Details are still being fine-tuned, but it appears I’m going to be writing the manual for the Buchla Skylab. Calling this instrument a compact, high-density system would be a bit of an understatement. True, the output module is pretty much a what-you-see-is-what-you-get affair, but the other nine modules all have hidden functions and exotic sonic capabilities.
As configured in the sneak peek (below), it won’t even make a sound. You have to plug in at least one patch cord. But patch the Twisted Waveform Generator directly into the output module and you’ll be diddling the knobs for half an hour. Above all, this beast has a warm, organic sound. The touchplate performance interface is highly configurable — and the module in the upper left corner houses four digital step sequencers.
The jar of pens and pencils and the desk calendar are not included when you purchase a Skylab.