EMS Synthi A

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Perhaps the most iconic British synthesiser of all time and popular with the Radiophonic Workshop, the EMS VCS3 (‘Putney’) appeared on an unsuspecting public in 1969 with a suitcase version the Synthi A (‘Portobella’) to follow in 1971. Both were controllable by a DK1 keyboard (‘Cricklewood’).

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The DK.0 was the original prototype from 1969. Only two or three are known to have been made.

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The Synthi was re-designed in 1972 with a keyboard sequencer and Presto patch, the Synthi AKS.

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The Radiophonic Workshop was one of the few institutions which could afford to upgrade to EMS’ top of the line laboratory system, the Synthi 100.

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In time, the Delaware fell out of favour, quite possibly on account of its real estate, and was dismantled. In its place, Brian Hodgson commissioned a small but powerful modular system designed by EMS associate Ken Gale, the Wavemaker.

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