Buchla Music Easel + Strymon Magneto

Published on Jul 14, 2018 Genshi Media Group


Buchla Music Easel going into the Strymon Magneto Four Head dTape Echo Eurorack module (in Echo/Pitch-Shifting mode.) Both oscillators of the Music Easel are being sequenced by the Malekko Heavy Industry Varigate 4+ going through my Buchla-to-Eurorack

Portabellabz Buchla Easel Hub V

Published on Jul 13, 2018 Todd Barton

“Spinning on a dime . . .”

You can find previous Portabellabz Buchla videos by Todd Barton here.

Portabellabz Buchla Easel Hub IV

Published on Jul 12, 2018 Todd Barton

“Using the ipgrogram card in ‘both’ mode to get more control among Toolbox and Aux Card”

Blue Helix

Published on Jul 11, 2018 steveHmusic

“Sonic spirals, echoes, loops and intersecting arpeggiations performed live, in 3D surround at the Mercy College Recording Studio. Enjoy!”

BEMI Buchla performance.

Keen Association Buchla 268e tutorial 3

Published on Jul 11, 2018 Todd Barton

“Looking at patching all 4 oscillators of the 268e. Enjoy! Ooops, typo on first screen should read 268e”

Noir Et Blanc Vie: Top 3 synths I REGRET not buying

Published on Jul 10, 2018 Noir Et Blanc Vie

“I think we all know this feeling, when we wanted to buy a synth and the price was right, but we passed it up. Now all we do is look back and think, if only we had got it right then. Now we live with synth regret, realizing that even though we could have the cost is just too much. Tell me in the comments the synths you passed up on and what you want,

Go inside Berlin’s synth heaven – and one of its top modular makers

Electronic music is understood by the general public mostly through artists – tech is just something in the background with knobs. But there’s more to the story than that.

And while it’s certainly well known in synth loving circles, Berlin has accordingly been techno capital and club capital, but is finally getting recognition as a mecca for technology.

These two films take you inside one retailer and one manufacturer that have each championed the return to boutique sonic electronics, to patch cables and modular synthesis, and that have resisted anything like mass market mentalities or commodification.

They could have easily been mistaken as throwbacks, but there’s some futurism to the visions of both Mark Verbos and Andreas Schneider. Schneider’s name is associated with Berlin, having established his shop as the hangout, wallet emptier, and community pillar of the synth scene. Verbos, who was himself once a Berlin resident, has only recently brought the modular business he established in New York City across the Atlantic. And even though their wares are unmistakably fetish objects, I’d say both brands make their value proposition through a commitment to adventurous sound. So yes, you get vintage-looking knobs and slightly anachronistic telephone switchboard interfaces. But the investment, their message says, is in exploring strange new worlds and undiscovered sounds.

Schneidersladen, toured by Synth Anatomy, is a clinic and community hub as well as a place to surrender to gear acquisition syndrome. And it retains the same personality and idiosyncracies that mark the larger synth loving scene.

Mapping the Schneider empire is getting tricky these days, but the short version: Schneidersladen in Kreuzberg is the new retail iteration of what was once Schneidersbüro (at Alexanderplatz, the old location)). ALEX4 is a distribution company. Superbooth, while once just an actual booth at the Musikmesse, is now an event series with its own production company.

At Verbos Electronics, Mark – who cut his teeth as a Buchla expert and repairperson – walks through the passion that drives his business in high-end modules. Side note: Mark is also a consummate live techno musician on his own instruments, having fired up these boxes in the likes of Berghain (and, back in the day, the old Ostgut and Tresor). Hearing him play should leave little doubt that these machines are for dancing, not just chin scratching. (You can, of course, attempt doing both at once. Full support.)

Check out the online presence of each:



Photo: Verbos Electronics.

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Lyra-8 Buchla Easel and Digitakt outside jam

Published on Jul 7, 2018 therudyrude

“Impro with the Soma Lyra-8 going in Strymon BigSky, Buchal Easel with Oc Card by Northen Lights Modular, Digitakt in Analog Heat”

Buchla Music Easel Ad 1974 Patch

Published on Jul 6, 2018 Todd Barton

“I found this cool advertisement for a Buchla Music Easel back in a 1974 magazine, the Numus West. Thought I’d try to reproduce the patch on an Easel clone. Enjoy!”

Buchla Easel Pulser Tip

Published on Jul 6, 2018 Todd Barton

“This is a discovery by my adventurous Skype student, Panos Vlachakis. Check it out!!”