By apeSoft

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2014-03-06
  • Current Version: 2.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 108.10 MB
  • Developer: apeSoft
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 51 Ratings


iVCS3 Official EMS VCS3 emulator The VCS3 was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff's EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine's distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary. The VCS3 was more or less the first portable commercially available synthesizer—portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case. The VCS3 was quite popular among progressive rock bands and was used on recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), King Crimson, The Who, Gong, and Pink Floyd, among many others. Well-known examples of its use are on The Who track "Won't Get Fooled Again" (as an external sound processor, in this case with Pete Townshend running the signal of a Lowrey Organ through the VCS3's filter and low frequency oscillators) on Who's Next. Pink Floyd's "On the Run" (from The Dark Side of the Moon) made use of its oscillators, filter and noise generator, as well as the sequencer. Their song Welcome to the Machine also used the VCS3. The bassy throb at the beginning of the recording formed the foundation of the song, with the other parts being recorded in response. The VCS3 was also a staple at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and was a regular (and most frightening) sound generator for the Dr Who TV series. Many fo the monsters and atmoshere;s created for the show came directly from the VCS3. Description The VCS3 has three oscillators (in reality, the first 2 oscillators are normal oscillators and the 3rd an LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a 18dB/octave (pre-1974) or 24dB/octave (after 1974) voltage controlled low pass filter (VCF), a trapezoid envelope generator, joy-stick controller, voltage controlled spring reverb unit and 2 stereo output amplifiers. Unlike most modular synthesizer systems which use cables to link components together, the VCS3 uses a distinctive patch board matrix into which pins are inserted in order to connect its components together. Keyboards controller DK1 keyboard controller Although the VCS3 is often used for generating sound effects due to lack of built-in keyboard, there were external keyboard controllers for melodic play. The DK1 in 1969 was an early velocity sensitive monophonic keyboard for VCS3 with an extra VCO and VCA. Later it was extended for duophonic play, as DK2, in 1972. Also in 1972, Synthi AKS was released, and its digital sequencer with a touch-sensitive flat keyboard, KS sequencer, and its mechanical keyboard version, DKS, were also released. (See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VCS3)



  • Dream Machine, since forever, wonderful.

    By TestFeedback
    I had a picture of the synthi on my wall as a kid, could never hope of having one back then - or even when I could finally afford synths. This emulation is endlessly gratifying, I've had it some two years, and love it, made some amazing sounds and with the 'essential mods' add-on it's hard to see how you could ever run out of ideas, and downright fun. Brilliant, get it and the add-on. If you love raw electronic sounds your ears will love you forever with this! The apefilter and idensity from the same author are also compelling and in a similar experimental vein, fantastic software. Thanks.
  • Incredible app!

    By Sunburst335
    This synth is worth every penny spent. It presents a very enjoyable and usable emulation of this analogue synth of the 70's and goes far beyond that with extra modulations which provide the icing on the cake. In my opinion, it is more of a synth lover's dream come true, rather than a musician's instrument, although I am sure there would be many other musicians who would dispute that. However, I can fully recommend this to the sonic dabbler who loves creating wild and raw sounds, using the near infinite possibilities of this classic synth.
  • Different by definition

    By Nkersov
    iVCS3 has the ability to make noises unlike anything else. It is quite complex, which may put off some, and Link can be flaky. But, if you want different, this is well worth buying. Nic
  • A good example of bad Skeuomorphism

    By tom_tm
    Unfortunately this appears to be a very good example of skeumorphism gone bonkers. The original EMS Synthi was designed with ergonomics in mind, with controls being laid out in a logical ergonomic fashion on the front panel. iVCS3 has taken those ergonomics and shrunk them down to a size that only a mouse could use, if only mice were intelligent enough to know how to use a synthi. So while it's nice to have a free version of iVCS3 in my pocket so I can be the BBC radiophonic workshop in any unsuspecting designed-for-Doctor-Who near you soon, this app is just a gimmick. Try using the joystick and the attack button at the same time, or repinning that patchbay.... well you get my drift. Just buy an iPad. Forget this iPhone version.
  • Every nun under the sun should have one.

    By Franz Sonik
    I have only scratched the surface of that powerful synth but I'm hooked already. Greed is a sin but make it transmit audio over Bluetooth and I'll be in heaven...
  • Something a little different..

    By Jabra919
    I tell people that I'm recording with the Dr.Who machine and they know exactly what I'm on about. That says a lot. Very deep audio. Lots of stuff to get your teeth into. Similar to nothing anywhere. A dyslexic 5*. Bucking frilliant.
  • Astonishing

    By yawnthepost
    I hired an EMS a few years ago - it was explosive fun...I was prepared to be disappointed when I bought this app...but it is astonishing and replicates the synth perfectly...or to be more accurate it improves it (keyboard pitch stable, and the ability to save patches). Easily the best emulated synth I've used and probably my favourite app of all time.
  • Ian

    By Supastik
    needs Lfo control on a knob at front for true hawk wind emulations not tucked away, otherwise fantastic
  • Electronic Wizard No1 😍

    By Camvox
    I had the honour of attending the first ever course in Electronic music that I know of in UK in 1975. This was at Chiswick Music Centre which was an annexe of said Polytechnic which I reside I between both establishments that are now defunct. The VCS3 was the instrument of choice there along with a Revox reel to reel tape recorder. This virtual model is so accurate to original analogue model that the results are completely indistinguishable apart from the fact original used to drift out of tune. The only change I would love to see would be for the internal reverb bar on original to be animated so that if you tapped iPad or even bashed side that reverb would come into play as with original... This is excellent an my new favourite app!!! 😃
  • Just brilliant

    By Markyst63
    Load one of the patches and you're instantly transported back to early sci-if films and tv series. Download the original manual for the hardware EMS VCS and start programming, this thing is unique and brilliant. So much scope for sound design. The sound is so close to the original, truly amazing 😊