MATRIXSYNTH: Any Colour You Like (Dark Side of the Moon) Pink Floyd: Synthi AKS


Friday, July 05, 2024

Any Colour You Like (Dark Side of the Moon) Pink Floyd: Synthi AKS


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"The Mind-Blowing EMS VCS3 part in Pink Floyd's Any Colour You Like.
S1: Ep1
Demo of the Synthi AKS solo from 'Any Colour You Like' from the legendary 'Dark Side of the Moon' Album - explained by Andy Whitmore at Greystoke Studio.
Dark Side of the Moon is a studio album released in 1973 - recorded at Abbey Road Studios - it took 7 months to record.
The Synthi AKS is wrongly credited on the album as EMS VCS3 - but the documentary videos clearly show David Gilmour, Roger Waters & Richard Wright playing the synth in my video.

Time Stamps
0:00 - Intro & EMS explanation
0:37 - Synth Solo Demo - Any Colour
1:11 - Patch Setting
1:27 - Summary
1:36 - Any Colour You Like - Synthi Solo

The VCS 3 (or VCS3; an initialism for Voltage Controlled Studio, version) is a portable analog synthesiser with a flexible semi-modular voice architecture, by Electronic Music Studios (London) Limited (EMS) in 1969.
This product was called various names by EMS. For example, the printed logo written to the front left of products are: V.C.S. 3 or The Putney (VCS 3) on the earlier version, then The Synthi (VCS 3) II on the later version (Synthi VCS 3 II).

The VCS 3's basic design was reused by EMS in many other of their own products, most notably in the EMS Synthi 100 (1971), and the Synthi A (1971) and AKS (1972) (essentially a VCS 3 housed in a plastic briefcase). The AKS also has a sequencer built into the keyboard in the lid."

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