Synthi V

Experimental London soundscape.

WIth its unique pin matrix, the EMS Synthi fit a modular synth into a briefcase and became the engine of British space rock, soundtracks, and electronica. Synthi V equips it with modern rocket boosters to make it a vessel of creative inspiration.

The synth wizard
in you

Famous for Pink Floyd’s “On the Run,” the EMS Synthi and its forerunner the VCS3 are the synths you don’t realize you’ve heard everywhere.

Roxy Music, LCD Soundsystem, The Who, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, King Crimson, and Brian Eno, were just a few of the artists who took it on sonic journeys. Where will Synthi V take you?

A Singular Sound

Neither quite like a Mini nor quite like an ARP, the Synthi has a raw, aggressive quality that jumps out of the speakers. So will your music.

Bigger on the Inside

Like a certain blue telephone box, Synthi V packs incredible technology into a deceptively small package and will transport you through time and space.

Modeled to the Last Transistor

Our renowned True Analog Emulation® modeling doesn’t merely mimic the sound. It reproduces exactly how and why the original’s components made that sound.

Jack of All Trades

Though the Synthi is known for special FX, Synthi V will add take-no-prisoners leads, basses, and atmospheres to any style of music you throw it at.

Every Band
Needed a Synthi

Electronic Music Studios’ VCS3 and Synxthi won the hearts and blew the minds of British musicians throughout the 1970s. Its inventors were beyond revolutionary.

Electronic Music Studios’ VCS3 and Synthi won the hearts and blew the minds of British musicians throughout the 1970s. Its inventors were beyond revolutionary.

Discover the history of Synthi

By the time EMS was founded in 1969, Zinovieff had collaborated with Delia Derbyshire of “Doctor Who” theme fame and was the only private citizen in the UK to own a computer, which sent control signals to his various sound sources. Cockerell had designed a bank of 64 wavetable oscillators. Both had experimented with A/D and D/A conversion. Point being, the EMS brain trust were easily 10 to 20 years ahead of their time.

Introduced in 1969, the analog VCS3 took aim at educators with cabinetry designed to make demos easy to see. It featured three VCOs, noise, a lowpass filter, ring modulator, envelope, joystick, stereo outputs, and built-in reverb. In place of patch cables was the now-famous “Battleship” pinboard, putting all the flexibility of a modular into an impossibly compact desktop synth. The layout of sources vertically and destinations horizontally is the origin of the modulation matrix we know today.

The VCS3 cost only £330, which put it within reach of schools and bands. In 1971, the Synthi A retained all the same circuits but cut the size to the familiar plastic briefcase. Importing a “mini” synth from the U.S. was several times more costly. For musicians in the UK and continental Europe, it was no contest.

Next, the Synthi AKS (1972) added the familiar blue touch-keyboard and a step sequencer in the briefcase’s lid. This is the version we have modeled in precise detail in Synthi V. Like the hardware that inspired it, it’s immediate, affordable, and for everyone.

Set the Controls
for the Heart of the Sound

Synthi V’s main interface captures all the charm of the original, with a handful of small tweaks that add up to a big difference.

If you’ve ever used a hardware EMS synth, you’ll feel right at home. If you’ve ever thought, “I wish my Synthi would do that,” ours does. If you’re new to the Synthi universe, you’ll forget you’re playing a virtual instrument.

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01. Enhanced VCOs

Synthi V’s oscillators can quantize pitch to semitones and hard-sync VCO2 to VCO1. Or, control-drag on the knobs to make fine adjustments.

02. Put a Pin In It

Patch audio and control signals to destinations by clicking on the virtual pinboard. Sources and destinations are highlighted as you go.

03. Pintastic

Use a special group pin to route several signals to several places at once in the Advanced Panel.

04. Sample and Hold

We’ve added a sample-and-hold generator with its own row in the pin matrix, for cool non-linear modulation effects..

05. Synced On the Run

We’ve preserved the legacy sequencer in all its glory, only now it optionally syncs to MIDI or your host DAW’s project tempo.

06. Ready Player One

Assign each axis of the joystick to any destination you choose.

07. Attenuator Pins

The hardware used special pins if you wanted less of an audio or control signal to go somewhere. Click-hold on a pin to choose one.

Synthi
and Synthier

Synthi V’s Advanced Panel lets you write the history of the future.

Since the Synthi’s designers were early computer geeks, we thought about what software-powered features they might have added if they’d had the chance. Then we did it.

  • Function Junction

    Functions can behave like an LFO, a complex multi-segment envelope, or anything in between. Route up to five of them to any parameter in Synthi V.

  • Joystick Command

    Create automatic, tempo-syncable joystick moves (or trigger them manually) and assign even more joystick routings here. It gets crazy deep, crazy fast.

  • Pinboard Plus

    With modern control sources like velocity, aftertouch, and an extra LFO, the advanced modulation matrix picks up where the original left off.

  • Group Pin Matrix

    Here is where you can assign modulation sources to figure into any group pins you have in play on the main panel.

  • Sophisticated Sequencer

    Create sequences of up to 32 steps and assign them to pitch or any other parameter in Synthi V.

  • Studio Grade Effects

    Route Synthi V’s final output through up to three effects at once, in series or parallel. Appropriate effects tempo-sync, including a stereo ping-pong delay.

Hear it
in action

Synthi V announces itself with bold sound and undeniably psychedelic energy. Here are the tracks it inspired some of our favorite electronic music artists to create.

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PressClippings

  • Sound Bytes Mag

    On Synthi V

    “I can say that it certainly does sound like the original to my ears. The Oscillators have the same kind of rawness I remember, and the Filter has the same kind of response I remember. The kind of control, and adjustments produced by the patching seem to have the same feel I experienced when working with Synthis, all those years ago.”

  • Attack Magazine

    On Synthi V

    “Synthi V is a welcome addition to the package and should be high on anyone’s wish list.”

Included in
V collection

Legendary Keyboards Reinvented

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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The features
you need

  • In-App Tutorials

    Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

  • ASC

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  • DAW ready

    Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

  • Preset browser

    Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

  • Resizable GUI

    Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

  • Perfect integration

    Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

TAE® Powered

The exclusive analog modeling technology that makes our emulations indistinguishable from the originals.

By accurately mimicking the characteristics of analog oscillators, filters, and soft clipping, we can provide astonishing component-accurate detail and authentic analog charm in equal measure.

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Main Features

A component-level model of the EMS Synthi AKS

3 oscillators with waveform mix, noise generator, 18 dB/oct resonant filter, output section with spring reverb modelling

Modular architecture, allowing to route signals in unexpected ways

Ring Modulator, loopable Envelope Shaper, 2 axis Joystick and Sample and Hold modules for advanced modulations

Original keyboard sequencer module with sync to DAW tempo

2 matrix behavior modes: modern and vintage for cross-talk simulation

5 assignable voltage functions to create multi-point envelopes and LFOs synced to DAW tempo

Advanced joystick automation module for modulating parameters in a 2D space

Matrix pin amounts modulations possibilities (with 4 independent groups)

10 effects, Reverb Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, ...

Up to 4 voices of polyphony

Over 250 factory presets

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Apple

  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

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