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Buchla – Easel Command

The Buchla Easel Command is a result of the further development of the legendary analog synthesizer Music Easel by Don Buchla from 1973, which in addition to the synthesizer module also consists of a controller/keyboard module – both built into a suitcase. While the Music Easel also continues to be built, the Easel Command is the revised version of the 208C in a stand-alone desktop form with MIDI, USB and CV control. This updated version now features a MIDI input, can be equipped with a USB host port, has a 1V/Oct and Gate input, and generally presents itself in a way that makes it easy to integrate into any studio or live environment. It’s never been easier to own a Buchla and integrate it into your personal workflow.

Although it can be described as a mono synthesizer, it’s much more than that, it includes a limited but matching sequencer that invites you to experiment, as well as a real spring reverb, and truly feels like an instrument that can keep delivering new sounds and generally invites you to play. It’s hard to describe, but the device quickly draws you in, simply because it sounds exceptional and offers a well-developed workflow. Without further words, enjoy the video.

And for more information about the Music Easel, please have a look at the SchneidersLaden Workshop videos (in german) with Jessica Kert and Carsten Rochow, who share their experiences and enthusiasm about this instrument.

Update: Sacha Ketterlin live at Digitalanalog 2020

Update: Here is the second video by Sacha Ketterlin from Digitalanalog 2020:

With the second part of his live performance for the Digitalanalog Festival, Sacha Ketterlin presents a journey through melodic but also danceable techno.

At 128 BPM, he lets the legendary TR909 swing the beat to accompany the tempting synth lines he creates with his unique modular system. It is equipped with rare Macbeth modules that give it its special absorptive, richly structured electronic sound.
A Macbeth Micromac-D semi-modular synthesizer and a Buchla Easel Command are also used.

For real-time processing, all signals pass through Ableton, where they are further shaped by MIDI controllers.

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Last weekend it was time for another edition of Digitalanalog Festival in Munich. For many years SchneidersLaden and Alex4 were part of this festival for modern and new music. The many concerts and shows had to be streamed online this year as there was no audience allowed. SchneidersLaden and Alex4 contributed several videos of live performances and presented some of the most interesting electronic musical instruments.

This is the first video is showing Sacha Ketterlin playing a short ambient set with his setup consisting of mostly Macbeth synthesizers and eurorack modules, accompanied by a Buchla Easel Command and Ableton live.

Jessica Kert – Buchla Music Easel

[deutsch]

Jessica Kert erzählt über ihre Erfahrungen mit dem Buchla Music Easel. Dieser Workshopabend stand im Zeichen des Buchla Music Easel und den Erfahrungen die man mit diesem ikonischen Instrument in den ersten Monaten macht. Jessica stellt den Music Easel vor, spielt einige Sounds an und erklärt woher ihre große Faszination für dieses Instrument kommt.

[english]

Jessica Kert talks about her experiences with the Buchla Music Easel. This workshop evening was dedicated to the Buchla Music Easel and the experiences made with this iconic instrument in the first few months. Jessica introduces the Music Easel, plays some sounds and explains where her great fascination for this instrument comes from.

Buchla Workshop: Getting started with the Music Easel

The last date of this workshop series is all about Buchla. One of the most iconic names in modular history is still a mystery to most – so we’ll have a look at the Music Easel, their modular line and we’ll listen to some of the sounds that build the legacy of this brand. So this evening is an invitation to all that are not familiar with Buchla and want to get their head around these special synthesizers. To get an impression of how it feels to dive into the rabbit hole named Buchla Music Easel, we invited Carsten Rochow to talk about his first months with this instrument. Additionally Jessy is going to share her view on the Music Easel.

Please note: This time the workshop will be in German language!


Starting with Buchla on 26. September 2019 19:30

Participation is free-of-charge as always!

If you are new to modular, why not join SchneidersLadens Modular Beginner Workshop? Every Thursday at 6pm!

How to find SchneidersLaden:

Kottbusser Tor above the REWE supermarket (use the door within the REWE entrance – ring the „schneidersladen” bell – and knock LOUD on our metal door on the first floor)

Catalyst Audio and Random*Source – bring back the classics

At the moment there are two very iconic, classic, modular systems available in Eurorack format, which even have a common history. Catalyst Audio transferred the legendary System 100 to Eurorack and Random*Source worked together with Serge Tcherepnin to bring classic Serge modules to the most diverse modular format that has ever existed. Serge’s intention of making his own designs is related to Don Buchlas early synthesizers, as Serge wanted to make a high quality but affordable synthesizer system available – in contrast to the more expensive Buchla. Therefor Serge sold synthesizer kits that could be built at home to keep the cost down. And Serges inspiration and motivation didn’t came from nothing: The Buchla already had something like a mystic aura to it, as the 100 series, the original San Francisco Tape Music Center modular synthesizer, originally was commissioned by Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender.

Catalyst Audio now faithfully recreated six modules of Buchlas 100 Series and A/B tested them with an original 100 Series system to bring the original System 100 sound to Eurorack – and they achieved this goal. The analog circuits feature a discrete, transistor based design. Hand-picked components guarantee high performance, durability and excellent sound. The Audio and CV levels have been adjusted to be compatible with the Eurorack standard, therefor they used Op-amps. If you do not want anything “new” in your circuits these components can be removed from the signal flow via jumpers.

Serge

The history of the Serge incarnation in Eurorack is a little different. The makers of Random*Source adapted classic Serge designs to the Eurorack format and let Serge Serge Tcherepnin test and approve them to be real Serge designs under license and in cooperation with Serge Tcherepnin. Random*Source now offers both, the original format (4U) and modules for Eurorack. And it is still possible to build them on your own, as there are partial and full kits available at different retailers. This preserves the original intention of Serge Tcherepnin of making a high quality modular system, comparable to the Buchla, available for way less money.  So what you get is the original Serge sound, approved by Serge Tcherepnin himself, in a smaller format.

To mix and match, test and explore these great modules, come to Schneidersladen showroom and check them out.

 

NAMM 16 – Sputnik Modular

Unstoppable, lilac-colored Roman Filipov aka Sputnik Modular has a number of new stuff – he hasn’t yet decided which will go into production first.

sputnik-16stepseq The 16-step voltage source is like the small 5-step but way bigger.

sputnik-multisegment-seq sputnik-multistage-seq

Dual Multisegment Function Generator and Multistage Voltage Source are both really complex digital sequencer modules, especially the first one is pretty incredible.

sputnik-freqshifter Roman licensed late Jürgen Haible’s all-analog Frequency Shifter circuit! The booth was noisy so we couldn’t really tell how good it sounds but it’s really promising.

sputnik-seqfilter The Sequential Filter design resembles an existing 200e Buchla module. It comprises of three identical filters which feature frequency, resonance and level control. The eight-step sequencer saves all three parameters into one sequence and eight sequences can be stored. Proceed from step to step and from sequence to sequence with clocks. Look at one self-oscillating filter as a sine oscillator with VCA – the module can be used as a triple synth voice with sequencer as well!

sputnik-dualegLPG The Dual Envelope & Gate combines the envelope and lopass gate functions of other Sputnik modules to one compact module.

Join Europe: iTs CHEAP now!

The european money is cheaper than ever at least for people in the US and the UK now. Unfortunately for europeans the products from these countries are much more expensive now .. the other way round, so… a lot of our prices for modulars and others finally had to be increased now. So please accept the raise from 7% to 10% average with some very attractive modular series,
… we are sorry. New prices are online and valid now!

.. And finally: Be welcome and  join Musikmesse in Frankfurt/Germany – it will be April, 15th to 18th this year – spring time with even more new stuff for even better prices, .. perhaps!

end of Waiting!

DDR-Fotoausstellung so war´s...The end of Trust has been reached NOW: After two years of up and down, promises, payments forwards and backwards, units that has been returned for different reasons, many energy and money to learn complex possibilities to support, to fix and repair, ALEX4 now quit from europe exclusive distribution for Buchla alias Bemi.
Once you have a problem with a unit that was bought from the US, please return it to the US as usual, once you have a problem with a unit that you bought from us, we will go ahead and do our best to help you. And once you are still waiting for a Music Easel from Schneidersladen, you will be contacted and informed about the status shortly.

Aphex Twin hats auch ..

aphex-modular-trax.. wir wollen es gerne verkaufen:
Das funktionierende Buchla 200e System aus der Demo in Schneidersladen steht zur Disposition, Module kommen eh nicht nach und der Easel stockt auch. Also: Ran an die Buletten, ausprobieren kostet noch nichts, danach wirds teuer,  Zum Preis erwarten wir akzeptable Vorschläge, Umsonst wirds leider nix!
Umsonst gabs offensichtlich mal die Tracks von Aphex Twin, die er wohl auch auf diesem Modulsystem gemacht hat, das war natürlich nicht umsonst! Aber wer weiss.
Fast umsonst gibts grad das ein oder andere Schnäppchen auf dieser Liste in Schneidersladen, weil wir zum Jahresende das sonst alles zählen müssen,  .. Zahlen statt Zählen? .. Danke für die Entlastung und Euch allen ein frohes und besinnliches Weihnachtsfest.

Music Easel waitings..

975_1320.. unfortunately there are still nearly 50 of our clients waiting to get their hands on one of the Bemi* Music Easel .. We never thought that it could take so long to get them in and we are very sorry about this. Still we dont know if there will be more than the first seven “serial units” that we had coming in so far.

In addition to this we are even more sorry, that we mixed up the order date with the update of our factura system what lead us to serve very few clients in the wrong order. As soon as we have more units coming in, we will first of all serve these clients we have overlooked.

* = BEMI is the company that took over the business from Don Buchla
(the guy you see on pic) alias Buchla and Associates  a while ago.

Thomas K Workshop

workshoppic1Tomorrow – Friday 13th (!) – we will celebrate a first workshop about modulars held by our new product specialist Thomas K expecially for starters on the eurorack system. At 6pm we will start in our showroom at the Kottbusser Tor, berlin for just 10 people that has to please confirm the participation via email asap (click here). There are still three places left or so .. and its free for friendy guys and girls. So if you ever wanted to know what we are talking about and you dont understand nothing, yet – this is your chance to go.

Musikmesse Aftershow 2/2

Centralmusic_KarrussellTonite in Kreuzbergs Oranienstrasse (#188!) we will have a workshop with Mark Verbos from New York introducing his eurorack products at around 8pm, this will be held in english. Then there will be a session with either Peter Kirn presenting his Meeblip synth and/or the Koma boys performing their pedals and Kommanders. Still before 10pm we will have a second rare introduction where Christian Halten will introduce his W-Lan interface for the Buchla Music Easel together with the chief technician from Buchla responsible for their production site. As on Musikmesse Mister MFB junior (the Tanzbär !) will take care for some drinks and good fun as we will do ourselves.

Music Easle workshop

as_n_charlescohenThe Workshop with Charles Cohen as a CTM Event last week has been a very nice time, thank you for coming. Some of you could listen to the audio what could have been a bit confusing at least while the jam session with visitors was running. We made a little movie that will be released on Vimeo soon, we work on it and thank you for your patience.

..on air in your Radio now..

For those who did NOT get a ticked we run the radio frequency 95,2 Mhz at Kottbusser Tor now, so cruise your car around the cycle, dont count the rounds and listen to Charles Cohen and Wolfgang Seidel playing LIVE in Schneidersladen. Non freezing pedestriants could do the same with a radio in front our backdoor entry watching the event thru the glass from outdoors.

MUSIC EASLE SOUND CTRL

NAMM_Buchla_Easle-editorOn this years NAMM the Buchla producing company BEMI introduced their vision for an interface to control the parameters on your music easle from any Ipad. The first problem still is the missing Music Easles where they had major problems with the keyboard controllers to get them out. Very slowly they now get backorders done shipping the units handselected one by one. Then there will probably be a gap before this interface will be available working fine with all the versions of this outstanding unit later on, we will see and stay hot for our own backorder hopefully coming in soon – wating in patience.

Musikmesse videos ..

IMG_2878Looking back to last weeks exhibition of ALEX4 on the musikmesse we collected some links here to give you an impression on what has happened there:
A nice overview of the athmosphere with no comments on this years ALEX4 stand in Frankfurt has been given with this video, that I found on vimeo, thank you.
If you want competent informations about mellotrons or memotrons you should have been talking to klaus (german), who collected all the sounds for manikin electronic, their latest release is “harrys collection” now.
Dieter Doepfer is introducing his news on modular basics and the black MAQ-sequencer starting with his Midi/USB to clock converter modul (AHH!) here in english.
MFB has been presented by Uwe-George Giegler in english on sonicstate, Sebastian Preller gave a short overview of the specials on the Tanzbär and Mister Fricke confirmed the soon delivery in german here.
Edmund Eagan plays on the Haken continuum with sounds designed on the new Eagan Matrix, Dr. Lippold Haken gives a german comment on his production place   .. and finally ..
IMG_2883Max and Max informing you about a new MIDIclock by Erfindungsbuero Rest und Meier here .. and .. then there was a little overview with sonic state and HerrSchneider .. (.. and: sorry no, I did not mean that buchla is hard to service – not at all!).
Unfortunately they all missed to show the Cacophonator noir by Subtle Noise Maker from Vienna.

Don Buchla..

dsc_0148.. has been talking to me about the possibilities of selling his system as an authorized partner inside the EC. We will go ahead chatting about this topic and there is hope, that some things could change one day. We will keep you informed.

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