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How to make your own visual beats:
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=== What You'll Need: ===
 
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* What you’ll need:
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* Exciter
** Exciter
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** The power must be at least 15W RMS in order to get some shapes. We went with 25W RMS and that restricted us to the last creatable pattern at 528Hz
*** The power must be at least 15W RMS in order to get some shapes. We went with 25W RMS and that restricted us to the last creatable pattern at 528Hz
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* Amplifier
** Amplifier
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** A good rule of thumb is to buy one that is 1.5x the RMS power of your speaker
*** A good rule of thumb is to buy one that is 1.5x the RMS power of your speaker
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* Frequency Generator
** Frequency Generator
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* Plate
** Plate
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** The thickness, size, and material of the plate will have an impact on what sort of shapes you will be able to find
*** The thickness, size, and material of the plate will have an impact on what sort of shapes you will be able to find
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** Materials such as: Aluminum, Mylar, Plexiglas, Phenolic Plastic, Corrugated Plastic/Cardboard work well  
*** Materials such as: Aluminum, Mylar, Plexiglas, Phenolic Plastic, Corrugated Plastic/Cardboard work well  
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*** [http://www.daytonaudio.com/media/resources/understanding-and-using-dayton-audio-exciters-revised2.pdf Here is a link for other possibilities.]
*** Other possibilities: http://www.daytonaudio.com/media/resources/understanding-and-using-dayton-audio-exciters-revised2.pdf
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* Particle-like Medium
** Particle-like Medium
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** You will need the size of the particles to be evenly distributed. For example, Salt isn’t efficient as the crystal pieces can come in a variety of sizes.  
*** You will need the size of the particles to be evenly distributed. For example, Salt isn’t efficient as the crystal pieces can come in a variety of sizes.  
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=== Setting Up: ===
* Setting Up
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** One of the challenges will be the balancing and flexibility of the plate.  
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* One of the challenges will be the balancing and flexibility of the plate.  
** We suggest screwing the center of your plate to the exciter for best performance.
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* We suggest screwing the center of your plate to the exciter for best performance.
** You will also need to consider a strong base for your exciter to be held up with
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* You will also need to consider a strong base for your exciter to be held up with
*** We used a tiny screw and screwed that between a hole in a black pole we had. Since this was the only thing supporting the speaker upright, it eventually wore out and unscrewed.
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** We used a tiny screw and screwed that between a hole in a black pole we had. Since this was the only thing supporting the speaker upright, it eventually wore out and unscrewed.
* Preforming
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=== Performing: ===
** Once you have the plate well balanced and held tightly, you are ready to play some frequencies and search for visuals.
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** Experiment around different frequencies to find some patterns. As you go higher in frequency, you will notice that the patterns get more complicated.  
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* Once you have the plate well balanced and held tightly, you are ready to play some frequencies and search for visuals.
** Make sure to evenly spread out your medium onto the plate, dense regions will interfere with a symmetric pattern.
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* Experiment around different frequencies to find some patterns. As you go higher in frequency, you will notice that the patterns get more complicated.  
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* Make sure to evenly spread out your medium onto the plate, dense regions will interfere with producing a visibly symmetric pattern.
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:38, 18 August 2018

What You'll Need:


  • Exciter
    • The power must be at least 15W RMS in order to get some shapes. We went with 25W RMS and that restricted us to the last creatable pattern at 528Hz
  • Amplifier
    • A good rule of thumb is to buy one that is 1.5x the RMS power of your speaker
  • Frequency Generator
  • Plate
    • The thickness, size, and material of the plate will have an impact on what sort of shapes you will be able to find
    • Materials such as: Aluminum, Mylar, Plexiglas, Phenolic Plastic, Corrugated Plastic/Cardboard work well
  • Particle-like Medium
    • You will need the size of the particles to be evenly distributed. For example, Salt isn’t efficient as the crystal pieces can come in a variety of sizes.

Setting Up:


  • One of the challenges will be the balancing and flexibility of the plate.
  • We suggest screwing the center of your plate to the exciter for best performance.
  • You will also need to consider a strong base for your exciter to be held up with
    • We used a tiny screw and screwed that between a hole in a black pole we had. Since this was the only thing supporting the speaker upright, it eventually wore out and unscrewed.

Performing:


  • Once you have the plate well balanced and held tightly, you are ready to play some frequencies and search for visuals.
  • Experiment around different frequencies to find some patterns. As you go higher in frequency, you will notice that the patterns get more complicated.
  • Make sure to evenly spread out your medium onto the plate, dense regions will interfere with producing a visibly symmetric pattern.