Video Synthesizers

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Video Synthesizers

Release status: experimental [box doku]

Videosynth01.jpg
Description Generating and glitching video signals in funky ways
Author(s)  Severin

Video synthesizers generate or modify video to look somewhat weirdly, and have it react to external sources, e.g. an audio signal.

Research

Trying to figure out what people have done and documented already.

Modify an incoming signal

Generate a new signal from scratch

VGA Booster/Splitter

Experiments

Glitch video with an audio signal

Basically following this guide.

Diodes, direct

Setup as described in the guide

Laptop VGA Out ---> VGA+Audio Merger with Diodes ---> Monitor
Laptop Audio Out ----------^

Doesn't work, laptop turns off the VGA out.

Diodes, with VGA "Booster"

As above, but using a VGA matrix we had in the space as a VGA buffer

Laptop VGA Out --> VGA Matrix --> VGA+Audio Merger with Diodes ---> Monitor
Laptop Audio Out ---------------------^

Works, audio signal a bit weak, not as much effect, also video signal is attenuated compared to video directly from the VGA out.

Audio mixer & EQ

Adding an audio mixer between the Laptop and the VGA+Audio merger allows to control the "volume" better, and allows to use the EQ of the mixer to influence the signal.

Laptop VGA Out --> VGA Matrix --> VGA+Audio Merger with Diodes ---> Monitor
Laptop Audio Out --> Audio Mixer & EQ ---^

The EQ is fun to work with, smaller lines with the high pass, bigger lines with the low pass filters. Control over the volume of the signal is also great. As a side effect, you can also listen to the audio signal now.

No more diodes

Left out the diodes in favour of direct connection between matrix and monitor.

Laptop VGA Out --> VGA Matrix --> VGA+Audio Merger w/o Diodes ---> Monitor
Laptop Audio Out --> Audio Mixer & EQ ---^

All still works, and the original video signal is much clearer now. Best thing so far.