Buchla Synths at Winter NAMM 2011

Always love seeing the Buchla synths in person!

It occurred to Don one day to build an instrument actually intended for electronic music performance.

He created the 100 series Modular Electronic Music System (1963).

And a few years later (1970), the 200 series Electric Music Box.

Minicomputers became affordable, and Don built the first hybrid (digitally controlled analog synthesizer) – the 500 series (1971).

And along came microcomputers and the series 300 (using series 200 analog modules combined with 300 series digital modules).

A hot little analog performance instrument, the Music Easel was introduced in 1972.

Then four hybrid (digital/analog) instruments. For his keyboard playing friends Don conjured up the Touché (1978).

Next was the Buchla 400, featuring an outrageous video display(1982).

Along came MIDI, and he designed the 700 with MIDI up the wahzoo (1987).

And for Oberheim (a Gibson subsidiary), Don designed the OB-Mx (1995).

For your edification and amusement, we’ve collected data on some of these historic instruments.

By the mid 80’s, MIDI was abundant. Just about every synth had MIDI inputs. But where were the controllers? Didn’t MIDI promise something beyond organ keyboards?

Don shifted his attention to controllers and designed the Thunder (1990) and Lightning (1991).

To be replaced in 1996 with the improved Lightning II.

To finish off the millennium in style, Don built the gold edition of the Marimba Lumina.

In 2000 and 2001, he added the silver Marimba Lumina 3.5 and the smaller Marimba Lumina 2.5,

And in 2002, Don introduced the Piano Bar, now manufactured and distributed by Moog Music Inc.

Now for an abrubt switch. In 2002, Don decided that the 200 series was due for improvement, and in 2004, introduced several new modules, calling these the 200e series.

Check ’em out.

Wonder what’s next? So do we.

Don Buchla

Visit the site http://www.buchla.com/index.html

Rave Synthsation & Scratch Boom Bap! Sample Libraries Debut

Two new sample libraries are now available from Peace Love Productions: Rave Synthsation and Scratch Boom Bap! (the exclamation point is part of the title).

The first new release, Rave Synthsation, is a 900 MB collection of loops and samples that emphasize the exciting sound of synthesizers that defined the sound of ’90s raves. All in all, Rave Synthsation offers 546 loops, all of which are in 24-bit, 44.1 kHz quality. The collection’s loops and samples are organized by tempo and root note into the following folders: Acid Synths, Arpeggiators, Leads, Chillout, Deep, Pads, Percussive, SFX, and Basses. In addition, the sample library includes a bonus folder filled with mixed beats and drum fills.

Rave Synthsation Loops

Rave Synthsation features:

900 MB library of loops and samples
546 Loops of synthesizers and more
All sounds are organized by tempo and root note
24-Bit, 44.1 kHz stereo
ACIDized WAV and Apple-looped AIFF formats
Includes acid Synths, arpeggiators, leads, chillout sounds, deep pads, percussion, SFX, basses, mixed beats, and drum fills
For a limited time, you can get Rave Synthsation for free if you purchase Peace Love Productions’ other collection, Synths N MIDI.

The next new release is Scratch Boom Bap! by DJ Puzzle. This followup collection to Scratch Tactics offers 900 MB of loops, samples, and one-shots ideal for producing underground hip-hop and mushroom jazz grooves. With both synths and synth drums on hand, Scratch Boom Bap! includes 210 Moog synth samples with 2 to 4 notes at multiple octaves for each patch. This collection additionally includes 124 Moog SynDrums and 60 hip-hop drum one-shots. All loops sit at a tempo of 94 BPM, and the loops are organized into specific folders: Basses, Cymbals, High Hats, Snares, Kicks, DJ Scratches, Synths, Keys, Organs, E-Pianos, Brass, SFX, and more.

Scratch Boom Bap Hip Hop Loops

Scratch Boom Bap! features:

900 MB of loops, samples, and one-shots
210 Moog synth samples with 2 to 4 notes at multiple octaves for each patch
124 Moog SynDrums
60 hip-hop drum one-shots
Folders include Basses, Cymbals, High Hats, Snares, Kicks, DJ Scratches, Synths, Keys, Organs, E-Pianos,
Brass, SFX, and more
24-Bit, 44.1 kHz stereo
Tempo: 94 BPM
ACIDized WAV and Apple-looped AIFF formats
Ideal for underground hip-hop and mushroom jazz grooves
Inspired by artists such as MF Doom, Devine Styler, Quasimoto, Q-Tip, Madlib, Binary Star, Macvillian, Mos Def, Delltron 3030, and Murs

Both Rave Synthsation ($29.95) and Scratch Boom Bap! ($34.95) are available from Peace Love Productions at http://www.peaceloveproductions.com