Showing posts with label CEMS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CEMS. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

EMS Synthi A

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via this auction

Tuesday, January 10, 2023



"Here's a quick video of the VCSX-B expander
Great for adding additional colour to you Synthi or modular

Thanks for watching"

Monday, October 10, 2022

Soundfreak test 7

video upload by Todd Barton

"Exploring a self-patched Triple VCO (no fx, no other modules)
then exploring routing output to initial inputs to hear what happens.

See the Soundfreak label below for additional demos.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Demo of EMS AKS SYNTHI - VCS3 Demo of sounds & in depth programming – 1971-Part 5

video upload by Andy Whitmore

All parts here.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

JEC iVCS3 Tutorial Individual Parameter LFOs

video upload by James Edward Cosby

"In this video JEC Shows how to program an iVCS3 Parameter Knob to have a synchronised LFO..."

Friday, June 03, 2016

Future Retro 512 touch keyboard plays the EMS Putney, Minimoog Model D, EML 101, & Eurorack

Published on Jun 3, 2016 FutureRetroSynths

"Just a quick video to show the Future Retro 512 can play the EMS Putney, Synthi, VCS3 just fine with their .32V/Oct CV standard. All you need to do to make this happen is route the 1/8" gate output of the 512 to the Gate In of the Putney's Keyboard-In cinch-jones connector, and the 1V/Oct CV out of the 512 to the Control In 1. You can then adjust the Control 1 level to scale this CV so the oscillators in the EMS track properly. Start with Control 1 level at "4" then play octaves to dial in the oscillator tracking.

Notice I could have routed the 512's mod wheel, velocity, or aftertouch to Control 2's input to add even more control over the EMS"

Future Retro 512 touch keyboard plays the Minimoog Model D

Published on Jun 3, 2016

"Quick test to show that the Future Retro 512 can play the older Moog synthesizers with their S-trig type gate inputs. For the 512 to control the S-trig synthesizers, you simply need a 1/8" to cinch-jones connector with a transistor and resistor wired into the cable. Simple to do, schematics can be found online."

Future Retro 512 touch keyboard plays the EML 101

Published on Jun 3, 2016

"Quick demo of the Future Retro 512 playing the EML 101 synthesizer. Although the EML does not follow the 1V/Oct CV standard you can trim the 512's CV output to conform to the EML CV standard, and have your oscillators track pitches correctly."

Future Retro 512 touch keyboard plays a Eurorack modular

Published on Jun 3, 2016

"Here's a quick video to show the Future Retro 512 keyboard can play all the various Eurorack modular gear as well.

Special thanks to Switched-On music store here in Austin for setting up this Doepfer system for us, and their time and space while we shot this video in their store."

Follow up to New Future Retro 512 Touch Keyboard Playing the Arp 2600 & Buchla Music Easel

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

NoodleFest Coming to Rotterdam, Netherlands Saturday 18th October

Videos from previous performances at the Noodlebar below.


The best of 2 years Noodlebar

On Saturday, October 18th Roodkapje will be marked by NoodleFest. On this particular evening a selection of artists who have played at Noodlebar in the past 2 years, will show their skills in two different rooms.

In 2012 Mono-Poly decided it was time for a monthly evening devoted to modular synthesizers. Luckily he found in BAR the place who were open to the more experimental side of music where he along with Falafelbiels put down the first night. In 2013 Noodlebar made the switch from BAR to Roodkapje where it got the space to grow to where it is today.
As the scene is so niche based, the name Noodlebar spread fairly quickly and there were plenty of artists who were only too eager to come and play. Foreign artists who happen to be in the neighborhood also added to the international allure.

Prepare for an exciting evening with a variety of electronic music. Deep drone sounds to danceable floor fillers. Or just the exciting improvisation sets by Falafelbiels. With headliners like Stefan Robbers and Zenn who will keep you on the dancefloor. Das Ding, who has been making music since the 80's, is now also involved with modular synths. Never failing to not disappoint with his deep and dark wave of danceable sounds. Soon he will release his new lp housed at the new Rotterdam label Electronic Emergencies.

We also welcome our newest member of Noodlebar Harry Plotter, an artist who shapes the sequences of a synthesizer and a plotter on paper.

The main key of Noodlebar remains that there is no computer involved.

Artiesten: Falafelbiels (Roffa), Das Ding (Roffa), Trap & Zoid (Belgium), Jenamu6 (Roffa), Zenn (Den Bass), Reptile (Utrecht), Zen.Se (Bruxhell), Osc1899 (Roffa), Ruistuin (Eindhoven), Kang (La Haya), Colloid (Delft), Boris Scorpio (Amsterdam), Harrold Proffessor Azzacove (La Haya), GERITZ / KAFFA (La Haya), Gries and friends (Tilburg), Rumatov (Tilburg), Sierra Romeo + Fraknoise (Eindhoven), Kami Kapnobatai (Roffa), Mono-Poly (Roffa), Harry Plotter (Roffa)

When? saturday 18th October
Where? Roodkapje Rotterdam
Entrance: 6 euro
More info:"

Das Ding Modular - Noodlebar @ DEAF 2014 from Streamline Media on Vimeo.

TRAP & ZOID ::: Noodlebar at Rodekapje April 17th 2014 from Streamline Media on Vimeo.
TRAP & ZOID (Belgium)
Trap & Zoid is formerly a one-human electronic solo project, using mainly legendary EMS Synthis and some modular synths.

Harry Plotter from mono-poly on Vimeo.
Demo video of the Harry Plotter set.
These are plotted images done with a plotter and analogue (modular) synthesizer.
For bookings contact

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Published on Jul 29, 2014 zack dagoba

"Me, touching some synths.
Benge - "Sulieo" new album -
For more information see http://myblogitsfullofstars.blogspot...."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

EMS VCS3 TR-808 - Point Loma @ All my Friends, Rosarito

Published on May 28, 2014 Bostich Nortec·73 videos

"ROLAND TR-808 trigger EMS VCS3

Set de Point Loma para All my Friend Music Fest Rosarito, 14 de Junio 2014"

Monday, October 01, 2012

The Music of Richard Lainhart Coming to Tokyo & a New Release

October 13 & October 16, 2012 – Tokyo, Japan

Ambient Dream: The Music of Richard Lainhart

"If you are in Japan or know of anyone who will be in Toyko October 13 or 16, please pass this along. Thanks! — Caroline Meyers (Richard Lainhart's wife)

Richard Lainhart (1953-2011) was one of the seminal figures in contemporary American electronic music, composing more than 150 works over the course of nearly four decades. His distinctive sound was characterized by organic textures inspired by natural phenomena, such as clouds, water and fire, typically arranged in minimalist structures and treated with microscopically observed harmonies. The "listening" concerts October 13 and 16 are retrospectives of his music and a preview of an upcoming vinyl LP scheduled for release December 2012.

For more about Richard and the legacy of his music visit
or email Caroline Meyers"

Update: you can also track updates at Richard Lainhart Music and Films on Facebook.  Be sure to like the page.

And a new release available at Vicmod Records:

"The Course of the River, a vintage electronic music work by the late synthesist Richard Lainhart is now available.

It includes two parts:

A River on a Cold Mountain 14:21
The Course of the River 31:48

The music was created in 1975 on the Moog CEMS System at SUNY Albany Electronic Music Studio. All proceeds from the album will go to the Lainhart Family."

Click here for full details on the release. Excerpt regarding the CEMS:

"The pieces on 'The Course of the River' were both recorded in the State University of New York at Albany's Electronic Music Studio in 1975, using the Moog CEMS (Coordinated Electronic Music Studio) System developed by my composition teacher Joel Chadabe. Joel worked closely with Bob Moog in developing the CEMS, and Moog developed many custom modules for the system, which at the time may have been the largest integrated Moog synthesizer in the world.

The CEMS System contained an extended array of sound generating and processing modules as well as a unique programming system consisting of an automated matrix mixer, a digital master clock, and a bank of eight analog sequencers with customized logic hardware for running them together, independently, in succession, or in any combination of those modes..."

Thursday, August 09, 2012

RA MOOG MODULAR: delays mixers 262 auto shift

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via this auction

"R.A. Moog modular delays mixer module, extremly rare, never seen before due the restricted productions of few exemplars (1969) great tools near a 960 & 962. I could call it 963, this module manages the functions of a 960 and 962 Included the original Moog modular wires and connectors already wired for the three 960, 962 and '963' It come in excellent conditions, perfect working, but due to the vintage nature of this kind of instruments, I sell it 'as seen' Standard Moog modular (RA) dimensions and psu voltage: +12, -6 and ground."

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Richard Lainhart: CEMS, Theremin, and Ondes Martenot Lecture, BEAF 2011

YouTube Uploaded by matrixsynth on Jun 1, 2011

First three parts of Richard Lainhart's lecture at the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival on Friday, May 6, 2011, 2PM PST. These cover the CEMS (Coordinated Electronic Music Studio - see the CEMS label below for more), theremin, and ondes Martenot. The audio on these are a little on the low side so remember to turn your speakers back down after listening. You can find a full transcript for each part below in case you can't quite make things out. You can catch Richard Lainhart's lecture on the Buchla 200e and Haken Continuum, followed by a performance, in this previous post.

Transcripts for the above three videos:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Richard Lainhart - Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival Lecture & Performance

Richard Lainhart - Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival 2011

Slideshow of Richard Lainhart's lecture at the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF), Friday, May 6, 2:PM PST, 2011 (mentioned in this post). Below is a video of the Buchla and Haken Continuum portion of the lecture followed by a performance of Olivier Messiaen's Oraison written for the ondes Martenot at the 48:00 mark (see this post for the original version and this post for another performance by Richard). You will notice Richard makes references to earlier parts of the lecture. These included his training on the CEMS modular synthesizer system and the ondes Martenot (don't miss this post and this post on the CEMS). See the labels at the bottom of this post for more info on each. I will upload those videos at a later date. They were background to Richard's experience with early modular synthesizers and controllers that eventually lead him to the Buchla and Haken Continuum. It was a great lecture and I hope you enjoy it. Be sure to bookmark this one. I also want to thank Richard Lainhart for doing lectures like these. They are a rare treat.

YouTube Uploaded by matrixsynth on May 19, 2011

The following is a full transcript. BTW, if anyone is interested in transcription services, let me know.


Speaker: Richard Lainhart
Lecture Date: May 6, 2011
Lecture Time: 2:00 p.m. PST
Location: Western Washington University
Event: Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival 2011 (BEAF)
Length: Digital AVI recording; 57 minutes 32 seconds

[Beginning of recorded material]

Richard Lainhart: Okay. What I want to do now is actually talk a little bit about the system itself here and about the design of the system and explain what's actually happening here and why it's designed this way, and again, my focus on, on expression. So this is, as I mentioned, this is the Buchla 200E. This is a current electronic music instrument that is still being made now by Buchla. Don Buchla again was a contemporary, or is a contemporary of Bob Moog, and he took a very different path than Moog did. And one of the reasons I think that Moog's instruments became so popular, of course the Mini Moog was like the first real break-out electronic music synthesizer, was that Moog's instruments had keyboards on them. They had black and white keyboards. And you could use them to play, you could use them to play rock and roll with them basically because you could plug them into a really loud amplifier and it could be louder than a guitar. And it could be a bass, you know, it could be louder than a bass and all that sort of stuff. And of course a lot of, you know, a lot of wonderful music was made with that instrument.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Warren Burt - Early Electronic Music

"USCD had several electronic music studios. The two that were available to me, when I arrived in 1971, were the large Buchla 100 studio, and a smaller studio with a small Moog series III which was integrated into a tape music studio. I worked in both of these, but coming from working with the large CEMS system, I was most immediately attracted to the Buchla studio. The UCSD Buchla was about half the size of the CEMS Moog, but it had a lot of unique features. It had four sequencers and 3 Buchla touch sensitive keyboard pad modules. This allowed lots of possibilities. Here's a picture of the UCSD Buchla. It had four cabinets, with a sequencer unit in the bottom of each cabinet. Two of the sequencers were 16 stage units, the other two had 8 stages." See the WARREN BURT website for more.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sal-Mar construction

flickr sets by gdanner
(click for more)

For more detailed info on the Sal-Mar see the label at the bottom of this post. It was restored by Greg Danner, who is of course gdanner.

via Deviant Synth, where you will also find a note and link to images of the MOOG CEMS Modular. I was going to post it as well but realized I already have (CEMS label below).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Joel Chadabe


Top: "Performing 'Solo' at New Music New York in 1979. The system on the table is the first Synclavier. The antennas are modified theremins, built by Robert Moog."

Bottom: "Working at the CEMS System, an analog-programmable electronic music system, in the Electronic Music Studio at State University of New York at Albany in 1970."

via Nino

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

VEMIA Update

Via Peter Forrest:

"Interesting analogue items in the VEMIA auction at ending on this coming Saturday, (April 12) include ARP 2500, Quadra, Solina String Synthesizer, Cavagnolo Exagone XM64, CRB Computer Band 2000, Crumar Spirit s/n 15, Digisound, Doepfer, Elka Synthex, EML 200, EMS Logik, Dequencer, Hi Fli, Vocoder 2000, ETI 4600, Fender Rhodes Mk I, Freeman String Symphonizer, unopened Hohner Clavinet, Drumfire DF500, Kenton Mono/Poly kit, Korg MS02, 03, 50, SQ-10, Trident II, VC-10; two Mellotrons (one in Canada), MasterRoom reverbs, R A Moog CEMS (the biggest custom design he ever did?), Minimoogs, Minitmoog, Sonic Six, three touchplates; Matrix 12 with Xpander front panel, OB8, OBMx, OSCar, Syntars, PPG 1002, 350, 360, 390; Rhodes Chroma, Prophet T8, Simmons SDSVs, Spectral Audio ProTones, Steiner Masters Touch, SE MIDIMini and MIDIMoog, Stramp Synchanger II, dotcom stuff, early Curetronic, Adrian Utley's theremin, Estradin 230, GTC Telefonfilter, Rozzbox, Persephone Deluxe, Springer 1950s time-stretcher, Vox Jaguar (Canada), Yamaha SS30, and plenty more besides. Some prices are high, some very high; some are surprisingly low. You can always just look at any pictures that interest you."

Pictured here is the MOOG Touchplate prototype #1.
"A fantastic and rare example of Bob Moog's own handiwork, serial number TP010. When he started back into music manufacture in the early eighties, the model 300 touch-plate was one of his first products. This is the prototype Synton received from Bob for demonstration purposes. It is extremely Moog-like in its characteristics. It has its own inbuilt power transformer, and the outputs are available on six 1/4in jack sockets, with good ol' Moog knobs for controlling sensitivity. It has a Synton sticker on the back, saying 'TOUCH PLATE USA'. Synton and Moog had a close relationship in the 80s, with reciprocal import/export. It is untested. This is from the collection amassed by Felix Visser, former head of Synton. All items were destined for a national technology museum project, many years in the planning, but finally cancelled by politicians and planners. They have mostly been stored unused for a number of years. Any items marked untested are untested, are sold as is, and could be fine or could need work. Wherever we have more information (good or bad news) it is mentioned in the item description."

Friday, April 04, 2008

MOOG CEMS unique original custom modular - VEMIA

"ONE OF THE TWO OR THREE MOST IMPORTANT MOOG CUSTOM MODULAR SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD. This is the system Joel Chadabe dreamt up, in collaboration with Robert Moog, and had him build in the late 60s. It is at VEMIA, undergoing restoration - more details later - but is a unique and hugely powerful system, full of Moog custom modules, some very rare, some very early, and some almost certainly unique. Joel Chadabe's book 'Electric Sound' pp286-287: 'In 1966, I got an idea. I drew up a plan for a completely automated synthesizer system, discussed its feasibility with Robert Moog, described it in an article in 'New Perspectives in Music', and got the funding to have it built. That system, which I called the CEMS (Coordinated Electronic Music Studio) System, was ordered from Moog in 1967.... and installed in December 1969. In addition to an extended array of sound-generating and processing modules, an automated matrix mixer, and a digital clock, the system contained a bank of eight analog sequencers with customised logic hardware for running them synchronously, asynchronously, in succession, or in any combination.' '... the world's largest concentration of Moog sequencers.......' 'In 'Drift'.. (1970), icy electronic sounds swooped automatically through a virtual space without my intervention or control. It was the realtime equivalent of algorithmic composition..' '... a few months later, I was using joysticks to control oscillators, filters, modulators and amplifiers. The sequencers, configured to generate pseudo-random patterns, were also controlling the oscillators, filters, modulators and amplifiers. And I was also controlling the sequencers...... .. I was in effect conversing with a musical instrument that seemed to have its own interesting personality.' The CEMS is housed in four tall vertical cabinets, on casters. 1. 4x 960 (s/n 1094-S, 1096-S, 1103-S etc) 4 x 962 (s/n 1062, 1063 etc) 4 x custom delay mixers, 20 trunk lines. All R.A.Moog, mostly 9/69. 2. 4x 901 VCOs, trunks, Portamento, 2x multiples, CP-3 mixer, 984 mixer, 901, Portamento, 911, 2x 902, multiples, Portamento, 901, 904B, 904C, 904A, 904B, pitch/trigger interface, 912, S-trig>V-trig with portamento, 902, 911, multiples, 911, Attenuators, 911, 903, multiples, 3-pin sockets for joysticks etc, Delays, trunk lines. 3. 'Moogus Operandi' 10 digital numeric switches, 104ms- 4 sec delays, with x1 and x100 switches, digital clock with nixie tubes, trunk section with type B sockets (one line empty), 3x 4U Voltage Controlled Mixers, Portamento (R A Moog, no logo), 905, Triggered Controller, R A Moog banana & 3-pin interfaces, 904B, 902, 902, 911, R A Moog Signal Router, Amplifier, 3x Triggered Controller, PSU, delays and trunk lines. 4. similar to cabinet 1. **It also includes five R A Moog joysticks, serial numbers 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, and... 1008. - and a pre-production model Ribbon Controller, which Mike Bucki at Modusonics can provide a new ribbon for.** Like many other things in this auction, this is from the collection amassed by Felix Visser, former head of Synton. All items were destined for a national technology museum project, many years in the making, but finally cancelled by politicians and planners. They have mostly been stored unused for a number of years. This system has not (as of March 20) been powered up, and is SOLD AS IS unless we have more information in the meantime. (The power supplies are currently at Lucid Sound for testing and servicing where necessary.) Cosmetic state at present: all sequencer lamps present and guaranteed working 100%; all screws, nuts and washers checked, cleaned and replaced where necessary; veneer repaired on the facing edges of cabinets where necessary; casters replaced; module panels cleaned and looking good; many of the silver knob inserts are missing - many are saved ready to stick back on, but some are lost. (We are searching for replacements, or failing that, new knobs are still generally available.) The quality of early Moog modules is remarkable, and we would expect it to be not at all difficult or expensive to restore this to excellent working order - and beautiful cosmetic condition as well. If required, we can source and supervise this work, and would expect it to be very reasonably priced. All photos were taken before cosmetic restoration, and the system now looks a great deal better - superb apart from the missing silver knob inserts. For more of the old pics see: link"
You can find this one on VEMIA - Click on Auctions, Search, and search for 5560.

Update via peterwendt in the comments: "I knew I'd seen this before: link... great post with lots of details from Richard Lainhart."

Monday, November 05, 2007

MOOG CEMS X-Y Controllers

currently up for auction on VEMIA.
"RA Moog X-Y controllers all in a row. These five, serial numbers 1002-5 and 1008, are part of the CEMS custom Moog system. Joel Chadabe and the other guys who used the system would set up elaborate interacting sequences with the eight 960/962s, delays, VC mixers etc., and then tweak them with these joysticks."
follow up to this post. To see all VEMIA posts to date, click here.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

moog emsa x-y controllers and CEMS cabinet

flickr by independentsoundandvisi on. Click through for more shots. To see to see the full size, click on the All Sizes link for each when you get there.

Click here for more info on the CEMS.

Update: see this post for more info on the x-y controllers. These are also part of the VEMIA auction.

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