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I painstakingly hand-recreated the unreleased Buchla 209e Matrix Potpourri's entire panel

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I painstakingly hand-recreated the unreleased Buchla 209e Matrix Potpourri's entire panel

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Hello, everyone.
I remember when Shasta Cults just dropped the exceedingly futuristic would-be Easel 2.0 that was canned by BEMI and was entranced by its wild and new design that tips its hat to the 208 while welcoming new tricks of its own. So much so, that I just had to see it more clearly. That was when the idea of doing this came to my head.

While drawing it out, I attempted to make sense in my head how one would operate this maniacal weapon of mass synthesis. I believe it has a display that would show every value in sliders which would be edited by either the "data adj." buttons and the 222e plates, while virtual connections would be made by selecting "Data/Source/Destination". I know it doesn't say a lot, but you might get a better idea than I do. What's interesting is that every possible connection in the system represents a singular LED in the matrix. Inputs represent columns, and outputs represent rows. You "could" make the virtual connections via the banana jacks present above and below the matrix but there's the possibility of literally connecting everything to everything and harnessing the power of Merzbow and Satan's unborn child without frying something or losing voltages.

I did the work in Adobe Illustrator with just handmade shapes and Arial typography, which is inaccurate to the image but fits the best without violating something. Please notify me if you think I wrote something wrong or have a better idea of how a certain symbol may look like. Nothing's too hard to fix.

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This is my loveletter to Buchla USA and hope they can pick this one up someday. I'm sure it will be amazing.
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Thank you, Cide.
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Kidding; that's unbelievable work!
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Those matrix LEDs need to be illuminated buttons, but I don't think there is enough room.
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dougcl wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 3:41 pm Those matrix LEDs need to be illuminated buttons, but I don't think there is enough room.
Don would've struck gold if he used the 296e touch multi-fader LED display on this, but alas, this is from 2005-06 while the 296e came out around 2013 ish. He probably just never thought of it before then or the tech wasn't quite there yet, who knows.
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Peake wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 3:39 pmKnob.jpg
Fine, here you go...

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Peake wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 3:40 pm Kidding; that's unbelievable work!
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dougcl wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 3:41 pm Those matrix LEDs need to be illuminated buttons, but I don't think there is enough room.
That’s defeatist bullshit Doug, get busy.
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Beautiful work. Love the signature in the LCD especially. Very classic!
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I wonder if BUSA would take this up, or maybe one of the designers in the format would take a swing at it. Looks so interesting.
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Was the original mention of this project on MW or somewhere else? Would like to read more about it.
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lumin wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 10:46 pm Was the original mention of this project on MW or somewhere else? Would like to read more about it.
According to what I've heard, Don was asked to help BEMI with the new Easel. Don excitedly draws up a new easel that is miles more advanced than the old one. He brings his papers to BEMI, and they say something along the lines of "what's this, we wanted the OLD Easel".

Don gruffly gathers his papers up and says "then you're on your own".
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Impressively dense for hardware, even today. Actually, I think it visually resembles a lot of today’s DAW plugins.

It appears to prioritize a visual representation of state, particularly the mod matrix, at the almost complete expense of interaction. Consequently, looks not at all immediate—an anti-208? I presume those lozenges are buttons. The ones with the arrows give me the shudders. Since there are no knobs, I presume there would be some way to target a parameter and then adjust it with position on the Thunder controller?
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Unless there is some trick we can’t see, patching the matrix looks like it would be only slightly faster than soldering a resistor on to a preset card.
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:eek:

Always wondered what an updated Easel by Don would have been like. Now I know: a noPOTnorsliderPOURRI
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maxl0rd wrote: Wed Aug 03, 2022 8:06 am Unless there is some trick we can’t see, patching the matrix looks like it would be only slightly faster than soldering a resistor on to a preset card.
Agreed, which is why I wanted to read some more info about it. It is so convoluted, doesnt seem like a Don design.
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I spoke to Don about this panel a little bit. I gave him my opinion that it didn't recreate the magic of the Easel as a performance instrument, and it was a step in the wrong direction from a performance POV.

His opinion was that the presets and a tactile controller would make up for the lack of sliders/knobs, and that it could be an expressive instrument.

We didn't change each other's minds. ;)
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cbm wrote: Thu Aug 04, 2022 2:56 am His opinion was that the presets and a tactile controller would make up for the lack of sliders/knobs, and that it could be an expressive instrument.
Was he thinking of using existing controllers already out there, or had a new one in mind that would go with this?
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Interesting panel, would a pin matrix be feasible?
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I was thinking it was more of a complex take on a 210e for routing. Probably could use some of the same circuitry under the hood.
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Here is a link to shastacults posting as relayed on Matrix...
https://www.matrixsynth.com/2022/04/the ... -2006.html.
Could be a cool interface with the addition of button matrix interface. With the integration of 222/223 would be quite touchy, performance oriented.
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