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Fountain of Colors, desktop music visualizer by alatsombath Fountain of Colors, desktop music visualizer by alatsombath

 Realtime FFT music visualizer with scalable bars and colors

Examples  —  Settings overview  —  How-to: Rainmeter (1)  (2)


 Installation:
     Download Rainmeter  (2 MB)  •  :windows: Windows 7, 8, 10
     Download skin (193 KB)  •  Right-side of this page

    v3.8.1 (16 Aug 2018)  - Auto-sensitivity precision button based on FFT size
                            - Stop dividing by sensitivity per Band every update
                            - Recommended default settings: FFT (4608); Buffer (16384); Bar (284px Height);
      v3.8 (14 Aug 2018)  - Improvements in the modified AudioLevel plugin:
                            - Zero-padding for smoother bass section
                            - Hann periodic window for better spectral analysis
                            - Stereo-to-mono corrected using time-domain average
                            - Resume capture more quickly by releasing buffer earlier
                            - Use engine's minimum supported buffer size for faster release
                            - Support more devices, try IsFormatSupported() for requested formats
                            - Stop doing unnecessary FFTs for non-selected channels (see notes)
                            - Efficient skin Redraw by returning buffer size (regression fixed)
                            - Move FFT outside capture loop; skip RMS/Peak calculation in Bands (v3.7.1)
                            - Low-latency buffer data retrieval via ActionTimer plugin (v3.7.2)
                            - Recommended default setting: Continuity (0 past values)
      v3.7 (19 Apr 2018)  - Add new experimental options window using native controls
                            - Use Powershell + Javascript to reduce skin package size
                            - Recommended default settings: Bar (5px Gap)
                            (Default settings used in latest version):
   v3.6.17 (27 Sep 2017)  Frequency (16.352Hz min) (16744.036Hz max);
   v3.6.16 (20 Jun 2017)  Bar (11px Width);
    v3.6.7 (08 Feb 2017)  Speed (0ms Decay) (0ms Attack);
      v3.2 (15 May 2015)  Bar total (80 Bands)

 Optionally, you may reset your skin settings to the latest defaults by using the "Reset Settings" skin version inside the top-most dated link

 Troubleshooting:
  •  Close the options window during installation
  •  Close Notepad or any text editor with skin files open during installation
  •  Run "GenerateBands.ini" or "Initialize.ini" skins after installation
  •  Open Volume Mixer, set player and Rainmeter volume level equal to system volume
  •  Use PCM format, disable sound enhancements in your audio device's settings
  •  Requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 with Platform Update or later
  •  More troubleshooting: forum.rainmeter.net/viewtopic.…

 Credits:
    dgrace — AudioLevel plugin
    smurfier — Original ColorChanger.lua script
    Kittoes — Skin generation concept
    Free Nature StockWallpaper
    Functionality included in old versions -
    HiTBiT-PA — Color picker from Desktop VU-Meter 3
    Socks the Fox — Wallpaper colors from Chameleon plugin
    Brian — System colors from SysColor plugin
    jsmorley — InputText demo for editing settings
    MarcoPixel — Display audio device name from Monstercat Visualizer
    Blantas — Context menu concept from Animated Vinyl Player
    poiru — Custom song colors via NowPlaying plugin

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:iconutg001:
utg001 Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
I found that release 3.6.17 works best, on later editions the low frequencies just jumble up. I use 124-125 bars in my settings, in 3.6.17 even the lower frequencies have individual signals, while on latest version (in addition to other problems) many bars will combine at lower end (I tried fixing by using higher FFT values but to no avail.
Secondly, The latest version gets stuck if I close VLC before the song ends. This is just not acceptable, I can't generate bands every time this happens.

The only problem with 3.6.17 is that if I try to change any settings, they get garbage value of -1 and refuse to change further.

Your skin is amazing, works extremely well with translucent taskbar, its absolutely gorgeous. Please make it work properly.

EDIT: found 3.6.17 works better (earlier I used 3.6.7)
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:iconigo:
igo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Facing the same freezing issue as others have already posted. I have another issue with the colors, I've set colors to change according to wallpaper and it's doesn't work when wallpaper is changed. Earlier older version (can't remember which version) it used to change when wallpaper changed and the transition was pretty smooth. It doesn't change color now unless it's widget or rainmeter is refreshed.

And this error keeps populating in the log - "!CommandMeasure: Skin "Fountain of Colors\Initialize" not found"
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:iconmissdysfunction:
MissDysfunction Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2018  New Deviant
Having the same issue, after a while, FOC visualizers are freezing, and the only thing that will make them work again is refreshing them. Any fix for this? 
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:iconhtferagon:
HTFERAGON Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Hey, I have problems with every visualizers I had. I played the music and then nothing happened. When I unload and load it again, nothing happens as well, same with reloading and even a Windows restart won't work. So, I tried on other visualizers, and the other vizualizers did not react to the music. Can you help me solve this problem?
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:iconcrimsonbloodfang:
CrimsonBloodfang Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
it will freeze after sometime. I have to refresh rainmeter just to fix it. also opening the option takes some seconds to open. I've been having these issues on the latest final release and also in the beta release. Monstercat visualizer is even worse, it doesn't open on my rainmeter and crashes rainmeter that I have to delete its folder to fix the crashes of monstercat visualizer. 

 it must be a .dll or a plugin problem, i think..
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:iconutg001:
utg001 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
gets stuck after some time, requires restart :/
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:iconswingcake:
swingcake Featured By Owner Edited Sep 22, 2018
the visualiser becomes very choppy after some time, with Spotify(webnow plugin). 
log: pastebin.com/77RVFBUY
imgur.com/a/NY3v3aX
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:iconmeowcut:
meowcut Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018
where is the smoothness option? i can't get it to show smoothly and it's really bugging me
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:iconshvffling:
Shvffling Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018
I can't open the options menu, can help ?
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:iconlets-git-it:
lets-git-it Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018
what setting(s) are responsible for making the visualizer really smooth and flowing, I want the bars to move like waves, not jagged spikes. Thanks in advance 
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:iconkaihak:
Kaihak Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018
Huge fan of this skin, but I'd been using the old version 3.6.16. I recently updated rainmeter and the skins I've been using and since then I've been experiencing random freezing just like aenrua and Mugeon. I've found that sometimes the freezes occurred when I close or pause the chrome tab or whatever other source of audio I had open.
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:iconcrimsonbloodfang:
CrimsonBloodfang Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018
same.. I guess I'll try that version too.
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:icondeviantproz:
DeviantPROZ Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  New Deviant
how do i decrease the size
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:icondeviantproz:
DeviantPROZ Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  New Deviant
its not working :(
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:iconhallowbee:
Hallowbee Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
not working on mine :(
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:iconyumiseishi:
Yumiseishi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 31, 2018
doesn't work on my pc ;c I mean view with setting shows only without this visualizer nah
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:iconmugeoun:
Mugeoun Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
im also having the same issue that aenrua has
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:iconaenrua:
aenrua Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
Hey love the skin, been using it for ages!

But the past couple of months it would randomly freeze, and I'd have to restart it. I've updated to the latest version, but this problem still persists for some reason.

Any suggestions?
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:iconmartinjesus23:
MartinJesus23 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  New Deviant
i have same problem old versions was work well for me, but for example with lastest version visualizer freeze randomly. I try uninstall and the troubleshoting guide but dont luck.
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:iconz0ul0u25:
Z0ul0u25 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  New Deviant
Is it me or the option to have a custom color per bar is no more available?
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:iconpappillon01:
pappillon01 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  New Deviant
Hey, for some reason using Apple Music or Spotify makes the bars quite laggy, but using YouTube does not? Is there any way to fix that or should I just use Youtube as my source of music?

Thanks!
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:iconshinyhero15:
Shinyhero15 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018
Hey why i can change the angle of the skin?
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018
You can right-click the skin > "Options..." > change "Angle (degrees)"
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:iconshinyhero15:
Shinyhero15 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
this is why i get when did right click option Error by Shinyhero15  
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:iconyuewusha:
yuewusha Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018
hello,i use V3.8 but it can not changes the colors when the wallpaper changes,pls help,thanks

Script: ColorChanger:107: attempt to perform arithmetic on field '?' (a string value)

4.2.0 r3111 64-bit (Jul  8 2018) - Chinese (Simplified) (2052)
Windows 10 Pro 1803 64-bit (build 18214) - Chinese (Simplified) (2052)
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018
Hello, can you try v3.8.1?
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:iconyuewusha:
yuewusha Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018
i have tried v3.81,but it still can not change colors .
if i refreshing skin by myself , it will change to green  ,then change to the right color
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:iconjameshurst101:
JamesHurst101 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
Came here to say I'm also getting this error. I am running v3.8.1 .

Issue specifically occurs when Wallpaper mode is selected as well, approximately 2-5 errors per second.

Errors/Warnings include:
!CommandMeasure: Skin "Fountain of Colors" not found
!CommandMeasure: Skin "Fountain of Colors\Initialize" not found
Script: ColorChanger:107: attempt to perform arithmetic on field '?' (a string value)

The effect seems to work fine otherwise. I'm using the Clone 2 option (vertical/90 degree rotated option).
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:iconyuewusha:
yuewusha Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
i have tried v3.81,but it still can not change colors .
if i refreshing skin by myself , it will change to green  ,then change to the right color
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:iconthelordofducttape:
thelordofducttape Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
I'm running two copies of this visualizer in symmetry and love it; however, I've found that one or both will often freeze randomly, especially while using other programs such as games or browsers. This forces me to refresh them to get them working again. When it freezes, it leaves the following messages in the log file:

WARN (23:31:38.903) Fountain of Colors - Copy 20180728_122114\Fountain of Colors.ini - [Timer]: 'ActionList2' is currently running
WARN (23:32:27.730) Fountain of Colors\Fountain of Colors.ini - [Timer]: 'ActionList2' is currently running
WARN (23:33:43.732) Fountain of Colors - Copy 20180728_122114\Fountain of Colors.ini - [Timer]: 'ActionList1' is currently running
WARN (23:34:01.892) Fountain of Colors\Fountain of Colors.ini - [Timer]: 'ActionList1' is currently running

Hopefully this is informative.
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Also skin copies should be remade, because the skin installer doesn't know the existence of those other copies (apologies for the confusion)

If you don't want to reconfigure the settings again, you can backup "Fountain of Colors.ini" and "Variables.inc" from that specific skin folder, and then replace them in the new skin copy folder
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Hello, can you try the new version v3.8?
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:iconskytasul:
SkytAsul Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018
Is it possible to get a patch ? I also have the same problem : "Fountain of Colors\Fountain of Colors.ini - [Timer]: 'ActionList1' is currently running"
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:iconthelordofducttape:
I've updated and still have the error. It seems to be much worse since I've increased the number of bars.
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:iconjameshurst101:
JamesHurst101 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018
I'm also getting this error, using 3.8.1. I also tend to have to refresh it a few times a day as a result.

'ActionList1' is currently running (Fountain of Colors\Fountain of Colors.ini - [Timer])
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:iconthelordofducttape:
thelordofducttape Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Just curious, are you also running two copies?
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:iconplies4you:
Plies4You Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  New Deviant
How can we get bars without listening music? Sry I'm a beginner :)
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
"Min. height" should be increased, also update to v3.8 to fix the non-update bug
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:iconpresident2salty:
President2Salty Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  New Deviant
When are the update coming with the fix?
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
v3.8 update has been posted
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:iconpresident2salty:
President2Salty Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  New Deviant
Superb. Hope it works now ;-)
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:iconzapadox:
Zapadox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  New Deviant
This sucks, I try to increase the number of bars and this is automatically placed to  "-1 ".
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Can you update to the latest version v3.8?
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:iconjoeltreville:
joeltreville Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  New Deviant
no matter how many times i reinstall rainmeter and fountain of colors, the visualizer doesn't show up whether I launch the initialize option of refresh anything. this started when i downloaded another button/shortcut launcher for rainmeter. any help?
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
v3.8 update has been posted, it may resolve the issue you have
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
Have you used the "Reset Settings" .rmskin package from here: github.com/alatsombath/Fountai…

It is unlikely but possible that another skin is interfering in some technical way, can you share the link to that skin for me to look through
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:iconimgh0sts:
imgh0sts Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I'm having an issue where I can't make it long enough to fit the whole desktop :C anyone know how to fix this? It covers most of it but not the entire screen
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:iconalatsombath:
alatsombath Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
You can increase the number of "Bands" by right-clicking the bars > "Options..."
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:iconimgh0sts:
imgh0sts Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Untitled by imgh0sts  this is the best I was able to get but it won't go fully across screen :( 
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