We love computers. But the idea of a piece of hardware capable of triggering clips has been tantalizing from the beginning. Grab a piece of gear that’s not big and pricey like a Pioneer DVJ, plug it in, and play some clips into your mixer and effects — sign me up!

The only problem has been, not only does the Edirol P-10 cost as much as a well-equipped laptop, but it’s first iteration had some significant problems that made it useless to VJs and live visualists. Specifically, latency made the P-10 undesirable — ironic, as low latency is exactly why you’d want to use dedicated hardware. Tony of The Lab writes to let us know Edirol has fixed a lot of those problems with a firmware update. It sounds like someone over at Edirol was listening:

I’ve stumbled upon this firmware update for the Edirol P-10 and I must admit it’s made a hell of an improvement on clip triggering. The update is simplicity in itself too. If you have a P10, this update is essential.

There is also available a mac version of the P10 conversion software too, ill check this soon.

http://www.edirol.com/index.php/en/support-mainmenu-415/software-updates

I’ve lifted this straight out of the pdf instructions.

The ver.1.05 software includes following improvement and correction.
- Faster pad response for playback (in case of the video playing
back which is less than 1 – 2 minutes).
- Supports 32GB of SDHC card.
- At previous version, a few frames of video ending part was not
played. The ver.1.05 solved the problem completely.
- When the MIDI setting “Soft Through” is OFF, “All Note OFF” and
“All Sound OFF” MIDI command does not go through.
- “Slide Show button” by MIDI is available.

Enjoy.

Original posts, with lots of other comments:
Create Digital Motion » Edirol P-10 Plays, Samples Visuals to SD Cards; Pricing, Availability Update

Create Digital Motion » Edirol P-10: Record, Playback MJPEG on Removable SD Cards

  • random

    this update works great!
    It pushes p10 forward!
    but what about new release
    for conversion software, with drag & drop clips, batch processing and a thumbnail preview? like a database. did anybody ask edirol about that?

  • comankh

    yup, i was repulsed at first contact, especially for that price… clips were pausing for some frames and then playing. i'm curious how much it is fixed now…

  • http://vjanomolee.com VJ Anomolee

    I was in love from the beginnning and bought one before they were even @ U.S. retailers. Now its just icing on the cake! This thing is now an absolute must for my VJ sets.

  • http://www.tasmanrichardson.com Tasman

    one day… will it come… no frame drops?

  • http://vjanomolee.com VJ Anomolee

    just a quick teaser before my full review coming late November 2009.

    http://vimeo.com/7566618