Features: 5 wipe-shaping CV inputs with attenuation, a 9 knob patchbay on channel A, 5 additional magnet effects & 6 additional wipe shaping controls.
Paup! Paup! *shots fired* This thing is a beast. The modification layout on the rare Sima SFX-M Glitchmix has varied considerably over the years. While it’s something I have been modifying since 2015 the layout underwent a massive overhaul as recently as december of last year. Here it is, 2019, and I’m happy to present a standard I feel gets the most out of this spectacular & obscure video art tool. The same way I feel the LZX Vidiot is a terrific starting point for video synthesis I feel that the SFX-M Glitchmix is a fantastic starting point for getting into hardware based glitch video production. The SFX-M in it’s unmodified form offers it’s users a really strong foundation. It’s a two channel composite video mixer with fantastic frame synchronization (for seamlessly working with analog glitch video sources), a lot of unique onboard features (like keying and wipe-shaping via a fader) and a gritty visual aesthetic charm. It was produced in a fairly short window of time using what was then becoming out-dated and expensive technology in the early 90s. In comparison to it’s successor, the SFX-9, the SFX-M feels and looks a lot warmer. The SFX-M’s controls are tactile and it’s results are, for the lack of a better descriptor, very analog. It has a number of useful channel effects (strobe, paint, negative), it produces beautiful video feedback (manipulated to-the-max with something like a Premium Cable in the feedback chain) and has a limited but curious assortment of wipe effects. I know I mentioned it earlier but it bares repeating…. the luma key features are really lovely.
The modifications add a number of stack-able channel processing effects. You’ve essentially got two zones; color processing effects and digital corruption effects. The color processing effects give you an assortment of bold color inversions and skews both dreamy and aggressive. The digital corruption effects are a weird blend of the familiar and the unique-to-this-machine. A number of effects segment and divide the screen up both horizontally and vertically. A number of the effects also produce this truly glorious green hyper-space of divine wisdom and bliss. I’m trying to highlight this look more in the videos to come as it is so strange and lovely (and has gone previously rather undocumented). People need to be on this shit!
New to this revision are the addition of attenuatable CV inputs for wipe control and a magnet-selectable wipe corruption section. The CV inputs respond best to voltages in between 2v and 5v so LZX users will have to Bridge up their signal but I’m really excited about finally offering this up to BPMC users (for years I was selfishly keeping it to myself, hehe). The inputs benefit best from oscillators and LFOs as one would imagine. Running an LZX system patch into the SFX-M and then utilizing the wipe corruptions is like (my idea of) heaven on earth.
All this said, this is a mixer I remain very enchanted by and recommend highly to newbies and veterans alike. As I eluded to previously I will be posting more demo content up soon, gotta get better at that. Gotta get better at that.
Note: These units are used and condition may vary. You will be notified if there are any serious cosmetic concerns but please understand the potential for a little wear and tear on your unit.
Note: The channels on the SFX-M are a little noisy to begin with. While wiring in to the glitch effects do not give rise to much channel noise it does give rise to a some. If looking for a clean and pristine glitch video experience please look elsewhere.