Electronic Music Studios (EMS) Vocoder 2000 / 3000
British synth maker EMS are known not only for their classic VCS3, but also for their unique retro vocoders. Designed by Tim Orr, the EMS Vocoder 2000 is an excellent voice synthesizer comparable to the Roland SVC-350. It has been around since the late seventies, and is still available to this day. The Vocoder 2000 offered 16-channels of vocoding with filters, mic/line inputs, oscillator and noise sources, voiced/unvoiced detector, and slew/freeze control.
The EMS Vocoder 3000 offers 16 channels of vocoding like the 2000, but with individual level controls for each band and newer knobs & switches on the front panel, plus a new LED signal meter. It came out in 1977. It has been used by Jimmy Edgar and Vangelis.
- Demos & Media
Video 1 - EMS Vocoder What Is It? EMS 2000
- Polyphony - n/a - 16-band vocoder. 1/4 inch input for Speech and Excitation sound sources.
- Oscillators - White noise generator and pulse oscillator (0-1 khz). Both may be gated by the voiced/unvoiced detector. Oscillator frequency fixed or amplitude modulated.
- Filter - FILTERBANK: 16 Filters - 14 x 6th order active bandpass. 1 X lowpass, 1 x highpass. 16 Envelope followers and modulators.
- Keyboard - None
- Memory - None
- Control - Slew / Freeze
- Date Produced - 1975 - 1979
- Resources & Credits
Synrise - Synth Picture Archive
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