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H9953-13 Electronic Music Synthesiser, from Don Banks music studio, metal / electronic components, made by Electronic Music Studios (EMS), Cornwall, England, ND. Click to enlarge.

Electronic Music Synthesiser, from Don Banks music studio, metal / electronic components, made by Electronic Music Studios (EMS), Cornwall, England, ND

Made by Electronic Music Studios in Cornwall, England

Electronic music synthesiser, model number VCS 1 owned and used by Don Banks. Rectangular metal casing with grey front panel housing conrtyol dials and sockets. Three rows of dials with four at top, seven in middle and seven at the bottom. Dials control particular parameters;
Top (L to R): Attack Time, Attack, Filter Mode, Hi Triang.
Middle: (L to R): Noise Out, Decay Time, Suppress Mod 2, Filtyer Freq, Hi Freq, Lo Freq, Reverb Depth.
Bottom: (L to R): Mic Out, Attack Out, Mod Out, Filter Out, H...

Summary

Object No.

H9953-13

Object Statement

Electronic Music Synthesiser, from Don Banks music studio, metal / electronic components, made by Electronic Music Studios (EMS), Cornwall, England, ND

Physical Description

Electronic music synthesiser, model number VCS 1 owned and used by Don Banks. Rectangular metal casing with grey front panel housing conrtyol dials and sockets. Three rows of dials with four at top, seven in middle and seven at the bottom. Dials control particular parameters;
Top (L to R): Attack Time, Attack, Filter Mode, Hi Triang.
Middle: (L to R): Noise Out, Decay Time, Suppress Mod 2, Filtyer Freq, Hi Freq, Lo Freq, Reverb Depth.
Bottom: (L to R): Mic Out, Attack Out, Mod Out, Filter Out, Hi Out, Lo Out, Reverb Out.

Below bottom row of dials is series of input and output sockets arranged in four groups of five sockets. Some are identified as outputs, other as inputs. Outputs are listed above particular sockets for Noise, Mic, Attack, Mod, Filter, Hi Osc, Lo Osc, Reverb.
Inputs are listed below sockets for Mic, Mod 1, Mod 2, Filter, Hi Osc, Lo Osc, Reverb.

Metal for other parts of case is honey-combed. White power cord attached to front. Level indication marks have been drawn onto front panel around some knobs in blue pencil or pen.

Marks

Dymo adhesive labels read;

"E.M.S. VCS 1"
"DON BANKS"

Control knobs and sockets marked with their purpose.

Dimensions

Width

430 mm

Depth

130 mm

Production

Notes

This was the first synthesizer produced by EMS London and made specifically for Don Banks prior to the building and commercial release of the VCS3 synthesizer.

History

Notes

Don Banks was a prominent Australian composer who pioneered electronic music in Australia and was later head of the Canberra School of Music. The VCS1 was commissioned by Don Banks in the late 1960s from Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Carey and David Cockerell.

The studio equipment was sold as one item following the death of Don Banks and acquired by the Powerhouse Museum in 1983.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Electronic Music Synthesiser, from Don Banks music studio, metal / electronic components, made by Electronic Music Studios (EMS), Cornwall, England, ND 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 July 2019, <https://ma.as/259174>

Wikipedia

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