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App History

Version 3.3.8
May 08, 2020
Version 3.3.4
Apr 01, 2020
Mar 27, 2020
Feb 25, 2020
Jan 29, 2020
Jan 27, 2020
Dec 03, 2019
Nov 24, 2019
Version 3.3.1
Nov 23, 2019
Version 3.2.5
Aug 05, 2019
Version 3.2.4
Jul 13, 2019
Version 3.2.2
Jun 30, 2019
Version 3.2
Jun 01, 2019
Version 3.1
Apr 03, 2019
Version 3
Feb 01, 2019
Nov 30, 2018
Nov 21, 2018
Version 2.4
Oct 10, 2018
Version 2.3
Apr 12, 2018
Dec 01, 2017

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App Store Description:

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.


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)

What's new in v3.3.8

- Import from Music Library works now as aspected
- Reactive audio when disconnecting from IAA, workaround for iOS 13
- AUv3 (iVCS3:VCA) fixed automations parameters order
- AUv3 (Full) enable record automations for Joystick
- AUv3: improved host compatibility for record automations
- AUv3: Toggle automations bug fixed

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iPhone Screenshots:

I was very excited when I saw this update, I played with it all afternoon (as a result I wasn't very productive at my work...), and this gave me an extra motivation to rebound with this fabulous app. I admit it took me some time to tame this beast, and I still don't understand everything I do but iVCS3 sounds absolutely amazing and even if you don't want to understand it perfectly and build your patches from scratch, there are some excellent presets. And like always with apeSoft, the IU is super well thought... thanks a lot !
October 26, 2016  | person Cyril
Is the new big update free if I've already bought this ?
November 22, 2016  | person Re5etuk

This is definitely a developer post...

Hello everybody,
the new iVCS3 2 is a free update!
This release includes the universal support for iPhone/iPod and the AUv3 modules.
There are also two new IAP banks for free, thanks to Rustik and Ray Brunelle.
The only product on sale is the Jim Cosby's bank.
The release of ver 2 will come for xmass, just a more little debug and Apple review.
Stay tuned and thanks for the feedback.
November 22, 2016  | touch_app apeSoft
Is there a template for this?

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