EMS VCS3 Production Prototype synthesizer

Electronic Music Studios (London) Limited1969

National Music Centre

National Music Centre

In the 1970s, European rock rippled with the sounds of the VCS3. The first portable and semi-integrated synthesizer, it predated the more commercially successful and well-known Minimoog by a year. Instead of using the physical cables employed by most other manufacturers, the VCS3 uses a unique circular patching matrix with corresponding resistor pins. Led Zeppelin, The Who and Pink Floyd are among a long list of progressive artists who put it to work.


  • Title: EMS VCS3 Production Prototype synthesizer
  • Creator: Electronic Music Studios (London) Limited
  • Date Created: 1969
  • Location Created: England
  • Type: Model Voltage Controlled Studio No. 3/VCS3 ("Putney"), View 4/11

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