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EMS Synthi 100

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Description
Formerly known as the Digitana and aka The Delaware, the EMS Synthi 100 used the same technology as the VCS3, but built into a very large console patched with two 60 x 60 matrix boards, one for the signals and one for control voltages. Only 40 built. Sold mainly to Universities and radio stations, the most famous and overworked model belonged to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and was the main synthesizer used throughout the 70s.

Several of the devices were packaged separately as small wooden sleeved units listed below:

Pitch to Voltage Converter
Triple Slew Limiter
Eight Octave Filter Bank
Two-Voltage Random Generator

Designer Peter Eastty designed a computer as an add-on to the Synthi 100 interfaced to the control matrix board via two 24 x 60 matrix boards.

It included:

PDP8/M with 4K RAM
Twin digital cassettes
24 Input ADCs
24 Output DACs
16 Slider CV Inputs
Switch button Panel
LED Display
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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 12
Envelope Notes::
3 Trapezoid Envelope Generators
Filters
Filters: 8
Types: High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 4
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Duophonic, Mono
Patches
Patches RAM: 1
Effects
2 Voltage Controlled Reverbs
Sequencer
256 step digital sequencer.
Case
Case: Desktop, Module
Case Details: 2 5 octave Dynamic Keyboards
Keyboard: 61 keys
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Sequencer, Switches
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 8
Inputs: 8
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT
Production
Year Released: 1971
Year Discontinued: 1977
Units Made: 40
Used By
Meat Beat Manifesto, Jack Dangers, BBC Radiophonic Workshop ie. Dr Who, Original Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy productions
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $1,000-$5,000 - convert
Retail Street Price: $2,500 - convert
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