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The Electronic Garden has introduced Joystick Journeys – The VCS3 Collection, a new sample library featuring the EMS VCS3 synthesizer.

Here’s what they have to say about the new sample library:

Welcome to the weird, whacky and wonderful world of the EMS VCS3. This unusual instrument was developed by EMS in the late Sixties and intended as a portable electronic music studio. Unlike more famous instruments of the day, the VCS3 was initially released without an accompanying keyboard.

As such, it was embraced (often by those under the influence of certain mood enhancers) as a resource for special effects. It became an electronic voice for space rockers, psychedelic bands and sound designers. The VCS3 and its big brother the Synthi 100 were used by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to create effects for many programs, including of course, Doctor Who.

With clever marketing (“every nun needs a Synthi”), the VCS3 and its electronically identical suitcased brother the Synthi A became mainstays of the European rock scene.

The collection features bread n’ butter patches here, including leads, basses and pads, but also ‘ freaky, crazy modulated effects’.


  • Over 850 16/44.1 kHz and 24-bit/44.1 kHz .wav format samples.
  • Over 70 patches for Kontakt.
  • 101 REX files, tempos 100, 110 and 120 BPM.

Joystick Journeys – The VCS3 Collection is available now for US $20.


A new note at The Synthi reports that preparations are underway to put the classic EMS Synthi A & EMS VCS3 synthesizers back in production:

Preparations to re-establish production of the original Synthi A and VCS3 Mk2 have been proceeding through the summer and we are now expecting the first completed units to be ready in January 2011. Currently we are building a large stock of assembled and tested circuit boards. This has taken quite a bit longer than expected, but you can rest assured that we are dedicated to ensuring a successful outcome, as well as the re-introduction of other EMS products to follow in due course. A new website will also be unveiled in 2010.

Once we start shipping the Synthis it should be posssible to give you an approximiate delivery date, and we will certainly contact you to advise you as the time draws near.

Best wishes – Robin Wood

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