The LZX Ecosystem

Other people making LZX-format (and compatible) modular gear

  
--------------------------Fully LZX-format in/out video modules------------------------------------------------

Afterlife Laboratories

https://www.afterlifelaboratories.com/
Modules

Brownshoesonly

https://www.brownshoesonly.com/
Modules

Fox

DIY & Modules

Omiindustriies

https://www.omiindustriies.com
Modules

  • r2rawr 5 bit DAC (works with 0-1v, video rate)
  • Curtail 5 to 1v scaler
     
Reverselandfill

https://www.reverselandfill.org/
DIY, Modules, and Standalone

Syntonie

https://syntonie.fr/
DIY, Modules, and Standalone

Teletect

DIY

Visible Signals

https://www.visiblesignals.net/
DIY

  • Dual Distrib Dual video (75ohm) distribution amplifier (DA)
  • RGB Matrix Expandable RGB A/B bus Mixer & Keyer
  • Video Mult Dual active multiple
  • Wrangler CV mixer/offset/scaler/LED meter
  • Gainbrain VCA/crossfader/multiplier
  • One Of Four High quality 4-to-1 video multiplexer/switch
  • Xorand 4-input logic gate performance control
  • 1IF 1U 75ohm RCA to 1V eurorack interface
  • 1VR 1U fixed/adjustable reference voltage source
  • 1LV 1U 0–2x voltage scaler
  • 1SW 1U AB switch
     

--------------------------Other modular or semi-modular video devices--------------------------------------

Analog Reason

http://analogreason.wz.sk
Modules and Standalone

  • GR2 Audio visualizer (audio in; composite video out; PAL-only)
     
BPMC

https://glitchart.com/
Modules

  • Fluxus Duo glitch processor/mixer (video-rate modulation; composite video in/out; can process LZX video with RCA-to-1/8" adapter)
     
Chroma Cauldron

ChromaCauldron on Etsy
DIY

  • Wave Comber Audio visualizer (audio in/out; composite video in/out)
  • Mainbow 4 oscillator + video input + audio modulation HSL video synth (basically fully compatible, but final output composite-only; all other i/o 0-1v LZX standard)
     
Dave Jones Design

https://www.jonesvideo.com/
Modules

  • MVIP image processor (-5 to 5v CV in; composite video in/out)
     
Erogenous Tones

http://erogenous-tones.com/
Modules

  • Structure Open GL visual generator/processor (0–1v CV in; composite video in/out)
     
Gieskes

http://gieskes.nl/
DIY and Standalone

Razmasynth

http://www.razmasynth.com/
DIY and Modules

Sleepy Circuits

https://sleepycircuits.com/
Module and Standalone

  • Hypno (-5 to 5v CV in; composite/HDMI/USB video out)
     
Special Stage Systems

DIY and Modules

1010 Music

https://1010music.com/
Modules

  • Laserbox pattern generator (can drive Cyclops)
     

--------------------------Native 0–1v- / video rate–capable utilities-------------------------------------------

Busy Circuits

https://busycircuits.com/
Modules

4MS

https://4mscompany.com/
DIY and Modules

Korg

https://www.korg.com/
Standalone

Malekko Heavy Industry

https://malekkoheavyindustry.com
Modules

mxmxmx

https://ornament-and-cri.me/
DIY and Modules

  • Ornament and Crime
     
Mystic Circuits

https://www.mysticcircuits.com/
Modules

  • Tree sequential switch (works with 0-1v, near video rate)
  • Ruins quad oscillator (under development)
     
Plankton Electronics

https://www.planktonelectronics.com/
Modules

  • MIX1 2-channel mixer w/ attenuvert & bias (audio + video version has range up to 6MHz)
     
Pulp Logic

http://pulplogic.com/
1u Modules

  • Comparator (near video rate; fine for ramps, chunky on video)
  • Express expression pedal interface (can be set to 0-1v range w/ trimpot)
     
SSSR Labs

https://www.sssrlabs.com
Modules

  • Matrixarchate matrix signal router (can pass video-rate signals; switching only up to audio rate)
     
Xaoc Devices

http://xaocdevices.com/
Modules

  • Zadar quad envelope/LFO (can be set to 0-1v)
     
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Anything’s LZX-compatible if you use a Bridge! :grin:

Do you want to include modules that have composite input and/or output? I think they can be pretty useful with LZX gear, even if none of their CV inputs/outputs have been specially designed for 0-1V luma signals. In particular, modules like Razmasynth’s Telewizor/Vector and Special Stage System’s World Core seem to be ones that people tend to use with LZX gear.

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My inclusion of certain things and not others is definitely questionable. I guess my basis was not how useful to a video system could a module be (because then, yeah, the list would expand greatly) but to what extent is a manufacturer trying to work within the LZX format – basing that largely on whether it is purpose-built to work within the 0-1v control voltage LZX standard, at video rate (and also if there seemed to be a commitment towards continuous production rather than a one-off DIY project).

So the notes in parentheses are commentary upon that, certainly not a total listing of functionality.

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Honestly, originally in my head this was only a list of people making what I would call “fully compatible” modules: purpose-built to work at 0-1v, video rate, at both inputs and outputs (rather than only able to be integrated at the beginning or end of the chain). Which is to say it was just the top four of the list.

And really the point was that, in the last few days, that went from 2 to 4. Which is awesome!

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The 4ms buffered mult advertises LZX video signal compatibility: https://4mscompany.com/buffmult.php

It also might be worth mentioning controllers/sequencers that have a 0-1V output mode, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the Korg SQ-1 offers that feature: https://www.korg.com/us/products/dj/sq_1/specifications.php

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Yeah, went back and forth on the 4ms mult. Guess I ended up taking it out because it seemed like such a “utility”…? I dunno. Again, the list above is totally subjective.

Probably more useful would be a more finely gradated list:

  1. Fully LZX-format in/out video modules (basically work like any LZX module)
    (Scanner, Video Calculator, 3x Function Generator, Ruins, etc.)

  2. Compatible start/end of chain video devices (has some sort of 0-1v, video-rate in or out)
    (Structure, 3trins w/ DIY add-on, Fluxus Duo, etc.)

  3. Adaptable video modules
    (Telewizor, World Core, etc.)

  4. Native 0-1v-capable utilities
    (Quad LFO, 4ms mult, SQ-1, Zadar, etc.)

But even those lines can get blurry.

…And then maybe a whole other list would be necessary of non-0-1v, non-video-rate modules that are still especially useful/interesting in a video set-up?

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image This is even more esoteric, but monome ansible 2.0 running the Levels app supports 0-1V output if you turn the range controls almost all the way down (4 lights lit.) A tad steppy (1/10th the DAC resolution, sadly) but MP inputs with slew make that ignorable.

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Guess there are some more additions here, huh?

Syntonie
Frequency Doubler, Component2RGB, Quad Inverter, CBV001

Visible Signals
Quarterizer, RGB Matrix, Video Mult, Wrangler

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Excited to pick up a couple things from Visible Signals (@aladan)!

Anyone else in the L.A. area want to get in on the pre-order together and split the shipping?

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Quarterizer and RGB Matrix are on my list, for sure.

Same offer goes for anyone in the Portland, OR area if you want to get in on the pre-order discount by Nov 1st and split shipping. DM me if you’re interested.

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Thank you for your support guys, you are awesome :heart_eyes:

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@sean: you can add my new modules to the list if you want: CMIX, Matrix Mixer

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Because this isn’t in the wiki section, don’t think I can edit my original post any more.

Always meant to follow up this thread with a more definitive and organized wiki post (following the 4-category schema outlined above), but there are so many things I mean to do… Maybe soon? (How does the wiki thing work here anyway?)

Or if someone else wants to take this upon themselves, I certainly wouldn’t complain. Seems like a handy thing to have.

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A wiki/directory to keep a list of all manufacturers and their modules in one place would be extremely handy. Excited to hear about Visible Signals and their Quarterizer.

I would like to take this task upon me.
@moderators: How do I create a WIKI that anyone can edit, and what is the right location… the Library?

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happy to help with WIKIs I’ve done a bunch of that over on the scanlines forum

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I changed the post to a WIKI and moved it to the library. Do you want to try editing the OP again?

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I can edit :slight_smile:
working on it now!

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wow this page is looking great! good work @reverselandfill

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This page is wonderful. Thank you very much for putting it together!

Probably need to add the 4MS buffered mult (operates at video rates) and the Quad Pingable LFO (can be set to 0-1v range)

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