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date: 19 November 2019


  • Hugh Davies


A range of small, quasi-modular synthesizers developed by Jeff Murray, Dale Blake, Fred Locke, Norm Milliard, and others, and manufactured by Electronic Music Laboratories (EML), a small company in Talcottville (later Vernon), Connecticut, from about 1972 to 1976. The range consisted of small studio and performance synthesizers and synth modules. The first model, EML-100, was designed for schools taking part in the Pilot Electronic Project in Music Education in Connecticut. The EML-101 portable patch synthesizer has four oscillators (two of which could operate in the sub-sonic range) with multiple waveforms that could be selected by sweeping with rotary knobs, and could sound two notes simultaneously; its use extended beyond educational applications to commercial music, as did later models. The Synkey, one of EML’s last products, can be preprogrammed by means of punched plastic cards that are inserted into a reader.

After ElectroComp manufacture ended in 1976, EML (founded in 1968...

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