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Electronic Music Studios (EMS) | Vocoder 1000


The EMS Vocoder 1000 from Electronic Music Studios is a 16 band filter model and has great intelligibility, along with a lot of cool features like adjustable and VC slew rate/shape with freeze input, pause stuffing from either input with adjustable release time, built-in oscillator, etc. In short, this is a serious big-league vocoder... not quite a Sennheiser, big Synton or EMS 5000, but definitely far beyond the Roland/Korg/MAM league.

The Vocoder 1000 was first released in 1978 and was used by Jean Michel Jarre at the time. A "Rev 2 " was released in 1984 with slight differences from the first release and the addition of a rack mountable casing with handles.

The 1000 is sought after more than it's sibling the Vocoder 2000. Functionally both the 1000 and the 2000 are nearly identical except there is better HF response and the input and output jack setups are located in different sections of the chassis.
BrandElectronic Music Studios (EMS)
ModelVocoder 1000
Engine TypeVocoder
Engine Detailed16-band vocoder. 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 (VCF)FILTERBANK: 16 Filters - 14 x 6th order active bandpass. 1 X lowpass, 1 x highpass. 16 Envelope followers and modulators.
ControllersSlew / Freeze
Key typeN/A
Audio1/4 inch input for Speech and Excitation sound sources
Produced:1978 - 1984
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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