MATRIXSYNTH: Buchla 700

Monday, March 26, 2007

Buchla 700

Buchla 700

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Video by Electric Parade. Sent my way via christian.

17 comments:

  1. This is SO cool

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  2. Buchla 700s that work are CRAZY.. they werre almost too crazy to live... ofthen they don't

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  3. I've been lusting after the 700 since about 1987 when it came out! I've always wanted to know how that oscillator sounds, the 700 oscillator that scans a waveform starting in the middle and progressively more to the outer ends. I still can't hear it from this video because the guy is concentrating on very noisy crashing type sounds. But I still think this is one of the coolest looking instruments ever made.

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  4. How well does it do banjos?
    Will it seat a cat?

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  5. the 700 uses the same waveshaping as the Buchla 400 and new 200es 259e Osc.. its called non-linear waveshaping.. look it up online. the cool thing about the 700 besides the crazy spec is that there are 4 digital Osc per voice (12) and there are several preset ways to have them interact and FM/TM etc each other... there is a CEM 24db lowpass filter in there which is strange for a buchla... also a Phase shifter as well as an EQ section that was planned but never implemented... 700s are fun but they are buggy and require some serious time to really learn.

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  6. this inspired me, i just dug out my 700. will record somehting

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  7. that display on the front is 100% awesome.

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  8. Is it only possible to create and edit patches if the framebuffer is working? Are you stuck with presets if its broken? The dude who uploaded this wrote the story of this particular 700 in the blog. His has apparently a broken framebuffer. It looks to have a lot of cv-outs(!) No midi?

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  9. anybody want to sell theirs? let me know!

    ringmodulator@gmail.com

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  10. ha! that's my buchla 700. truthfully, i never tried the video display. mike thorne, who i bought it from told me the video output was broken.

    there are a lot of cv's - and midi as well!

    and it can seat a cat.

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  11. oh yaaaa. but can it makes a clarinet sounds?! ha!

    and can it sit a dog? or jus a meow mewo?

    uri

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  12. yep it has MIDI. hey mike if you need a "frame buffer" i am assuming you mean the video display driver chip email me (echo7even@yahoo.com)

    if you can't attach it to a monitor then you are limited to editing the basic "preset". to really use one you require a video display to edit the patch and voicing tables.. this means all synth parameters including MIDI and the score and ptach editors.. etc.

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  13. This instrument is incredible.

    How much do they go for? 10 grand? 15 grand? They are nuts.

    I'd hate to repair one. I'd love to rent one for a grand or so.

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  14. The Buchla site historical section has a fair amount of info about older systems.
    Here's the 700 section

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  15. the buchla historical section is an online recreation of the old buchla sales borchures. good readin.

    keep in mind the 700 was never totally completed as the VSDD chip never met the spec and Intel discontinued it shortly after production started on the 700. without the windows interface there was no point in continuing.

    about a dozen 700s were produced.

    finding a proper old computer monitor that will work with them is about as easy as finding a 700 in the 1st place.

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  16. Dude, did they rip that thing out of the cockpit of a Tie-Fighter? Holy Moses. I think you should be required to wear a Tron suit when you play that thing.

    Awesome.

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  17. Sounds like a SMPTE time generator on steroids.

    I want one.

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