MATRIXSYNTH: Polyphonic Buchla 100!?!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Polyphonic Buchla 100!?!

zack dagoba

"I managed to get a Buchla 114 touch plate module from La67. To be honest I didn't really know what exactly this module would do functionally, as there are not many videos up featuring its, especially for what I wanted it to be able to do - namely trigger multiple VCOs and VCAs to turn the Buchla 100 into a fully polyphonic instrument - but to my immense joy it actually did what I had hoped for = HAPPY

So this patch uses 4 x 144 VCOs (8 oscillators in total), and 8 VCAs (4 x 110 gates and - CHEAT ALLERT - 4 x Roland 100M VCAs). I'm waiting on a replica 107 module that was made to compliment the 114 (10 x VCAs)

The cool thing is that the 114 has 10 CV outs that can be used as 10 envelopes, and then the touch-controls can also help articulate the notes. It seems a very clever design (as always from The Don) and I wonder why I have never seen anyone else use the Buchla 100 as a supremely flexible 10-note polyphonic synth (not bad for 1960s technology - as far as I know, the 1974 Oberheim 4-Voice is known as the first commercially available polysynth, but this is clearly not the case!)"

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