War of the Ants
War of the Ants

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 16HP
  • Power/ +110mA/-100mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
In many European countries television static noise, or “snow”, is described using the visual metaphor of a war between swarms of black and white insects. War Of The Ants is our first dedicated noise and texture generation instrument for video synthesis. At its core is a wideband full spectrum noise generator based on amplification of the avalanche noise characteristic found within certain diodes. With the ability to modify and filter the separate spectral characteristics of horizontal, vertical, and low frequency noise, War Of The Ants is capable of generating textures that range from blinking starfields to buzzing grayscale grain to thrashing clipped snow.
 
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Bridge
Bridge
Bridge

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 8HP
  • Power/ +30mA/-30mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Bridge is a multi-function utility module for video synthesizers. It is designed with the simple goal of packing a variety of always useful utility functions into a compact, low cost package.

Dual buffered multiples with three outputs and voltage scaling. In amplify setting, input signals are amplified by a factor of five. In attenuate setting, input signals are attenuated by a factor of five. These scalers allow quick translation between standard EuroRack audio world 5V signal levels and LZX video module 1V signal levels.

Single wideband voltage controlled crossfader/multiplier with CV inversion switch. It can be patched as a single VCA, a crossfader/switcher between two inputs, or when combined with the mixer section a 4-quadrant multiplier.

Single three input signal mixer. Two adding inputs and one subtracting input. One adding input can alternately perform a mirrored inversion (1V – input signal.)
 
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Color Chords
Color Chords
Color Chords

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 16HP
  • Power/ +60mA/-60mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Color Chords is a four channel summing matrix designed to mix shapes, patterns and keys into a color output image. RGB mixing is a foundational building block of video synthesis, and Color Chords introduces a new feature to the traditional workflow with the addition of opacity controls and layer priority. When the opacity of one layer is turned up, the brightness of the previous layers decreases, allowing mix elements to sit on top of, beneath, or in between each other.

Three monochromatic signal inputs with red, green, blue and opacity level controls.

Single RGB input channel allows endless chaining of multiple Color Chords or other RGB processing modules.

All signal paths perform at high frequency, video rate speeds.
 
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Curtain
Curtain
Curtain

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 10HP
  • Power/ +70mA/-70mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Curtain is a video edge processor designed for sharpening, blurring, and outline extraction. Comprised of a wideband voltage controlled filter and multiplier, it is similar to tools used for X-Ray analysis in the era of analog graphics. Curtain is equally useful for processing video images as it is for adding dimensionality and contours to shapes and patterns.

Voltage controlled filter with 1:100 continuous tuning ratio allows a full sweep from thin to wide time constants. Three range settings cover a cutoff range from 100Hz to 5MHz.

Switchable rectifier allows selection of positive rising edges and falling negative edges, both edges positive, rising edge only, or falling edge only.

Voltage controlled depth allows a continuous sweep of filter output amplitude and inversion. This enables settings from blur to sharpen on a single modulation channel.

Separate inputs for the filter and output mix allow edge processing from once source and output mixing with another. Dedicated filter and mix outputs allow further external processing.

All signal and control paths perform at high frequency, video rate modulation speeds.

AC/DC input coupling switches and inverting level attenuators on voltage control inputs.
 
 
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Cyclops
Cyclops
Cyclops

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 16HP
  • Power/ +50mA/-60mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Cyclops is an interface module which converts EuroRack modular signals to the International Laser Display Association (ILDA) specification for laser show projectors. We recommend connecting Cyclops to a EuroRack modular system rich in VCOs (especially quadrature sources), multipliers, and signal mixers in order to synthesize a full range of oscillographics patterns and lissajous geometries.

Compatible with any RGB laser projector with an ILDA standard input port.

5 channel interface: X & Y Position (+/-5V) and Red, Green & Blue (0-5V.) Configuration switches on the module rear alternatively allow selection of LZX video standard signals (0-1V.)

Voltage Control Input, Voltage Control Attenuator and Bias Control per input channel.

Input inversion switches for X & Y voltage control inputs.

Master XY scale control sets overall size of laser image.

ILDA standard differential output drivers for each channel to ILDA standard DB25 connector port. A DB25 serial cable is all you need to connect this module to a wide range of compatible laser projectors.

Selectable low-pass filters on X & Y channels with settings for 20KPPS and 30KPPS projectors & filter bypass.
Interlock & Shutter switches for remote control of laser projector.

What laser should I buy? Any RGB laser with an ILDA standard input port will work. The laser projectors we used while testing were generic models purchased from Chinese sellers on eBay and cost around $250 USD.

Warning! High frequency signals can damage some laser projectors. While the module does include field and bench tested protection filtering against high frequencies as a default feature, you should always listen for loud buzzing or distorted noises coming from your projector which may indicate it is being driven faster than its galvos can handle. Adjust filter settings and use this module at your own risk.
 
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Doorway
Doorway
Doorway

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 10HP
  • Power/ +80mA/-80mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Doorway is a linear video key generator and compositor, also known as a soft keyer. A typical video key is generated using a comparator circuit, where the ouput is a binary state: on or off. Doorway instead achieves key generation via high gain amplification and clipping of the input source. The edge of the resulting key is therefore composed of a variable percentage of the input signal, centered around the threshold point.

Voltage controlled threshold across the full input range. Video rate modulation paths allow displacement of the threshold by another shape or image source.

Voltage controlled gain amplifies input signal up to a gain of X64, enabling a continuous sweep from fully soft to fully hard edge.

Foreground and background level controls and signal inputs allow the negative and positive space of the resulting key to be set to any grayscale level, or be filled with external signals. This aids the compositing of multiple shapes and patterns.

Outline mode switches a full wave rectifier into the signal path. In this mode, gain controls the width of the outline rather than the softness of the key's edge.

AC/DC input coupling switches and inverting level attenuators on voltage control inputs.
 
 
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Liquid TV
Liquid TV
Liquid TV

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 8HP
  • Power/ +210mA/-30mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Liquid TV is a compact color video monitor and preview driver for modular video synthesizers. In addition to allowing you to watch any NTSC/PAL video source inside your EuroRack, you can preview any signals in your patch before the primary video output module. Monitoring key elements of an intricate video synth composition enables a new level of control in your patches.

Full color, 3.5 inch LCD video display.

Displays any NTSC/PAL video signals or the output of the internal preview driver.

Internal preview driver turns any voltage in your modular synth into a valid video signal for display or output, even without any other video synthesizer modules.

Three separate preview channel inputs with pass through jacks.

The LCD display may be powered from an external 12V source to ease the drain on your EuroRack power supply.
 
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Mapper
Mapper
Mapper

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 10HP
  • Power/ +100mA/-100mA
  • Depth/ 45mm

 
Mapper is a complex utility module which translates Hue, Saturation and Brightness voltages into component YUV (Luma, R-Y, B-Y) and RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colorspaces. At its heart is an analog, wideband polar-to-cartesian coordinates waveshaper with up to 720 degrees of linear rotation. Black and white (Luma) video sources can be fed into the Hue modulation input to achieve vivid thermographic vision colorizer effects, and that's just Mapper's most obvious use case.

Hue, Saturation & Brightness modulation inputs with dedicated gain controls.

Saturation & Brightness modulation attenuators have an inversion switch.

Hue input is selectable between 360 and 720 degrees of rotation at full scale.

Dedicated Hue, Saturation & Brightness offset controls.

Polar-to-cartesian waveshaper design transforms a linear input voltage (Hue) into Sine / Cosine complement outputs (U & V out.)

YUV-to-RGB colorspace converter.
 
 
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Navigator
Navigator
Navigator

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 16HP
  • Power/ +130mA/-100mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Navigator is the front end of a 2D analog graphics engine. Designed to take two input voltages representing X and Y points on a display, it can perform adjustment and modulation of their position, anchor point, and continuous rotation in 360 degrees. A typical use case is to process the horizontal and vertical ramp waveforms generated by Visual Cortex, before passing them to a shape or pattern generator. In this case, Navigator repositions and rotates the resulting shape. Since the entire signal path performs at video rates from input to output, the processing opportunities are limitless: cycle color components of external video, rotate objects inside of rotating objects with series processing, or patch your outputs into an XY display, laser projector interface or oscilloscope to open a whole new world of possibilities.

Voltage controlled XY position and anchor point channels allow summing of a modulating voltage before and after rotation processes.

Analog rotation processor with digital control allows modulation of the hue angle directly, or of the rotation spin speed in clockwise or counterlockwise directions.

Dual full wave rectifiers allow for ramp-to-triangle shaping of the input signal. This enables quadrilateral and bilateral symmetrical mirroring of the resulting transformations.

Signal path performs at high frequency, video rate speeds from input to output.

AC/DC input coupling switches and inverting level attenuators on voltage control inputs.
 
 
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Passage
Passage
Passage

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 10HP
  • Power/ +40mA/-40mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Passage is a triple channel wideband signal mixer and voltage processor. The signal path is suitable for mixing any type of signal, including video, audio and low frequency sources. This module is ideal for expanding the number of CV inputs on any video synthesis module, allowing two modulation voltages to be summed together before being passed to their destination. Given the triple input cascading structure, it is also suited for RGB processing or simple mixing of monochromatic components into full color.

Bias controls can be applied before or after attenuator/inversion controls, allowing bipolar conversion of a modulating signal.

Two inputs, one attenuation/inversion control and one +/-1.25V bias control per channel.

Full high speed video rate signal paths throughout.
 
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Prismatic Ray
Prismatic Ray

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 16HP
  • Power/ +120mA/-90mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Prismatic Ray is the next generation of the LZX Industries analogue widerange Voltage Controlled Oscillator design. With a max frequency range into the megahertz and hard sync input with phase stability, it is uniquely qualified for video synthesis techniques. In many VCO designs, modulation of waveform shape is achieved after the oscillator core, with modulation over output waveshaper circuits. In this design, we place modulation in the core of the oscillator itself, allowing complex summing, linear key generation, multiplication and inversion to affect all the output waveshapes simultaneously. When multiple waveshapes are patched to different color channels, the prismatic nature of this module begins to emerge.

Coarse & Fine tuning controls for oscillator frequency. Frequency Modulation voltage control input with dedicated level and inversion control.

AC/DC mode switch on all voltage control inputs allows for wider flexibility when routing control signals.

Simultaneous Triangle, Square, Sine, Anti-Sine, Exponential and Logarithmic waveshape outputs.

VCO core multiplier with dedicated level control and voltage control input. High gain amplifier control enables fluid morphs between hard and soft edged waveshapes. In 4 Quadrant mode, the output waveshapes can be inverted under voltage control.

VCO core bias level control and voltage control input allows control over the relative brightness of all the output waveshapes. With other patterns or video as a modulation source, the bias input allows this module to function as a powerful external slope and key processor for any video signal.
 
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Sensory Translator
Sensory Translator

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 16HP
  • Power/ +80mA/-70mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Sensory Translator is an audio-to-video interface module designed to generate a variety of visually rich animation control signals. The audio input and internal microphone are mixed together and processed by Bass and Treble tone controls before being fed into a bank of five 4-pole Band Pass Filters. These bandpass filter outputs are then processed by individual envelope followers. Each envelope follower has 3 decay speeds, as well as an Impulse mode for beat-to-trigger extraction. All signal paths and control ranges are compatible with standard EuroRack audio module signal ranges, so this module is equally at home in an audio synthesis system.

Omnidirectional electret microphone mounted on the frontpanel, 3 preamp gain settings and dedicated output.

External audio input selectable between line and modular level voltages.

2-input mixer including equalizer with bass/treble controls.

Five 4-pole precision bandpass filters, each with 2-octave bandwidth.

Five envelope followers with three decay speed settings, dedicated LED indicators, and selectable impulse mode for beat-to-trigger detection.
 
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Shapechanger
Shapechanger
Shapechanger

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 16HP
  • Power/ +220mA/-220mA
  • Depth/ 45mm

 
Shapechanger is our most ambitious analog computing module to date. Designed to take two continuous input voltages representing X and Y points on a display, Shapechanger processes the size, width, height, aspect ratio, symmetry, and curve of a resulting quadrilateral figure. Combined with Navigator for positioning and rotation of the figure, these modules provide a holistic 2D analog graphics engine suitable for direct video synthesis and vector rescanning techniques. A typical use case is to process the horizontal and vertical ramp waveforms generated by Visual Cortex, and receive a 2D shape output. The resulting shape can be modulated and combined with other video and pattern elements to create complex geometries for the final output video.

12 wideband analog multipliers and a dual channel signal path from input to output.

Voltage controlled aspect ratio allows morphs from rectangles to square and diamond shapes.

Voltage controlled symmetry allows morphs from squares to elongated diamonds and kites.

Voltage controlled size performs high gain multiplication for a zooming effect. This is fundamentally different from using a key generator to create a 2D shape, and keeps gamma curve shaping independent from size modulation.

Voltage controlled gamma curve allows continuous morphing from star to square to circle.

Signal path performs at high frequency, video rate speeds from input to output.
 
 
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Staircase
Staircase
Staircase

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 10HP
  • Power/ +70mA/-70mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 
Staircase is a wideband analog frequency multiplier for video processing and pattern generation. It allows the video synthesist to instantly add greater visual complexity to their patches. It can split an elliptical gradient into a series of concentric rings, solarize an input camera source until the brightness of the signal has wrapped around many times, or perform the simple functions of a VCA, mixer, and sawtooth-to-triangle waveshaper.

Voltage controlled multiplication of the input frequency up to 32 times.

Voltage controlled phase with harmonics selection allows 243 different visually rich modulation routings.

Simultaneous output of three different multiplication frequencies enables the rapid generation of full color patterns.

All signal and control paths perform at high frequency, video rate modulation speeds.

AC/DC input coupling switches and inverting level attenuators on voltage control inputs.
 
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Visual Cortex
Visual Cortex
Visual Cortex

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 26HP
  • Power/ +180mA/-230mA
  • Depth/ 45mm

 
Visual Cortex is an integrated core module with all the essential functions required for modular video synthesis in the EuroRack format. Alone it is capable of a wide variety of processes: multi-format video input and output, shape and pattern synthesis, rich analog RGB color effects, master horizontal/vertical waveform and sync generation, luma and chroma keying, and much more. When extended by other video synthesis modules from LZX Industries, it serves as a powerful base station from which to expand.

The input decoder section prepares external video for processing inside the modular video synthesis system. The input is Component/YPbPr for full color analog processing. The Y input may be used by Composite video sources for monochromatic video only.

Output encoder translates any type of voltage — video, audio, CV, logic — into video signals suitable for display or recording. Outputs include Composite, S-Video and Component/YPbPr.

Sync generator produces master video synchronization for distribution throughout your system. It can genlock to an external source for synchronous processing. Timing formats include NTSC/480i and PAL/576i.

Animation and key generator is a multi-function control voltage generator and video key generator designed for controlling switching and compositing functions of the colorizer and compositor section.

Colorizer and compositor is a multi-function analog RGB processor designed to combine two sets of RGB signals into a single composite output. Blending modes include crossfading, addition/subtraction, and multiplication. Analog color effects include color inversion, RGB solarization, and a triple band linear colorizer.
 
 
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Color Chords
Color Chords
Color Chords

 

  • Type/ Video
  • Width/ 16HP
  • Power/ +60mA/-60mA
  • Depth/ 32mm

 

Color Chords is a four channel summing matrix designed to mix shapes, patterns and keys into a color output image.  RGB mixing is a foundational building block of video synthesis, and Color Chords introduces a new feature to the traditional workflow with the addition of opacity controls and layer priority.  When the opacity of one layer is turned up, the brightness of the previous layers decreases, allowing mix elements to sit on top of, beneath, or in between each other.

-Three monochromatic signal inputs with red, green, blue and opacity level controls.

-Single RGB input channel allows endless chaining of multiple Color Chords or other RGB processing modules.

-All signal paths perform at high frequency, video rate speeds.
 
 
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