Future Module Ideas

Okay, okay, okay. I know y’all at LZX have a roadmap for future modules and no shortage of ideas. But maybe throwing some adtl. dreams into the pot could be helpful??? I dunno…

So I was watching @brownshoesonly’s really great recent visuals performance on YT and it just got me super jealous of the two projector action. And, sure, there are some existing hardware solutions for this kind of thing (if I recall correctly, he has said he was using dual Roland v-440HDs), but I don’t know that I would call any of them good or at least not easy (I certainly don’t want to lug around two huge mixers).

Thus, though I assume the economics of this would perhaps not make sense (?), I wonder if a module to perform this function could be developed? Like…

Three switch positions:
DUAL: provides two copies each of the frame split into left and right channels (dipswitch on board to select between cropping or stretching original aspect ratio)
X4: four identical copies of standard frame signal
QUAD: splits frame into four channels (1 is upper left, 2 upper right, 3 lower left, 4 lower right)

…Any chance? Someday? Maybe?

I imagine a module with this functionality would need to be much bigger the fit everything required for the scaling etc.

Would be a cool module to have though.

Similar things like the Datapath X4 that splits DVI are quiet expensive. $1500+

Haha. Yeah, I realize the size shown is totally unrealistic.

Also, at first was going to just render it with dual output only. And then saw that four would fit on the panel size and got greedy. Though even fitting a dual encoder on a board mounted to a 4hp panel seems unrealistic.

Definitely conceived in the realm of dream rather than foreseeable reality — not least because of the likely cost. (But maybe there’s a way to keep that reasonable?)

The X4 feature is easy enough:


And if you convert your LZX signal to HDMI, you can split it to multiple projectors with a video wall box: https://www.amazon.com/LINK-MI-Controller-Fully-Digital-Processing-Channel/dp/B01E742BM4

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Huh. Guess I hadn’t searched Amazon for one of these in a while (or, at least, hadn’t used the correct search terms). Have y’all (or anyone here) used one of these cheap Chinese boxes? I assume, for SD signals, the likely low quality is reasonably acceptable.

And, I mean, I definitely have a bunch of dist. amps already. Was really just thinking of what features could be handy to have in an all-in-one solution.

…But, yeah, willing to admit all this kind of functionality probably makes more sense as an outboard box.

It’s a good idea, really. I was just trying to think of other easy solutions out there.

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This is a cool idea! But to make it a EuroRack module in 4HP with skiff friendly mounting depths would be impossible. It’s more likely we’ll see something like this as a function of a larger system module with a digital core like TBC2 or Memory Palace with quad output encoders (at least 16HP-26HP.) Hardware wise, something like TBC2 but with a 1x decoder + 4x encoder configuration rather than a 2x decoder + 2x encoder configuration, that could do many scaling tricks like this, would be interesting.

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this would be very interesting indeed! i’ve wanted to setup a 3 output system that would be able to process RGB channels individually so that you could combine them via projector placement for a little while now. Although since I finally put the order in for a chromagnon I bet that something like this could be achieved between structure, memory palace, chromagnon, visual cortex expander, and visual cortex. plenty of outputs in the system right now for that I think I’ll have to start considering how it would be done. That being said I would still love a simple solution for dual/quad setups without the extra boxes

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AJA HA-4K can do this sort of thing for $500, but you’d need to upscale to 4K HDMI first.

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and also have sdi convertors/screens

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