I posted this on Muffwiggler, but I figured I’d try here as well. Ignore if vidiotic!
Vidiot here looking to get into video synth. I’m looking at the LZX options for an all-in-one semimodular solution. I’m interested in
- Processing external video loops
- Feedback loops (both the “camera at a screen” kind, and the “cable from output to input” kind)
- Feeding audio into video parameters
- Shooting in lots of CV (gates/triggers, LFOs, envelopes, etc.) from my audio eurorack
- Luma, color, and patterns, with no preference towards one over the other
- Processing video through eurorack audio (attenuverting mixers, matrix mixers, waveshapers, filters, oscillators, reverb even?)
The Vidiot seems like exactly what I’m looking for. Friendly with both kinds of feedback, ~17 CV inputs, equal space devoted to Luma/color/patterns, keying, external video inputs…and it seems relatively straightforward. Good! I’m dumb!
But it’s been discontinued and the Chromamagnon is the next core module. Others have said it’s a combination of a bunch of modules, so I’ve been watching the tutorials on those. I’ve been reading the posts here. I’ve been staring at the front panel, and it seems like it’s got way fewer inputs, and most of it is dedicated to pattern generation. It looks like an entirely different instrument. I also don’t need lasers…no cats!
Should I be looking for a used Vidiot instead of waiting for Chromamagnon? The Chromamagnon seems to be focused on XY synthesis, and there’s separate 3rd gen core modules for color and texture (?). It’s a cool idea to have 3 core modules with different entry points based on what you’re most interested in, but I’m balanced between color/luma/shapes. Obviously there’s a ton of things I can’t figure anything about from looking at the panel, so I could be way off. But is the Chromamagnon a true successor to the Vidiot if I’m only looking for a semi-modular that does, if not “it all”, some of all of it?
I’ll note that I’ve checked out most of the other all-in-one/core/semi-modular options. Structure, Hypno, DSI, etc. None of them appeal to me. Except Fluxus Duo, that seems like it’d be a sick partner for an LZX semi-modular. Might get one first if I’m waiting around for a while. That’s more of an effects unit than a full synth, though.