A customer requested we add this to the webstore so he could put it on his Xmas list! It's also a way for you to hold credit with us for upcoming releases, and help be a part of funding our R&D efforts. ... See MoreSee Less
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Visual Cortex restock is on schedule for shipping by November 4th. Navigator is done and dusted, and in the production queue -- finances depending, shipping by late November or early December. MSRP is $419. ... See MoreSee Less
No longer vaporware: Navigator, Multilateral Rover and Doorway prototypes are operational. This trifecta of modules forms a robust 2D analog graphics engine, like the video synthesizer equivalent of a subtractive monosynth voice. Development on these has been grueling, with a lot of new territory for us -- a few more tweaks and we'll be close to production. ... See MoreSee Less
"The sync generator is the heartbeat of an analog video system. In the time the average human’s heart has beat once, the video system has displayed an image nearly thirty times. In each video image there are hundreds of scanlines. In each sweep of the cathode ray across the television display, there are hundreds of discernable shifts in color and brightness. Video is fast! So fast all you see is the streak left behind as it sprints. Analog video must keep moving, never missing a step, even when the images between your heartbeats appear motionless. Orchestrating this race of perfect visual rhythm is the function of your sync generator.
When two analog video systems meet on the track, the skill of the runners must be even greater. The newcomer calls out to the other, “Slow down, friend... extend your ankles, match my gait.” Your sync generator responds, perceptive and determined, until its timing locks in sync with the newcomer: a video camera, a playback device, or maybe another video synthesizer. This ability to synchronize with the timing of an external video device is known as genlock, and it is also a function of your sync generator. It is what allows you to mix the output of your video synthesizer’s oscillators and patterns with external sources. Genlock is essential for a modular video system, as a studio of devices with genlock can all run the same race together." - excerpt from Cadet 1 Owner's Manual: Circuit Design Notes.
We'll have a draft published next week, and you'll be able to tell us what you think of the format and content as we continue to add documentation to all of this year's releases. ... See MoreSee Less
LZX IndustriesHere is a rough draft of our first manual. We're going to set it down for a week for reflection on the format before continuing with other modules, so if you have advice, feedback, or suggestions we'd really love to hear them this week. lzxindustries.net/documentation/LZX-C1-OM-V1.0.pdf
Kevin Noonan is a producer at Portland Community Media and the creator of the Haight-Ashbury-inspired liquid light Show “Good Vibes,” which airs regularly on PCMTV. On Monday, Oct. 3, Noonan will hold an Experimental Artist Talk in PCM's Studio A at 6:30 pm.
The practice of analog video synthesis has an inspiring legacy of innovators, sharers, and doers. In the early 70's, Dan Sandin released for free, the hardware documentation of his Sandin Image Processor, a video instrument modeled after the Moog synthesizer. It contained several modules, an expandable architecture, and was an early example of what we now know as the open source movement.
In the mid 00's in Denton, Texas, I was diving deep into the tradition of synth DIY electronics when I stumbled across the documentation for the Sandin Image Processor, and became enchanted. Teaming up with Ed Leckie in Sydney, Australia, we labored to adapt the circuits in ways that could be built with modern components. These efforts evolved into our own unique take on video synthesis, the LZX Industries format, and we began selling modules in EuroRack format in 2010.
With the Cadet series, we aim to take our work and give it back to the synth DIY and video hardware communities in a format we wished would have existed in the early days of our work. Each Cadet module performs a single function, is designed using through-hole parts where possible, and circuit schematics are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. If our other product lines are recipes, Cadets are the ingredients. We encourage you to think outside the box, to combine these circuits in new ways. Take the schematics, design your own modules and devices, and release them back into the world. We salute you, Cadet! Go! Build!
Updates for the week of September 19th: -- Navigator (XY ramps rotator/positioner) prototype is confirmed and awaits a couple revisions before production. -- 2D multilateral mixer and a new linear key module concept schematics are drafted and are undergoing PCB layouts for prototyping. These two along with the Navigator module form a complete "shape generator voice" for video synthesizers. -- Visual Cortex restock is underway, we hope to have new units available by early November. -- Cadet XI Noise Generator, Cadet XII Wavefolder/Freq Doubler, Cadet XIII 3-Input Mixer and Cadet XIV Gamma Shaper PCB prototypes have shipped to us and will be built when they arrive. -- We have completed setup of the studio component of our workspace here in Portland, and are preparing to shoot new video demonstrations and walkthroughs of recent releases. -- Cyclops has been shipping, but there's a momentary delay until the 29th for new orders placed now, as we await a backorder of DB25 connectors to arrive. ... See MoreSee Less