Update!! Alpha 1.06 now out!!
Thanks for the support you have all been giving me with this program. The latest version is now out and can be downloaded here
(Alpha 1.06). To install, download the zip and extract it, double-clicking on the exe to start it up.
Synesthesia mode (Sound-To-Light) requires that you change your recording channel to Stereo-Mix. I recommend searching for guides and videos on how to do this as the setup for XP and Vista are rather different, and Vista hides stereo-mix by default.
For those keen on making it boot on startup, create a shortcut the the program and place it in the Startup folder under your all programs listing. There is likely to be a shortcut to the amBX Effects Manager in that folder too.
For more details check out my main post on the subject near the end of page ten
For those experiencing issues with the latest version, or just prefer the way things were before, Alpha 1.05 can be downloaded from here
(details midway through page five
A month ago I brought the amBX Starter kit because I had some spare cash and was intrigued by the ambient experience the lights were said to offer, and I have been thoroughly pleased with them when watching movies and playing games, but music on the other hand didn't impress me as much. Yes admittedly the lights changed colour based on the music, but i felt there wasn't enough of a relation between them, and in some cases it seemed to be purely random (although thats probably down to my taste in music
Being a programmer by trade, I set myself the challenge of solving this by making a system that would be as discrete as amBX Illuminate but work for any sound or music played through your computer, in a similar way to what the FXGen does for games.
I've achieved this by having a small tray program that listens to and processes the sound coming in from the recording input, via the use of FMOD Ex (http://www.fmod.org/
), and converts it into RGB for each light based on a set of colours. These are Red = Bass
, Green = Mid
, and Blue = Treble
(these will eventually be customisable). The only snag with this is that your computer's sound card or motherboard must support Stereo-Mix recording for it to work, otherwise it can only respond to a microphone.
I've dubbed this application "Aurora Synesthesia". I would offer a demo video or even the program itself at this point, but I currently have an issue with my amBX system that is preventing me from continuing, which I hope you'll be able to assist with.
For some reason that I can't quite gather, when I run my program four of the light positions seem to be linked when I only want the South West light to come on. I don't believe this is caused by Synesthesia as I've set it so all the lights should be independent to give a full 360 effect. When I close the program though and try the amBX Test Tool (part of the SDK) these groupings stick, so when I press North for example, that and Centre and another position come on too. This is clearly an issue with my amBX installation but I don't know how to solve it.
Any help with this issue would be greatly appreciated.