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by mestlick
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: wanna sequence yer 116/216?
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: wanna sequence yer 116/216?

I have a 216r, I would buy one. Even just a clock in would be cool.
Wrap/reset to last key touched would be super sweet.
Somehow selecting start/end points or arbitrary subsets would be extra credit.
by mestlick
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Easel command pulser and env voltage offset
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Easel command pulser and env voltage offset

My BEMI Easel does that too. For a pitch envelope, I first set the envelope amount and then re-tune the oscillator.
by mestlick
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: CRAP Programmer
Replies: 67
Views: 4087

Re: CRAP Programmer

That is really nice!! I have a 245 and some Serge programmers, this is like a perfect combo with some additions. The stage switches seem like an enhancement of the Moog 960. Does the preset override the clocking, like on the 245? Mine at least only clocks when the preset is selecting the first stage...
by mestlick
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Buchla System purchase 2020?
Replies: 55
Views: 5898

Re: Buchla System purchase 2020?

An even more different opinion: A Buchla system is a true instrument that you can play for a lifetime, so if playing modular is your hobby or occupation it is a great investment. Think of it like buying a Steinway. I would start with either an Easel, or plan on expanding into an 18-24U case. I start...
by mestlick
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: MARF 248r source code available
Replies: 219
Views: 16244

Re: MARF 248r source code available

I must have a Rev 1, because I can program stop on every step and externally clock and use the pulse outputs. What does the "ref." output do on Rev 2 when a stage hits a programmed stop? On Rev 1, the ref output falls from high to low during the time programmed, but then goes fully high once the sta...
by mestlick
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Fess up, who is behind this XENOMORPH?
Replies: 43
Views: 5267

Re: Fess up, who is behind this XENOMORPH?

Wow. I love the Fenix 2/3 combo, it looks like a perfect instrument to me. I think 3 sequencers is the sweet spot.
by mestlick
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: ? using NCom/Logic to sync Serge to External Drum Machine
Replies: 23
Views: 1251

Re: ? using NCom/Logic to sync Serge to External Drum Machine

Probably can run the audio of a short drum sound into a slope generator with a fast rise and slow fall to make a signal that can trigger other things.

The impulse sound from the Machinedrum will directly trigger Serge modules, just directly wiring the drum machine output to a trigger input.
by mestlick
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Serge gate sequencer - patch suggestions
Replies: 34
Views: 2974

You can run multiple outputs of the gate sequencer into one input, it will work as a wired OR. One downside of this is that you have to partition the stages among different trigger inputs, for example you if you have a bass drum and snare patched up you can't have them hit on the same beat (or they ...
by mestlick
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Problem with STS Serge WAD *Solved* (sort of)
Replies: 9
Views: 1414

I have a R*S panel with a WAD that went bad. It turned out to be the same issue, one bad SAD1024. I found one on Reverb within a few weeks for like $80. That's like a handful of Pomonas, not too bad to get it working again. Recently I found a Loft 440 delay/flanger with 4 SAD1024's for $400. I bough...
by mestlick
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Buchla 208 as a starting point?
Replies: 24
Views: 2477

I started with a BEMI Easel, which I still have. I added a cabinet with 4 panels of 4 units of 200r, and then 8 panels of Serge. I have these setup as 3 separate systems. I use them individually or together in various combinations. I still make music with just the 208 on occasion. So: A. The 208 is ...
by mestlick
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Where to start with Serge
Replies: 49
Views: 5717

The TWS is not as versatile as the TWM, but it's still pretty neat. With an oscillator into the three sections in series there are many different tones found by setting the three knobs, and there are 6 CVs inputs to try. I've also had good luck inserting one section into a feedback loop to get a mor...
by mestlick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Where to start with Serge
Replies: 49
Views: 5717

I have a Buchla system, so I’m wondering if I can sync the Serge by sending a pulse out from the Buchla. Or visa versa- anyone have any experience with that? I have both. Buchla will trigger Serge stuff no problem. I also send CVs back and forth. I have 200r, not 200e stuff. There are issues with n...
by mestlick
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: R*S Stereo Mixer Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 2157

I think of the gain knob more as an offset to the modulation, and not a control of it's own. With a full DUSG modulation I have gain at 9:00, and make small adjustments from there. I patch a constant voltage to the gain cv if I want to hear something w/o modulation. (this is on LW 4U, but I'm guessi...
by mestlick
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Separate Buchla-format subforum?
Replies: 11
Views: 1389

I like having all the 4U / Banana together, but I'm biased because I have Buchla and Serge and patch them all together.
by mestlick
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Small 212 based system, room for one more module?
Replies: 18
Views: 2010

My choice would be another 258.
I have a 4x4 case with: 212; 258/257/245; 248; 258/216.

You'd have my system with the 277 instead of the 248. Pure black knobs!
by mestlick
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Serge 73 - 75 Homebuilt VCO Input and Output Question
Replies: 2
Views: 974

The CV inputs are not even exponential, so you can't sum voltages and get equal intervals (meaning you can't transpose a sequence on one input with an offset on the other input).
by mestlick
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: aux in / singing in to the easel?
Replies: 5
Views: 880

Feedback is my favorite use for sure. Flipping around the routing switch is then super fun.
Patching in some filtered noise is nice. I've also run Serge osc/shape through and that sounds cool too, like a cross between the systems.
by mestlick
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Buchla 400 audio
Replies: 7
Views: 1304

I love all the FM tones, but with the modular/Buchla style control (instead of MIDI to a DX7).

Nord Modular has comprehensive FM and can get to similar places.
by mestlick
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: MARF - problematic?
Replies: 18
Views: 2021

I use the MARF all the time. I have had no glitches. I record live and play for hours with no problems. I've only taken it on stage one time. The 216/245/258's were so temperature sensitive, that I didn't / couldn't notice anything on the 248. I never use the memory. I probably should, since it forg...
by mestlick
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: 275r Reverb Tank Options
Replies: 5
Views: 867

Glorious!! That is so big and smooth for a spring.
by mestlick
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Buchla Music Easel tunes
Replies: 17
Views: 1669

by mestlick
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: 218e Arpeggiator
Replies: 13
Views: 1603

I sometimes get weird behavior when I'm not well grounded. Try plugging a banana cable into the ground jack on the side and hold the metal on the other end. Does that make things better or different?
by mestlick
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Schematics for 200r modules?
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

My square osc has jumped up in frequency by like 6 octaves. It goes above audible about 1/4 turn from the bottom. The frequency knob and CV inputs still seem to work. For the past year or so it would occasionally do this (go super high frequency), but if I swept the frequency knob up and down it wou...
by mestlick
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Schematics for 200r modules?
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Schematics for 200r modules?

I'm looking for the schematic and board component overlay for the 258 Rev 2.0. I don't see it on any sites. My 258 has started misbehaving. I have a tech that has worked on some Serge stuff that I trust to fix my 258. I'd like to give him some more information, rather than just handing over a broken...
by mestlick
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: Vintage Voltron Panels
Replies: 26
Views: 3455

I have a VV3 and it is indeed awesome. Using the routers for pulses/gates is super cool. There are per stage gate outs on each programmer and the sequencer. The routers can be used as 2:1 or 1:2, and cascaded into more complex networks. There are per stage pulse inputs and forward and backwards cloc...

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