Official EMS VCS3 Emulator

demo ~ tutorial

preface by Peter Zinovieff


  • Wonderful VCS 3 port to iPad - out of the ballpark!!! ★★★★★
    This is a labor of love recreating the VCS3 synth used on many tracks over time. Its sonic possibilities are endless and it provides a wealth of aural soundscapes to be discovered. One of the best vintage synth recreations apps to hit the iPad. Great job! Well worth the cost. Will take some learning if you are used to presets, but the investment in time to do so will pay off. The addition of LFO modulation potential to almost every parameter expands the sound creation possibilities well beyond the orignial hardware. The add-on IAPs are fantastic additions too. Highly recommended!
    By MusicInclusive LLC for Version 1.6.4
  • Still incredible! ★★★★★
    Still my main go to synth app for original sound creation. With iVCS3 and Moog Music's Model 15 Modular Synth, the world is at my fingertips! Update: The developer is very responsive and willing to do whatever he can to resolve my crashing on startup that started two updates back. I ended up deleting iVCS3, backed up my iPad Air 1G and then did a hard reset removing everything (manually sync'd my photos off too) from my iPad. Then I restored the backup and reloaded iVCS3 from the App Store and it's finally working again (it's playing in the background while I write this)! :-) I couldn't be happier! :-)
    By Eriptron for Version 1.6.4
  • Won't Get Fooled Again ★★★★★
    I purchased this app a few weeks ago along with a set of presets. Long story short. I'm noodling with this thing and discover that one of the presets is a dead ringer for the synth. solo right out of the who song in the title above. I defy anyone to to load this preset and not start adding Keith Moon's drum fill while you mess with the joystick. Killer. I'm also digging the old school look of this thing.
    By trickboy for Version 1.6.4
  • Synth even better ★★★★★
    The addition of Link support and the other recent updates have only made this an even better and more manageable synth. Definitely worth the time to get a handle on how it works.
    By polarpaul for Version 1.6.4
  • ...And Now For Something Completely Different ★★★★★
    No problem with the update here (Air 2). Many make the claim that their synth app is different from the rest, but in this case, it is most assuredly true! This thing is raunchy! I mean that in a good way... It feels and sounds like a vintage hardware synth and makes no apology for the kind of chaos that entails. If you want wild, "out there" sounds, this is the synth app for you.
    By ZenLizard for Version 1.6.4
  • Simply amazing ★★★★★
    This is an unbelievable recreation. Breathtaking!
    By F2959 for Version 1.5
  • A labor of love ★★★★★
    ...and a laboratory of love. I probably won't ever own the real thing, and I've always had GAS for one. Especially watching the likes of Brian Eno play it! Exceptional sound, and yes very odd. If you just want quick electronic dance sounds ermm...this is Not your synth. Surely those sounds can be coaxed, but this is a wild sonic monster that is best used to unleash mayhem and to make grown men cry. iVCS3 has to be one of - if not THE best sounding synths I've heard on iOs. In fact I bought a sonic couture version of this synth and while very nice I much preferred this experience and dare I say sound. ----UPDATE---- The update is outstanding in the most SICK way possible. I don't even use the word SICK as a slang word but it's an appropriate description of the sound. This synth creates other worldly sounds. Use it in the forefront or even in the background to transform your tracks into another dimension. When you hear the real thing and this lovingly made official emulation the sound is more than comparable. Of course I still lust after the real thing, but who is to say this isn't real when sound is the most important result.
    By 1dionysus for Version 1.5
  • Staying Power ★★★★★
    After a year+ of use, I'm still frequently surprised and delighted by the sonic magic (sounds) I'm able to create with iVCS. It's a true joy to experiment with and the results speak for themselves. A number of my 'hardware purist' friends have been similarly 'impressed'; to the point of argument - convinced that I've used analog gear when in fact it was my iPad. Shame on me. Shame on ApeSoft. ;) TEN STARS! Love the update - everything looks a lot cleaner, more polished. And I certainly don't have any problem paying for the additional features and supporting continued development. Especially considering that a similar piece of software for desktop computer would cost 10 times this amount.
    By Selectedacre for Version 1.5
  • Fantastic ★★★★★
    This is a mind-blowingly interesting synth for anyone who loves the magical relationship between controls (knobs, switches, pinboard) and sounds. I've been using this app for more than a year, and it always functions great. The sounds one makes are unusual, surprising and sonically high quality. And I keep discovering new ways all its features can play off each other. Whenever I get bored of all the other music apps, I always come back to this one.
    By HereJam for Version 1.4
  • Awesome ★★★★★
    It could possibly be my favorite iOS synth. Deep, flexible, sounds amazing. Perfect recreation of a classic!
    By 7Z7 for Version 1.4
  • AWESOME ★★★★★
    Get everyone of their apps... they are amazing!
    By theconceptofzero for Version 1.3.1
  • Deep ★★★★★
    This one gets me into scientist mode.
    By Long words for Version 1.3.1
  • Awesomely Fun and Useful! ★★★★★
    I've only been using the app for a day, and already I'm finding it an integral addition to my workflow. Well-built and fun to use. I can't speak to the quality of the emulation of the original hardware, since I've never had the opportunity to use one, but this app is spectacular on its own, and I really enjoy working sounds out of it. Visually it looks spot-on. It took me a bit to figure it out, but it comes with a decent manual to help you figure out all the knobs and such.
    By sirsquishalot for Version 1.3.1
  • Unbelievable!!! ★★★★★
    Amazing sound quality! I have been programming for hours on this and just listening to the sound. I could live inside this synth! My iPad will only need one synth from now on.... The iVCS3. Thank you guys so much for your labor of love, so that I could finally experience THEE monophonic classic!
    By digiscene for Version 1.3.1
  • Wow!! ★★★★★
    Tremendous!! Fantastic!! Mind blowing!!!
    By Mikes jello for Version 1.3.1
  • Don't read just buy ★★★★★
    It's that good
    By 2 DEUCES for Version 1.3.1
  • Amazing Modular Synth App ★★★★★
    iVCS3 is an amazing modular synth app. Its detailed graphics, the unbelievable power of its sound, and the additional features added with the latest update makes this synth app a incredibly powerful sound generator. You will not believe you are using an iPad. Absolutely recommended to anyone who loves synths.
    By Randagiofunk for Version 1.3
  • Awesome ★★★★★
    The sounds, the fun, this thing is deep. A must have.
    By richardj6 for Version 1.3
  • Fun ★★★★★
    I have spent quite some time with this app and it continues to amaze me. Worth the price!
    By doodooface70 for Version 1.2
  • Moves with the flow of your intuition ★★★★★
    This gigantic volcano of noise is ALSO the example for ALL OTHER app makers. Why? Because they care about their users enough to make sure that as the touch device it lives on evolves does their baby ..the beautiful VCS3! I love these guys! Please! Give more step by steps on how the sampler and such on the backside work on some thing like utube for us non manual kind of "I want to see how it's done first "people.many thanks christo
    By Aka monkey dope for Version 1.2
  • Best in Class ★★★★★
    This might be the best music app ever....!
    By Sonic JMC for Version 1.2
  • In frick en awe some ★★★★★
    So dope. Can't say its a faithful reproduction but when I afford a SYNTHI I shall re-review. So far sounds totally amazing and so worth buying.
    By Mo Freeapps for Version 1.1.3
  • Hands down best analog synth app ever! ★★★★★
    Although I am a hardware guy (about 40 synths or so), I do enjoy fiddling around on an iPad when I can. The animoog has been one of my favorites, and the M3000 Mellotron app I now use in live situations. iSEM, Nave, Korg…all decent and fun. But this VCS3 app is head and shoulders above anything out there. Its interface is exceptionally well thought out, but it is the sound that brings it home. I have only been around a couple of real Putneys in the past, and their distinctive 60’s sci-fi soundtrack vibe is easily distinguishable. While some latency can exist on 2nd gen iPads, this thing works like a charm. My initial reaction was that it had roughly 80% of a real VCS3 under the hood. Given the almost $10,000 price tag a solid vintage Putney can fetch today, the $14.99 price tag is a literal no brainer. It is amusing to see people debate in some forums as to whether they should throw fifteen dollars at this unheard. Let me put it this way-this app is worthy of its own dedicated iPad to make it a stand alone VA synth. So, is it worth fifteen bucks? Its worth far more than that. Purchase immediately, all analog heads!
    By Moogulus Odysseus for Version 1.1.3
  • The love is evident... ★★★★★
    in this charming recreation. I would also love for audio to work via Bluetooth, but we will probably have to wait until a new version.
    By MikeylikesU for Version 1.1.3
  • Best of the best ★★★★★
    This modular synth is amazing. I have all ipad synths and nave from Waldorf was my fav one before i got this :) Like someone said, its worth buying an ipad for this. While i cant get a buchla this will bring me some comfort . Thank you so much for bringing this to the ipad.
    By Goldenage2012 for Version 1.1.3


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