Rare Vintage Analog Synthesizer






The EMS Synthi A (Putney Synthesiser) is a modular synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd.  It uses pins rather than patchcords to route signals and voltages. This is the same synthesizer engine as the EMS VCS3 and Synthi AKS.  It sounds like nothing else and is THE sound effects machine of choice by nearly everyone who owns one. This synth has serious character and is perfect for creating deep organic sounds. If I didnt know better Id swear it was ALIVE! :) Great for serious sound design, laser zaps, sweeps, growls, birds, blips, etc. You can hear it all over recordings by groups like Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Brian Eno, Vince Clarke, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, Sonic Boom, Yes, Alan Wilder, Sonic Boom and many other very influential musicians from the 70s to today. Also used by the BBC Radiophonic Worshop on the Dr.Who soundtrack! Features 3 oscillators, a resonant lowpass filter, ring modulator, 2 inputs for external signal processing (some people used the Synthi A only for this - it sounds great), noise source, output filters, envelope / trapezoid generator, beautiful spring reverb, volt meter, joystick (a brilliant feature!) and I think thats about it. Lets not forget the built in speakers! This synth can be set to drone or you can use the automatic envelope feature so it triggers itself. You can also use the built in manual trigger button. It can also be triggered from a MIDI to CV converter with some effort though most people use it for sound effects and processing.  


Our items are as described, which means no typical surprise post-sale repair bills or serious flaws typical of most vintage gear deals! 

This actually appears to be a Synthi AKS that's lost its keyboard section along the way, so we're selling it as a Synthi A, which is exactly what a keyboardless Synthi AKS is. :) If anyone's got a spare keyboard section they don't need, let us know.  This unit is in nice shape for a used item of its type and age. There is some rust on the metal hardware outside the case as is sometimes seen, and the case has a fair number of scratches, scuffs and imperfections but the synth section itself is lookin' good and has been thoroughly tested over a long period of time and is working great.  We've seen these come with and without metal covers for the back of the synth unit - this one didn't have a plate when we got it but this shouldn't matter as it screws right in to the plastic suitcase without any trouble.  Someone added a simple modification that included a switch but we cut out this mod out when we serviced this unit, so the extra switch does nothing. In fact, the switch itself is also broken. We just left it there cause we felt it would look better than a hole. :) Both case latches work but one of them sometimes needs to be pushed in to close.  This sale includes the pins shown in the photos as well as a power cord.  As stated, this Synthi works well and sounds great and should make most people looking for a used Synthi A very happy.

Donít let our overly critical descriptions discourage you, check out the detailed photos above!



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