I have used analogue and modular synths for decades, and have been wanting to complement with analogue visuals for a long time. I finally bought a set of 10 modules, and as I am totally new to this, wonder if there are any instructions on how to use and connect them available? The modules are Castle 0,2,3 and Cadet 1,2,3,4,6,9,20.
There are no real manual for all Cadet and Castle modules.
This is what’s available:
There is a
manual from the Sync generator. somehow it is not on the LZX website anymore. (let me know if the link works)
And there are also some video tutorials & patchsheet examples
At the end of this exercise you should be able to digitize a video source and create a posterize effect. The first piece of gear I saw posterize on was on my first video mixer, the Panasonic MX-10, it had a rotary switch that you could use to select how many ‘slices’ of Posterizing you would have. You can do the same with this patch by removing any of the Data outputs from the DAC. Tools needed for this exercise are: Castle ADC, Castle DAC, and a video source.
First take your luma video source,…
At the end of this exercise you should be able to *pixelate a digitized video source. This exercise expands upon the previous exercise; Castle Patching 001: Digitizing Luma Video Sources. I call this a digital sample and hold because like an analog sample and hold this will hold the 3-bit binary value at the D0-D2 inputs at the rising edge of an incoming clock signal until the next clock pulse comes in. The held value appears at the D0-D2 outputs.
Tools needed for this exercise are: Castle ADC,…
Castle is based around 3-bit binary digital signals:
Imagine 3-bit binary like an 8 layer cake. All combinations of 3 bits create 8 possible values. Ever seen NTSC color bars? If you send 3-bit binary into RGB, you get those colors.
All the inputs on the modules are comparators, so they can perform a 1-bit conversion of an analog signal:
The ADC module slices analog voltages up into 3-bit binary numbers:
If you patch a triangle waveform into the ADC, you get a step pyramid waveform out…
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LZX Industries Patchable Video Standard V1.0
The Patchable Video Standard proposes an electrical and interface specification for wide bandwidth analog computing instruments intended for creative and expressive applications. It is optimized for, but not limited to: (1) generating and processing analog RGB video graphics in SD resolutions, (2) affordable devices which are accessible to working artists and not just big studios, and (3) maximum patcha…
if you need more info, ask away! I have most Cadet and Castle modules + some more.
Thanks heaps for all the info, it will sure get me started!
here is the link for all the video synth drive info:
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