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What options for giving an EMS Synthi-A midi? DAW Software
Old 3rd November 2009
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What options for giving an EMS Synthi-A midi?

I have an EMS Synthi-A (so without the keyboard and sequencer from the AKS). Would love to find a solution for getting midi into the Synthi, so that I can play sequences with it (probably going to use numerology for this). Does anyone know of any good solutions, or midi retrofits that work well with this synth?
Old 9th February 2018
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Sorry to drag up this thread from nearly a decade ago but... I have a Synthi AKS I'd like to control and I'm looking at options at the moment. Any suggestions?

I'm also looking for suggestions on where to get them serviced.

Thanks in advance!
Old 9th February 2018
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If I had one of them i’d probably just control it with voltages rather than do any retrofit to it.
Old 9th February 2018
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Whhaattttt? You want to play notes?
Old 9th February 2018
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midi to cv, but it's not as easy as it seems
Old 9th February 2018
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Kenton Electronics do cables for EMS synths, especially a 8-pin Jones plug to 3 x 3.5mm mono jack. Of course you will need to buy a Kenton Pro-Solo MkII to convert midi into CV via the Jones plug.

Kenton ems leads

Kenton PRO-SOLO MKII
Old 9th February 2018
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Whhaattttt? You want to play notes?
Good point!
Old 10th February 2018
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Digitana makes great products, I ended up not going for MIDI and instead got the CV interface for Synthi-AKS:

Synthi AKS CV Interface – Digitana Electronics

However, they do have MIDI interfaces as well.

http://www.synthi.co.uk/synthi-aks-i...-poly-midi-cv/
Synthi AKS Quad MIDI-CV – Digitana Electronics

I plan to eventually purchase a matrix interface as well:

Synthi AKS Matrix Interface – Digitana Electronics
Old 10th February 2018
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Digitana makes great products, I ended up not going for MIDI and instead got the CV interface for Synthi-AKS:

Synthi AKS CV Interface – Digitana Electronics

However, they do have MIDI interfaces as well.

Synthi AKS Poly MIDI-CV – Digitana Electronics
Synthi AKS Quad MIDI-CV – Digitana Electronics

I plan to eventually purchase a matrix interface as well:

Synthi AKS Matrix Interface – Digitana Electronics
Old 15th May 2018
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Hey KazRemark, I’m looking into finally pulling the trigger on a Synthi A and was wondering how you liked the CV interface from Digitana.

Thx!
Old 15th May 2018
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Doesn't seem like there's many devices that can output CV with the scaling and ratios that EMS used.

A cheaper option might be to ask the maker of the CVOCD to do a custom firmware for you that can output .32V/Oct
Old 15th May 2018
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expert sleepers could be one option and some of their midi / cv modules
Old 20th June 2018
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hello, i dev this project with an arduino nano and 1 dac, MIDI or CV/gate functions for synthi AKS via the Plessey connector
(environ 20 euros of stuff)

code and schematic here http://pjmnc.free.fr/files/midiCVsynthi.zip

goodluck
Old 20th June 2018
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service: www.emssynthesisers.co.uk
Old 20th June 2018
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Quote:
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heh robin hasn't updated the EMS website in 20 years!!
Old 20th June 2018
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Quote:
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heh robin hasn't updated the EMS website in 20 years!!
I get the feeling he wears that statistic as a badge of pride!
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