Mark Verbos’ Buchla Tech


For modular synth enthusiasts, specifically the Buchla Electric Music Box, Mark Verbos’ Buchla Tech blog “chronicles one man’s experience building, repairing, cloning and adding to the Buchla Electric Music Box. A manifesto of a very specific obsession.”

Here are just a few of the reasons Mark gives for beginning Buchla Tech:

The Buchla 200 is the best modular electronic instrument ever made.

1. Don Buchla designed the front panel of his instruments first and the electronics second. A musician himself, this means that each module was an idea for a musician’s tool rather than an engineer’s.

2. Audio paths and control paths are totally divided. The control path uses unshielded stacking banana cables. The audio path uses 1/8″ mini cables. On early modules the control paths and signal paths even used separate power rails! The audio signals are line level, just like all the signals in a recording studio, so patching in and out of the system is seamless. The stacking bananas are great for control signals, they mult simply. The EF Johnson banana jacks come in a variety of colors, which Don used to code what the jacks are used for.

3. Controls sweep within a musically useful range. This is in some ways related to #2. Because audio processing modules never have to concern themselves with CV signals and vice versa, the controls don’t have half of their rotation representing useless values, like a Serge.

4. “Unencumbered by engineering expediency or presumed musical asthetics…” Taken from the 248 catalog page.

Check out Buchla Tech here!

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