The "NEW", reimagined Buchla Easel is one of the most original and best sounding analog all-in-one synths ever made. See what this amazing instrument can do in this Easel Video Manual created by renowned Buchla expert Todd Barton.
Electronic music instrument pioneer, Don Buchla, created the original Easel in 1973. It was the very first all-in-one, pre-patched West Coast style synth! Fast forward 40 years and now there's the "NEW" Easel. It retains its core analog roots, but when mated with its iProgram card, companion iPad app and the new 218e keyboard, it becomes one of the best sounding and fun to play instruments out there.
This course by Buchla expert, Todd Barton, explores every aspect of the Easel, from its unique sound generation to its powerful controls, sequencing and programming. In essence, Todd has created the very first Easel Video Manual. Todd is an internationally recognized Buchla expert and performer, and he works very closely with Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments in designing patches and creating product documentation.
If you have an Easel or are thinking about getting one... or even if you're simply interested in modular synthesis, this course is for you! So learn everything about the 208 and the 218e modules, which together comprise the one and only Buchla Easel, in this very in-depth course by Todd Barton.
This course is essential viewing. The videos are useful for learning synthesis in general. Todd explains the Easel system in-depth and you will be making amazing sounds and performance ready patches when complete. You will fall in love with the instrument, extremely useful course by a true master.
Nick Turner wrote on June 12, 2017
Todd is a great instructor and is very knowledgeable. This course helped tremendously in my understanding of the Easel. I'm excited to dive deeper and explore! Thanks for offering this course.
Tom Meigs wrote on April 24, 2017
A truly essential view on the Easel setup and layout with tons of ideas offered up to get you going for further exploration. This course is an intimidation eraser. If you're feeling uneasy about making the jump, I really encourage you to spend some time with these supremely explained, clear and direct examples. I know I'll be re-watching the episodes several times. Thanks for making this offering available to all of us!