Don Buchla Wants His Brand Back, Taking New Owners To Court

Don Buchla Smiles at the 2011 NAMM ShowDon Buchla, right, is taking the current owners of the Buchla Electronic Musical Instrument brand, Audio Supermarket Pty., to court.

According to a report by Fact:

Buchla alleges he was promised $440,000 for the sale of the company, but has been paid less than $110,000 so far. It also alleges that the defendants breached the Asset Purchase Agreement of Buchla & Associates by “failing to use reasonable business efforts to reach sales targets.”

The lawsuit is attempting to regain the original company’s assets, intellectual property and confirmed purchase orders back to Buchla, as well as seeking compensation for damages.

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Tiptop Audio Launches Record Label

Tiptop Audio has announced a new project for 2015, Tiptop Audio Records, to celebrate the rebirth of modular synths in the Euro format.

Tiptop Audio Records has selected for its first issue a selection of artists who, through their tracks, explore the landscape of dance music in a very fresh perspective. According to the company, “These are the artists who inspire the Tiptop team to make more innovative devices, which in turn make new music (a nice feedback loop).” Continue reading

WMD + SSF Spectrum Oscillator For Eurorack Modular Synthesizers

This video, via William Mathewson, is a quick demo of the WMD + SSF collaboration module, the Spectrum Oscillator.

Spectrum is a precision, saw-core VCO, with eight possible waveforms (six simultaneous outputs), an eight octave switch, LFO mode and FM mode select with attenuation. Continue reading

Laurentide SynthWorks Dual Passive Vactrol Gate Now Available

laurentide-synthworks-vactrolLaurentide SynthWorks has announced that their VG2 Dual Passive Vactrol Gate is now available.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

No power needed! Each Vactrol Gate has 1 CV Input (gate, envelope, LFO, etc.), 1 Audio Input and 1 Audio Output. The CV Input hits the Vactrol LED, allowing audio to pass through. In addition, there is a simple Low Pass Filter applied to the Audio Input with an Amount (Cutoff) knob.

As this is a passive circuit, it will not give you full cutoff control, but it does allow the taming of harsh waveshapes.

The LPF is simply the same concept as a guitar’s “tone” control. Also, there is an LED at the CV Input for quick visual reference and LED light action!

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Vince Clarke + Analogue Solution Intro New ‘Clarke Circuits’ Eurorack Modules

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Synth pop pioneer Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Erasure, Yaz) and Analogue Solutions have announced a collaboration on a new series of ‘creative and utilitarian’ Eurorack modules, being released under the name ‘Clarke’.

The initial modules announced are the VCM & VCS Auto Tune System. This self-contained Eurorack expandable MIDI-to -CV converter/calibration system provides a complete solution for tuning and scaling vintage synthesisers and modern VCO Eurorack modules.

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