I don't think so.
was a synthesizer which used the subtractive synthesis, and it was an evolution of the previous VCS 3 (build two years earlier by the same english company, EMS) which was also the first synth using a matrix for the connections between the parts of the synths.
Today there are several emulations of the EMS Synthi. There are even three awesome products by the french XILS-Labs (one for each purse):
- XILS 3 LE: it is the EXACT emulation of the EMS VCS 3 Synthi AKS, meaning with all its features, even the sequencer. And XILS 3 LE, which is almost given ($40/€30 at Xils-Labs themselves, only $20/€15 at Sweetwater, and even only $15/€10 at JRR Shop), is an incredible product, and there is even a bank made by Xenos for... $4/€3!!!.
- XILS 3: the next edition, with many features in additions. It has been greatly applaused by Peter Zinovieff, the guy who created the original EMS VCS 3 and who was the director of EMS during all the life of the company (from 1968 to 1979). You have here the only one official website of EMS (the german EMSRehberg is not at all an official website).
- Very few weeks ago, XILS-Labs produced XILS 4 which is... two XILS 3 side by side in a unique synth, and with absolutely crazy abilities of emulations in this monumental synth. I confess that for me who knew the real EMS Synthi AKS in 1977 (I was 18 years old and one of my friends of our little local prog-rock band had one and we could all four use it, any of us except him (son of a surgeon, jammy bugger!) couldn't afford that jewel that he had even bought new in 1974!) it is one of my preferred synths ever. And it will remain this by huge nostalgy of these golden years for the rest of my life.
Besides this, is there a relation between Abstractor and the EMS VCS 3 Synthi?
Abstractor uses a totally different synthesis, which is the additive synthesis, with FFT wave generation, and AM/FM modulations. And neither doesn't use a matrix for the connections between features.
In fact if we could relate Abstrator to an "old" hardware synth, it would be with the Kawai K5
, which was the first really used hardware additive synthesizer. Before it, in the use of the additive synthesis there had been the Hammond B3 organ (yes!), the Fairlight CMI and the Synclavier, but the very famous Hammond B3 was of course used as an organ due to its huge paraphony, and the two latters had been used essentially for experimental works rather than for popular music. The first "democratic" additive synthesizer was the Kawai K5
(used for example by Jean-Michel Jarre in 1988), but even this Kawai K5 was not easy at all to program and it had not many users. In fact the first real
democratic and quite easy additive synthesizer was its successor, the Kawai K5000
... in 1996, so ten years later! Almost none hardware synth uses the additive synthesis. It is much more adapted to a use in the software synthesizers.