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Postby Still Vibrations » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:54 pm

I was watching Morton Subotnick play and talk about the first Buchla synthesizer on a recent television programme. I wonder if anyone has played one of these instruments, and if so, what they are like and how do they compare with other synthesizers?
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby BJG145 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:18 pm

Still Vibrations wrote:how do they compare with other synthesizers?

That's simple, they are waay more cool.

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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Forum Admin » Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:25 pm

Zukan's always lusted after a Buchla, so I think he will have heard one/played one at some point?

Reviewer Gordon Reid certainly has, as he wrote our 2-part review from 2005/2006 of the Buchla 200e.
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Zukan » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:29 am

Love the Buchlas...for sound designers it is a joy.

However, recent years has seen some poor builds with erratic matrix behaviour. Turned me off buying their latest product the Easel.

I think the mighty Nagle has one........
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby johnny h » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:39 pm

Don Buchla tragically lost control over the company a few years before his death. From what I hear, the new owners have cut quality control, hence the inflated second hand prices of older Buchla models.
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:48 pm

Back in the late 70's Don Buchla would make visits to Toronto with some of his latest inventions. There was a new music, wait, New Music centre (ok experimental music centre) where we would hang out and perform in. I remember he brought the first incarnation of his "suitcase". Everybody wanted to play or borrow it. It was very cool indeed! Don was a generous guy and he would let people borrow it.
Morton Subotnick would come up and perform. I don't recall what synths he would bring. He was a friendly guy as well. Being a young keener I asked him to sign my copy of Silver Apples of the Moon which he did. But he also scribbled furiously on the back picture of himself because he was now sporting a beard, which he wasn't on the original back photo of himself. We had a good chuckle over that.
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Still Vibrations » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:32 am

Many thanks for all your replies. I seem to remember reading that the more recent ones were not so well made. I was wondering whether to buy a more basic one but will do more research first.
It doesn't make sense of course, as these synthesizers are designed for a specialist market and are so expensive, surely they could keep the build quality up to standard?
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby BJG145 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:59 pm

There's also the new Arturia Easel which you could demo for free. (Would like to see what SOS had to say about it.)
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Dave B » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:59 pm

Chevytraveller was showing Zukan and I the Make Noise 'O Coast' the other week. This is an interesting unit that attempts to be a synth that combines approaches from both Buchla and Moog - which is an interesting idea in itself. It's a semi-modular unit so it can either standalone and make weird noises, or be patched into a bigger system (and also make weird noises). It's fairly mad and quite 'Buchla-esque' sounding. So much so, that we thought we might have to take Zukan for a little lie down somewhere....

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http://www.makenoisemusic.com/synthesizers/ohcoast
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:54 pm

Dave B wrote:Chevytraveller was showing Zukan and I the Make Noise 'O Coast' the other week. This is an interesting unit that attempts to be a synth that combines approaches from both Buchla and Moog - which is an interesting idea in itself. It's a semi-modular unit so it can either standalone and make weird noises, or be patched into a bigger system (and also make weird noises). It's fairly mad and quite 'Buchla-esque' sounding. So much so, that we thought we might have to take Zukan for a little lie down somewhere....

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http://www.makenoisemusic.com/synthesizers/ohcoast

Hi Dave!

I've been tempted to look more closely at this one too - it's an interesting design that seems to create new sounds for once 8-)


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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Still Vibrations » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:07 am

Martin Walker wrote:
Hi Dave!

I've been tempted to look more closely at this one too - it's an interesting design that seems to create new sounds for once 8-)


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How versatile is it? The Buchla synthesizers seem to be able to produce myriad sounds but this seems to be quite specialised.
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Dave B » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:20 pm

I'd recommend a quick scan through youtube. 'Versatile' is a relative term. What I can say is that it's different verging on the unique (but then I've never played Buchlas).

In terms of flexibility, it's worth remembering that it has a bunch of patch points so is quite at home linked into other kit as a mad noise generator or a processor...
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:36 pm

Dave B wrote:I'd recommend a quick scan through youtube. 'Versatile' is a relative term. What I can say is that it's different verging on the unique (but then I've never played Buchlas)

I was just about to say exactly the same thing Dave, so instead I'll point Still Vibrations at one of the best YouTube links I've yet found:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FW8QYt6bio


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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Zukan » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:43 am

Dave, I think I have a video of Theymon twiddling things in my studio. He also played that synth no?
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Still Vibrations » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:51 am

Martin Walker wrote:
. . . . so instead I'll point Still Vibrations at one of the best YouTube links I've yet found:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FW8QYt6bio" target="phpbbpopup


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Many thanks for that Martin, that video gave a really good demonstration/overview. Still looking at the Buchla Snoopy but it's five times the price.
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Dave B » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:28 pm

Zukan wrote:Dave, I think I have a video of Theymon twiddling things in my studio. He also played that synth no?

Fairly sure that's the one. Is it on FB?
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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Zukan » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:47 pm

Dave B wrote:
Zukan wrote:Dave, I think I have a video of Theymon twiddling things in my studio. He also played that synth no?

Fairly sure that's the one. Is it on FB?

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Re: Buchla synthesizers

Postby Chevytraveller » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:02 am

Martin Walker wrote:
Dave B wrote:Chevytraveller was showing Zukan and I the Make Noise 'O Coast' the other week. This is an interesting unit that attempts to be a synth that combines approaches from both Buchla and Moog - which is an interesting idea in itself. It's a semi-modular unit so it can either standalone and make weird noises, or be patched into a bigger system (and also make weird noises). It's fairly mad and quite 'Buchla-esque' sounding. So much so, that we thought we might have to take Zukan for a little lie down somewhere....

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http://www.makenoisemusic.com/synthesizers/ohcoast

Hi Dave!

I've been tempted to look more closely at this one too - it's an interesting design that seems to create new sounds for once 8-)

Martin


I have to say I have been really blown away by this little box.. it has such a different and interesting palette to anything else I have or have used.. really solid harmonics from the oscillator and super clean and fast modulation possibilities make further harmonic generation easy and fun.. a real no-brainer for the price and will happily integrate with Eurorack or other minijack modular.



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