Visual Beats Creation

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How to make your own visual beats:

  • 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
    • 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.
  • Preforming
    • 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 a symmetric pattern.