Prism Circuits has introduced the Canvas System, a beautiful stand-alone modular system inspired by early west coast synthesis. The Canvas System combines influences from the building blocks of the Buchla Music Easel with a Serge-style “paperface” panel. But is it “The People’s Synthesizer”? Probably not.
Prism Circuits Canvas System
With its paperface panel and custom wooden enclosure, this new stand-alone modular system from Prism Circuits is certainly an eye-catcher. Prism Circuits says that the Canvas System takes inspiration from the Buchla Music Easel, but it’s not a clone or exact replica. Instead, they’ve imagined what those ideas and concepts would have looked like in Serge Tcherepnin’s “paperface” design from 1973.
These modules are included:
- 1973 Oscillator x 2
- Triple Waveshaper
- 1973 VCF
- Noise Source
- Gate x 2
- Dual Mixer
- 5 Step Programmer
- Dual Processor
- Envelope Generator x 2
The system (which is not a Eurorack system, by the way) lives in a custom 2-panel wooden powered boat, which makes for a very sleek and compact appearance. The case includes a connector for a 15 V DC power supply, power switch and audio output.
A rather exclusive affair
Judging by the demo video, the Prism Circuits Canvas System is very versatile and sounds fantastic. But there’s an ever so small catch: it costs a whopping USD 4999. At this price, it’s about as far from being “The People’s Synthesizer” that Serge Tcherepnin wanted his systems to be as it could be. If you’re DIY-savvy, you may be able to save a few bucks by putting it together yourself. However, Prism Circuits’ DIY offerings aren’t cheap, either, and they haven’t announced the price of a possible DIY version of the Canvas System yet.
More information about the Canvas System
- The system comes in a custom wooden case: Prism Circuits