Downloads & Support Information
200e ELECTRIC MUSIC BOX
Occasionally, we make changes in a module’s firmware to fix software bugs or to add new features. The little firmware cards we used to supply with modules have been replaced by a single USB card. With a Macintosh computer running OS10.5 or higher, you can load the USB card from the web, and then transfer the firmware to the module.
There are now two versions of the firmware for each module. The old version numbers are between 1 and 29; the new versions are numbered 30 or more. All current modules are shipped with version 30 firmware.
ALL MODULES IN A SYSTEM MUST BE ONE VERSION OR THE OTHER – A MIX CAN RESULT IN IMPROPER OPERATION.
First you’ll need to equip your computer with the smarts to read the USB card. Just click on the “Buchla Firmware Utility” link below to download the appropriate program.
To download a module’s firmware to your computer, click on the relavent firmware link in the table below.
To program the firmware hex file into the USB card, plug the card into your computer and double-click the hex file’s icon in the Finder. The Firmware Utility application will launch and display info about the programming process.
Now plug the USB card into the memory card receptacle on your system and power up the system while holding the Remote Enable button on the target module. The LED on the card will blink rapidly while the firmware is being loaded to the module, then blink slowly when the load is complete. Some modules use alternatives to the Remote Enable button; see the exception list at the end of the next section.
NOTE: these instructions apply only to new systems (delivered after Dec 1, 2011) with all modules running version 30 (or higher) firmware.
DO NOT OPERATE SYSTEMS THAT MIX VERSION 30 FIRMWARE WITH PRE-VERSION 30 FIRMWARE.
(They won’t burst into flame, but they probably won’t operate correctly).
We recommend that when you add new modules to an older system you update all the modules to version 30 firmware.
Recent edits to the 200e and 200h User’s Guides were made to clarify previous descriptions, offer more complete descriptions of common Buchla elements, include information on the use of the Firmware Card as a USB-MIDI interface, and add 252e and 257e entries.
|281h||Dual Function Generator||30.2h||3/31/16||281Ev302_is_h.hex.zip||Same as 281e code but ensure h-series 281 uses internal bus A&B|
|225e||Preset Manager||32.3||1/17/16||225Sv323_Primo.hex.zip||Required to recognize latest set of modules including the 252e and h-series modules. NOTE: Before updating from a version prior to 31.3 backup the 225 to a card to retain preset names. If you have a 251e take it out of Remote Enable before backing up!|
|252e||Buchla Polyphonic Rythm Generator||30.2||12/20/15||252Ev302.hex.zip|
|250e||Arbitrary Function Generator||30.6||12/10/15||250Ev306b1.zip|
|252e||Buchla Polyphonic Rythm Generator||11/3/15||252Ev301.hex.zip||Fixes crash when using MIDI beat clock sync|
|200e-USB||Firmware Utility||1.67||10/29/15||BuchlaFirmwareUtility167.zip||Occasionally, we make changes in a module’s firmware to fix software bugs or to add new features. The little firmware cards we used to supply with modules have been replaced by the USB Utility Card. With a Macintosh computer running OS10.5 or higher, you can load new firmware to the USB card, and then transfer the firmware to the module.
Additionally you can change the USB Utility Card to function as a bi-directional MIDI interface for a 200e system. MIDI channels 1-4 will be sent to the internal 200e MIDI busses A-D respectively and MIDI beat clock can also be sent to the bus system, or output by the 252e. The 218 can also be used to output MIDI note and velocity data.
|206e/225e||Preset Manager||10/29/15||225Sv322_Primo.zip||Update for compatibility with the 252e|
|292e/h||Quad/Dual Dynamics Manager||30.4||11/2/14||292Ev304.hex.zip||Same code is used on 292e or 292h|
|225e||MIDI Decoder||30.5||10/7/13||225Ev305_Primo.hex.zip||This update fixes the "brown out" issue where the MIDI portion of the module's firmware fails resulting in loss of functionality and a corrupted display.|
|225e||Preset Manager||31.8||6/20/12||225Sv319_Primo.hex.zip||Fix preset name corruption bug when backing up to card. NOTE: Before updating from a version prior to 31.3 backup the 225 to a card to retain preset names. If you have a 251e take it out of Remote Enable before backing up!|
|251e||Quad Sequential Voltage Source||30.7||6/16/12||251Ev307.hex.zip||More reliable button debouncing. NOTE: Make sure your Preset Manager has been updated to 31.7 or greater BEFORE updating the 251e.|
|256e||Control Voltage Processor||30.3||5/7/12||256Ev303.hex.zip||Fix for knob changing multiple values after preset load.|
|259e||Complex Waveform Generator||30.8||5/7/12||259Ev308.hex.zip||Fix slew on pitch CV.|
|292e||Quad Dynamics Manager||30.3||3/8/12||292Ev303.hex.zip||Fix problem with velocity on internal MIDI bus.|
|249e||Dual Arbitrary Function Generator||30.3||3/7/12||249Ev303.hex.zip||Sequence changes happen immediately.|
|200e-USB||Firmware Utility||1.3.8||1/12/12||BuchlaFirmwareUtility_138.zip||First public release|
|206e||Six Channel Mixer||30.2||1/12/12||206Ev302.hex.zip||First public release|
|207e||Mixer / Microphone Preamp||30.2||1/12/12||207Ev302.hex.zip||First public release|
|210e||Control and Signal Router||30.2||1/12/12||210Ev302.hex.zip||First public release|
|223e||Arpeggiator||30.2||1/12/12||223Av302.hex.zip||First public release|
|223e||Tactile Interface Port||30.1||1/12/12||223Mv301.hex.zip||First public release|
|227e||System Interface||30.1||1/12/12||227Ev301.hex.zip||First public release|
|250e||Arbitrary Function Generator||30.5||1/12/12||250Ev305.hex.zip||First public release|
|230e||Triple Envelope Tracker/Pre amp||30.3||1/12/12||230Ev303.hex.zip||First public release|
|257e||Control Voltage Processor||30.1||1/12/12||257Ev301.hex.zip||First public release|
|260e||Duophonic Pitch Class Generator||30.1||1/12/12||260Ev301.hex.zip||First public release|
|261e||Complex Waveform Generator||30.2||1/12/12||261Ev302.hex.zip||First public release|
|266e||Source of Uncertainty||30.1||1/12/12||266Ev301.hex.zip||First public release|
|267e||Uncertainty Source / Dual Filter||30.1||1/12/12||267Ev301.hex.zip||First public release|
|272e||Polyphonic Tuner||30.9||1/12/12||272Ev309.hex.zip||First public release|
|285e||Frequency Shifter||30.2||1/12/12||285Fv302.hex.zip||First public release|
|285e||Balanced Modulator||30.2||1/12/12||285Bv302.hex.zip||First public release|
|281e||Quad Function Generator||30.2||1/12/12||281Ev302.hex.zip||First public release|
|291e||Triple Morphing Filter||30.1||1/12/12||291Ev301.hex_.zip||First public release|
|296e||Spectral Processor||30.2||1/12/12||296Ev302.hex.zip||First public release|
|272e||Polyphonic Tuner||30.8||12/29/11||272Ev308.hex.zip||Some users prefer the flexibility of version 30.8, while others prefer the stations globally assigned radio frequencies of version 30.9|