Forums Music VJing Sound Responsive Visuals Software/Harware needed :)

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  • #1055523
    AvatarSmiley1
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    Hi there just wanting a fairly simple set up for a couple of house party’s were going to have. Just wondering what hardware & software we’d need to have a audio signal affect/modulate some visuals for projection. Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

    #1270863
    AvatarPat McDonald
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    Haven’t touched any of that for about 13 years… will have a trawl of info sites and get back to you. Give me 24 hours or so.

    I have a feeling it’s just a fairly decent PC or laptop with a mic input and the right freeware/shareware program running, but I could well be wrong on that.

    If you want continuous mixing, then you need a video mixer and 2 sources of visuals… just like a continuous music stream needs 2 turntables (or similar) and a mixer.

    #1270870
    AvatarSmiley1
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    hi there thanks for the quick response!
    I’ll be running a audio cable out of my Xone62 mixer into a soundcard.
    As for the visuals, it’ll be more of a set it going and leave it job, so probably a long trippy video on a loop but to add variety just wanted it affected my the music. if thats possible ๐Ÿ™‚

    #1270860
    Avatarcheeseweasel
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    I’ve used G-Force in the past. You can run it as a standalone player and tell it to listen to the laptop mic/line input (or an external soundcard) and just leave it to do crazy stuff to the music. Only drawback is the logo does appear every now and again. And it costs $30, but you may be able to find it for free somewhere.

    #1270871
    AvatarSmiley1
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    alright thanks i’ll check it out and tell u how it goes.
    Slightly off topic but a quick one, im a new member but don’t seem to have access edit my profile?

    #1270864
    AvatarPat McDonald
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    Minimum 10 posts to do things interesting like that. I think. Welcome.

    Cheeseweazel is MUCH more up to date than me but I’ll still have a trawl… never know what I’ll come up with.

    #1270872
    AvatarSmiley1
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    tar very much ๐Ÿ™‚

    #1270861
    Avatarcheeseweasel
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    @Pat McDonald 537397 wrote:

    Minimum 10 posts to do things interesting like that. I think. Welcome.

    Cheeseweazel is MUCH more up to date than me but I’ll still have a trawl… never know what I’ll come up with.

    Tbh it’s not really my area of expertise – and it must be about 6 years since I got G-Force, there may be better/free options around nowadays, but I do remember being impressed with it at the time. Smiley, if you look at that link there are free trial versions of all their different visualisers to try out.

    #1270868
    AvatarChrispydelic
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    I’m pretty sure the Rabid Hamster plugin for Winamp does what you require.

    #1270862
    Avatardamo666
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    You need winamp, and a signal from your mixer connected to your mic/line in input on pc/laptop.

    Then there’s a code you have to type in and open up on winamp but can’t remember as not done it for ages myself.

    I’m sure if you looked on the net you would find instructions.

    #1270865
    AvatarPat McDonald
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    Word of advice – it’s much less hassle to use a microphone than a live input from the desk.The desk can pick up distortion from the PC and fuck up the overall sound for everybody. Not good. Only happened to me once but I’ll never forget it.Admitedly a mic doesn’t give as crisp results, but it’s a lot less cable and trip hazard too.

    #1270869
    AvatarChrispydelic
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    @damo666 537497 wrote:

    You need winamp, and a signal from your mixer connected to your mic/line in input on pc/laptop.

    Then there’s a code you have to type in and open up on winamp but can’t remember as not done it for ages myself.

    I’m sure if you looked on the net you would find instructions.

    Rabid Hamster plugin takes care of that for you.

    There is a line in function, which is just what you need. It is also fully customisable.

    #1270859
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    @Pat McDonald 537518 wrote:

    Word of advice – it’s much less hassle to use a microphone than a live input from the desk.The desk can pick up distortion from the PC and fuck up the overall sound for everybody. Not good. Only happened to me once but I’ll never forget it.Admitedly a mic doesn’t give as crisp results, but it’s a lot less cable and trip hazard too.

    Cheeseweasel found a ยฃ5 transformer which prevents this (Pat may not have had this available if he was doing his gigs in the early 2000s).

    Beware though that many laptops particularly lack a line in and only have a mic in so the level would be way overloaded unless you attenuate it in some way (its not difficult to make a lead up to do this but requires a slight bit of electronics knowledge).

    http://www.partyviberadio.com/forums/sound-engineering/48352-ground-loop-illustration-cheeseweasel-deserves-2.html#post481557

    That said I’ve decoded some weather maps from a shortwave radio by playing it next to the mic of a netbook (to avoid the same issue which is even worse when interfacing a computer with a radio as it swamps the signal you want to receive) with some success.

    If you are at University I’d be tempted to pop along to the Engineering faculty and befriend some of the students there and invite them to the party (they may even be able to come up with cooler software and graphics)

    #1270866
    AvatarPat McDonald
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    Quite frankly, couldn’t find anything better for VJ software that wasn’t a pain in the arse to set up.

    I mean there’s LOTS of it… good point about the mic levels being sensitive (old school way of sorting it – wrap the mic in sound damping material. Only thing it’s going to pick up then is bass).

    #1270857
    AvatarAnonymous

    Just wack some hard core porn on the wall with a projector.

    #1270867
    AvatarPat McDonald
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    It’s actually quite funny watching porn animated to a beat.

    Kind of dull after a while but it certainly grabs attention.

    #1270858
    AvatarAnonymous

    @Pat McDonald 537656 wrote:

    It’s actually quite funny watching porn animated to a beat.

    Kind of dull after a while but it certainly grabs attention.

    sadly never had the pleasure

    #1270873
    AvatarSmiley1
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    thanks for the responses.
    although it doesn’t let me use my own footage u should check out a piece of software called white cap.
    its by the same people that did g-force and is super easy and effective
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L02Z5rZ7uxM

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