Isn’t it great when classical synths have been upgraded with lovingly handcrafted interfaces? Steven Thomas – the guy behind the little company Digitana Electronics – has gone to great lengths to extend the possibilities of the legedary EMS synthesizers with new interfaces that can be connected directly to MIDI, CV/Gate or to the greater modular world (Matrix interface).
There it is! Alessandro Petrolati developed this VCS3 for the iPad. Presets and the ability to morph between “scenes” are certainly improvements over the original. And the the replica of the pin-matrix is beautiful …
Well, and the sound? Is it “… pretty much the same” as the original VCS3 …? Hm, we’re not sure about that (well, we are! It is not the same, of course) … BUT: this app costs a modest 15 USD … so you can’t go far wrong.
This synthesizer is superficially similar to the EMS Synthi E. It uses regular 3,6 mm patch cords and a strange mechanical keyboard (although optional traditional keyboards were available). Developed for educational use, this synthesizer contains one VCO, one multimode-VCF, one LFO, one ADSR, two VCAs and some extras such as ring modulator, noise, inverter, portamento and an internal speaker. It produces great sounds, although it’s nowhere near as flexible as its brothers Synthi A / AKS.
Some images of the EMS / Rehberg Synthi 100. Of two different models, to be exact. The Synthi 100 is a massive 12-VCO, 8-VCF, 8-VCA semi-modular synthesizer with digital sequencer and two 60×60 pin patch fields. Total production of this instrument is about 30 units.