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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!

Technical Specifications
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

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

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Retail Street Price: $8,995 - convert
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