Electronic Music Studios (EMS) Vocoder 2000 / 3000

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Vocoder 2000

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.

EMS Vocoder 3000

Vocoder 3000

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.

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10 Visitor comments
September 22, 2013 @ 10:02 pm
The EMS Vocoder-System 3000 is the voice of "Domination" in 'Never Say Never Again'.
January 20, 2013 @ 12:38 pm
I had an old Electro-Harmonix 19 inch matt-black rackunit vocoder,I used it on many of my compositions from as early as 1979,and live on many of my concerts,TRON,LADY..,and the 1982 ULTRAVOX!! showcase concerts I gave as the best synth rock trio Earth has seen and heard with Billy and Warren. I usually triggered it with my ARP Solina String Synthesizer 1975 model,hear live track When The Scream Subsides from our ULTRAVOX!! iNTiMATE COLLECTiON on http://www.myspace.com/ultravoxii
Sir Dejan Djordjevic,Basement Flat Rear,189 Sandgate Road,
Folkestone,Kent,CT20 2HJ,UK
July 14, 2012 @ 2:29 pm
The EMS Studio-System Vocoder 5000 aka "The Big One" was also used by Kraftwerk for the song "The Robots". But two other tracks "Spacelab" and "The Man-Machine" from 'Man-Machine' sound like the Sennheiser Vocoder VSM201.
Rob Neal
June 30, 2012 @ 5:27 am
I'm amazed there is no mention of the original EMS Vocoder, (as used by Pink Floyd on 'Animals') (Later rebranded the 5000)as well as the Vocoder 1000 which was the scaled-down version, which was later updated and rebranded the 2000.

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Derek R
August 9, 2011 @ 1:54 am
As far as I am aware, a vocoder didn't feature visually in the film "The Shout", what did feature was a Synthi 256, I'm pretty certain that it made a sonic appearance.
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  • Specifications
  • 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
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