MATRIXSYNTH: Vince Clarke UMI Sequencer

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Vince Clarke UMI Sequencer

images via this auction
"original system owned by Vince Clarke (probably used as a backup in his studio 37B). He has used UMI sequencers for decades to compose dozens of pop hits. You have the chance to own the latest UMI version created exclusively for Vince Clarke. You get the backup system located on the left side in pic 1. For further pics of the running system in Vince Clarke´s studio 37B see homepage of Gareth Jones. Pics 2 and 3 were made in 37B. You see Vine Clarke working on a pattern using the Microeditor.
This is what you get:
1. One UMI software (release 1.10, located in 6 eproms), modified in 2 versions excusively designed for Vince Clarke --> RND and MTC mods
2. One UMI MIDI-Interface
3. One BBC Master computer with one 3,5" floppy drive (80 tracks) and one Microvitec "Cub" color monitor
4. One copy of user manual (last official release 1.08)
5. Two ROM cartridge holder (each can hold 2 eproms)
6. One formatted disc containg a single pattern for testing the system
7. One short introduction for handling the BBC (e.g. formatting dics)
The system runs on 220 V. All needed cables included."


  1. Oh, so nice to see this picture, but sad to see them go. I've got a UMI with a low production number, bought at Lynton Naiff's house in Putney in the eighties. But I don't blame Vince Clarke for using Mac/Logic/Pro Tools and Reaktor by now. Maybe a museum could buy this old rig?

  2. I bought a UMI from Lynton in the 80s too and used it to record my first demo album. It came with a useful add-on that enabled banks of DX7 sounds to be written tio disc. I still have it but would like to upgrade to Nuendo as the harware is creaking. Does anybody know of anything that would replace it?


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