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Features: 16 x glitch corruption points per bus (32 total) via magnetic patchbay.
As supplies have dwindled in the land of Sima and Panasonic mixers over the years I’ve had to look elsewhere for glitch video mixing capabilities. Enter the Videonics MX1; a 4 channel NTSC composite video mixer with amazing video transitions and effects. In it’s modified form it becomes a really intriguing addition to the BPMC glitch mixer family. You’ve got two buses of video to corrupt (your active bus and then your transition bus) via the sixteen point magnetic patchbay on each channel (totaling 32 points of mix n match video obliteration). The flavor is gloriously messy, fractured and erratic in the most digital of veins. Glitch effects are often complimented by the onboard fx (especially shutter speed which has a way of pacifying all the scrolling chaos). This machine is pretty much inoperable without the use of an additional display for all the menu functions. Keep that in mind when making your purchase.
PAUPER TALK: My hesitation with modifying these over the years came from their reputation as being cheaply constructed with temperamental TBCs. When people get these they often think they are broken because they’ll plug an old VCR into it and the t-bar will lock up and the output will just keep toggling back and forth between source A & B. This is the MX1s way of saying it doesn’t like the signal you’re sending and it needs some additional stabilization (i.e. the use of another TBC or mixer). Despite the inconvenience of needing a secondary TBC with some sources this mixer has a really rad flavor and is a powerful tool in it’s modified form for video art radicality. But please note this is not a by-product of my modifications and a limitation of the original machine.
Original manual available here (PDF).