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About the Cadet Series.

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!

Lars Larsen
September 2016, from Portland, Oregon

(P.S. We are working on lots of documentation.)
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Naomi Mitchellthe cadet series is a great idea, thank you

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Francisco Xavier Aponte D'Alsinai have built many and am learning lots. thank you!

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Zak Forrest💛

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Neil EbbfloThe cadets are awesome and simple builds. I only have a couple of crossfaders and scalers but they are great utility items in the synth especially the crossfaders.

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Olmo ZiarkoI am looking forward to diving into the cadet series. But first I want to get my hands on a Visual Cortex so I don't duplicate any functionality.

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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.
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Peter Sansomso excited for Navigator ! The noise gen and wavefolder sound interesting too.

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Olmo ZiarkoI eagerly look forward to the VC restock

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LZX Industries shared Malekko Heavy Industry's photo.

We've been working with Malekko on this EuroRack power supply for several months, and are very pleased with how it turned out!!
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Malekko Eurorack power supply & distribution bus now available! More info here: malekkoheavyindustry.com/product/malekko-power/

Weve been working with Malekko on this EuroRack power supply for several months, and are very pleased with how it turned out!!

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Jesse HibertCongrats guys, awesome!

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Cyclops testing in progress at Darkplace Manufacturing.

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Bill WiatroskiNice to see the Safety Officer was on duty!

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Say hello to 2 new friends in the Cadet family.

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Ya-Neck KrrAre the modules open source?

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360 degrees of mirrored ramps rotation with the nearly finished Navigator prototype! ... See MoreSee Less

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Christopher KonopkaHolyyyyyyyyyy spumoniii

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Neil Ebbflothere it is... going to be awesome.

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James Clark. wow! :D

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Marcus LinnetCan't wait!!

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Jesse Hibertohhh 8^)

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Jeremy AllenYesssssss!

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Video preview of our new EuroRack laser display interface module with a few simple source modulators. ... See MoreSee Less

Modules used include (1) LZX Industries Cyclops, (3) Doepfer A-143-9 Quadrature VCLFO and (1) Doepfer A-132-3 Dual VCA. Cyclops ILDA output is connected to a...

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Arturo B TuroAmazing!

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Ernav KoeppSo cool!!

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Tim NoheLars that is pretty inspiring. Hopefully some commissions will come through so I can try one out.

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Jordan Le MayOh man, I really need to just give you all my money.

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Danny KimWhen will this be available?

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Ty HumphreyBeen looking forward to this! Now, what's the scoop for good lasers, sellers, rec specs or manf?

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Robin FoxOrdered! 😀

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Paul CopelandGot my laser yesterday, already had a laser Pizza party. Can't wait for my Cyclops!

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Federico PlacidiBeautiful

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Casey AndersonAre the cadets kind of like utility modules?

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Immaculate and meticulous, Ross Fish assembles Cyclops modules at Darkplace Manufacturing. ... See MoreSee Less

Immaculate and meticulous, Ross Fish assembles Cyclops modules at Darkplace Manufacturing.

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Ross FishLolol

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Derek HolzerWhite glove treatment

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Matthew AkersJust ordered mine! Is he the only one assembling? He looks like he's having too much fun!

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Its papercraft day at LZX!