‘The Ultimate Matrix Synthesizer’, XILS 4, Now Available


French soft synth developer XILS-lab today released XILS 4, a software emulation of the legendary EMS VCS4.

The XILS 4 emulates a prototype that was never released, the EMS VCS4, based on two integrated, interlinked and interacting VCS 3 ( Synthi) cores. With XILS 4, they are coupled them the classic 256 analog polysequencer. Continue reading

Analogue Solutions Telemetry (Mini Vostok) Analogue Synthesizer

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This is a video demo of the Analogue Solutions Telemetry (Mini Vostok) Analogue Synthesizer. 

Key Features of the Telemetry synthesizer:

  • Pure analogue voice circuitry
  • Patch points to allow more sound types, and to cross-patch with your modular synths
  • Mini Pin Matrix patch panel to eliminate the use of some patch cables
  • Plenty of modulation possibilities
  • Rugged steel construction
  • MIDI In for software sequencer / keyboard control


  • MIDI-CV converter: pitch, auxiliary CV outputs, and Gate.
  • VCO1: CV In, PW In, Sawtooth Out, Square Out.
  • VCO2: CV In, PW In, Sync In, Saw Out, Square Out, 3x Sub VCO Outs.
  • VCLPF: 2x Sig In, 2x CV In, VCA CV In, Sig Out. Moog style transistor ladder filter.
  • VC LFO1: Saw, Inverted Saw, Square, Triangle outs, Freq CV In.
  • LFO2: Triangle and Square Outs.
  • Sample And Hold: Sig In, Clock In, Sig Out.
  • White Noise
  • Envelope: Trig In, Normal and Inverted Outputs. EMS style repeat feature.
  • X/Y non-sprung Joystick
  • 10×10 signal matrix Patch Panel
  • 10 Shorting pins included

The Analogue Solutions Telemetry is priced at £1099 exc. tax & delivery. Details at the Analogue Solutions siteContinue reading

Synthi AKS KS Expander (Sneak Preview)

The Synthi AKS KS Expander is an expansion add-on for the Synthi AKS Keyboard Sequencer (KS) that is under development.

The Synthi AKS KS Expander interfaces with the Synthi AKS via the male/female 8-pin Jones connectors on the main Synthi unit and KS, and the special EMS pin cable. The standard connecting cable is removed between the KS and Synthi and the unit’s own cables are used instead.

Pricing is TBD. Technical details below. Continue reading

Free Ambient Music From The Synthi Group

Free Music Friday: The Synthi Group returns for part three of their EMS analog music series.

Here’s what they have to say about the release:

Unlike the first two releases, this edition was recorded with a specific theme in mind and with parameters of limitation. The artists appearing on volume three were asked to create ambient soundscapes using EMS equipment ONLY. No other musical gear was used in the creation of this compilation.

Sit back, plug in some headphones and be enveloped by the atmospheric aurality that these fine instruments offer under conduction of experienced adepts. The modulations crafted here are meant to accompany the listener on a voyage one could easily take during sleep, a walk communing with nature, or with a focused ritual. We’ll let you interpret whether your journey is more akin to a pleasant dream, or a dark nightmare; an enjoyable walk, or a terrified flight; a positive attainment of higher light, or the conjuring of the dead…alka 2010

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