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BEMI Easel-K Modular Synthesizer

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Description
This is an updated configuration of the faithful reproduction of the 1973 Buchla Music Easel. The 218 Touch Activated Voltage Source has been swapped out for the 223e Multi-Dimensional Kinisthetic Input Port/Tactile Input Port.

This controller is the paragon of tactile interfacing with electronic instruments and allows for significant flexibility of control. Its 25 touch pads sensitive to various parameters (pressure, impact, and location) can be programmed to combination of the 19 voltage outputs and 9 trigger outputs.

This customization of control combined with the powerful arpeggiator allow for nearly limitless combinations of control of the many voltage controllable parameters of the 208 Stored Program Sound Source.

The 223e comprises two components: A 3-panel-unit tactile surface (the Multi-Dimensional Kinesthetic Input) for generating user control data, and the single-panel Tactile Input Port module, which provides edit / programming control for the tactile surface, and houses the control voltage outputs and the controls for the built-in arpeggiator.

The tactile surface features an ergonomic array of 27 velocity- and pressure-sensing keypads, fourteen of which respond to location in one or two dimensions. Pressure sensitivity ranges from feather-weight to several pounds. Arranged into multiple user-defined groups ranging in size from 1 to 25, the keypads can produce a wide array of user-programmed control voltages. The surface can be mounted in three panel spaces in a 200e-series cabinet (usually in the lowest boat, for playing convenience), or independently mounted in a 201e-3 Passive Frame.

Location, pressure, impact, and tuned voltages, as well as pulses generated by the tactile surface are presented at a total of 30 outputs on the Tactile Input Port module.
The arpeggiator features multiple patterns, internal and external clocks, and a variety of additional features. All settings, including Tactile Input keypad programming, can be saved and recalled by the Preset Manager on the 225e or 206e module.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Frequency Modulation, Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Pulse, Pulse Variable, Square, Triangle
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Fader, Glide / Portamento, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Ring Modulation, Sequencer, Sync Hard, Velocity
Envelopes
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Looping, Triggered
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Sequencer
LFO
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 2
Timbrality: 2
Tuning: Atonal, Standard
Modes: Duophonic
Patches
Patches RAM: 208
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
Sequencer
Step Sequencer
Case
Case: Desktop, Keyboard
Case Details: 30 Tactile Touch Plate Controller
Keyboard: Touch Plates
Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Pads, Faders, Knobs, Sliders, Switches, Mod - Wheel 2, Modulation 1/4" Jacks, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Modulation - Audio Input, Modulation Banana Jacks, Pedal - Filter, Sequencer
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 16
Display Count V: 2
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, 1/8" Phone Jack, Mono Out
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out, 1V Octave
Production
Year Released: 2015

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.buchla.com
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $5999 - convert
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