audiospectrum
audiospectrum
1.2

4.5

audiospectrum free download for Mac

audiospectrum1.2

16 August 2005

Screensaver reacts to ambient sound. (was audioparticle, audioparticolor)

Overview

audiospectrum is a very simple quartz screensaver that reacts to ambient audio. It's simple as possible to keep processor load and heat minimal. This is the good one, in my opinion, the screenshot really doesn't do it justice.

Click the 'More Information' link on this page for all the other audio-based quartz screensavers I've made. I may try to combine some of these, but keeping CPU use low is the priority.

To use these create (if it doesn't already exist) a folder called "Screen Savers" in your ~/Library folder and place the file there. It will then be available in ScreenSavers preference pane.

Note: If you are using a PowerMac or other computer without a built in microphone, you need to either adjust your default input in Sound Preference Pane so the screensaver can "hear" it, or email me or leave a comment if that doesn't work, so I can provide a version that monitors the line in. (I don't have a computer like this to test it on.)

What's new in audiospectrum

I figured out how to separate the audio spectrum, so there is a low, mid, and high band! The color of each band depends on the relative strengths of each band so it's kinda interesting actually, and it's quite responsive.

All previous versions and others are available in the More Information link on this page.

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12 Reviews of audiospectrum

31d1
10 August 2005
Version: 1.0

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I'd really love to figure out a way to have this always record the last few seconds of audio so you could stop and capture spontaneous wierd audio outbursts for posterity. Anyone know if this is possible at all?
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Anonymous
13 September 2005
Version: 1.2
Hi - I really want to be able to use this on my Power Mac with 30" screen. All of the .qtz files I've tried to use as a moving desktop eat up too much energy and slow down other apps. I've got 4 gigs of memory which I assume should be more than adequate. Does anyone know of any clean, simple quartz files (they don't need to be sound activated)? Vicki.qtz is good but not simple enough. Please email jw@jessewaugh.com if you know of any. Thanks
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Anonymous
26 August 2005
Version: 1.2
How does the AudioSpectrum work? What are the frequency range for each band? Can you break it up into more bands? (I'd personally like it in a 31 band (third octave) setup!) Very cool, and I'm excited to see where this goes!
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5
Anonymous
20 August 2005
Version: 1.2
These are all really cool. I don't suppose you could turn them into iTunes visualizers?
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5
Anonymous
16 August 2005
Version: 1.2
Great screensaver. Really neat-o idea. Like the simplicity. Keeps getting better with each version. Keep them comin!
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4.25
Anonymous
13 August 2005
Version: 1.1
This is a nice idea well executed. Simple and no frills but all the better for it.
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4.25
Wanderer
13 August 2005
Version: 1.1
Great concept! But it should do something when there is no noise, otherwise it looks like the screen is off. Maybe increase the sensitivity a little?
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Anonymous
13 August 2005
Version: 1.1
Doesn't work on a PM, Tiger and a usb headset.
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Anonymous
11 August 2005
Version: 1.0
This is a great screen saver! I also wish it had a few more colors, but fantastic none the less.
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2.5
Anonymous
11 August 2005
Version: 1.0
Great concept, but this really needs additional cycling colors or something plus multiple particle types and animations. Can't wait for a 2.0!
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Anonymous
10 August 2005
Version: 1.0
AWESOME screen saver just wish it was a little more colorful...
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Anonymous
10 August 2005
Version: 1.0
Very cool and works really well. Everybody at the office loves to talk to my computer while I'm away now. :-)
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31d1
10 August 2005
Version: 1.0
I'd really love to figure out a way to have this always record the last few seconds of audio so you could stop and capture spontaneous wierd audio outbursts for posterity. Anyone know if this is possible at all?
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