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Another Akai Trackman turns up on eBay!

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These things are actually quite rare, although my guess is that the demand for them isn’t what it used to be these days. Anyway, here’s another that’s just turned up on eBay and I knew that there would be one or two people interested in it.

Click below to find it on eBay.

Akai U5 TRACKMAN STUDIO 4 TRACK CASSETTE on eBay

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first patch with the VCS3

Ok, the last VCS3 video for now, and not in any way @Sinapsya’s fault, just my self indulgence.

Remember, iVCS3 is on the app store if you can’t afford a real version! It’s a bit more manageable too.

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EMS VCS3 with Cricklewood DK 1 keyboard

Yep, even more VCS3 greatness, again following on from @Sinapsya tweetage yesterday.

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EMS VCS3 with ARP Sequencer 1601.

Only a short one this time, but some more VCS3 goodness following on from @Sinapsya tweetage yesterday.

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VCS3 Putney Sonata #1 by Stomachlining

Given that iVCS3 has been with us for only a short while I thought I’d post some of the videos that @Sinapsya was tweeting yesterday. A good start to the weekend I think.

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IVCS3 Lemurized teaser

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Video description:

“Testing out the “performance page” of upcoming Lemur template for control, modulation and randomization of iVCS3.”

iVCS3 on the app store:

Lemur on the app store:

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iVCS 3 for iPad a Demo and Tour Around This Amazing App

A Tour and Demo of this amazing simulation of the classic synth from EMS, the VCS 3.

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iVCS3, the Official EMS VCS3 emulator arrives at long last!

Here it is, we’ve waited a long time for this and all thought it was vapourware, but it isn’t. Here’s all the details …

The VCS3 was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff’s EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine’s distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary. The VCS3 was more or less the first portable commercially available synthesizer—portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case.

The VCS3 was quite popular among progressive rock bands and was used on recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), King Crimson, The Who, Gong, and Pink Floyd, among many others. Well-known examples of its use are on The Who track “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (as an external sound processor, in this case with Pete Townshend running the signal of a Lowrey Organ through the VCS3’s filter and low frequency oscillators) on Who’s Next. Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” (from The Dark Side of the Moon) made use of its oscillators, filter and noise generator, as well as the sequencer. Their song Welcome to the Machine also used the VCS3. The bassy throb at the beginning of the recording formed the foundation of the song, with the other parts being recorded in response. The VCS3 was also a staple at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and was a regular (and most frightening) sound generator for the Dr Who TV series. Many fo the monsters and atmoshere;s created for the show came directly from the VCS3.

Description

The VCS3 has three oscillators (in reality, the first 2 oscillators are normal oscillators and the 3rd an LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a 18dB/octave (pre-1974) or 24dB/octave (after 1974) voltage controlled low pass filter (VCF), a trapezoid envelope generator, joy-stick controller, voltage controlled spring reverb unit and 2 stereo output amplifiers. Unlike most modular synthesizer systems which use cables to link components together, the VCS3 uses a distinctive patch board matrix into which pins are inserted in order to connect its components together.
Keyboards controller

DK1 keyboard controller

Although the VCS3 is often used for generating sound effects due to lack of built-in keyboard, there were external keyboard controllers for melodic play. The DK1 in 1969 was an early velocity sensitive monophonic keyboard for VCS3 with an extra VCO and VCA. Later it was extended for duophonic play, as DK2, in 1972. Also in 1972, Synthi AKS was released, and its digital sequencer with a touch-sensitive flat keyboard, KS sequencer, and its mechanical keyboard version, DKS, were also released.

iVCS3 is priced at $14.99.

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AKAI Trackman on eBay, last day

So it’s still there, with just over a day to go. I had thought initially that this was going to get snapped up, but it simply didn’t happen. My guess is that it was just too expensive for the kind of people who are in the market for this kind of vintage(-ish) hardware. It’s certainly too pricey for me, and that’s even after it dropped in price, although not really enough, coupled with the fact that I’ve just got a cassette multi-track, but more of that another time.

Anyway, if you missed this from the original post here’s your last chance to take a look.

AKAI U-5 Trackman Studio Multitrack on eBay.

AKAI U-5 Trackman Studio Multitrack on eBay

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Well there’s a surprise! Arturia iSEM for iPad arrives

Well I didn’t see that coming. Did you? Here’s all the info …

DESCRIPTION
iSEM is a recreation of the classic 1974 Oberheim SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module), one of the world’s first self-contained synthesizer modules and the first to bear the “Oberheim Electronics” name.

The Oberheim SEM was made famous by artists and bands such as Lyle Mays, Jan Hammer, Joseph Zawinul, Supertramp, 808 State, Vince Clarke and Depeche Mode.

Based on the TAE® technology found in our Oberheim SEM V software, iSEM brings back the sound and special characteristics of this iconic synth in an sonically accurate and expanded touch-based emulation.

What you can do with the iSEM?

The iSEM is a powerful instrument capable of producing a wide range of warm analog sounds.

Reproducing the unique SEM architecture, with its oscillator sync, characteristic filter shape and specific envelope response, the iSEM is able to generate the fat basses that have made the Oberheim brand so popular. Thanks to its simple and clever PW and pitch modulations, it is also very easy to produce moving and lively leads.

Its remarkable 12 dB/oct multimode filter is a real blast from the past, becoming an awesome weapon in the context of current electronic music. This unique module can instantly tailor your sound to fat, crisp, or spectral textures with access to all the nuances in between…

iSEM comes with over 500 sounds that you can browse through and play. You can also easily create your own sounds with the easy to use interface.

Play iSEM’s numerous sounds from the iPad keyboard or control iSEM from a MIDI keyboard or other app via CoreMIDI and integrate it into your studio or live performance.

If you are an owner of of the Arturia SEM V software on your Mac or PC, you can even import and export sounds between your laptop or desktop SEM V and iSEM.

FEATURES
All the original parameters of the Oberheim SEM: two oscillators, each offering sawtooth wave and variable-width pulse wave with PWM, sine wave LFO, 12dB/oct multi-mode Filter with low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch, two ADS envelope generators.

Added functionalities:

  • New LFO, Noise, Sub oscillator, Arpeggiator, Portamento.
  • Polyphonic playability
  • 8 Voice Programmer module allows each voice to have different settings
  • HOLD and CHORD modes.
  • Virtual Analog Chorus.
  • Virtual Analog Delay.
  • Full user MIDI mapping of panel controls.
  • Supports WIST sync to other iOS devices.
  • Supports AudioBus and Apple’s Inter-App Audio connectivity (requires iOS7).

COMPATIBILITY
iSEM is compatible with iPad 2 and later, iPad with Retina Display and iPad mini.
Apple’s Inter-App Audio connectivity (requires iOS7), AudioBus, Korg’s WIST and Apple’s CoreMIDI are all supported.

The Oberheim™ name used here is a trademark of the Gibson Guitar Corp. The trademark is used by license to Arturia.

Arturia iSEM is priced at $9.99.