Boutique electronics makers Critter & Guitari shared this video, a demo of their new Rhythm Scope video synthesizer.
The Rhythm Scope is a video synthesizer that generates visual patterns in response to sound. The Rhythm Scope can be triggered by transient sounds like drums, short synth arpeggios and funky bass lines, providing an easy way to get visuals synchronized to music and sound.
In the video, Colombian drummer Gabriela Jimeno controls the Rhythm Scope using a drum kit.
Here’s what C&G have to say about the set up:
We set up her kit, two mics, a Rhythm Scope and a projector and recorded the AV magic! This video shows the Rhythm Scope’s 16 modes responding to her drum beats.
Production notes: The Rhythm Scope is receiving audio from two Shure SM 57 microphones (off camera): one mic is set up on the the kick drum and the other is above the drum set. The mics are fed into a mixer which sends the audio to the Rhythm Scope and an 8-track recorder. Unless the Rhythm Scope was set to random mode, we would set it to a specific mode depending on her beat.
The Rhythm Scope features 16 selectable patterns, including strobe effects, flashing squares, rotating blocks, and random pixels. It also features a Randomizer mode. You can set the Randomizer to automatically change modes every 1-16 beats.
The Rhythm Scope is available via Critter & Guitari for US $165.