BLACK MARKET wrote: ↑Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:47 amIt's great to hear so many people are receiving (and more importantly, enjoying) their Easel Commands! You guys/gals have no idea how stressful this has been knowing the scrutiny that this would be under. I'm glad we waited to make it as good as it could be instead of bowing to the pressure to get it out sooner and hopefully the majority of people feel it's been worth the wait. Thank you.
As far as the "manual" goes it's my understanding that Don's philosophies on things like that were coming from the perspective of a classically trained musician. When you invest in a professional instrument, they don't come with instructions on what every little part is and how to use it. A piano does not come with an instruction manual. A guitar does not come with an instruction manual. A Saxophone does not come with an instruction manual. At that level you would be expected to already have a basic understanding of what it is that you are looking at. This is an instrument that you need to explore AND practice to be good at. If you just painted by numbers then you wouldn't really learn your instrument inside-and-out therefore never becoming proficient at it.
After having said all of that... I'm now going to fly in the face of everything about those philosophies and we will be releasing more traditional tutorials (video and written) for a modern era since what's different is that there are new users to Buchla because of this instrument. We need to break it down in a language to help them kickstart their love affair with Don's artwork. The very talented Adam Clark did the 208C addendum and will continue working on the more comprehensive guides that tie into the upcoming Easel accessories. Really it came down to first focusing on getting the product itself out the door with the knowledge that the majority of early adopters weren't as stressed about instant gratification and that between batch#1 and #2 we could release a newer manual as more and more new users gravitate towards Buchla. The older manual is fascinating for some and the newer one will be fascinating for others. Whatever floats your Buchla boat.
Awesome. Definitely love it. I have way too many FM and subtractive synths both as standalone and eurorack. I always planned on getting west coast style modules, especially a complex osc or two, but when I started adding up the prices I nearly sold a few items and bought the previous Easel a couple years ago, had myself on a dealers waiting list but backed out once one came available.
This Kickstarter was too good to be true and threw caution to the wind and put in my order. Glad I did.
As far as the manual, I'm sure I'll learn to use it without it. I don't disagree with the sentamint that it's an instrument to be learned as if I was picking up a Guitar for the first time. Difference is, you can find books and books from beginer to advanced, videos, friends with experience etc. Not many people have even heard of a Buchla much less know the ins and outs (minus the audience of this type of message board). My other musician friends though balk at the price and don't "get it".
For me, I'm a timbre junkie. The Easel offers controlled chaos, raw sounds or smooth tones, all available on the same patch with the slight tap of a slider. (I'm learning the frequency and timbre sliders can be tapped ever so slightly and offer a lot of sonic possibilities.)
If Cortini can release album after album (most I quite enjoy) with nothing but his Buchla's and a tape machine, it's no one but the users fault if they can't get something great out of this little package.
I also have a Phenol that sadly has been collecting dust since it's a bit of a pain to hook into my traditional v/oct systems. Haven't mated the two yet (had to leave town for a few days right after the Easel came), should offers hours of fun and a distraction from the chaos outside.