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EMS VCS3 The Putney

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Electronic Music Studios first commercial product the VCS3 also known as The Putney is a portable synthesizer introduced in 1969.It was housed in a solid Afromosia cabinet housed the following modules interconnected by means of a matrix patchboard.

The VCS3 was more or less the first portable commercially available synthesizer—portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case, unlike previous machines from American manufacturers such as Moog Music, ARP and Buchla which were housed in large cabinets and were known to take up entire rooms.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 3
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Ring Modulation, Sync Hard
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Spring Reverberation
Case: Desktop
Case Details: Solid wood construction
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Switches, Joy Stick, Modulation Pin Matrix
Display Type: LED, VU Meter
Dimensions (WxDxH): 17" x 17" x 18"
Weight: 20 lbs
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 4
Inputs: 1/4" High/Low Ins
Power: 110V / 220V
Year Released: 1969
Used By
Andy Whitmore, Aphex Twin, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Bob Dorough, Brian Eno, Chemical Brothers, David Vorhaus, Del Dettmar & Dik Mik of Hawkwind, Delia Derbyshire, Download (Cevin Key and Phil Western), Eddie Jobson, Edgar Froese, Ice-T, Jean-Michel Jarre, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze, LCD Soundsystem, Merzbow, Miquette Giraudy of Gong,the Steve Hillage Band, and System 7 Morgan Fisher, Ozric Tentacles, Pete Townshend of The Who, Portishead, Rick Wright, David Gilmour and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Tim Blake of Gong and Hawkwind, Todd Rundgren, TONTO's Expanding Head Band, Vince Clarke
Design Notes:

It was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff's EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine's distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary.
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.emssynthesisers.co.uk
[+] nitrogen.synth.net
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