For the past four decades, Buchla instruments have consistently set the standards for innovative musician interfaces that provide performer-friendly access to an enormous wealth of sonic resources. Don's new modular synthesizer system, the 200e, continues this tradition. The panel layouts are nothing short of elegant, while the underlying functions are the most advanced and musically rich that are available today.
Robert Moog – instrument designer, Moog Music Inc.
All is not lost! The 200e, a contemporary reincarnation of one of the most powerful electronic musical instruments from the visionary 70's, brings back to life all the unique attributes of the original: open architecture, hands-on performance capabilities, visual feedback, and now with new features - MIDI interfacing, patch routing, digital timbre generation, and yikes! memory!
Suzanne Ciani – composer and performer
After 20 years of composing with, performing on, and caring for the Audities collection of Buchla instruments, I can enthusiastically say that the 200e is the first no-compromise answer to the 75 year old promise of analog synthesis. With this beautifully flexible system, the Buchla designed MIDI controllers finally have a fitting voice to match their expressive capabilities. Don started the modular evolution in 1963 and now, 40 years later, he has elegantly closed the circle.
David Kean – curator, Audities Foundation
For everyone who loved the Buchla 200 and for those who heard about it but never got to experience it, this is the moment. Don Buchla has brought the best of the analog world back with fresh ideas about synthesizer design. I think it's a wonderful opportunity for composers, musicians and educators to experience technological continuity.
Mort Subotnick – composer, California Institute for the Arts
This is much more than just a nostalgic revival of the 200 series Electric Music Box. Real patch cords combined with a very low-latency MIDI interface provide a performance environment that virtual software synths can't touch. If you are into reactive musical exploration, mutability, and intimate control in a tangible performance system try it out; and yes, you can save your presets.
David Wessel – researcher and performer
Every time you think that electronic musical instruments have become singularly unimaginative, Don seems to pull something magic out of his bag of tricks. This time, it is a mind challenging mixture of analog, digital, software and human factors technology, resulting in a new modular electronic musical instrument unlike any other on the planet. Like other Buchla creations, the 200e provides the musician with a visually stunning instrument where playability is paramount.
Dan Slater – audiovisual artist
Whoo-Hoo! I was lucky enough to borrow a prototype BEMI Music Easel the other weekend and give it a test drive, it has the cleanest, crispest and full bodied sound in all my sonic arsenal. The integrated keyboard is so intuitive and expressive. The oscillators are deep and rich -- great analog sound and feel.