EML Electrocomp 200 & 300 Hands-On Demo

In this video, via Switched On, Joey Postiglione explores some of the sonic possibilities of the EML Electrocomp 200 & 300.

The Electrocomp 200 is a patchable analog monophonic synthesizer, introduced in 1969. The EML300 is a controller/expansion companion for the EML 200. It adds three main function blocks, including: Manual Switches, Note Generator and Manual Voltage Generator.

The demo also features sounds from a Yamaha CP70 & the Make Noise Rene.

18 thoughts on “EML Electrocomp 200 & 300 Hands-On Demo

  1. EML – $4,999 on eBay
    CP-70 $1,800 – $2,000 on eBay though no longer available
    0 – comments/responses
    After listening to the “music” created in the above video
    Just honestly curious, why?

    1. Why what? Were you under the impression that eBay pricing is going to fall into your price point, or that the creativity of others is under obligation to your expectations?

      1. “Why what?”

        Would have been more than happy to answer that.
        As for the silly passive aggressive assumptions/questions that followed, meh, not interested.

  2. Answer this. Why take a shot at this guy’s music at all? If you’re going to do that, I think you should be required to put up a link to some of your own work. Then everyone can judge for themselves how much room to talk you have.

    A person’s music is a deeply personal thing. It is either your cup of tea, or not. Running it down is not even passive aggressive. It’s just plain old bad manners.

    1. So no one should be able to judge music, films , books, etc unless they expose themselves as well in those fields. Very novel idea!

      1. To be critical of an artistic work (or anything) with no foundation given for that criticism makes no useful contribution to the conversation. It’s real easy to say something sucks but it takes real commitment to say why. If one is not willing to do that then their input can and should be taken with a grain of salt.

        1. That is a different argument though than the one you made before. Do you need to put out your own work to be evaluated before you judge or if you can theorize like one is taught in an art school or a conservatory you can continue judging freely? And why should one evolve himself with a conversation for something that he feels is bad? There are people here believing this work is close in importance to Stravinsky’s, Debussy’s, Coltrane’s, etc
          I didn’t see you object to that, they also offer no explanation to how they came up with such a monstrous comparison.
          So is it about the art or it is about being “agreeable”?

          1. xrx

            Not sure why you’re hellbent on making yourself look foolish.

            Synthtopia positioned the video as the synthesist exploring ‘some of the sonic possibilities’ of these synth modules.

            Atomic Shadow stated the obvious – that it’s easier to just complain than to offer intelligent criticism or to go as far as actually doing something musically interesting yourself.

            And the guy who made the video noted “This is just me noodling on two instruments that I happened to finish repairing around the same time.”

            Any reasonable person would take statements like that at their face value and enjoy the video for what it is – a well-done demo of some of the possibilities of a rare synth.

            No one said ‘this work is close in importance to Stravinsky’s, Debussy’s, Coltrane’s, etc’. Suggesting that is just pompous blather.

            You’re intelligent enough that you could contribute something useful to the conversation. So why the impotent negativity? If you’ve got something negative to say, at least demonstrate that you can do it with insight and wit!

  3. Pretty cool! Too bad for the dullards who don’t get it. They didn’t get Stravinsky, Debussy, Coltrane, or Picasso, either. A little 4/4 pablum should calm them down.

  4. I love the part in the beginning that sounded like the sound track from Forbidden Planet. Spring reverb classic! I remember this little beast from ads in music magazines of the times.

  5. Hi I’m Joey, the guy from the video.

    This is just me noodling on two instruments that I happened to finish repairing around the same time. I think the cp70 sold for around $300 and the eml was around $2000, so any cost analysis isn’t really warranted. The prices certain shops try to get on eBay is just silly.

    “Why?” Because I thought it would be a cool combo for people to see played together on YouTube.

    Thanks for posting!

  6. 200 is what i learned to play in ’74 as a teen. I visited the factory in CT on a school trip. The 101 was fun too but the spring reverb in the 200 had the better sound. Alan Ravenstein was the master of the 200. Ubu.

  7. Actually I have read a good many movie reviews where I wondered if the critic saw the same film that I did. That does make me wonder what sort of a film that particular critic could make.

    It’s really easy to run something down. Especially on the internet in complete anonymity. Creating any sort of music is a good deal more difficult.

  8. Constructive comments only

    Sad to see people always having to voice crappy attitudes in comments section

    This was lovely video to watch

    Even knowing I will never own this gear

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