If there’s one thing that annoys me about the e, it’s the manual. At just 22 pages of loose-leaf text, this is — like the synth itself. Do they come with one? Or the system? Are they scanned and online anywhere? Getting my system here between today and Tuesday night. Just looking to see. I’ve been working hard to collect some of my favorite original Buchla tutorials into a single site A comprehensive look and functions and uses of the basic modules of the Buchla e modules. BEMI Music Easel Aux Card: a video manual.
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Envelope — e- Four voltage controlled envelope gens with attack and decay plus sustain mode and more LFO — e — Buchoa Waveform Generator. Memory — Patch storage for all knob settings and position switches. It is even possible to add some of the original classic series modules to it, and to add the new e series modules to an original system. Patch storage and recall.
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It is still an analog synthesizer, but with some 21st century improvements, most notably the addition of MIDI control, patch memory storage and digital hybridization. Download Buchla e Manual.
Speaking of patch storage, the e will only store knob settings and switch position but not patch cable routings. That means potential customers must start with an empty cabinet, and select the synthesis modules from the e series to design the system to their personal needs.
Filter — e — Three voltage controlled filters, independent or linked in parallel with morphing capability. New systems must be ordered directly from Buchla and they are expensive! The price tag, learning curve and really old-school nature will certainly put this system out of the realm of the casual musician. It is totally true to the original in sound and response. The e series is truly an analog-digital hybrid modular system with an analog user-interface but a state-of-the art underlying electronic system designed to provide stable, dynamic musical sounds with exceptional sonic quality.
It can function as a real time performance filter, a programmable compound equalizer and even as a spectrum transferring vocoder. Two rings provide spatial information in three dimensions.
Keyboard — e — 27 touch-keys sensitive to velocity and pressure. Almost all analog signals are also buchls by digital componentry for maintaining stability or to enable patch storage, for example.
Up to degrees of phase shift. Uses waveshape table driven synthesis with analog circuitry. A few new modules have also been added including a duophonic pitch class generator and a triple morphing filter.
Download Buchla Manual. A preset manager is also incorporated. With five cabinet sizes to choose from from 2 panels to 18 panelsno two systems may look alike, and they can range from just a module manial two to the complex analog beast pictured above.
The e may be new but it is still a classic modular system. The e series is not exactly analog either nor digital. As awesome as having modern day Buchla analog systems available for purchase is, they are still very hard to come by.
Other improvements include internal MIDI buses, more voltage controlled parameters, a router for signals and control voltages, velocity sensitivity, and a redesigned output section of the complex oscillator module.