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
January 22, 2010 @ 12:52 pm
This is featured prominently in the British film The Shout from 1978. John Hurt plays a musician who has two EMS VC3s and and EMS vocoder (among other gadgets.) Some great closeups!
July 15, 2009 @ 10:22 am
Stuart, (concerning the EMS Vocoder 2000 Beta) if you read this please contact either VoiceEncoder or intromix at http://youtube.com/voiceencoder or http://youtube.com/ intromix via pm. Thanks.
December 12, 2008 @ 8:39 pm
the cylons voicing was done on the EMS 2000, but not the EMS 2000 rack (like the one above). I know it was done on the beta version of the 2000, sometime before EMS released this vocoder to the public.
I know this mainly because of the advertising campain which was attached to this product on release; which stated that it was already a famous piece of kit between some major studios and made an appearance in battlestar galatica. I also have a book of the history of battlestar and it states exactly the same thing.
October 26, 2008 @ 1:18 pm
YES!!! The Cylons were done on an EMS Vocoder (NOT the Sennheiser Vocoder VSM201)!! I believe it was among the 1000 MkI, MkII, or the 2000 MkI. It can't be the 2000 MkII nor the 3000 since those didn't come-out until 1979 (or possibly '80 for the 3000 despite what it says above). I believe the 3000 was used in this scene of "Never Say Never Again": youtube.com/watch?v=jUw9BJS06NI Somewhere in my email I have EMS' current owner Robin Woods address, I'll ask him when it first came-out...and if he also believes or knows if it was the vocoder used in "Never Say Never Again". He DOES believe the Cylons were done on the EMS Vocoder 2000W MkI!!!
September 21, 2008 @ 11:41 am
want one badly, used in Battlestar Galactica the robotic voice of the Cylons, "by your command"
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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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