Re: Modular Analog


Subject: Re: Modular Analog
From: lawrence casserley (leo@chiltern.demon.co.uk)
Date: Sat Mar 19 2005 - 13:34:36 EST


On 19 Mar, 2005, at 17:16, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz wrote:

> At 10:37 AM 3/19/05 -0500, Kevin Austin wrote:
>> http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000393036686/
>
> We don't need no steenkin' modules:
> http://maltedmedia.com/people/bathory/killer.html
>
> :)
>
> Dennis
>
Very interesting - I hadn't run across this one before.

It's clearly based on the VCS3 (Putney), which was made by the British
company EMS from about 1970. Several details are exactly like it,
although clearly the designer has introduced quite a few changes - more
or less the exact spec of modules plus a couple of extras (eg fuzz;
autopan; switch matrix instead of pin matrix) - even the keyboard
oscillator is there, as in the DK1 (Cricklewood) keyboard.
Incidentally, for non Londoners, the names are areas of London where
Peter Zinoviev (head of EMS) and David Cockerell (designer) lived and
worked.

The remarks about this at the end are curious in this regard. You
mention the Putney, but seem unaware that this was indeed the British
original. This is well documented. see:
http://www.ems-synthi.demon.co.uk/index.html, also Ch 6 of Joel
Chadabe's "Electric Sound" and elsewhere. I can see quite well why this
version might have been more appealing to some users, however.

Best

L

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