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The VCS3 had a bigger cousin:

which was sold to universities and TV companies. The BBC had one. It did most of the sound effects for Blake's Seven.

Those panels at the front are the patch matrix, which has thousands of holes.

You'd have no trouble at all getting a modern laptop to copy all of the features of a Synthi 100. You could do it in Reaktor without even blinking - or near offer, because the envelopes on the VCS3/Synthi 100 are a little eccentric by modern standards.

Once upon a time I met the designer of the VCS3 - he said it had been built using some very minimal circuits 'because it was cheap.'

In the late 60s and early 70s, EMS, which was the home of the VCS3, had the the most advanced computer music studio on the planet.

You could do everything they're talking about there on a laptop too. But it would take a little longer, and most people don't seem to bother.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Apr 20th, 2008 at 02:20:36 PM EST
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