NOTE: ONLY MODIFYING SFX9s. NO SFX10 OR SFX11 ANYMORE. NTSC ONLY!
The SFX-9 Glitchmix is my personal secret weapon. This modified two channel video mixer has a lot of unique experimental video possibilities. While it’s an awesome standard definition mixer on it’s own (light-weight, lots of wipe patterns & simple design) it really shines with a little brain salad surgery. They are actually still in production strangely as the SFX11 (you may buy one new for 500-800 bucks, yikes!). The added effects vary. There is a lot of wipe play here, quite a few of the added effects knobs re-shape the wipes and render the process of “wiping” stuttered & skewed. This is for creating fragmented juxtapositions of your 2 sources.
My favorite settings tap in to internal feedback and allow you to synthesize ambient landscapes. Being that the circuitry is new (they are still in production strangely enough) the effects expose it’s cruel digital inner-workings, most closely resembling the modern digital tv/computer-based datamoshing look. There are traces of the 80’s here but for the most part those soft and gentler times are behind use. Welcome to the cold hard bell-curve of exponential technological growth.
Note about strategy: There is a technique to using this machine that I highlight in the videos below. Often times I am doubling up one signal (via the monitor out feature), rendering one channel negative (utilizing the onboard effects) and wiping between the two channels utilizing added wipe corruption effects. Obviously you can use the wipe corruption effects with two different signals but rarely do I seem to do that in the demo videos below.