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I am just putting the finishing touches on a sequence that I used as an effect for my new matrix. I wanted the matrix to show a spectrum analyzer effects throughout the entire song. The video below is snippet of the result.

I used the methods explained in the thread shown below. In Jinx 2.4, I used the Spectrum Analyzer effect to create what I did in the video. I just checked Jinx 2.4 and it will do an effect call Audio VU Meter, that you can set to Mono for 1 bar only. I didn't see a way to increase the height of the effect. You maybe able to use the screen capture program to extend the height. In Jinx you can control Gain, Peak Hold and 3 colors for Low, Mid and High.

The only way I could do this effect was to record the screen, save it as a gif, then use that gif in Pixel Editor. For me this was acceptable because the only effect I wanted on the matrix was the spectrum analyzer effect so no worries for trying to sequence in both on SS and PE.

A note about Jinx 2.4 and sounds. As stated in the FAQ's for Jinx, the sound card needed to see the "Audio Triggered" effects work requires a sound card that provides loopback through the sound card, Not all sound cards have this. The FAQ will point you to a website for VB-Cables. There you can download a "virtual" cable (software) that will allow your sound card to work with Jinx Audio triggered effects. Be sure to install the correct version. ie 32 or 64 bit.

If this is not what you had in mind, then disregard. Seeing that this is a thread about VU meters I wanted show another way to create these effects.

Alan...

Edit, the only sounds on the video are the wife and her thread mill. I didn't dub any music to it.

A link to the thread that explains doing screen recording with Jinx.

 

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ok new one guys, now that i have that down pat, how can i do a single output ramp up and down based on the vocal

for example, I want to use Mariahs voice (i have the accapella) and have my windows fade up and down following the pitch in her voice so instead of a VU meter with 20 leds I'm trying now to program an entire window to follow the ups and downs in the vocal instead of manually setting fades overtime her voice changes, which is  ALOT, lol

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all i want for christmas is you, I'm using the real track obviously but also grabbed the instrumental and accaeppella so i can do VU meter stuff more accurately based on if i want the vocal to be followed or the steady 32 beat drum

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If I understand what you are trying to do, Bob's SepEx is the only thing I know of that might do it.


Sent from my Droid Turbo via Tapatalk, so blame any typos or spelling errors on Android

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ok, i have to play more with Spex, i just couldn't get it to work right back and forth with SE

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7 hours ago, k6ccc said:

If I understand what you are trying to do, Bob's SepEx is the only thing I know of that might do it.


Sent from my Droid Turbo via Tapatalk, so blame any typos or spelling errors on Android
 

That almost makes for a bad typo, when I first glanced I thought it was rated PG13 LOL autocorrect is always trying to change the spelling.

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Actually that was me.  I was remembering Bob's program to be SepEx rather than SpEx.  Yes you are right that Android sometimes has a field day with technical writing.

And get you mind out of the gutter - and come back to the sewer, where there's running water...

:)

 

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Hey bob thank you so much for the video, definitely helped me understand a lot more of your program. 

what I am looking to do I guess is set it up as 1 string, 1 rgb (ur minimum is 6) so I can copy and paste that 1 rgb channel into a complete window output. I wanted all of the 50 pixels to ramp up and down all at the same time based on her voice going higher or lower so the higher her voice gets the brighter the window lights up. The way I did it following your video it lights up specific pixels on the window based on her voice, I would like to do all pixels at once up and down. 

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heres a quick example I set , sorry for the crappy video but you will see what I mean

 

 

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thanks again, that seemed to work better, I was able to import the channel config and then paste the Spex results into 1 rgb row so they are all lit at the same time vs different pixels lighting up based on vocal key. I'm going to start fresh now that I have a little but better idea

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on another note, any reason why on my PC a lot of the options for vegomatic get cut off like in the pics below. I have a windows 7 HP laptop running a 1920x1080 resolution, even changing the screen res doest help

pic 1

pic 2

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actually that didn't work either cause it still pasted it across 6 pixels in LOR, I think I'm giving up on this one, lol. followed the videos to a t but they paste different volume levels across multiple rgb pixels, I just want them all to be combined and pasted as 1 output for all pixels to raise and lower at the same time as if it were just a regular plug in light, non rgb

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5 hours ago, k6ccc said:

Actually that was me.  I was remembering Bob's program to be SepEx rather than SpEx.  Yes you are right that Android sometimes has a field day with technical writing.

And get you mind out of the gutter - and come back to the sewer, where there's running water...

:)

 

LOL, its been a ruff couple days of sequencing with some weird stuff going on between my 12 yo laptop and v18 or just a coincidence who knows but I am about ready to put the old girl down for the count. I have given this laptop cpr too many times.

That made a good laugh for me when I saw it.

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Time for bed here too.

Bob maybe tomorrow I can screencast what I'm doing and u can see maybe what I am doing wrong or maybe what I want to do is just not possible unless I manually set fade up and down through the song based on the volume oh her voice.

I watched and duplicated ur setup for the single string but it's still pasting across 100 pixels each at a different bar in the vocal in stead of combining it all to raise on lower based on volume. Picture ur video and instead of having the center pixels lighting up l, they all light up.

Thanks again for all ur help! Ttyt


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awesome, thanks

is there a way I can get all of the pixels that fade up and down to be combined as 1? 

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If I understand your goal.  You have have a bunch of controllable pixels you want all to show the same.   This seems like one of those cases where you need to press cntl-v a few times.   If you were using a cosmic color device you could set the resolution to 1 which means control all pixels using the value in the first pixel. 

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thanks Bob, they are RayWu strips on a LOR controller (Pixie4)  Im still playing with spex and thinking up different idea to get cool effects out of Mariahs voice, when she used to be able to sing, lol

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On 1/25/2017 at 1:44 PM, Don said:

 

i am trying the SpEx2 program again and have it working pretty good on my 16x50 pixel tree but I'm trying to get the colors right. For a normal EQ on a mixer the first lets say 30 pixels would be green, then 15 yellow and 5 red for "peak" look, How can i do this? for all the setting i try it mixed red yellow and green all over the tree, its not keeping the order green/yellow/red from bottom to top as you can see in the pics

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9ihWse8JZsoTmNmT0h1WndxZjA

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9ihWse8JZsoMnotb1FZUHctQjg

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9ihWse8JZsoVEZNeGJCdEN5SXc

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In the color picker increase the sliders up to the height of your matrix. In this case you dont want the colors to move across the matrix so set color speed to zero.

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