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EDP WASP kindly donated to me by David Sands

Electronic Dream Plant

WASP

SOLD ---- Serial Number 003295
 
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Electronic Dream Plant Ltd first started production of the Wasp in 1978 and continued into the early 1980's, about 3500 were produced in total, the company was based in Oxfordshire, the full address was, Red Gables, Stonesfield Road, Combe, OX7 2ER.

The now defunct company was founded by Adrian Wagner, most of the initial electronic design was done by Stephen Evans, then helped by Chris Huggett, who later went on to design and produce the EDP OSCar.

The synth is often thought of as a toy, but it is surprisingly well designed, with many features that most classic synth's could benefit from, the electronics uses standard CMOS IC's.

The filter although not able to self-oscillate (just), is switchable between Low (LP), Band (BP) and High Pass (HP). Which is remarkable, in such a low priced synth (£199.00 in 1980's).

Two DCO's, Two Env. shapers, one LF Osc. dedicated to Modulation, Noise Generator, Random Voltage Generator, Portamento, Pitch Bend. and even a MIDI type system for linking more than one Wasp together.

When hooked up to a decent sound system, the sound is astounding.

The downside was reliability, there was a rumour that the basement in Macari's Keyboard Shop in Denmark Street was full of dead Wasp's, shame that no one gave me a ring, I'd have fixed the little blighters.

I did notice that if the keyboard sensitivity pot is adjusted wrongly, the synth just doesn't make a sound at all, maybe that was one reason they were unreliable, and the other maybe that due to the low cost of these synth's, that some people that bought them didn't understand how they worked, the user manual supplied with the instrument was very basic.

I have made a Flight Case for this instrument, although I don't know why I bothered, I never take it out of my studio.

I've put a couple of useful links here, one for a fairly comprehensive article by Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle is here and another link for the complete WASP service manual is here thanks to Laurie Biddulph.

I intend to fit a WASP MIDI interface, this will be internally fitted and using one of the 7 DIN sockets, the other 7 Pin DIN socket will now be redundant.

If you are interested in buying and are not in the U.K. please contact me for shipping costs.