As a newbie who decided to jump into video synthesis in the last couple weeks, I wanted to share my thoughts on what’s been positive and negative so far.
I’ve had great conversations with individual members of the VS community that have helped me tremendously as I start to wrap my head around what I need to get started. I work in video professionally so while video concepts aren’t foreign to me, understanding how LZX has implemented them into modular format has still required some educating. I also have been making music with eurorack with 6 years. With both those backgrounds, it’s still been harder for me than I excepted to wrap my head around everything. I think the main issue is that while information is out there, it’s scattered and fragmented. Often I’ll watch an informative video about one module that I have pre-ordered. However, the video is a bit old and the demo is pairing that module with other modules which are now discontinued.
‘Discontinued’ is a good lead-in for the next part of my experience. As everyone knows there are very few LZX modules available to purchase as of Sept. 2020. Certainly no way to start a system. It’s all pre-order. That’s fine, I understand the predicament of a small operation, especially in 2020. However, it feels like if I hope to eventually have all the parts I want for my system I need to put preorders in now (which I have). However it still seems like certain key pieces that have been discontinued don’t have a replacement available to even preorder. So I’ve preordered a grip of stuff only to realize something I definitely need (the Marble Index or Visual Cortex) won’t be coming back and I don’t have any idea when a replacement will arrive. Even if I get all the other stuff slated for fall production, it’s unclear how long I’ll be waiting to actually tie those pieces together in the way I want given the gap in modules that have been discontinued without being replaced. I have read the post from last year about the road map to replace those modules. However, it seems like the timeline projected at that announcement isn’t valid anymore. Maybe just an update with a more realistic timeframe would help? I can see how this disconnect between discontinued modules and replacements wouldn’t be a big deal for people who already have a system built up but for us starting from scratch it’s a more difficult issue.
Anyways, I’m excited to be jumping into LZX video world but just felt like venting some of my current concerns having done so at the point in time.