EMS Synthi A For Sale. This one was prominently featured on several tracks by the band Muse and now resides at The Synth Sanctuary vintage synth museum recording studio in New York City.
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.