EML ElectroComp Model 101

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The ElectroComp 101 was the successor to the rare ElectroComp 100 from Electronic Music Laboratories (EML), a small synthesizer company based out of Connecticut in the USA. Like the ARP 2600, the 101 was a patchable (1/4'' patch cords) semi-modular synth with a pre-wired voice path that could be over-ridden via patching. But unlike the ARP (or Minimoog for that matter), the 101 had as many as four oscillators (two of which could go sub-sonic, for use as LFOs) with multiple waveforms that you could sweep between using its rotary knobs. The 101 was also Duophonic so you could play up to two notes at once. Another major distinction was that unlike Moog and ARP, who used transistors that would tend to drift out of tune under various operating temperatures, EML used op amps which proved to be far more stable and reliable.

Other onboard features included a voltage controlled 12 dB/oct multi-mode filter with resonance, two envelope generators, ring/amplitude modulator, noise, and sample-and-hold (they call this the "Sampler"). In addition, the 101 makes no distinction between control voltage and audio paths allowing just about any source to be patched to any control or audio input in any order. The 101 could easily be closed, secured and carried inside its wood casing.

In its day, the 101, as most of EMLs instruments, were marketed and sold to universities and other educational markets. But with the 4-oscillator architecture, multi-mode filter, and elaborate patch control, the EML-101 was undoubtedly one of the most flexible of all of the portable patch-synthesizers available at its time of manufacture. So it did not take long for it to find its way into mainstream music. It has been used by Skinny Puppy, Tommy Mars, Download, Weezer, Foreigner, and Ohm.

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26 Visitor comments
Mike
February 17, 2012 @ 12:15 am
What was the original price of the EML 101?
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plikestechno
February 6, 2012 @ 5:43 pm
Serial numbers for EML product start from when the first one was made and goes sequentially from there. All products are lumped together and not seperated when counting serial numbers.
REwire
December 19, 2011 @ 6:53 pm
This is one of a few mono-synths I've kept over the years due to it's amazing sound and versatility. Only down side is it can't be CV controlled without modification.
monolab
April 28, 2011 @ 8:26 am
thanks Leo , mine is #633 a nice early one i guess.. it's abit knocked about and used looking , but still a very nice synth..
Leo Valentin
January 21, 2011 @ 8:46 am
To monolab...the serial # can be found etched on the the keyboard part...upper right hand corner. You should be able to see it when you set up & take down the 101. As far as the serial # issue, I'm guessing that the first 101's serial number was #1000...but I could be worng
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Duophonic
  • Oscillators - 4 VCO's (2 go sub-sonic, with multiple or variable waveforms + noise)
  • LFO - 2 via using the oscillators which can go sub-sonic
  • Filter - voltage controlled multi-mode 12 dB/oct filter with resonance and switchable low, band and high pass
  • VCA - 2 ADS Envelopes
  • Keyboard - 44 keys
  • Effects - ring/amplitude modulator, sample-and-hold
  • Control - CV/Gate
  • Date Produced - 1972 - 1982

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