The Buchla Easel V is the first recreation of Don Buchla’s iconic instrument that helped define experimental West Coast modular synthesis in the early ‘70s. Arturia added enhancements for expanded possibilities for sound design and avant-garde music.You’ve always wanted to paint with sound. Now you can with the Buchla Easel V.One look at the Buchla... Click To Read More About This Product
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The Buchla Easel V is the first recreation of Don Buchla’s iconic instrument that helped define experimental West Coast modular synthesis in the early ‘70s. Arturia added enhancements for expanded possibilities for sound design and avant-garde music.
You’ve always wanted to paint with sound. Now you can with the Buchla Easel V.
One look at the Buchla Easel V and you know this is a different beast. In fact, it makes you think differently about sound right from the start—and the soundscapes you can design with it are as unique as the front panel array. To put that experience at your fingertips, Arturia recreated the rare 1973 Buchla Music Easel right down to the component level. Like their other V-series instruments, Arturia went the extra mile by designing in an enhanced feature set including polyphony, innovative new modulation/control sources, step sequencer, effects, and more.
Your music breaks from the pack. So does the Buchla Easel V.
The Buchla Easel V faithfully reproduces Buchla’s Music Easel that helped define West Coast synthesis’ focus on experimentation and breaking musical norms. We’ve applied our award-winning TAE modeling technology from the front panel to the resistors to capture it all with incredible realism.
Complex oscillator design, AM and FM synthesis, uniquely percussive gate/filter combos, and numerous ways to modulate and clock just about every parameter, all drop you right in the middle of a sonic sandbox. Design and perform soundscapes that burble, shimmer, pulse and evolve without ever touching a keyboard or pad—unless you want to add even more control. Nearly 300 presets by expert sound designers get you started with timbres ranging from hauntingly beautiful sonorities to clangorous pokes in the ear.
In addition to faithfully reproducing a classic, Arturia infused the Buchla Easel V with even more of that vintage goodness to love. They've made patching even more fun and foolproof. When you drag a color-coded patchcord between patch points, only valid targets light up, saving you the frustration of making invalid connections that do nothing. The original Music Easel lacked a noise source, so Arturia added one to the preamp—handy for introducing rhythmic elements. They also designed a feedback loop into the preamp. Up to four-voice polyphony greatly enhances your performance capabilities, too.
With extensions to Buchla’s original design, you now have an even more intuitive programming experience paired with additional sonic options.
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