Update on Edirol CG-8 Video Synth

Edirol reports the CG-8 video synth will be available in July and will cost (you may want to sit down) US$5295. So, yes, those of you who aren't living off an enormous trust fund or VJing in your spare time while you pull in six figures at your day job might want to go the software route. On the other hand, I expect VJ hardware prices will come down over time, and great gear like Edirol's V4 mixer are under a grand.

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Pioneer DVJ-X1: Spins Music and Movies

While we're looking at cool interfaces and video hardware this week, we can't miss Pioneer's DVJ-X1 digital video turntable. The DVJ-X1 has been out for about a year, but in case you missed it, this amazing virtual turntable spins high-quality video and audio simultaneously. DJ Eldorado got his hands on it at the Winter Music Conference — and watched the pros show it off. Click read more for the whole story. -PK (see CDM's full WMC coverage for more on this electronic music & technology fiesta)

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Musikmesse: Edirol CG-8 Visual Synthesizer

This is no VJ mixer. The Edirol CG-8 is a high-res 3D motion graphic synthesizer, taking synthesis concepts from audio and applying them to video. Integrate with music: You can use audio to trigger video live, with VLINK/MIDI connections for further music integration, especially tight integration with Roland and Edirol gear. Sample motion: Grab video for instant recording/resampling. XY and drum pad triggers plus dual infra-red D-beam for control and triggering Work from still images with photo and stamp effects and real-time overlaying of titles and graphics Modulation: Borrowing from the concept of modulation in synthesis, you can modify images …

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Musikmesse: Korg Kaptivator Video Sampler Revealed

While Edirol takes the synthesis approach with its new video box (at least from a marketing standpoint), VJ gear rival Korg is going the sampler route. As reported here earlier, the Kaptivator is a video sampler with a 4×4 Akai-style drum pad grid. Now that we're not reading in Japanese, we've got some more details: It's a sampler for video: Here's the stunningly-cool bit: sample up to 800 clips, up to 10 minutes in length (though shorter will be more interesting) and play them back on the sixteen pads. It's a 2-channel mixer: Mix clips or (as expected) external video …

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More on Edirol CG-8, Other Video Performance Gear

Rob Read from Edirol tells CDM that, while the announcement of the new CG-8 video synth is hours old, we can expect some video samples on the site soon. Better news: Edirol hopes to show off this gear in person in New York, possibly as soon as this summer. New Yawkas, I'll see you at Eyewash. As for Korg, we'll just have to wait. Don't confuse these devices with the Viditar and Tactic, video fader boxes (one mounted in a guitar) with LCD and fancy carved-wood cases from Livid. (as mentioned on Ektopia) Other than the LCD screens, the Livid …

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fREQ: Free Drawing, Shadow-Based Instrument

Not new, but worth mentioning: fREQ is a project exploring the conversion of drawn waveforms into sound: visual waveforms control a drone in real-time. You can download a free mouse and keyboard version (PC only). That's fun, but the installation version (first shown about a year ago) is cooler: it takes an outline of the shadow you cast on the waveform projection and turns that into sound. fREQ is the creation of UK-based art/music/interactive coalition Squidsoup. Thanks to Chris O'Shea for the tip, who incidentally has a great blog on interactive technology (physical computing, installations, etc.).

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If Aliens Decoded Vinyl Digitally

Continuing the 'oldie but goodie' links for today is the 'virtual gramophone / digital needle'. (via audioserve) This is practically ancient, 2002, but I hadn't seen it, and it's hilarious. Ofer Springer pretends never to have seen vinyl records before and treats them as "archeology," trying to reconstruct the means of recording turntables using a digital scanner. Somehow, he turns those image scans back into sound, with peculiar results (check the MP3s). Of course, given the feelings of some on this site (myself not necessarily included), I imagine you fantasize an exchange more like this: "Cybok, what is this?" "It …

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NoteGraphica: Draw Your Own Waves (Win)

Boring bits: Windows VSTi, 8-voice polyphony, two oscillators plus one noise generator, eight envelopes, 1 filter, 2 LFOs, built-in delay/chorus FX — all important, but you've seen it before. Cool bits: You can drawn in your wave shapes, and it's free. Now has NoteGraphica got your attention?

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CDM’s New Logo

No, you’re not just seeing things. We’re rotating banners around here at CDM; this contribution comes from Funnel of onetonmusic, a lovely music tech blog. (More of his design work at right.) It could be a glimpse of a future redesign of the CDM site. All things just keep getting better. Thanks, Funnel! (For previous gifts we didn’t expect, download the official CDM ringtone!)

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CDM's New Logo

No, you’re not just seeing things. We’re rotating banners around here at CDM; this contribution comes from Funnel of onetonmusic, a lovely music tech blog. (More of his design work at right.) It could be a glimpse of a future redesign of the CDM site. All things just keep getting better. Thanks, Funnel! (For previous gifts we didn’t expect, download the official CDM ringtone!)

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