Behringer has shared a sneak preview of the VCS3, a knockoff of the Electronic Music Studios (EMS) VCS3.
The original VCS3 was one of the first all-in-one portable synth designs, and has been used notably used by artists ranging from Pink Floyd to Jean-Michel Jarre. It’s a three VCO semi-modular synth with an iconic design, featuring a joystick controller and patch matrix.
EMS is still around – they describe themselves as “The World’s Longest Established Synthesizer Manufacturer” – and they are still making the Synthi VCS3. They are a boutique manufacturer, though, and their production has trailed demand to the extent that used VCS3 prices push into 5 digits.
While Behringer originally announced their intent to make a VCS 3 in 2017, this is the first time the company has clearly shared its vision for their version. It looks like it will follow the pattern of synths like the Behringer Odyssey and MonoPoly, balancing closely copying the look and architecture of the original synth against against making compromises that make the design cheaper to manufacturer.
- Analog synthesizer with triple VCO design
- Reproduction of original “VCS3” circuitry designed in 1970
- Analog signal path with VCO, VCF and VCA
- VCOs featuring multi-turn knobs for precise frequency control
- Variable oscillator shapes with variable pulse widths
- 24 dB low pass filter with resonance
- 16 x 16 pin patch bay serves as signal routing matrix by inserting pins into holes
- Ring modulator
- Dedicated analog triangle/square wave LFO
- Noise generator
- Two-axis joystick performance controller
- 42 controls for direct and real-time access to all important parameters
- External audio inputs for processing external sound sources
- MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
Details on pricing and availability are to be announced. Behringer says that they expect to be able to demo the complete prototype ‘soon’.