The Buchla Music Easel is a truly unique synthesizer, but they are relatively hard to get hold of and cost a significant amount of money. Luckily Arturia have worked their magic and recreated the instrument in software form - The Buchla Easel V, making it possible to get the sound for a fraction of the price! In this short video from the course Arturia V 103: The Buchla Easel Explored, synth expert Rishabh Rajan gives you a guided tour of the complex oscillator - the heart of the synth's sound.
You'll see how the complex oscillator section allows you to tune your signal and change the polarity of the modulation signal, as well as modifying the timbre extensively to shape the character of the audio. Although many changes can be made to the oscillator section, it's been recreated sympathetically so you will find it fairly easy to get to grips with after watching Rishabh's video. Be sure to check out the rest of the videos in the course to learn everything you need to know about this unique instrument.
The Buchla Easel, released in 1973, sounds as unique as it looks. It must be said that its creator, “west-coast” electronic instrument pioneer Don Buchla was a very unconventional instrument designer who created very unconventional electronic music instruments. In this course, synthesis expert Rishabh Rajan explores Arturia’s recreation of Don's “The Music Easel” -an instrument that was truly ahead of its time.
The course starts with an overview of the plugin where you learn how to navigate the interface, load presets, and how to do basic patching. Rishabh then covers the Complex Oscillator and Modulation Oscillator modules, and explains how to route them creatively via the Dual Lo Pass Gate. Next, he reveals how crazy you can get with the different Voltage Control modules, such as the Envelope Generator, the Pulser, and the Sequential Voltage Source. You also learn about the Mod CV, Envelope Out, Inverter, and all the extra goodies that Arturia added to the plugin version (spoiler: the Gravity feature is out of this world!).
So forget about musical norms! See (and hear) how far “west-coast" synthesis can take you in this Buchla Easel V exploration… Just don’t forget to come down to earth after visiting those new aural soundscapes!