The original Buchla Music Easel was introduced in 1972 as a portable ‘suitcase modular’. It was made up of two main units: the 218 Touch Keyboard Controller; and the 208 Stored Program Sound Source. The system has a unique card slot that lets you slide in hardware preset cards.
With the previous iteration of the Music Easel (and of Buchla), the iProgram card was introduced, which repurposed the slot to allow for patch memory and even wireless control.
The updated Buchla Music Easel expands on the original, with space on the left side for a new module that adds additional connectivity options, utilities and more.
Buchla is also considering making the 10-space case available separately.
Pricing and Availability
Buchla says that official details will be announced in a month or so, after they finalize a few things.
Photos via Marc Doty.