Find of the Week: An Early EMS VCS-3

This week's Find of the Week is one for the books: it's an early prototype of the EMS VCS 3 analog synth, also known by its nickname "The Putney".

The VCS 3 was first introduced in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff's Electronic Music Studios. Handcrafted, housed in a wooden case, and known for its distinctive patchboard matrix, it was among the first portable synths, eventually making its way onto countless classic rock generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a low-pass filter and a spring reverb unit. This and early electronic music recordings, most notably contributing the iconic bass sound heard in the intro of Pink Floyd's "Welcome To The Machine".

EMS VCS-3 with Cricklewood Keyboard & Random Voltage Generator.

The synth is equipped with three oscillators—two VCOs and a LFO—as well as a noise particular VCS-3 comes with a matching Cricklewood keyboard and an even-rarer EMS Random Voltage Generator box, which generates voltages at variable random times.

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