Watch How To Design Unique Waveforms With The Buchla 216e Complex Waveform Generator

You're only as good as your source material, and in this video Todd Barton shows how this powerful synth module gives you complete control over the sound you generate.  

Buchla modular synths are amazing instruments but they can seem overwhelming at first! Luckily Buchla expert Todd Barton is here to guide you through the ins and outs. In this three minute video from the course Buchla 101: The 200e Series Modules, he focuses on the 261e Complex Waveform Generator module, demonstrating how it differ from conventional modules in various ways. 

The two oscillators in this module give you very precise control over the waveforms that the module generates and they can also be controlled by CV. Todd breaks down how MIDI sync modes work as well as how the clever Remote Enable function, common to all Buchla 200e modules, lets you take a snapshot of your module’s knob settings and memorise and store them. This powerful module is one of the most flexible around when it comes to generating truly unique source signal!

Watch the complete course on The Buchla 200e Series Modules in the AskAudio Academy.

The Buchla 200e Series Modules

Donald Buchla was an electronic music pioneer. His instruments are revered and collected by great musicians the world over. Don recently passed away (2016) but his extraordinary 200e series modules are still being manufactured. This course, by longtime Buchla performer Todd Barton, explains and explores 10 of Buchla’s most popular modules including:

  • 261e Complex Waveform Generator
  • 281e Quad Function Generator 281e
  • 206e Mixer/Preset Manager
  • 259e Twisted Waveform Generator
  • 266e Source of Uncertainty
  • 222e Kinesthetic Input Port
  • 223e Tactile Input Port
  • 256e Quad Voltage Processor
  • 251e Sequential Voltage Source
  • 291 Triple Morphing Filter

If you’re into modular synthesizers, then you owe it to yourself to learn about Buchla’s electronic musical instruments. If you already own a Buchla, then this course can serve as a manual to help you get a better understanding of the Buchla "way". Either way, enjoy this unique course by Todd Barton and keep exploring the world of synthesis!

Watch the complete course on The Buchla 200e Series Modules in the AskAudio Academy.



Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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