I'm sorry I've been away for a while. Life started to take over, and things are only just settling down. Needless to say, I haven't made any changes to Aurora Synesthesia other than those I've already mentioned prior to my absence (e.g the quick menu and hot keys).
I'm glad people are still liking the tool, and its great to see over 2000 downloads of 1.05 and 1.06 combined. Just picking up on what a few people have said.
I do agree. I haven't really had experience of producing complex software before when it comes to user customisation, so I just went for the simplest options available to me. If I had started out with the intention to add all the features now present I think I would have put a lot more thought into it. Maybe I will make this the sole focus of a future update.3B0L4 wrote:Been out of the running for some time, and lost track of AS a little bit. I'm back at it, though, and must say that some feature are really cool.
All the extra's are good, but I must say that AS is getting really cluttered at the moment, there's just too much to go through.
Screen Sampling / Mode Response: I really can't seen to put my finger on it, but it seems that 'low' is the better option on both, while I thought 'high' is the logical choice (since the reaction speed is high and the CPU usage is highest)
Having been a Windows 7 user for a month now I can understand what you mean about these options. For some reason the act of capturing the screen in Vista and 7 is more expensive than in XP, and as such when you try to capture too many pixels per second (which both settings effect), you reach a point where too many are captured, thus slowing it down. I have tried numerous alternative methods for screen capturing to address this issue and make Aero work but I just don't know enough about it. Really I the amBX devs to help out, but they aren't interested in this project enough, despite it attracting more people to amBX.
This is because the Delta setting switches between all of the manual sound settings to find the sensitivity that works just right for the level of music. When music fades or gets loader it has to have passed a certain threshold in order for a transition to occur, so yes, a constant volume is generally required to produce a constant effect. One thing I would suggest to alleviate this is to change th Mode Response setting to Standard or High (as this affects both Aurora and Synesthesia) and disable the Aurora mode. This should make the lights react much better.Sound sensitivity: the Delta works good, be it that the sound output is the same volume. A few songs have a cool slow intro (Michael Jackson - Thriller, as a good example), but the light seem to 'fade out', as if it needs a constant volume to show a constant sound-to-light image. Then when the music starts it takes a second to pick up the new volume, sometimes even with an overshoot in response. I've tried a lot of setting but there just isn't any good setting.
Light Arrangement: not exactly as I imagined, but it works and I'm happy with it. Basically it keeps the screen-to-light on the front lights and explosions and such show up behind you. Haven't tested this thoroughly, but if i do, I'll make sure I'll upload some movies or something.
I'd appreciate any suggestions you have on this, but there isn't that much that I can do given only Stereo audio.
The ini-file thing is something I've wanted to go for a while but just haven't had the time to really focus on it. To sort the Aero thing out I really need outside help from people who know how to do screen capture and who are willing to share that information.AS has really gone through a great development, and I see less and less irritations than in the beginning (stereo mix works better, less constant colours). I believe the only things needing to be done should be a User Interface, or at least a .ini-file in which we could save our favourite settings. And there's still the fact that Aero still doesn't work, but I'm okay with that.
firestorm84 wrote:I concur - an amazing application! Thanks for your help on this. One slight issue I have had is with my computer sleeping and waking up. When I wake up my computer, synthesis becomes disabled. The only way I can get it to work again is to restart the Aurora app. Has anyone else had this problem or found a work around? Cheers!
As people may know, Synesthesia uses the FMOD sound system to analyze music, but when a computer exits standby that system fails to work, and I have made numerous attempts prior to 1.06 release to fix this but failed. This left the tool without a Synesthesia mode but with no indication that a problem had occured. As such the menu is updated with the Synesthesia Unavaliable option that suggests a restart. When I get chance I will query this with the FMOD developers.
I know people were probably expecting me to come back with news on a future update, but at least you know I'm still alive and haven't abandoned the project Keep your thoughts coming in .