Impressive DIY E-mu Modular Synthesizer Replica

French boutique maker Mos-Lab shared this video documenting their fantastic DIY synth project – a replica of the rare E-mu modular synthesizer.

Before E-mu created gear like the Emulator, the Drumulator, the Emax and the Proteus, they created a modular synthesizer to compete with the likes of Moog and ARP. Introduced in the early 70s, only a few hundred E-mu modular systems were made.

The video shows some of the behind-the-scenes work that went into making this impressive project, ranging from woodworking to panelwork to the electronics.

11 thoughts on “Impressive DIY E-mu Modular Synthesizer Replica

  1. Incredible work! I’ve built a couple of euro modules from kits, but the whole system? That’s some real passion right there!

  2. Hats off to the builder! Awesome system! I know it took a lot of time and headaches!
    In the past I built a few synth modules n had to calibrate….no easy task!

  3. The sound is excellent, but unlike Moogs, its hard to pin down because it was so rare. There’s an interesting roundness to it. My E-mu experience began with a Proteus/1, so this sits next to real Fairlights as a dream item. It was also a smart design move to avoid the pin matrix.

  4. I worked on one as an undergrad at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 25 years ago. I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing with it but it was cool to play with. Anyone know they they still have it?

  5. i don´t get it. why would you do that when you can have the new roland fantom instead that has every sound on the planet, plus a step sequencer and ableton-in-the-box?

    1. Because not every musician is you. Every musician gets inspiration in different ways and prefers workflows in different ways.

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