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.
In this video, via Sonic State, Buchla’s Marc Doty discusses the new Music Easel and how it’s changed from the original. He also explains the capabilities of the new Electric Music Box I/O module, which adds CV/Gate inputs, USB support, additional mixing options and more.
Pricing and Availability
The new Buchla Music Easel is expected to be available in Q1 2022, with a target price of $3,999.