VCS3 Poster

VCS3 Poster

40.00

Size: 50cm x 70cm (20” x 28”)
Process: Indigo Digital Print
Stock: 170gsm Earl White

All prints come in rigid, super sturdy 1.6mm thick reinforced tubes to prevent any damage during transit.

All prints come in rigid, super sturdy 1.6mm thick reinforced tubes to prevent any damage during transit.

They look great in a 50cm x 70cm IKEA Frame. We recommend either a RIBBA or STRÖMBY

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VCS3

The VCS3 (aka The Putney) was the first commercial product to come from EMS in 1969. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine's distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary with input from Zinovieff.

The VCS3 was not a keyboard instrument nor was it designed with the traditional musician in mind. It was a portable but powerful and versatile electronic music studio – rather than electronic instrument.

It was the first affordable modular synthesiser that could easily be carried around and used live as a performance instrument. As well as an electronic instrument in it’s own right, the VCS3 could also be used as an effects generator and a signal processor, allowing musicians to manipulate external sounds such as guitars and voice.

Its versatility and weirdness combined to attract a who's who of pop musicians including Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, Stereolab, Yes, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Meat Beat Manifesto, Jean-Michel Jarre, Astral Projection, Vince Clarke, Todd Rundgren, Recoil, Freddy Fresh and many more. 

The synthesiser was also adopted by just about every music laboratory and tech college as a valuable teaching tool for sound processing, acoustics and analogue audio synthesis. Along the way the VCS3 also picked up a healthy cult following and is still in use and production today.

The VCS3 was released in 1969 for £330.

Modules

  • 3 x Voltage Controlled Oscillators.
  • Noise Generator.
  • 2 x Input Amplifiers.
  • Ring Modulator.
  • Voltage Controlled Low Pass Filter.
  • Trapezoid Envelope Generator.
  • Voltage Controlled Reverberation.
  • Meter.
  • 2 x Stereo Output Amplifiers.
  • Joystick.