MATRIXSYNTH: Radio Belgrade EMS SYNTHI 100 Restoration is Complete

Friday, October 06, 2017

Radio Belgrade EMS SYNTHI 100 Restoration is Complete

This system was briefly mentioned here on MATRIXSYNTH back in 2005. It is great to see that the system is not only fully working again, but is being made available for use. Very few working EMS SYNTHI 100s exist. This is pretty amazing news.

via camp303:

"Just wanted to tell you that we just finished the restoration of the Radio Belgrade Synthi 100!

The Synthi hasn’t been in use for years so it was very dirty but otherwise in good condition. Luckily they had a big supply of spare parts and replacement cards - enough to keep it running for years. We replaced the main power supply and rebuilt the sequencer power supply. Many smaller problems were fixed and all modules and functions were checked and tuned when necessary.

This Synthi is serial number 4 but in fact it was the first Synthi 100 ordered. According the information from one of the original founders of the studio, Paul Pignon, Radio Belgrade worked closely together with David Cockerell and Peter Zinovieff to come up with the specifications of the instrument that would eventually become Synthi 100. There are details that could indicate that it might have been the first machine built.

Synthi 100 in Radio Belgrade is planned to be used by local and international composers to create new works. The details are being worked out but it will stay at the Radio.

We have previously restored the Synthi 100 at the KSYME foundation in Athens in 2016 with the support of documenta 14.

/Daniel Araya and Jari Suominen"

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