O3A Colourizer

O3A Colourizer

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This plugin is a variant of the O3A Visualiser plugin. Like that plugin, it produces a view of an O3A stream which can help understand what is happening in it. Audio is passed through unmodified, so the plugin can be inserted in the middle of an O3A effects chain.

The main differences between this and the O3A Visualiser are the size of the plugin and how colours are mapped. With this plugin, colours are chosen using a hue that depends on the frequency content of the sound. Sounds that are predominantly low-frequency are coloured red and sounds that are predominantly high-frequency are coloured magenta. Sounds between are coloured with other hues accordingly.

Background Images

Press the "Load Image" button to load an image to replace the default grid background. JPG and PNG images are supported. Because of the way the plugin works, we recommend use of dark backgrounds.

The target image size is 636x316. Other sizes are crudely resized to fit.

The "Clear" button can be used to clear the image so the default grid background is shown again.

The plugin is available in the O3A Core plugin library.


Control: Hue Cutoff

The plugin selects hues by splitting the sound into low and high frequencies. To do this, it uses a low-pass filter with a cutoff frequency given by this control. Generally, it is best to set this where you want the greatest sensitivity to frequency content.

Control: Smooth Cutoff

The local image level is smoothed over time using a low-pass filter with a cutoff frequency given by this control. Lower values will give a more stable, slower moving image. Higher values will give a more responsive one.

Control: Rider Cutoff

A "gain rider" tracks the overall signal level using another low-pass filter. Lower values respond more slowly to changes in the overall level of the signal. Higher values respond more quickly.

Control: Brightness

This modifies the overall brightness of the image.