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EMS Vocoder 5000

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    The EMS Vocoder 5000 is still available for order and considered the most detailed of vocoders ever produced. It could split sounds into their component frequencies and re-synthesise them.

    Its has 22 band analysis and synthesis sections which can accurately superimpose the spectral content of one signal upon another. By use of the pin matrix it is possible to transmute the sex and age of the voice that is input into the unit.

    With it's two oscillators taken from the EMS VCS3 synthesizers on board its a synthesizer all it's own.22 Some found it difficult to use but to this day is still a highly desirable unit to use if not own for it's features.


    22 x 22 pin matrix for patching analysis section to synthesis section
    Pitch Extractor produces a CV proportional to an incoming audio signal
    Noise source with "colour" control
    2 internal VCO's for excitation source
    Voiced/Un-voiced detector
    Voltage Controlled "Slew and Freeze" function
    Frequency Shifter
    Oscilloscope interface
    20kg weight!
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Up, Sine, Square, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: Input, Knob
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole)
    Filter Modulation: Knob
    Filter Notes:
    User can choose 20 or 22 filter bands
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Patches RAM: 1
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Knobs, Modulation Pin Matrix
    Display Type: VU Meter
    Weight: 20 kg
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Inputs: 1
    Year Released: 1975
    Used By
    BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Kraftwerk, Stevie Wonder, Battlestar Gallitica
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] emssynthesisers.co.uk

    Virtual Software
    Retail Street Price: $8,995 - convert
    YouTube Videos
    References & Sources

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