Sounds

Synthi AKS

by Soniccouture

The EMS Synthi AKS is a legendary instrument with an illustrious history. First manufactured in 1972 by EMS in Putney, southwest London, the Synthi A was basically a portable version of EMS's famous VCS3 synthesizer, and the KS keyboard (an unplayable thirty-note touchplate) was added to make the Synthi AKS.

In-depth

The EMS Synthi AKS is a legendary instrument with an illustrious history. First manufactured in 1972 by EMS in Putney, southwest London, the Synthi A was basically a portable version of EMS's famous VCS3 synthesizer, and the KS keyboard (an unplayable thirty-note touchplate) was added to make the Synthi AKS. It cost £420, and it was quickly adopted by the likes of Brian Eno and Pink Floyd, and has been used by experimental musicians ever since.

Our Synthi AKS is a surprisingly versatile library, giving you horror klangs and snappy zaps, snarling ring-mod leads and basses, and fat, rubbery mellow textures ready to slot into your productions. You'll be astounded at the sheer size and sense of life in the sounds. With complete control over filters, envelopes, and the spring reverb convolution impulse, you'll be able to tame the beast. Well, almost.

To capture the raw, unstable sound of the Synthi, we sequenced it using a CV-MIDI converter. This really shows the unique analog behavior of this incredible unit as the loops push and tear at your speakers. The loops are divided into a mid-tempo set (acid loops), and a down-tempo set. There is also a set of oddities that didn't fit into either category.

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