The Buchla Easel Command is a result of the further development of the legendary analog synthesizer Music Easel by Don Buchla from 1973, which in addition to the synthesizer module also consists of a controller/keyboard module – both built into a suitcase. While the Music Easel also continues to be built, the Easel Command is the revised version of the 208C in a stand-alone desktop form with MIDI, USB and CV control. This updated version now features a MIDI input, can be equipped with a USB host port, has a 1V/Oct and Gate input, and generally presents itself in a way that makes it easy to integrate into any studio or live environment. It’s never been easier to own a Buchla and integrate it into your personal workflow.
Although it can be described as a mono synthesizer, it’s much more than that, it includes a limited but matching sequencer that invites you to experiment, as well as a real spring reverb, and truly feels like an instrument that can keep delivering new sounds and generally invites you to play. It’s hard to describe, but the device quickly draws you in, simply because it sounds exceptional and offers a well-developed workflow. Without further words, enjoy the video.
The AJH Synth Entropic Doom is designed to deliver everything from plain to pitched noise and is even capable of processing external audio signals.
The way rythmical structure melts with the internal audio path using the Audio In knob is simply beautiful and sometimes reminiscent of sidechain compression effects. The noise generation is all analogue, but unlike most other units, it is built around a CMOS logic chip and provides syncability so the noise bursts may track an oscillators frequency.
The resonant 2/3/4-pole filter tracks 1volt/octave, has an extra frequency cv input with attenuator and allows for voltage control over resonance and sound good enough to see this module as a very special low-pass filter.
Golden Master is a multiband processor module in Eurorack format. Inspired from the studio mastering and radio loudness units from the 90’s, this tool is a game changer for everyone who performs live with a Eurorack synthesizer.
The whole magic of Eurorack lies in its raw sound and simple analog mixes — processing through the Golden Master brings instant punch and sound pressure, as well as controlling the overall volume.
instantly improve your raw Eurorack mixes to sound balanced and powerful on stage or wherever you are
96 kHz 16 bit digital audio stereo processing
3-band compressor with intuitive adjustment and brickwall limiter
Ground Control is a 42 hp Eurorack performance sequencer.
The sequencer has 4 tracks: three melodic tracks and a drum track consisting of 8 drum triggers and modulation/accent output. There are also dedicated mute buttons for each track, MIDI and USB-MIDI I/O, external CV and a 2-octave piano-style keyboard.
The keyboard serves for playing the melodies as well as entering the menus – in that method the module eliminates tedious menu diving.
Each track can contain 24 patterns, which can be played separately or chained together in any order. All those tracks are organized into 24 projects. The number 24 is associated to the 24 letters of the Latin alphabet.
Ground Control features very stable internal analog and MIDI clocks preserving low jitter operation, which is crucial for tight sequencing.
There is no typical 808/909-style sequencing. Instead the patterns are entered either in 101-style step input, live recording and can be adjusted using the 303-style editor.
2 octaves of keyboard, play sequences and grooves on the fly or use external USB/MIDI gear for DAW integration or to control external MIDI gear
arbitrary, up to 64 steps per pattern, 24 patterns per track, 24 projects
dedicated mute bus unquantized/quantized to pattern length
4 tracks: drum track with 8 triggers and modulation and 3 melodic CV/Gate tracks – Velocity and CC is recorded from external MIDI.
three record modes: step input with step editing, live recording and step editor