jsunandmax, OK, first, I’m a noob. Been into Touchdesigner < 1day. Here ONLY because of discovering Fragtool yesterday, which may be the realization of a 20 year dream if I can get my head around it. For the benefit of other noobs (and you, if you haven’t figure this out), a couple of preliminaries:
The Fragtool UI wants a 1920x806 monitor. Less than that and the parts of the ui you need for animation are truncated off the right edge. Do this:
Open the .toe file in TD.
Hit ESC to enter Edit Mode.
Hit the ‘U’ key to move to top of the object hierarchy.
Click the Win module to highlight it.
On the right you’ll see the parameters (Window/Extension/Common tabs).
On the Window tab, from the Size dropdown, select custom and set your display resolution. Hit the F1 key to return to Performance Mode.
On my system (1600x1200), I now see the missing panels on the right side.
I needed to set my audio device:
ESC to return to Edit Mode.
‘U’ key to get to top of hierarchy. if you aren’t there.
Select the large ‘FragTool’ container in the center of the screen. Hit the ‘i’ key to enter it.
Select the ‘Anim_LFOs_Mods’ base on the lower right. Hit the ‘i’ key to enter it.
Select the larger Audio container at the left of the screen. Hit the ‘i’ key to enter it.
Select the audioout CHOP on the right.
In it’s Parameters, select your correct Driver & Device from the dropdowns.
IMPORTANT! If you are using a crappy, stock audio interface (i.e. non-ASIO), you WILL need to increase the buffer size. This WILL increase latency and may result in a delay between graphics/sound. Start w/ .600 on the Buffer Length, if you get no sound later, come back to this step & increase. Now set the ‘Active’ switch to ‘On’. Don’t touch anything else for now.
‘F1’ to return to Performance Mode
Now you’re ready to make it do something .
Spacebar toggles timeline play. Make sure it’s running.
Click the ModMatrix radio button on the extreme right of the ui, about an inch down from the top on a 21" monitor. This is where good stuff happens. There’s a Mod1Gain slider near the top of the left column in this pane. Move it just a touch to the right. On my system, the fractal is now animating a little, to the beat of LFO1, which is the default source for this modulator, just above the slider.
Let’s try some audio:
Click the ‘Open Audio’ button on the top right, under the FragTool text.
May need to click it twice, mines a little flaky. Opens a dialog.
Open up a windows explorer containing a music .wav file. MP3, etc won’t work. Drag that wave file into TD, right on to that text bar with the tiny writing directly above the waveform display in the dialog you just opened. Crank up the Monitor Source slider to 1. You should see the wave display active. If you bring up the Monitor Volume slider, you should hear music. If not, you may need to increase that buffer.
Go back to the ModMatrix on the right. In the top left modulation source, ‘Mod1’, select Audio1 from the dropdown. Your fractal should be doing something musical at this point.
Play around with the ‘Dest’ dropdown just to the right. A lot of these choices don’t seem to do anything, others are drastic.
Now you know what I know. I hope you guys will post cool stuff here as you discover it. It might be up to us to document this thing.
Be certain that Keith has given us something beyond amazing here. I’ve popped the hood, and this thing is scary complex inside. The possibilities of customization & tweaking are endless. This is literally the tool that some of us have been dreaming of since we did our first Mandelbrot zoom on an 8-bit computer 30 years ago. As for me, I’m buying a faster video card on Friday, lol. But right now I’m gonna go buy myself a beer