Synthesizers&KeyboardsSound Module/ Tone GeneratorModular SystemsDrum Machines, Percussion SynthsOtherDJSoftwareSamplers
Electric GuitarsProcessors, Effects, PedalsAmplifiersTuners&metronomes

Buchla ME

Music Easel

DescriptionImagesVideoTech specsAlternativeFAQRelated ArticlesComments

ME 1
Product Images: click to view fullsize version.
Buchla ME
Buchla ME
4 499.00 street price

After more than forty years, Buchla engineers returned their legendary synthesizer onto the market. The modern model does not differ much from the vintage one. In fact it is the same Music Easel but expanded with modern functionality.

The basis of the synthesizer is the principle oscillator and modulation oscillator.

The range of the principle oscillator's notes is within five octaves. The shape of the sound wave is regulated by the "timbre" section and can take the form of a saw, square, triangle and intermediate complex shapes.

For the modulation oscillator only sawtooth, triangular and square waveforms are available. For this oscillator there are modes available:

HI - allows the oscillator to be used in VCO mode (voltage controlled oscillator).

LOW - low frequency oscillator mode.

The switch selects the mode of interaction between the modulation and main oscillators. You can conduct ring modulation, amplitude or frequency modulation. The depth of modulation is set by the fader, and can also control external CV signals.

The signal from the oscillators goes to the "dual low pass gate" block, which is functionally very similar to Buchla 292h module. The function block can operate in VCF (low-frequency voltage controlled) mode, VCA (voltage controlled amplifier) or combine both modes.

The synthesizer has a real analog echo effect built on a spring module. It is located in front of the output block and offers a depth effect adjustment.

The synthesizer has basic support for MIDI commands (Note On/Off) and the ability to synchronize the built-in arpeggiator with MIDI Clock. Also there is an archaic way of storing the sound preset on special cards (the settings for them are set by resistors).

Anyway, users note when playing chromatic passages the imperfect tracking of notes is observed.

For power supply, an external 12V source is used, and battery power is also provided (included in the delivery). When using the battery, the synthesizer is able to work autonomously for up to three hours.

Country of origin / production: USA

Favorites   Recommend product to a friend

More info
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Modular Format Buchla
Analogue (A) 
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator)
Oscillators per voice2
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Square
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Envelope Generator (EG)
Step Sequencer 
Max Step Count5
Arpegiator/ Portamento
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
Type Synth Action
Number of Keys29
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Voltage 12V
Weight14.6 kg
Case/ body
Production start2004

Please log in using the form below or register to be able to order goods and services.

Password (4 to 16 characters)

/5 0

  Music Easel iProgram BUNDLE   4 799.00 U.S.Dollars

MEB is Buchla Music Easel featuring iProgram Card. The expansion card is inserted into the slot instead of the program card and allows saving up to 24 presets. It allows you to save - it’s not the program card the settings in which are adjusted by...

Buchla Easel-K
/5 0

  Easel-K   5 999.00 U.S.Dollars

Easel-K is a combination of 208 Stored Program Sound Source (all Easel units are based on it) and Buchla 223e module of kinesthetic input. Compared to LEM 218 keyboard, 223e module has many more operational controls. It represents 27 velocity sensitive...

Buchla LEM-208
/5 0

  LEM-208   2 999.00 U.S.Dollars

LEM-208 is the basic unit for building Easels. Providing this arrangement, the manufacturer offers the musician to choose what he needs. For example: You can install the iProgram card and use the tablet instead of the keyboard, and considering the...