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Iconic performance oriƫnted modular synthesizer in suitcase format. It was made in 1973 and an reissue was produced in 2013 and remains in production. The new incarnation of the 1973 Buchla Music Easel is a portable, performance-oriented instrument as close as possible to the original. We have used the same circuits, mechanical design and graphic theme that made the original an ergonomic dream to grab hold of and create organic electronic music from the soul. The Music Easel is comprised of 2 units: a 218 Touch Keyboard Controller and a 208 Stored Program Sound Source, both housed in a rugged carrying case. Together these modules allow both real-time control from the keyboard pads, knobs, sliders, switches and patch points. Additionally the Music Easel supports the included original Program Cards (user-defined presets using resistors, 1973-style!) as well as future interface cards with more modern patch storage/editing/control/interfacing.


Black Corporation - Polyphonic Kobol

Poly Kobol Rack - Slated for Superbooth by Black Corporation. Will be in kit form too and courtesy of Roman Fillipov (Buchla 208r Easel Clone & Deckard's Dream). Seems to have slipped under the radar but will be shown at Superbooth in May. Should be one to make your wallet weep but I digress.

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Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular

I don't think this is like a music easel, for one, buchla is hand soldering there own boards not smt crap like this.. It has a 100 foot microprocessor right in the middle of the board! Give me a break on all the pure analog crap, this thing has a bunch of digital stuff...

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Money no object, what 3 modern synths would you buy?

1. John Bowen - Solaris 2. Buchla - Music Easel 3. SE - Omega Code 8 OD Gives the best of all worlds. Digital synthesis, classic West Coast additive synthesis and classic East Coast subtractive synthesis. None are cheap (all are around $5k depending on options) but all seem a good investment in terms of pure quality.

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