Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 346: Mixvibes VFX DJ/VJ Controller.

A while back we took a brief look at VJing and some kit that went with it.

VJ kit has always been a bit more varied than the DJ side of things where you tend to have an obvious industry standard (Technics/Pioneer etc). Complying with VJing's cavalier nature, the scene as a whole seems to be made up of various creative and personal set ups.

With such a variety of styles and techniques within the discipline it's not hard to see why it has remained fragmented like this.

Mixvibes however have come up with a smart looking piece of kit that might go a long way to bridging the gap between the DJ and the VJ. There have been attempts before to merge the two, but they normally end up being a DJ tool with visuals, or a VJ tool with audio.

It's hard to tell just how much of each is in this box, but from the spec it seems to hold a lot of promise.

For example, there are 20 audio effects on board, and each one corresponds to an visual effect. I imagine this means you can have a tune playing, entirely separate visuals, and apply the effect to the audio, and the corresponding effect is applied to the video. Importantly keeping the effects in time. Hell it even says you can scratch video.

The trouble with these things will always be adoption. This may win the hearts of many avid users, but there will always be purists of either side that will see additional functionality as muddying the water.

I however think, done correctly, this can be a way to take things to the next level. A mad full blown audio visual sett with context, performed with dedication and practise could really be something.

Check the promo video below, and then head over to the web-site for more info. In the meantime I'm itching to get my hands on one for a road test.




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