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Post by Fabong » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:52 am

Wow that's a big unit.
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Post by joem » Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:13 am

hdd wrote:sketches [/img]from fb it's more in the automata series, and won't be there before summer 2020.
The "sketch" aspect should really be highlighted for this specific image. Pretty sure Lars said work hasn't begun on that one and they're not even sure if it's going into production.

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Post by Halfgeleider » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:22 am

Hi there, i dont know much about videosynthesis, but would the chromagnon be a good partner to use in conjuction with a eurorack live rig?
The VMIP is discontinued i believe, and i would like to use a gopro camera vid out into a module, modulate it, and sent back out.
As what im reading about the chromagnon, this should be possible or am i missing something here..?
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Post by Agawell » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:14 pm

absolutely or if you can find one a vidiot or a visual cortex or possibly a erogenous tones structure

if you want to rack it in the same rack as the rest of your gear then you may have power issues (which may make the chromagnon the best bet yet) - video is usually power hungry and needs much quieter power at higher frequencies - but that problem may now be solved in the latest modules

don't expect it to be a I bought a chromagnon and that's all I'll ever buy - but you know that - as you have a eurorack already

Utility modules are the inexpensive, dull polish that makes the expensive, shiny modules actually shine!!!

an oscillator is an oscillator - utilities are possibilities

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Post by Halfgeleider » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:18 pm

Hey Agawell, thanks for your input. Yes im aware of the addiction... i probably do some more research and wait until chromagnon appears, it looks to me a better solution then buying a computer with adobe premiere, certainly since it will come eurorack standard ready, no computers needed, possible to use with audio modules, and expandable...

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Post by tau_seti » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:17 am

Since this is drifting a little merrily off topic, in response to the query about Eurorack and video synthesis, one thing I have mentioned at LZX’s community site is that the rjmodules package on VCVrack has a range module and a range LFO. Both allow you to limit cv ranges to 0-1, allowing for translation to the expected cv ranges of LZX video gear. One Es-8 or ES-9 and you have a ton of modulation sources. An Fh-2 also has a 0-1 volt option. VCVrack isn’t really ok for actual video synthesis or high frequency modulation but for LFO type signals, it’s great.

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Post by 337is » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:19 am

Here's a post from Lars and LZX that is relevant to this thread. I'll copy and paste the text from this initial post here, but for all of the followup discussion on it you can visit the forum: ... eyond/1649

"LZX 3rd Generation: 2020 and beyond


I’ve been meaning to make this post in the wake of our Halloween announcement, in which I explain our direction moving forward into 2020 with current, past and future development. Please feel free to ask any questions in this thread.

LZX is entering a third era of development. In each generation we have experimented a lot: Visionary, Expedition and Orion series are all documentations of journeys through a lot of analogue processing territory and instrumentation concepts. This generation is less about experiments and more about encapsulating our work in a way that is designed for continuous production and focused on the community’s needs. The best LZX yet.
Instruments are getting bigger and EuroRackable with Automata series! Any of them can be perfect entry points or system cores, or an expanding modular system all their own. New EuroRack Modules are getting simpler and more affordable, through a rebirth of our Visionary series.
We’re not leaving any work behind! Where products have been discontinued, it is because direct functional replacements are planned or revisions to existing modules are planned.
The projects we’ve outlined to take us into 2020 and beyond are a direct result of listening to you all, and trying to take all voices into account.
In general, we’re narrowing down our product list. We can’t keep up with demand with our cashflow spit across so many production projects. That does not mean we don’t want to offer our full catalog or an expansive catalog, just that we need to focus on matching demand for the core products for a while and continue to stabilize our production flow.
We’re trying not to jump too far ahead. This is the direction, but we’d like to take it in phases. We’ll be listening to you actively at each phase.
So here’s the shape of things! Two new series we’re going to focus on: one for modules, one for instruments. Automata series is where most of our more advanced analogue work will evolve, as full instruments and voice modules. Visionary Series Mk2 will be core EuroRack modules with DIY options: basic and classic. Both series will be short lists, we plan to cover a lot of territory in a few products.

LZX Automata Series (Gen3)

Chromagnon, XY Video Instrument, March 20th 2020.
RGB Video Instrument.*
Texture Video Instrument.*
LZX Visionary Series II (Gen3)

DC Distro, 4HP EuroRack Module, Q1 2020

Sync Distro, 8HP EuroRack Module, Q1 2020 (converts to and from RCA/14 pin sync, active buffered mults to solve interfacing issues with various systems or standards)

Dual Video Waveform Generator, EuroRack Module, Q3 2020.

Triple Fader/Key Generator Mk2, EuroRack Module, Q3 2020.

Video Blending Matrix Mk2, EuroRack Module, Q3 2020.

This list may expand by 2-3 more and include some kind of utility encoder/syncgen for complete DIY systems.
All Mk2 Visionary modules are planned for DIY and and production assembled variants.

There will also be a Sampler/Video Mixer Instrument. It’s unclear whether it will be an Automata series or Orion series device (probably the Orion capstone.)

Vidiot (replaced by Chromagnon)
Polar Fringe (replaced by Chromagnon)
Visual Cortex (replaced by Chromagnon, and other future Automata instruments)
Navigator (replaced by Chromagnon)
Shapechanger (replaced by Chromagnon, and other future Automata instruments)
Cyclops (replaced by Chromagnon)
Marble Index (replaced by future Automata RGB instrument)
Prismatic Ray (replaced by Diver, Visionary Mk2 Dual Osc and Chromagnon)
Color Chords (replaced by future Automata RGB instrument, Visionary Mk2 Blending Matrix)
War of the Ants (replaced by future Automata Texture instrument)
Cadet series (we’ll keep selling until the end of the year, but these will be replaced entirely by diy variants of Visionary Mk2.)
Liquid TV (no direct replacement planned)

ACTIVE/RETAINER STATUS (we’ll keep making these)
All Orion modules
Castle series PCBs
Sensory Translator

Hopefully this overall road map will give everyone some context and answers. Looking forward to the discussion.

FYI: I have edited this OP to keep the info as clear as possible as your questions come up."

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Post by nerdware » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:47 am

Thanks! I started this thread with a list of a few LZX and some non-modular devices. The "DISCONTINUED" and "ACTIVE/RETAINER STATUS" lists above cover the LZX side, for me. This is wonderful news!

Besides lists, there's the video sampler/mixer news. I had really hoped that this might happen. Now I can sell my sampler/mixer devices. :razz: That'll save me a lot of space...and some money.

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