Evergreen Easel

A Buchla Music Easel recorded at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA....

The story

a synthesizer with issues

This thing has got an attitude. I sampled a simple, harsh, metallic patch on the legendary Buchla Music Easel at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA; a little school tucked between the mountains and the rainforest with a rich history in experimental music. After being so excited to be able to get my hands on this thing, but to my surprise and initial dismay, it absolutely hates being in tune. Even using MIDI to sample every single note, the Music Easel resisted my pleas to stay on pitch and I had my finger on the “Fine Tune” knobs above each oscillator for almost the entire sampling session. This epic battle is preserved in the samples and every key has a different story to tell. You could always throw autotune onto the Evergreen Easel, but where’s the fun in that?

This virtual instrument is equipped with monophonic legato and full ADSR envelope controls. In addition, this thing is sampled through two classic analog MoogerFooger pedals, each with their own intense, wild quality. With a unique wet/dry knob I like to call “Pedal Mix,” you can actually crossfade from the dry signal to the pedal signal using the mod wheel and create some beautiful evolving tones for everything from dubstep to shoegaze. The included “Getting Started” guide has some ideas for creative ways to use the sample library. May you have as much fun exploring its sounds as I had capturing them.

Just remember: This is not just an instrument you play, it’s a sound you tame.


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