VJ Gear (Cheap One): motion dive .tokyo performance package

Computer VJing is about to hit prime time, thanks to gains in computer performance. Mixing 2-channel 640×480 Photo JPEG-compressed video is finally possible — no more 320x240x15 jaggies. One of the tools I’m most excited about is the new Edirol hardware/software package, and I got to try it out at AES.

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VJ Gear (Expensive One): V-440 Takes Video Mixing HD

While we’re on the subject of VJing, curious what the future looks like? Think HD. Amateur VJs need not apply. Edirol has unveiled pricing and availability on their new V-440 HD Multiformat Video Mixer, and it’s not for mortals: US$$12,995 — an incredible deal for HD mixing if you’ve ever priced pro video equipment, but, uh, probably out of reach of most readers. That said, the V-440 is an amazing box, and a great glimpse of what’s to come. Up to full 1080i HD resolutions, multiple formats (standard, HD, computer RGB), blue and green chroma keying, daisy-chaining support, and everything …

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VJ Coverage in Keyboard; Holly Daggers’ Killer Live VJ Setup

First off, welcome readers of Keyboard Magazine, which has bravely taken on a new regular feature on VJing for musicians. Don’t read Keyboard? Check out online stories or subscribe at Keyboard’s site. In the September issue of Keyboard, there’s not only a great cover story on Trent Reznor, but I did a two-page feature on VJ Holly Daggers. There were a lot more links that I wanted to talk about than I could fit into the article, so here goes: Holly Daggers, Reflective Chroma-keying, and the Korg Entrancer [CDM] Holly’s rig: Reflecmedia’s miracle surface, perfect for chroma-keying, Edirol V4, the …

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NAMM: motion dive .tokyo VJ Software + Hardware

Hard-core VJs have long known about Motion Dive. This VJ app is so rock-solid, intuitive, and flexible that people were willing to import it from Japan and use it with all-Japanese menus. Weirdly, it was easier to use that product in Japanese than many others in English. Now, Roland division Edirol is handling US distribution, and good things are happening. The menus are in English, for starters, and this week Edirol announces the motion dive .tokyo Performance Package, complete with a very practical-looking custom hardware controller. (What I’d like to know is whether it sends MIDI; the absence of simple …

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Which Portable Recorder to Buy?

Quick: which brand-new portable recorder will be your long-awaited iPod of recording? The newly-announced M-Audio MicroTrack, or the already-proven Edirol R-1? One thing’s for sure: CompactFlash is where it’s at. I just got an email from Buy.com offering a full 2 GB of CompactFlash storage for US$70 after rebate. You’re likely to run out of battery life — or whatever it is you’re recording — before you run out of space. And drag and drop is so much better than the old way (dealing with MiniDiscs, DAT tapes, and the like). So, based on some feedback from readers, I may …

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Edirol: New MIDI, Audio Gear; Portable USB Speakers

Edirol, the audio/video gear folks that are part of Roland Group, have a trio of announcements about new hardware. Let’s deal with them all at once, because Roland model numbers make my head hurt: New MIDI: Yes, new MIDI interface hardware. (MIDI will never die, folks.) What’s groovy about them? The US$89 UM-3EX has a built-in USB hub — chain them and/or rack mount them(!) and you’ve got some serious multi-port MIDI. Sure, some will be building a monster studio with this using lots of vintage keyboards . . . I’ll be building some weird interactive setup with sensors. Don’t …

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Review: Edirol PCR-M1 Ultra-slim Keyboard

Backpack digital musicians seeking even more portability, the PCR-M1 remains the holy grail of thin keyboards. CDM’s own Lee Sherman gives Edirol’s keyboard-on-a-diet a pin to see if you’ll miss the extra inches and pounds. -PK Musicians looking for a MIDI Keyboard Controller are spoilt for choice these days, with controllers for everyone from DJs and laptop musicians to classically trained concert pianists. So where does the PCR-M1 fit in? Edirol, who has been in the controller game longer than most, have clearly aimed it at the computer musician who wants to slip this thing into a backpack along with …

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Musikmesse: CG-8 Video Synth Video Footage

Sure, Edirol's fascinating new CG-8 video synthesizer, due in July, costs a whopping US$5295 — enough to make most of you (and us) to lose interest until we find a higher paying job (see our story and follow-up and more follow-up with sticker shock). That doesn't mean that: this gear isn't really cool to dream about, and, more importantly that being sad about the price should keep us from having fun watching engineers dance. "What you say?" says you? Why, it's Edirol's promised video footage of the CG-8 launch party at Frankfurt's Cocoon Club. Aside from visuals that are just …

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Update on Edirol CG-8 Video Synth

Edirol reports the CG-8 video synth will be available in July and will cost (you may want to sit down) US$5295. So, yes, those of you who aren't living off an enormous trust fund or VJing in your spare time while you pull in six figures at your day job might want to go the software route. On the other hand, I expect VJ hardware prices will come down over time, and great gear like Edirol's V4 mixer are under a grand.

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Musikmesse: Edirol CG-8 Visual Synthesizer

This is no VJ mixer. The Edirol CG-8 is a high-res 3D motion graphic synthesizer, taking synthesis concepts from audio and applying them to video. Integrate with music: You can use audio to trigger video live, with VLINK/MIDI connections for further music integration, especially tight integration with Roland and Edirol gear. Sample motion: Grab video for instant recording/resampling. XY and drum pad triggers plus dual infra-red D-beam for control and triggering Work from still images with photo and stamp effects and real-time overlaying of titles and graphics Modulation: Borrowing from the concept of modulation in synthesis, you can modify images …

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