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[?] Tutorial/guide for Buchla 259e
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killkrt
Hi,

I've recently bought Softube Modular with Buchla 259e addon (since I cannot afford the hardware version oops) and I would like to understand better how to use it.
I've already try to read the official Buchla documentation, but I found it a little hard to be deeply understood. So I was wondering if there is some nice tutorial (or video tutorial) that could make easier to get into this wonderful module.

Thank you.
adamon
Here's a good one to start with:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hslqDpRaO-w

Also these are nice to see the wave tables:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xbEiCs7L8dU

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jz1PHtk6wR8

Tons of good info strewn about the Buchla sub. Just a little digging will pull up a lot!

thumbs up
mirf59
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I feel your pain. There's this "figure it out yourself" ethos to Buchla. It's part of the rite of initiation. It can be annoying. Here is a basic explanation of the 259e for you.

The primary wave generator (right side of the unit) produces a sound wave that is the result of a mixture of two wavetables, one wavetable from a green bank, and one from a red bank. The core of the primary oscillator is a sine wave, and the selected green and selected red wavetables are stacked somehow, or imposed upon the sine wave at the core. The mix of red or green is varied by toggling the Morph pot, where cranking the pot to the left is 100% green, to the right is 100% red, and the 12 o clock position is an even blend.

Pushing & holding the grey radio button in the middle, above the "TIMBRE" text, toggles between the red & green wavetables. The red or green light tells you which bank of wavetables you are in. In each bank, you have eight wavetables to choose from. Numbered wavetables run from 1 to 5, and lettered wavetables go from a to c. The 259e behaves differently if a numbered or lettered wavetable is chosen.

The numbered wavetables add harmonic overtones to the sine wave, emphasizing certain overtones, and are somewhat mellow. Under a numbered wavetable, the "warp" pot folds in more harmonics as you crank the pot from left to right. I think of these waves as like an electric piano or woodwind. Very pleasant, and endless possibilities for frequency modulation.

Each lettered wavetable is like a deep bank of wavetable fragments. When you choose a lettered wavetable, the "mem skew" light above the fm pot lights up, green for the fm pot at left, red for the one at right. You have to very slowly twist the fm pot that corresponds with the green or red lettered wavetable to scan all the wavetable fragments in there. Some sound very harsh, some crackle, some just add a bit of distortion over the numbered wavetable sounds. Unfortunately, it gets more complicated, because for a lettered wavetable, once you stop on a given fragment, the "warp" pot now scans across that wave fragment, gives motion to it. When animated like this, the lettered wave sounds totally different from when it is not being "warped."

Of course you can internally modulate the morph and warp using the mod oscillator. The mod side cranks out a square wave that sounds a lot like the square wave on the mod side of the 261e, but it also makes a saw and a triangle, which is nice.

Anyway, I guess that will get you started. It's really crazy the different sounds a 259e will make. You can fiddle with it endlessly to find just the right thing. But I'd say it is mellow or harsh, with not a huge area of middle ground. For the middle, I'd go to 261e.

Enjoy!


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killkrt
Thank you so much for your answers! we're not worthy applause

They are very useful! I think that now I need to make some experiments using my ears and the DAW scope (sadly Modular doesn’t provide any angry) in order to better understand how to use it, but I should avoid to overthink about theory and make lot of practice. thumbs up

Thank you again!
alleyeseeing
Thank you mirf59 for the detailed explanation, I just bought the hardware 259e as well and was actually reading as much info as I could from the softube manual.
vgermuse
Here are a few fun experiments to get a feel for possibilities:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgcsaajaNk9d9jPf3qwYtTW7T5MmciH4 H

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Orwell
on a side note has anyone used the softube buchla plugin? any thoughts?
Todd, i know you are quoted on the softube site; so maybe you can chim in on the quality of the emulation.

For anyone interested, awhile back I worked on helping out with the development of the: http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3422/immensity a Buchla 259 (original) VCO module.

The 259r M4l clone is still a pretty amazing bit of coding and mostly faithful to the org. I use the 259R regularly. I still reckon the max for live 259 clone is nicer than any 259 clone in eurorack....
mirf59
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I'd add that there have been many rich discussions here of the 259e since it came out in twisted form, by people with some technical knowledge. If you want to go deep, I suggest hitting the archives here via the search function.

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cyberdine
Orwell wrote:
on a side note has anyone used the softube buchla plugin? any thoughts?
Todd, i know you are quoted on the softube site; so maybe you can chim in on the quality of the emulation.

For anyone interested, awhile back I worked on helping out with the development of the: http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3422/immensity a Buchla 259 (original) VCO module.

The 259r M4l clone is still a pretty amazing bit of coding and mostly faithful to the org. I use the 259R regularly. I still reckon the max for live 259 clone is nicer than any 259 clone in eurorack....


That looks really great, though it seems like the link to the download doesn't work any more?
SculptorOfSound
cyberdine wrote:
Orwell wrote:

For anyone interested, awhile back I worked on helping out with the development of the: http://www.maxforlive.com/library/device/3422/immensity a Buchla 259 (original) VCO module.

The 259r M4l clone is still a pretty amazing bit of coding and mostly faithful to the org. I use the 259R regularly. I still reckon the max for live 259 clone is nicer than any 259 clone in eurorack....


That looks really great, though it seems like the link to the download doesn't work any more?


Looks like they moved to here: https://sellfy.com/EncoderAudio

I think I'll pick it up
cyberdine
Thanks - I think I will too. Looks great, hopefully the sound is also good.
SculptorOfSound
cyberdine wrote:
Thanks - I think I will too. Looks great, hopefully the sound is also good.


Bought it yesterday and had less than thirty minutes to play with it, but it sounds good. Haven't compared it with my hardware version yet, but that'll be next.
makrel
Just a crazy idea: Maybe Softube Modular offers some tutorial for customers buying their 259e plugin...
Orwell
SculptorOfSound wrote:
cyberdine wrote:
Thanks - I think I will too. Looks great, hopefully the sound is also good.


Bought it yesterday and had less than thirty minutes to play with it, but it sounds good. Haven't compared it with my hardware version yet, but that'll be next.


Good to hear that you are liking the clone. It's a fab bit of coding from encoder audio.
I have requested a 259r clone from softube.
For now I'm going to demo the 259e softube and I'll give my thoughts back on this thread.
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