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Building a Clone of a VCS 3 Synthesiser Part 1: Sourcing PCBs and Planning the Build

Dave Ives
I currently look after production at AB Open. I have a background in the arts, environmental conservation and IT support. In my spare time I do a bit of DJing and I like making things.


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February 23, 2021 08:36

I am curious as to how these things were played. There is no keyboard or obvious means of controlling the thing. What am I missing?

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February 25, 2021 07:58

@bdh A keyboard with around three octaves was available that connected to the VCS3, probably via the analogue input, which could be patched to the voltage-controlled oscillators. In the early 70s I used that input to connect a sequencer (a very enjoyable final year practical design project).

February 25, 2021 16:27

@Soundtrack true - or they could be used to generate sci-fi style sound effects rather than actually "playing" with a keyboard. Even with the keyboard they were/are notorious for going out of tune!

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