Edirol LVS-800 8-Channel + 2x VGA Mixer, But Why Can’t Roland Make a Real Computer Mixer?

Does the Worship market really only want to run at standard definition? Now that computers are increasingly the primary video source, why do mixers still look like they’re designed for connecting VHS tape decks – especially when you’re shelling out thousands of dollars for the hardware? Let me get something straight. I love Roland, on both the audio and video side. The V4 video mixer remains one of the great workhorses of all time. Roland and Edirol’s gear sometimes may cause sticker shock, particularly among more casual users, but it can also be extremely reliable and intuitive to use. I …

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Field Video Goodies from Edirol – On-the-Road Converting, Recording, Anyone?

Edirol has announced a new field converter and updates to their field recorder line. The idea: manage SD and HD content on the road, live, recording and converting to whatever you need. I can imagine this could provide some serious power for the pro, gigging visualist. The new VC-50HD provides bi-directional conversion between SD/HD-SDI to and from DV and HDV and MPEG-2. That means you can capture video easily in HD or HDV, backup videos, archive live performances, record to Blu-ray – whatever. The F-1 field recorder, now updated to version 2.0, is even tastier. It does for video recording …

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Field Video Goodies from Edirol – On-the-Road Converting, Recording, Anyone?

Edirol has announced a new field converter and updates to their field recorder line. The idea: manage SD and HD content on the road, live, recording and converting to whatever you need. I can imagine this could provide some serious power for the pro, gigging visualist. The new VC-50HD provides bi-directional conversion between SD/HD-SDI to and from DV and HDV and MPEG-2. That means you can capture video easily in HD or HDV, backup videos, archive live performances, record to Blu-ray – whatever. The F-1 field recorder, now updated to version 2.0, is even tastier. It does for video recording …

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Gear Check: Inside a Traveling VJ Bag, on the Way to Coachella

li {margin-bottom:10px;} Packing up VJ Gear to fit on an airplane can be tricky business. I flew from Portland to San Diego in order to join the Xochi Media crew for Coachella this year – luckily, they’re supplying most of the heavy equipment, so I needed only the essentials, as photographed above. Here’s what I brought and why: Edirol V-4 Video Mixer: The ever-present 4-input, 2-channel mixer which broke the price barrier for amateur VJs and became the staple mixer for many live video perfomers. Canon HF100: This is mostly for documentation. I sold my trusty GL-1 last year for …

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From Comments: Edirol's P-10 Firmware Makes it Useful Clip-Triggering Hardware

We love computers. But the idea of a piece of hardware capable of triggering clips has been tantalizing from the beginning. Grab a piece of gear that’s not big and pricey like a Pioneer DVJ, plug it in, and play some clips into your mixer and effects — sign me up! The only problem has been, not only does the Edirol P-10 cost as much as a well-equipped laptop, but it’s first iteration had some significant problems that made it useless to VJs and live visualists. Specifically, latency made the P-10 undesirable — ironic, as low latency is exactly why …

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From Comments: Edirol’s P-10 Firmware Makes it Useful Clip-Triggering Hardware

We love computers. But the idea of a piece of hardware capable of triggering clips has been tantalizing from the beginning. Grab a piece of gear that’s not big and pricey like a Pioneer DVJ, plug it in, and play some clips into your mixer and effects — sign me up! The only problem has been, not only does the Edirol P-10 cost as much as a well-equipped laptop, but it’s first iteration had some significant problems that made it useless to VJs and live visualists. Specifically, latency made the P-10 undesirable — ironic, as low latency is exactly why …

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VJs on Facebook: An App, An AU Group

Facebook is becoming a nice little hang for visualists – I’ve actually sorted a gig or two on the service. Now, “give a gift” apps are a meme unto themselves, but you certainly haven’t seen one like this. Zac Darko writes: I recently made the worlds first (maybe) VJ app on Facebook, thought you’d think it was cool. http://apps.facebook.com/vj-gear-cgejcf/&link=dashboard?ref=ts CDM once covered a vintage synths Facebook app. Also, I created a Facebook group for Aus VJ’s to have a place to catch up, here: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=56443341464&topic=6962&ref=mf#/group.php?gid=56443341464 I love the hardware lineup on Zac’s app, though, um, I think we also need …

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Mobile Recording: Alesis Hooks XLR Mics to iPod; Edirol R-09 Adds Storage; Tascam DR-1 Review

The mobile recording space keeps rolling along. Alesis is the latest company to try to turn the iPod into a usable digital recorder. With up to 160 GB of storage, the fact that the iPod is a mobile hard drive you may already own certainly has some appeal. But what about quality? The Alesis ProTrack attempts to bridge that input divide with internal mics and XLR inputs: XY pattern stereo condenser mics (they look a lot like the mics on the Zoom H4) XLR and 1/4″ inputs (line/mic) with 48V phantom power 1/4″ stereo output, making this interesting as a …

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