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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Massimiliano Longo a part-time user from Italiy writes:
Sure, it sound different, clear and magic. I've also Arp2600 and Moog SoniSix but VCS3 come from another planet. For example the Ring Modulator quality, the Resonance tone or the Sine purity. Is'nt a simple musical instrument. Only cons... the price, it goes also to another planet!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-11-2005 at 18:50
don soso a professional user from Belgium writes:
I bought this unit about a year ago, came with an ultra rare wooden cased ks sequencer,wich is even more rare than the vcs3. This synth does things no others can do,it´s that simple. However, people saying it will sound like a moog, arp etc...are wrong. It does not sound anything like a moog. It sounds like an ems, its totally unique, greatest sounds i´ve ever heard, its fun to play around with, the layout of this synth is just beautyfull and strange. You can use it as a synth, effects studio, run stuff through its circuitry. There is one thing i would recommend to anyone buying one of these: Mail robin at ems and order enough patch pins . They dont come that cheap, but with a handfull of patchpins you wont get very far. The more pins you have, the more fun you have!!! To me its the ultimate machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-09-2003 at 04:06
Ben D. a hobbyist user from U.S.A. writes:
That's funny! I remember the one at Oberlin, though I'm pretty sure they kept it in the public lab when I was there. When I came back I had thought to ask John if I could buy it from them but I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't see him.

I'll be buying a VCS3 direct from EMS. It's a terrific, versatile little noise maker. I absolutely love the patch matrix which I consider to be the best routing interface on any semi or fully modular synth. I forget if they're adding buffering to the new makes, which is one of the few downfalls of it (which is avoided in the slider matrix of the ARP 2500). I'm glad to see the Analogue Solutions Vostok has come out with a EMS influenced design, though I haven't had the opportunity to play with it for comparison. (It isn't clone, mind you.) The only major complaints about the VCS3/Synthi are that this is not a machine that is friendly towards other machines, whether keyboards or synths. Since EMS doesn't make the AKS anymore, I'm going to have to scout around for control options.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-25-2003 at 22:16
Teebee303 a hobbyist user from Minnesota USA writes:
Wow. What a beast. I found one of these sitting neglected on an AV shelf here at Oberlin Conservatory which I am at for an electronic music workshop. I had no keboard or sequencer, but i turned it on anyway. It greeted me with a pop from its noisy internal speakers and from there on it was love. Very easy to use very versatile as far as weird sounds go, but not a good lead or melodic synth at all.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-23-2002 at 13:43
Bakis Sirros(Parallel Worlds) a part-time user from Greece writes:
THE ABSOLUTE SYNTH FOR DREAMY/HAUNTING/AMBIENT SOUNDS!!!AWESOME!!!if you have the Criclewood keyboard,too, you have even more posibilities...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-11-2002 at 19:15
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