Ems is still run by robin wood in cornwall, and in. Mar 17, 2010 i figured that sense there was all this talk about ems clones lately, i would ask you which ems you liked better, the vcs3 or the synthi aaks. The standard connecting cable is removed between the ks and synthi and the units own cables. We have the vcs3 studio version as well which we plan to put on the market when time allows. Ems synthi 100 looking at our list of fave gear its heartening to see at least one instrument and company from the uk. The synthi aks ks expander is an expansion addon for the synthi aks keyboard sequencer ks that is under development the synthi aks ks expander interfaces with the synthi aks via the malefemale 8pin jones connectors on the main synthi unit and ks, and the special ems pin cable. First manufactured in 1972 by ems in putney, southwest london, the synthi a was basically a portable version of emss famous vcs3 synthesizer, and the ks keyboard an unplayable thirtynote. This unit is a mechanical keyboard which plugs into the synthi e. The synthi a was also commonly known as the portabella. Being a pretty rebel synthesizer and with its own philosophy, we try to generate sound. The synthi educational handbook by peter grogono april1972 electronic music studios ofamericaninc 460 westst amherstmass tel4 2568591.
I have used other synthi soft synths and they stink out loud, not this one, it is so sweet. Overwhelmed are we by these magnificent creatures and their many knobs, buttons, sliders and switches, vying for our attention all at once. The vcs3 takes up a special place in the history of synthesizers educational tool come avantgarde studio in a box, highly idiosyncratic and melodically unstable, a melding of technological ingenuity with costeffective army surplus electronics it was never designed for conventional music yet its application and legacy have endured. The problem with midi volume is that you could tongue a note softly and. We will be frequently as possible updating this list. You will not find an aks in better condition and for sale. Instead of 24 bit recording i improvised and patched some sounds amped via the internal speakers to give you a little impression of its standalone sound often used in seminars in the 70s. Im sure it sounds much more authentic at a much lower cpu hit but it gives you much less tweakability and to me the turning those knobs and enter those pins is what the aks is about. The synthi a and synthi aks models are virtually the same electronic instrument as the ems vcs3, except that the synthi models are housed in a thin plastic briefcase for easy portability. Functionally it is modelled on the clavia nord lead 2 red synth. Erica synths latest instrument is inspired by the ems synthi aks.
The synthi a is the same as the aks, except for the additional sequencer and keyboard on the aks. Cookies help us improve performance, enhance user experience and deliver our services. Early ems synthi aks for sale meticulously refurbished. The vcs3 accomplished its mod routing with a pin matrix. Ive not tested the sonic couture synthi aks but ive got some other of their products and theyre great. Jan 10, 2011 the synthi aks ks expander is an expansion add on for the synthi aks keyboard sequencer ks that is under development the synthi aks ks expander interfaces with the synthi aks via the malefemale 8pin jones connectors on the main synthi unit and ks, and the special ems pin cable. Most notable for its patch pin matrix, its functions and internal design are similar to the vcs 3 synthesiser, also made by ems. So i have been doing a lot of research on the inner workings of the ems synthi vcs3 as i was building a vcv version of this awesome. A switch on the synthi e selects internal or external keyboard operation. The aks model pictured below adds a 256step on board monophonic digital sequencer and a 30note touchplate keyboard activated by the 50 hzhum in our fingers. It can operate on either eu 220v or us 110v switchable, and it is sold with our normal 3 month warranty.
Manufactured by electronic music studios in 1971, this portable modular synthesizer was extremely flexible. Here is the very special sound of the synthi a with its unique 256 modulation matrix and its unique emsfilter now available as a vstinstrument. The major difference was the addition of the prestopatch socket, but this also appeared on later synthi as. The cinchjones synthitoks cable and powercable is also included. As the instrument is being brokered through rl music, it will be sold with a full 3month warranty and we can ship worldwide.
You will not find an aks in better condition and for. To play a staff, sibelius starts with its initial sound id as shown in the mixer. Digitana electronics specializes in developing custom interface modules for, wait for it, classic synthesizers made by ems namely the synthi a, aks and vcs3. It uses pins rather than patchcords to route signals and voltages. This synthi aks modular synthesizer by electronic music studios london ltd. Even so, for the purist i present here a patch sheet for. The vcs3 was the first synth i wanted to buy, and i still want one, but i want to know if the synthi aaks are as good. Of course, you can organize your own patches using that same elegant system. Electronic music studios ems synthi a vintage synth explorer. First, we try to synthesize those descending sweeps heard in the first part of oxygene 2 jeanmichel jarre, 1976, before the main lead part. Warning the synthi aks is an extremely delicate instrument.
Most notable for its patch pin matrix, its functions and internal design are. The synth patches in these libraries are my personal libraries of sounds. The patchboard at the center is used to connect component outputs listed on the left of the patchboard to component inputs listed on the top. Pete townsend processed a lowrey organ through a vcs3 to create the iconic. A 3octave keyboard for controlling the synthi e is available.
Presets and patches for zebra, omnisphere, roland jdxi, diva, massive. The sonic couture synthi aks is a sample based instrument. For sale via this auction you know what this is and there is no need for an introduction. The incredible ems synthi aks from 1971 24bit record. What makes this particular aks special though is its condition and historical significance. In fact the prototype was tested using a ks connected to my vcs3 mk2.
This video, via kovalmoog, captures some iconic sounds of the electronic music studios ems synthi aks video summary. Synthi a virtual synthesizer its not the same, its just the best of two worlds. Its even more heartening when you consider that while many other classic brands such as arp and oberheim are historic trademarks under new ownership, electronic music studios are still in business under the stewardship of. This synthi aks is now sold, as at 1st october 2018. In our opinion, those two things put it head and shoulders above the 1969 ems vcs3 and the fact that this instrument now sells for anything up to.
Just random synthi sounds people, not musick part 1 of 2. Ems synthi aks with rare cv input, recently servic. May 03, 2017 this video, via kovalmoog, captures some iconic sounds of the electronic music studios ems synthi aks video summary. The aks model pictured below adds a 256step onboard monophonic digital sequencer and a 30note touchplate keyboard activated by the 50 hzhum in our fingers. The ems synthi aks is an analog synthesizer in a briefcase, released in the early 70s, and was used extensively by brian eno, jean michel jarre and by pink floyd on their 1973 album the dark side of the moon headus was given the task of 3d scanning one of these legendary instruments by a local musician so they could have the 3d data on hand for a number of possible projects.
Just showing the pin patch matrix from the ems synthi aks was enough. This is a typical swell brass envelope, and it is easily produced by a synth with a. Instead of routing signals using patch cables, like moog products, it uses a patch matrix with resistive pins. The aks model pictured below adds a 256step onboard monophonic digital sequencer and a 30note touchplate keyboard activated by the 50.
Behringer just dropped the ultimate of all teasers. Yet, its always easy to find the sound youre looking for because of our universal system of categories and tags. Synthi js is a modular synthesizer that is made up of 11 components. The 1gb library was sampled from soniccoutures own synthi aks, and listening to the raw 24bit, 44. It combines low cost with versatility and robustness. You can still buy new ones from the factory, used ones are highly sought after, people usually complain about high prices on the used market and building one yourself will not save you any money. Released in 1972, the synthi aks was the successor to the synthi a, with the additional k standing for keyboard and the s standing for sequencer.
They acquired this important piece of electronica history and plan to release photos and audio demos of the keyboard in use so that fans may enjoy this rare synth. Not a keyboard synth like what moog was doing at the time, this was a generative music machine with a matrix patch panel. The ems synthi a has the same electronics as the vcs 3, but was rehoused in a spartanite briefcase. Prestopatch for instant patching of a pre programmed sound can be made to. Mar 14, 2011 alka operates an original 1970s synthi a. Jul 04, 2017 ems synthi kb1 synthesizer resurfaces after 46 years. Electronic music studios ems synthi a vintage synth. Differences in the panel between the synthi a and the aks were minimal and largely cosmetic the keyboard k and sequencer s of the aks were in the lid. Dc outputs for voltage controlling external equipment. First manufactured in 1972 by ems in putney, southwest london, the synthi a was basically a portable version of emss famous vcs3 synthesizer, and the ks keyboard an unplayable thirtynote touchplate was added to make the synthi aks. The 2700 ohm resistors soldered inside each pin vary in tolerance, indicated by different colours. It is simple to use and a complete teaching course has been built round it. Instead of patch wires, they use a patchbay grid wherein the synth. The synthi e is a general purpose electronic music synthesiser especially designed to be used in schools and colleges.
Its even more heartening when you consider that while many other classic brands such as arp and oberheim are historic trademarks under new ownership, electronic music studios are still in business under the stewardship of an original ems worker, robin wood. These are a few photos of the 3rd ems aks i have owned, good synth bye far. The ems synthi a, first available in may 1971, and then in march 1972 a version of it with a builtin keyboard and sequencer, the ems synthi aks, is a portable modular analog synthesiser made by ems of england. Alka demoing the ems synthi aks mk 1 pt 12 youtube. This is the same synthesizer engine as the ems vcs3 and synthi aks. Synthijs is a modular synthesizer that is made up of 11 components. Designed by legendary ems electronics genius david cockerell of synthi aksvcs3synthi100 fame in 19723, probably primarily as a guitar effects unit though it certainly has uses as an analogue effects for synth sounds and used by the likes of david gilmour pink floyd, steve hackett ex genesis and others.
When i heard the recent news that much of keith emersons collection of old keyboard instruments was to be sold at auction, it got me thinking about the phenomenon of celebrity owned instruments. Mar 08, 2017 instead of 24 bit recording i improvised and patched some sounds amped via the internal speakers to give you a little impression of its standalone sound often used in seminars in the 70s. Jun 29, 2014 the musiconics bassmate and bassmate ii. Personally, i think a large part of the charm of analogue monosynths is the lack of patch memory, and the journey of discovery it takes you on to get to a sound that does something for your current needs. The ems synthi aks is a legendary instrument with an illustrious history.
Here is the very special sound of the synthi a with its unique 256 modulation matrix. You know what this is and there is no need for an introduction. Ems synthi aks with rare cv input, ems synthi aksstunning synthi aks for sale fullyserviced and in superb condition. Oct 25, 2004 well, i guess it time to sell my synthi aks. Like the vcs3, the synthi a and aks feature three oscillators and a unique patch system. The ems synthi aks is an analog synthesizer in a briefcase, released in the early 70s, and was used extensively by brian eno, jean michel jarre and by pink floyd on their 1973 album the dark side of the moon. Jh synthi clone ive built a clone of the ems synthi a. Synthmob digital sound marketplace and sound design community.
The ems vcs3 and its synthi derivatives were remarkable synthesizers, almost impossible to play as melodic instruments, but widely regarded as peerless soundeffect generators the 1gb library was sampled from soniccoutures own synthi aks, and listening to the raw 24bit, 44. Synth presets of all shapes and sizes, from the deepest, darkest bass for ni massive and the most ethereal, uplifting synth leads for xfer serum, to soaring pads, arps, chords, textures, sfx and beyond this is what the modeaudio collection of custom, royaltyfree synth patches makes instantly available to you. Looking at our list of fave gear its heartening to see at least one instrument and company from the uk. Synthi vs comes with an extensive library of leads, basses, textures, sound effects and more. Ems synthi kb1 synthesizer resurfaces after 46 years.1526 1364 635 1278 431 628 1260 443 698 111 1306 165 443 601 1467 973 680 602 1053 1436 1441 1145 415 628 1251 363 265 1466 1441 429 680 218 1162 1439 18 765 1277 1156 1145 945 227 488 571 457 1413 50 1138