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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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Brans a part-time user from the netherlands writes:
NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE THE WAY IT FEELS. INSTRUMENT OF THE GODS. YOU CREATED LIFE, THE LIFE THAT CREATED YOU. TO WAKE YOU FROM THE BIG SLEEP. TO SUMMON YOU. PLUG THE PINS AND OPEN THE GATE. TO TAKE US FAR FAR AWAY AGAIN.

YOU ARE THE CHRYSTALMACHINE FROM THE PLANET OF GONG. YOU ARE THE MASTERBUILDER, A SPRINKLING OF CLOUDS. find planetgong and get closer to the stars*****

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-07-2001 at 11:44
Robert Charbonneau a professional user from Canada writes:
I started using this synthethiser in 1973 while I was studying electro-acoustic music at the Laval University in Quebec city. It soon became "MY" instrument of choice, especially because you could try to achieve the impossible with it (aka. with the matrix, like controlling the output by the output and getting a saxophone sound out of a sine wave). I composed a lot at the time with this Synthi and we toured part of Europe and USA with a group called GIMEL that was directed by Nil Parent who was also my professor and to whom I'm still deeply indepted for being such an inspiration. He sold me one of his personal Synthi AKS in 1977 and I'm still owning that marvel, a close 25 years later. Doing researchs with that machine I succeed at one time (1975-76) to set it so to create a full symphonic orchestra timbral synthesis (especially horns and trumpets). I was using two of these synthesizer linked together. Having let those machines interract by themselves, I went for a break and upon coming back there was those Brukner and Malher orchestrations going on in loop and evolving. I was stunned and i'm still is. Using a couple of those synthi, along with an acoustic feed back loop and a domestic organ, I went further to compose a couple of Live musical experiments ( among them, "Les Airs dilatés" (1976)(translation: Melodies in Expansion)). Those experiments were performed in several occasions (with sometimes mixed results due to the analog not so well stable nature of the beast). At the time, I managed to record those experiments and I still keep that machine so I can get further that way one of these days. You can go in so many directions with a Synthi; it challenges your imagination at every turn of a knob. I was also working at the time with a Moog Model III and a ARP 2600 but despite having better oscillators they could not be used anywhere near the synthi AKS's scope and range. I still keep this machine because I am firmly conviced I'm committed to it. If interested I can arrange so that you can get a recording of those music experiments.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-15-2001 at 23:46
SPIKEDAPPLE a hobbyist user from LONDON writes:
THE AKS SYNTHI HAS TO BE MY No.1 PRIZE POSSESION. IV'E BEEN THE PROUD OWNER OF THIS LITTLE GEM FOR JUST OVER A YEAR NOW. I PICKED IT UP AT A CLEARENCE SHOP ON CALEDONIAN ROAD FOR £30. THE SHOP KEEPER LOOKED WELL CHUFFED. I TRIED TO LOOK A BIT DISAPOINTED WHEN THE BLOKE AT THE SHOP WOULDN'T BARTER WITH ME. AS SOON AS I TURNED AWAY WITH MY PRIZE I LAUGHED ALL THE WAY HOME. IT'S MAGIC!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-25-2001 at 10:56
r smith a part-time user from Canada writes:
Fantastic mono/duo-tone portable synthesizer. very similar in sound to its big brother the VCS3. capable of smooth warm analogue bass/leads (very musical when used with the DK keyboards) as well as crazy effects and bleeps bloops etc. I was comparing the sound to my prophet 10 last night and the Synthi came out on top for depth and warmth....yes trashed the prophet 10 and that ain't easy!! now if I could just get that sequencer to work...oh well it can't be perfect...but it's close!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-20-2000 at 20:18
Richard Plaussu a part-time user from The Alps writes:
I work on artificial intelligence systems. I use cellular automata, fractals. I am very interesting in self-organized systems(the all is more than the sum of the parts). I promise that the synthi A (or VCS3) is the machine closest to life. This is totally self-organized: Every modules interacte with the others: This is totally non linear. Nothing to see with the perfect theoric filters and operators in numeric modular(every modules are independents). The synthi is living. It is weird and huge like the depth of the universe. If you own one, you have a responsibility: This is a stradivarius. You must take care of it and transmit it to the next generations after your death. It is more and more difficult to built it now because the electronic parts are to perfect (to linear and independent) so this synth built in only 1000 units is in danger of extinction. You can check the ems web site. About the modification: DON'T BUFFER THE MATRIX! YOU WOULD LOOSE THE SELF-ORGANIZED PROPERTY

For more infos, contact me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-14-2000 at 05:51
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