Back in the 1980s, many audio systems had a 5 or 7 band frequency spectrum analyzer that usually matched the frequency on the graphic equalizer.
You still see these on high end sound system, graphic equalizer modules and some MP3 players.
Would be absolutely fantastic to see a 5, 7, 10 or 12 band spectrum analyzer in some cool colors when playing music on my iPad, iPhone, Windows laptop and so on.
Another variation is a source/signal level or volume (VU) level meter which comprises two rows or LEDs or two analog meters - these simply show either the relative source/signal level or the volume of the music on the left (L) and right (R) sound channels in the original recording (and sometimes - kind of what you'd see on a mixer desk or a DJ mixing console
Source/signal level and volume meters are seen today too on high end equipment. These meters and analog needle volume level indicators are reminiscent of 1970s LP/gramophone players, 1980s fancy tape decks, 1990s integrated sound systems and today's studio level equipment.
Spectrum analyzers and VU level meters are a different 'cool' compared to acid-style abstract visuals or totem graphics - but something like this would be a joy to watch because it directly represents the frequency levels across a given spectrum in the music you're playing.
Imagine these things on your iPhone, iPad, your notebook or laptop screens when you're playing Spotify music on full screen mode - perhaps in a modular hi-fi look - the name of the song and artiste might appear for about 10 seconds if it's just a full screen look, and perhaps scroll on a display facia - like a Winamp skin on your screen, but as a Spotify option where you can set colours and choose between a full screen LED VU meter, analog VU meter, a source signal meter, a spectrum analyzer or a mix of it all with a Winamp style hi-fi deck facia.
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Updated on 2020-10-20
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