iTunes - Classic Visualizer Configurations
The iTunes Visualizer can be even more fun if you know how to interact with it. The Visual Effects Generator uses three different configurations to create visuals. You can see these listed at the top-right of the screen if you press the C key while visual effects are playing. The three configurations listed change randomly and morph into one another as music plays. You can change any, or all, of these configurations while music is playing.
The first configuration in the list affects the foreground of the visualizer, the primary lines and shapes that modulate and interact with the beat of the music more obviously than the other graphics on the screen. You can cycle through all the built-in effects for this configuration by alternately pressing the Q and W keys (Q for "Previous" selection and W for "Next" selection).
The second configuration in the list affects the background graphics, the shapes and patterns that stream from the primary shapes in the top configuration. You can cycle through all the built-in effects for this configuration by alternately pressing the A and S keys (A for "Previous" selection and S for "Next" selection).
The third configuration in the list affects the color scheme that is applied to the visuals. You can cycle through all the built-in effects for this configuration by using the Z and X keys (Z for "Previous" selection and X for "Next" selection).
To manually and randomly change configurations at any time, press the R key. Pressing the R key in beat with the music makes you the conductor of an amazing musical light show.
Save a favorite configuration
To save a favorite configuration as a preset:
Note: To get rid of an old preset, just save a new one over it, using the steps above.
To play your preset, tap the number key that you assigned to your preset configuration. Try tapping different preset keys to the beat of the music for fantastic visual effects.
Press the ? key again (or the H key) to toggle to another list of keyboard shortcuts, "Visualizer Config Help."
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