DonBuchla  
 
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It occurred to Don one day to build an instrument actually intended for electronic music performance. He created the 100 series Modular Electronic Music System (1963). And a few years later (1970), the 200 series Electric Music Box. Minicomputers became affordable, and Don built the first hybrid (digitally controlled analog synthesizer) - the 500 series (1971). And along came microcomputers and the series 300 (using series 200 analog modules combined with 300 series digital modules). A hot little analog performance instrument, the Buchla Music Easel was introduced in 1972. Then four hybrid (digital/analog) instruments. For his keyboard playing friends Don conjured up the Touché (1978). Next was the Buchla 400, featuring an outrageous video display(1982). Along came MIDI, and he designed the Buchla 700 with MIDI up the wahzoo (1987). And for Oberheim (a Gibson subsidiary), Don designed the OB-Mx (1995). For your edification and amusement, we've collected data on some of these historic instruments. By the mid 80's, MIDI was abundant. Just about every synth had MIDI inputs. But where were the controllers? Didn't MIDI promise something beyond organ keyboards? Don shifted his attention to controllers and designed the Thunder (1990) and Lightning (1991). To be replaced in 1996 with the improved Lightning II. To finish off the millennium in style, Don built the gold edition of the Marimba Lumina. In 2000 and 2001, he added the silver Marimba Lumina 3.5 and the smaller Marimba Lumina 2.5. And in 2002, Don introduced the Piano Bar, now manufactured and distributed by Moog Music Inc. Now for an abrupt switch. In 2002, Don decided that the 200 series was due for improvement, and in 2004, introduced several new modules, calling these the 200e series. Check 'em out. Wonder what's next? So do we. Accesse04.08.2009 from http://www.buchla.com/historical.html
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100 series Electronic musical instrument - 1963 USA Edit
200 series Electronic musical instrument - 1970 USA Edit
500 series Electronic musical instrument hybrid digital / analog system 1971 USA Edit
Series 300 Electronic musical instrument - 1971 USA Edit
Music Easel Analog performance instrument - 1972 USA Edit
Touché Electronic musical instrument - 1978 USA Edit
Buchla 400 Electronic musical instrument - 1982 USA Edit
700 Electronic musical instrument - 1987 USA Edit
Thunder Electronic musical instrument - 1990 USA Edit
OB-Mx Electronic musical instrument Oberheim (a Gibson subsidiary) 1995 USA Edit
Lightning II Electronic musical instrument - 1996 USA Edit
Marimba Lumina Electronic musical instrument - 1999 USA Edit
Marimba Lumina 3.5 Electronic musical instrument - 2000 USA Edit
Marimba Lumina 2.5 Electronic musical instrument - 2001 USA Edit
Piano Bar Electronic musical instrument Moog 2002 USA Edit