Buchla 700 Preservation Page
This page is devoted to information about the Buchla 700. (I do not own,
nor have I ever owned, a Buchla 700; nor have I have ever even seen one
in person. I'm just fascinated by them. I did bid on one once on e-bay,
but I dropped out when the bid went over $5K.)
code for the Buchla 700, courtesy Lynx Crowe, provided for noncommercial
personal and educational use.
This code is provided as-is with no guarantees of completeness or correctness;
it's a compilation of various bits of relevant code that Lynx found going
through his archives.
If you want to delve into this, you are "on your own."
Development was done with an Alcyon C compiler on an
Atari 1040ST, although it should be feasible to find a modern compiler that
will handle this code.
Knowledgeable people with time on their hands could potentially
do all sorts of neat things
with this, such as (a) create some sort of hardware/software
upgrade to the 700 that would allow users
to bypass the trouble-prone and difficult-to-find video chip, (b) add features
to and fix bugs in the software, and (c) create
a softsynth rendition of the 700. It's also a fantastic chance to look at
the design of a synth OS by one of the pioneers in the field. Please
give Lynx and Don
proper acknowledgement on anything you do with this.
- Intel 82716VSDD datasheet,
MHS 82716VSDD datasheet (from
the Buchla 700 Yahoo! Group) - replicating the 82716 using
an FPGA is theoretically possible, and a potentially
interesting project, although it would probably be quite difficult.
Last modified 8/16/08
Maintained by Aaron