Back to the 70’s !
EMS created the VCS3 (also called ‘the putney’ ), then, based on the VCS3, the Synthi A and Synthi AKS. A portable synth in a suitcase ! A James Bond suitcase.
Some VST plugins (freeware) tried to recreate the original semi modular design of this synth, here’s the list :
1. Cynthia VST by NineCows
Cynthia is a free EMS VCS3 VST emulation. It was developed with Synthedit, so it’s for Windows (32 bit) hosts.
Don’t forget to read the manual it’s clear and instructive.
The Cynthia VST come with two dll files : it can also be used as effect, for processing your audio input.
2. KX-Synth-X16 VST By KX77Free
a Synthedit creation, based on the VCS3 structure.
It’s the best sounding VSTi in this list. And the more powerful too.
The Kx-Synth-X16 go further his VCS3 model and is polyphonic.
The original “springverb” is replaced with a delay.
3. Synthia 2 by EFM
Warning, it can blow your speakers.
I don’t really like its sound, but if you want to experiment, don’t hesitate.
4. SynthiAKS by Richard Brooks
This incredibly old Synthedit VSTi can do some noise.
5. VCS5 by Richard Brooks
This antiquity is modelled after a VCS3 synth.
You may like it. Or not.
Come on Jean Michel :
What you accomplished I don’t have word for it
It is incredible. I love it works great thanks so much.
I love Synthia 2 by EFM. Doctor Who sounds in a breeze.
I’ve pasted this from an old blog post on a site I used to maintain:
“It can be a little confusing when you hear about the Portabella, the Putney, the AKS, the Synthi A, the VCS3, etc. To clear this all up I’ll expound below:
The Synthi A is the same as the AKS, except for the additional sequencer and keyboard on the AKS.
The Synthi A and the AKS came in a portable plastic suitcase; the VCS3 did not.
The Synthi A was nicknamed the Portabella.
The VCS3 was nicknamed the Putney.
The VCS3 accomplished its mod routing with a pin matrix.”
If you want to see more VST clones of these, go to number 18 on this list: