Behringer has put together the first prototype of their EMS VCS 3 clone which they are calling the VCS 3. It’s looking pretty fabulous and has extra features.
We’ve seen the pin matrix, we’ve seen the case before it was populated with knobs and functions, and now we have the finished prototype.
They’ve gone for high-precision knobs of the oscillators and colours elsewhere which appeared on later versions of the VCS. The spring reverb is, apparently, a real mechanical one and the wood is real wood so it sounds like they are going all out on this one.
They mention how they’ve worked with an “expert VCS modder from the UK” to add a few more functions although they don’t mention what they are. I guess we’re all obsessive synthesizer experts and so we can tell at a glance how they’ve deviated from the original.
This is just a prototype so there’s no news on the price or shipping date. Some bright spark in the comments on Facebook suggested that if you want a real EMS VCS3 they are still built by Electronic Music Studios (EMS) in Cornwall and will cost £5,950 and the wait is about 2 years. More information here.
I’m also very pleased that Behringer took on board my comment about the tiny size of the photos they put on Facebook – these are much better!