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E-mu Modular System Analog Modular

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    Description
    The E-mu Modular System is an analog modular synthesizer built by E-mu Systems in the early 1970s. It competed with synthesizers such as the ARP 2500, ARP 2600, and Moog modular synthesizers, although E-mu designed the instruments for mostly universities and notable musicians who submitted custom configuration requests. The Modular System's polyphonic keyboard and sequencer are controlled by a microprocessor. Around 100 units are thought to exist today.

    E-mu claims the Modular System's polyphonic keyboard and sequencer were the first to be controlled by a microprocessor, and they patented the technology at the time.[3] The term "modular" in the product name refers to the customizable set of "modules" available for the synthesizer. Each customer would specify which modules they wanted from a list of available modules such as "Quad Inverter", "Sample-and-Hold", "Dual Reverb" and others.[1]

    Users create sounds by manipulating patch cords to direct the signal through the modules above the keyboard. In other words, different combinations of patch cord connections produced different sounds. Through all of the combinations available, the Modular System could produce any popular synthesizer sound in use at the time.[2] Users could also save favored patch sequences using a "firm-wire" patch that connected to the instrument and could be swapped out at any time, recreating sounds without manipulating the patch cords.[2] The Modular System was known to have a "cleaner" sound that its competitors, although that aspect was not always desired by users. It also had a unique aesthetic, featuring blue-lined modules rather than the traditional black and aluminum panels.
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: *
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: *
    Filters
    Filters: *
    LFO
    LFO: *
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: *
    Tuning: Atonal, Standard
    Modes: Mono, Paraphonic
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 1
    Case
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Switches
    Display Type: LCD
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, XLR, Mono Out
    CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out, Trigger In, Trigger Out
    Production
    Year Released: 1973
    Year Discontinued: 1981
    Units Made: 250
    Used By
    Vince Clarke, Herbie Hancock, Patrick Gleeson, Hans Zimmer, Meat Beat Manifesto, Frank Zappa, Roger Linn, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Logic System
    Design Notes:

    E-mu Systems, based in California, began producing the Modular System in 1972, as a competitor to the ARP 2500, ARP 2600, and Moog modular synthesizers of the day.[1] The Modular System was their second production synthesizer, following the E-mu 25 in 1971. The E-mu 25 had been a "front panel" synthesizer, but E-mu developers Dave Rossum and Scott Wedge thought it would be more fun to build a modular synthesizer.[2][3] Custom systems were produced for universities and high-profile musicians, the target markets for the Modular System. The systems were hand-built to the specifications of each customer.[1] While around 100 units are still in circulation, mostly at universities,[2] some sources claim that up to 250 were originally produced
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