The guys over at SoundSpectrum gave me a free copy of G-Force Platinum, their high-end visualizer for media players. While I have no need at all for a visualizer (I always minimize my media player), I played with it for a while this morning and I can vouch for the fact that this is perhaps the ultimate manifestation of the sound visualizer (the WS_FTP of visualizers, if you will).
Here are the different aspects of visualization you can pick:
- Color map
- Target frame rate
- Visual responsivenes
And you can set the cycle rates for the first three so it’ll run through different options as fast or slow as you like. If you get bored you can “Start a randomly selected particle” which seems to send some shape through the image. When you finally find something you like, you can screencap it.
For my tastes, I had good luck with this:
- Waveshape: Flower-Power Eire Atom
- Color Map: Sunchemicals from a Bee
- Flowfield: DT – Tip
There seem to be hundreds of options for each variable. (The names are great: “Meet the Zipperheads II,” “The Road Less Traveled,” etc.)
This was trippy enough to make me want to throw up if I watched it too much. What are these things? Just math equations somewhere? My very procedural code-oriented mind can’t even begin to guess how they put these things together.
Anyway, while fun to play with, I wouldn’t have much use for a visualizer unless I was a DJ in a club with a 12 foot plasma screen behind me (is that who uses visualizers? If not, who?). However, I sat my daughter on my lap for a few minutes, and she looked at the screen with the same expression as when we watched fireworks exploding over Cinderella’s Castle at DisneyWorld.
The Sound Spectrum guys were cool enough to provide me with another license to give away.
The first email to the contact address in the footer gets it. It’s been claimed, thanks. This is a stupid way to give this away, but I can’t think of anything better right now.