Buchla has brought back the classic 200 series modules with some redesigning help from Roman Filippov of Black Corporation. This is complex modular at its finest.
Buchla 200 Series
Buchla called them “The Electric Music Box” which drew together complex ideas of digital and analogue modular synthesis with colour coded patch cables and deep level programming. It brought the Buchla sound and way of working to a much larger audience and formed the basis of everything that came along after.
With the reissue, Buchla worked with Black Corporation’s Roman Filippov to redesign the modules with more readily available parts to fit with modern production. Roman also acknowledges the help of Malekko’s Josh Holley in getting these modules into production; this is truly a “Buchla & Associates” endeavour.
The result is extraordinary.
The first 7 modules (there will be more) are the Dual Oscillator Model 257, Quad Function Generator Model 281, Quad Lopass Gate Model 292, Source of Uncertainty Model 266, Dual Voltage Processor Model 257, Triple Envelope Follow Model 230 and Mixer/Preamplifier Model 207. Everything you need for a bit of dual oscillating West Coast modular bliss.
While the 200 series made with TipTop Audio were scaled down to Eurorack sizing and compatibility the Classic 200 Series are in their original 4U size with banana cable patching.
The pricing places them in a different league to most other modular systems with modules ranging from $799 to $999. These are premium modules, hand made in the USA in very limited quantities. It’s the sort of system most of us can only marvel at, maybe hope to see at a synth show and try to feel content with the Arturia Music Easel VSTi. Although the TipTop Audio series is an authentic and great-sounding alternative.
In a post on social media Roman also states that he’ll be donating some of his profits to help Ukraine.
I’ll also be donating part of my own profits to help Ukraine with a fight against aggressors. Putin’s politics were the major reason why I left Russia 10 years ago, but now he becomes a problem for the whole world.
The modules will start shipping in March.