Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by mdoudoroff » Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:45 am

Thank you! I’m usually quite good at rooting old stuff out, so I was embarrassed to ask.

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by chriscarter » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:26 am

chriscarter wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:30 am
Anyone know of a nice (soft) carry bag for the Easel Command 208C?
The Intellijel 4U 104 Gig Bag is an almost perfect fit (incl. enough room for carrying the module patched) - but I'm using mine for something else and Intellijel no longer produce that particular bag.
What are other 208C users carrying theirs around in?
Kind of answering my own question here, although my solution was a hard case not a soft bag. I had a spare Peli 1510 case lying around and I thought I'd try my Command 208C in it... and it's a really great fit - plenty of room to surround it with foam and enough clearance in the lid to close it while patched. And although the angle makes it looks large in the photo when(ever) travel gets back to normal the case is airline 'carry on' size.

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If you are interested it's this case: https://peliproducts.co.uk/1510-protector-case

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by 01235813 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:21 pm

chriscarter wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:26 am
chriscarter wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:30 am
Anyone know of a nice (soft) carry bag for the Easel Command 208C?
The Intellijel 4U 104 Gig Bag is an almost perfect fit (incl. enough room for carrying the module patched) - but I'm using mine for something else and Intellijel no longer produce that particular bag.
What are other 208C users carrying theirs around in?
Kind of answering my own question here, although my solution was a hard case not a soft bag. I had a spare Peli 1510 case lying around and I thought I'd try my Command 208C in it... and it's a really great fit - plenty of room to surround it with foam and enough clearance in the lid to close it while patched. And although the angle makes it looks large in the photo when(ever) travel gets back to normal the case is airline 'carry on' size.

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If you are interested it's this case: https://peliproducts.co.uk/1510-protector-case
Thanks for posting; seems like a very durable case. I keep thinking back to the original packing of the 208c, the way it was suspended and held from the sides with foam. I'd like to build something like that for the inside of a case like this. The case seems extremely durable. I just saw the "pluck'n'foam" option, did you make use of the option? If so, how was it working with that?

Not to mention that automatic pressure equalization valve. :mrgreen:

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by chriscarter » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:51 am

Yes those Peli cases are amazing. I've had that one for 10 years (or more), it's been all over the world and apart from looking a little scruffy it is still perfectly intact and protects as well as when I first got it. The foam is actually from another larger Peli and are solid pieces cut to fit. I do have the 'pluck'n'foam' but it isn't quite as dense as regular foam, but useful nevertheless.

Also the cases are airtight and float, which could be useful in certain situations I guess :help:

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by castano » Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:30 am

Does anyone know what I’m doing wrong
using the sequencer when I set it to 3 steps
I’m getting step 1 and step 2 go back and forth
I thought it do 3 steps (step 1, step 2, step 3)
when I set it to 4 or 5 goes thru the 4steps or 5steps
so not sure why it’s doing this
Anyone have this issue?

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by papz » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:08 pm

This reminds of an often reported issue of the "classic" BEMI Easel units. Maybe the circuit is the same in the Easel Command ?
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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by 909one » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:37 pm

papz wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:08 pm
This reminds of an often reported issue of the "classic" BEMI Easel units. Maybe the circuit is the same in the Easel Command ?
I've heard of someone else having a similar issue. I believe he was talking with Buchla directly.

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by castano » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:57 pm

Thanks for the response, I’ll get in touch with them

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by 01235813 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:48 am

papz wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:08 pm
This reminds of an often reported issue of the "classic" BEMI Easel units. Maybe the circuit is the same in the Easel Command ?
On the bright side, Buchla would only have to replace a single board if this turns out to be a thing. 8-)

Pretty sure i'td only be one card for the prior iterations of the easel, most likely. I wonder how the overall service-repairability the 208c will be.

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by chiasticon » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:32 am

01235813 wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:42 pm
I'm not sure, it hasn't been offered in that constellation before. They were selling the suitcase and the 208 without the 218e. For sure a good idea, maybe Buchla USA takes note of the suggestion.

I have a BUSA easel and I'm wondering if I can control the Command with CV using the 218e that I have in the easel. I mean I'm sure I can but I wonder how one will have to go about tuning it, if necessary.
curious if this has ever been verified. could one, for example, sell their Easel's 208 and replace it with the 208c, to get the new features?

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by Memecos » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:26 pm

chriscarter wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:26 am
chriscarter wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:30 am
Anyone know of a nice (soft) carry bag for the Easel Command 208C?
The Intellijel 4U 104 Gig Bag is an almost perfect fit (incl. enough room for carrying the module patched) - but I'm using mine for something else and Intellijel no longer produce that particular bag.
What are other 208C users carrying theirs around in?
Kind of answering my own question here, although my solution was a hard case not a soft bag. I had a spare Peli 1510 case lying around and I thought I'd try my Command 208C in it... and it's a really great fit - plenty of room to surround it with foam and enough clearance in the lid to close it while patched. And although the angle makes it looks large in the photo when(ever) travel gets back to normal the case is airline 'carry on' size.

Image

If you are interested it's this case: https://peliproducts.co.uk/1510-protector-case
It's so beautiful! Can you close it with the cables connected? :love:


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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by mgscheue » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:34 am

Sensel has put up a video on using the Morph with the Easel Command.


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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by 909one » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:36 pm

So today the envelope generator on my 208c stopped sending cv out from the orange jack. It still fires and cycles and lights up it's LEDS but nothing comes out of the orange cv jack. It happened right after I plugged in an Arturia Beatstep to the Usb A port. Was working fine before. I filed a ticket in the Buchla site but wondering if anyone has had this issue. I was thinking maybe perhaps there's a midi note that's frozen or something. Is there a reset for this? Of course I restarted a bunch of times. Also it's worth mentioning that the envelope does come out of the #20 top pin of the card like it's supposed to, just no orange jack. I also have another friend that had his sequencer start behaving weird on his, doesn't play all the steps correctly, and he mentioned that it happened after it he plugged into something to
usb port as well. Very frustrating.

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by SonicAdventurer » Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:08 am

Here is just another option (in Europe) for an Easel Command case: a customized Thon case by Thomann built to measure (https://www.thomann.de/de/casefactory.html#suitcase).
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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by ArguZ » Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:17 pm

Hi all...

I was wondering is there some technical information available that gives us an insight into the card bus on the new 208C compared to the classic layout ?
It seems some pins are not populated the same way as on the BEMI one for example

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by papz » Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:33 pm

I've tested an Easel Command with the ToolBox, BOB expander and VCS3 Card and all their features work.
This confirms what the specs say : the card slot pinout is the same except for the sequencer stage 5 gate out, but some circuits are different.
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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by izmond » Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:40 pm

papz wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:33 pm
I've tested an Easel Command with the ToolBox, BOB expander and VCS3 Card and all their features work.
This confirms what the specs say : the card slot pinout is the same except for the sequencer stage 5 gate out, but some circuits are different.
Details on viewtopic.php?f=19&t=234649
In the thread you linked, you mention the BOB having a EG pulse out. I was under the impression that there is no EG pulse out (I am imagining an “end of cycle” type pulse). Can you shed any light on this?

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Re: Buchla Easel Command Module 208C

Post by papz » Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:51 pm

A circuit on the BOB converts the envelope CV out into a short trigger corresponding to the start of its cycle.
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