New Modular Video Game Synthesizer, The Ming Mecca

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Special Stage Systems has introduced Ming Mecca, a new Eurorack modular system described as a ‘voltage-controlled videogame console’.

Here’s what they have to say about the new Euro video synthesizer:

With the heart of a video synthesizer and the brain of a videogame console, Ming Mecca is the first of its kind: an ontological toy, a videogame easel, and a love letter to all things retrofuture. Designed for use in Eurorack format synthesizers but built to meet the demands of even the most seasoned micro-galactic interlopers, Ming Mecca modules will take your rig where no rig has gone before.

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PixiVisor For iOS Now Available, Lets You Treat Video As Sound

PixiVisorDeveloper Alexander Zolotov has released PixiVisor for iOS, a new app that lets you treat video as sound.

Why would you want to treat video as sound?

Transmitting video as sound lets you use your complete toolkit of audio-mangling tools on video. And, at $1.99, PixiVisor is a cheap option for experimenting with video synthesis.  Continue reading

PixiVisor Lets You Treat Video As Sound, So You Can Use Your Monotron To Mangle Kitty Videos

Developer Alexander Zolotov has released PixiVisor, a tool that lets you send and receive video as audio.

And because it lets you handle video as audio, it lets you use your complete toolkit of audio-mangling tools for mangling video.

PixiVisor is multi-platform, with versions planned or available for Android, Windows, LInux, Mac and iOS.  Continue reading

New Hard Soft Synth Offers “15 Modes Of Audio/Video Excellence”

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Bleep Labs has introduced the new Hard Soft Synth 3jb, a audio + video synthesizer.

The HSS3jb features 15 modes of audio/video excellence, each with 4-5 variables of control. There are also 8 video only modes designed for use with the trigger and audio inputs. An adjustable analog filter keeps everything smooth (or as gnarly as you’d like).

Here’s a video demo of the Hard Soft Synth 3jb:

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DJ Food’s Immersive Dome Performance – ‘The Search Engine’

This video documents DJ Food’s The Search Engine, premiered in North America at Montreal’s SATosphere on July 19th-21st 2012.

SATosphere is described as ‘the world first immersive performance space’.

The Search Engine is an immersive 360° show with iPad-controlled surround sound mixed for over 150 speakers. The audience lies down during the 50 minute multimedia remix.

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Kinect + 3D Graphics + Dubstep = The V Motion Project

The V Motion Project is a striking multimedia project that combines the talents of musicians, dancers, programmers, designers and animators to create a ‘visual instrument’ that uses the Microsoft Kinect to capture movement and translate it into music and visuals.

Here’s what the developers have to say about the V Motion Project and the video above:

We created and designed the live visual spectacle with a music video being produced from the results. We wanted it to be clear that the technology was real and actually being played live. The interface plays a key role in illustrating the idea of the instrument and we designed it to highlight the audio being controlled by the dancer. Design elements like real time tracking and samples being drawn on as they are played all add to authenticity of the performance.

The visuals are all created live and the music video is essentially a real document of the night.

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vjay iPad Video Remixing App Now Available

Algoriddim today introduced vjay, a video remixing app for the iPad:

vjay transforms your iPad into a cutting-edge mashup machine, directly integrated with the media libraries on your iPad. Mix and scratch your favorite music videos from iTunes or combine songs from your music library with personal video footage into an interactive audio visual experience. You can even use your iPad’s built-in camera to add your very own clips to the mix.

Key Features:

  • Media Access – Create mashups using all your media on your iPad, including videos, music, and footage from camera roll. vjay also comes with a free bundle of pre-loaded music video and high-quality footage.
  • Real-time video transitions, audio visuals effects – vjay comes with audio & video effects, looping tools, visual transitions, and real-time VideoScratch.
  • Live movie recording and sharing – With a touch of a button, easily save your mashups to the iPad in real-time and share with friends.
  • Support for external displays – plug into a TV and stream videos wirelessly to Apple TV.
  • Built-in camera integration – record your own video clips using the built-in iPad camera and add them to your mixes on the fly
  • Integration with iTunes Store – browse, search, preview and purchase music videos on iTunes from within the app.

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MixEmergency 2.0 Lets You ‘Cut Video Like Vinyl’

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Inklen has released MixEmergency 2.0, an updated version of their VJ software that lets you ‘cut video like vinyl’.

MixEmergency is a real-time video and visualization mixing application that can also be controlled by Scratch Live (versions 1.9.2 – 2.3.3). Over 120 built-in and add-on effects and transitions are included.

Here’s what’s new in MixEmergency 2.0:

  • Added Blend Modes for effects.
  • Added Grid/BPM control mode for effects and transitions.
  • Added automatic border-fill overlays.
  • Added MIDI output.
  • Added video camera input as an overlay.
  • Added effect and transition change notification system.
  • Added Advanced Output options (with basic projection mapping and output size control).
  • Added pop-up editor for the effect Mapping Graphs.
  • Quartz Composition Overlays can now be saved and triggered as presets.
  • Added layer/shift modifiers for MIDI controls.

A full list of changes can be found in the Release Notes.

MixEmergency is available for US $199 from the Inklen site. A time-limited demo is available for download.