moved to the business park at 3046 Scott Blvd. in Santa Clara, where we stayed for three years. But this was when Silicon Valley was beginning to boom, and when we went to renew the lease in 1979, the cost had doubled.

I was then living in Santa Cruz, and discovered Scott and I could actually buy a commercially zoned house there for less money that the lease in Santa Clara. E-mu moved to 417 Broadway in Santa Cruz, and this was our home until the Emulator was well into production. Once again, our products were being assembled in a bedroom.

Dave infront of the E-MU Modular System (1984/1985)

Dave infront of the E-MU Modular System (1984/1985)

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