Electronic Dream Plant

Wasp Special


Main Details
Maker Electronic Dream Plant Company
Form Factor Keyboard
Signal Path Hybrid Analog / Digital Hardware
Notes The Wasp was undoubtedly EDP's most famous product, distinctive for its black/yellow colour scheme and brittle construction. It was notorious for its lack of a mechanical keyboard; instead, it used flat conductive copper plates, hidden under a silk-screened vinyl sticker. This was claimed by some to be unreliable, unintuitive, and devoid of much of the expression present with a real keyboard. Despite these flaws, the Wasp was in fact fairly advanced technologically. It was one of the first commercially available synthesisers to adopt digital technology, which at the time was just beginning to become a standard. It also utilised a proprietary system for connecting several Wasp synthesisers together, predating the invention and standardisation of MIDI by several years. The digital interface should not, however, be confused with MIDI, even though similar DIN plugs are utilised (7-pin DIN instead of the 5-pin DIN which MIDI standardized to).
Architecturally, the wasp is a dual DCO (not VCO) synth, with dual envelopes and a single, switchable (low/band/highpass) CMOS-based filter.

"Later versions of the Wasp included the Wasp Special (released 1981) which came with wood panels, a black and gold color scheme, and an internal power supply but no built-in speaker. And then there was the Wasp Deluxe (released 1979) which had all the features of the original plus a standard 3-octave keyboard, wood panels, an oscillator mixer, external audio-in, a larger speaker, and battery operation. EDP also produced a heavily modded Wasp that was built into a guitar form called the Keytar. It had a two octave keyboard and transpose and portamento buttons on the neck, only two were ever made as far as we know.


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