INSTRUMENTS / GENERATORS
Chrome Chrome is a visualization plugin that allows you to trigger graphical events using the Piano roll, MIDI controller or
automation clips. Before using chrome you may need to run the Start > Programs > Image-Line > FL Studio > Advanced > Graphics Tester, to see
if your graphics card is Chrome compatible and unlock the plugin. This is done to avoid unexpected system instability.
Use this control to rotate and view the scene from various angles. The camera may be moved around the X axis (Tilt), Y axis (Rotation), and
translation along the Z axis (Zoom).
- Rotation - Left-click and drag up/down inside the large Camera Rotation knob.
- Tilt - Left-click and drag up/down anywhere on the bottom left corner (Tilt section) of the camera control.
- Zoom - Left-click and drag the Zoom slider on the right of the camera control.
- Direct Image Control - The camera can also be adjusted by clicking and dragging on the scene display itself. Left
mouse = X and Y movement, Right mouse = X and Z movement.
Click the arrow buttons on the Scene Selector box to change the scene. Left-clicking the scene text will open a menu
of available scenes. The scene selector is also automatable.
To change the parameters of the scene there are two control methods; 1) Scene Parameter knobs (automatable) and
2) Piano roll. These parameter sets are configured individually for each scene and are described below.
- Ambience - A plain colored background with moving 'blobs' can be used as a very simple background.
Note triggers a blob to pulse in brightness
- P1: Hue - the hue of the background.
- P2: Saturation - the amount of color in the background, ranging from grey to Hue.
- P3: Intensity - the brightness of the background.
- P4: Blob Count - amount of blobs present on the screen.
- P5: Blob Brightness.
- P6: Blob Blend Mode - by default blobs are additively blended. Options include negative blending and alpha blending.
- Fireworks - Multi-colored fireworks burst over a pool of reflecting water.
- P1: Slow Motion - controls the time frame of the firework simulation.
- P2: Fountain Style - Loads different 3D fountain styles and sizes.
- P3: Emitter Radius - Controls how far from the center of the fountain the fireworks are emitted.
- P4: Sky Hue - as above.
- P5: Sky Intensity - as above.
- P6: Sky Brightness - as above.
Piano roll Controls
- Notes - Triggers fireworks over the fountain.
- Pan - Controls direction of firework explosion.
- Vel - Controls strength of firework explosion.
- Particle Life - Controls how long particles stay on the screen.
- Particle Size - Controls the size of the firework particles.
- Lightning - Multi-colored bolts of lightning in clouds
- P1: Slow Motion - Controls the time frame of the lightning simulation.
- P2: Glow Amount - The size of the glow filter. High value = large blurred glow, Low Value = sharp jagged glow.
- P3: Glow Intensity - The brightness of the glow.
- P4: Cloud Transparency - Transparency of clouds.
- P5: Cloud Density - Low Val = Clear, High Val = Heavy cloud cover.
- P6: Cloud Glow - How bright the lightning lights up the surrounding clouds.
Piano roll Controls
- Notes - Trigger lightning bolts.
- Pan - 100% Right = Bolt branch off at right angles 100% left = near straight bolts.
- Vel - Ccontrols bolt length.
- Bolt Speed - Wworks like P1: Slow Motion, but for individual lightning bolts.
- Branches - The amount of branches in this bolt.
- Metaballs - Blobs of liquid mercury (metaballs) which melt away with time. The metaballs reflect their environment like shiny
metal and glow multi-colored when first placed (like glowing hot metal).
- P1: Decay Rate - How fast the blobs melt away. Full Value = No Decay.
- P2: Zoom Blur Amount - controls the amount of zoom blur/glow applied to the metaballs.
- P3: Cooling Rate - How fast the colored glow fades from the metaballs.
- P4: Environment Brightness - Brightness of the background environment.
- P5: Environment Blur - Background blurring.
- P6: Environment - choose a background image (environment).
Piano roll Controls
- Note - triggers a metaball.
- Pan - controls how far from the center the metaballs orbit.
- Vel - Unused.
- Blob Radius - size of the metaball blob.
- Rotozoom - Classic 2D scene. First brushes (2D pictures) are drawn onto the screen.
Scene is then rotated and zoomed by the camera then fed back onto the screen producing a 'hall of mirrors' effect.
Hence the name Rotozoom.
- P1: Kaleidoscope 1 - Draws the scene again at 4 separate corners of the screen. Produces a fractal pattern.
- P2: Kaleidoscope 2- Same as above. Kal. 1 controls the X shift of the newly drawn pictures, Kal. 2 controls the Y shift of the newly drawn pics.
- P3: Fade Strength - How fast the trails fade out. Technically it controls the amount of the old scene being fed back onto the screen.
- P4: Distortion Amount - The scene can also be distorted by a ripple type effect. This controls the amount of distortion. Lowest Val = No Distortion.
- P5: Distortion Mod - The size of the ripples of the distortion. High Val = Rolling big ripples, Low Val = Very small (stained glass effect almost).
- P6: Glow - Adds a simple glow to the scene.
Piano roll Controls
- Note - Triggers one of 16 individual 2D brushes (Which brush is triggered is controlled by which note on the Piano roll.) emitting smaller particles shaped like the 2D sprite.
- Pan - 100% Left = natural brush color/white, Centred = Note controlled color, 100% right = Custom color.
- Vel - Speed of the brush around the screen.
- Custom color - Cycles through rainbow colors. Only effective when using a Pan value between Centred and 100% Right.
- Brush size - Physical size of the 2D brush.
- Tunnel - Generates an endless twisting tunnel through which the camera flies. Notes trigger neon rings of light to fly down the tunnel towards the camera.
- P1: Tunnel Profile - Loads different tunnel cross-sections / profiles.
- P2: Tunnel Length- Increases/decreases the spacing between tunnel segments.
- P3: Tunnel Speed - Increases/decreases the speed at which the texture on the tunnel flies by.
- P4: Tunnel Twist - Causes the forthcoming tunnel segments to become very twisty at high values, smooth and straight at low values.
- P5: Spotlight - Controls the position of a spotlight running through the tunnel. Lowest/Highest Value = No Spotlight.
- P6: Tunnel Texture - Loads different textures for the walls of the tunnel.
Piano roll Controls
- Note - Triggers a neon ring which flies down the tunnel at the camera.
- Pan - Controls the distance from the camera at which the ring spawns. 100% left = At camera, 100% = furthest down the tunnel.
- Vel - Speed of the ring's flight.
- Radius - Radius of the ring. At highest value, ring touches the tunnel walls, at lowest it disappears at a point in the middle of the tunnel.
- Particle Size - Undefined.
Switch - On when lit. Using multiple scenes within a project, it is useful to have the used scenes load when the project loads, and not when they are first displayed
(as is the default). Marking a scene with the Preload button causes it to be loaded on project load, the next time you open the project.
The Quality Slider trades off visual quality of the scene in return for better performance/lower CPU usage.
Chrome allows up to 16 text messages or objects to be displayed over the current scene.
- Object Selector - The object
selector allows you to select one of 16 the text messages/objects as the current object. To display the message/object check the ON box
to the right of the text message/object selector box. The ON/OFF state is remembered for each of the 16 messages/objects.
- Object controls - This is the
main control panel for the current object. Select to display Text, or 3D Objects. The ON switch to the right is remembered for each object selected with the 'Object Selector'.
- Text mode - Click on the message area ('Text Message 1' in this case) to enter a text message. Left-click the Font Button
to the right of the text entry box to change the font type and size used for each message.
- Object mode - In object mode, the message area displays the filename of the currently loaded object, the button to the right (changes
from text mode) to allows loading of a new 3D model. By default the dialog is opened in the Chrome/Objects directory. The model loading process may take
some time for larger models as Vertex Normals are calculated on load. When more than one model is loaded into the system, the button opens a menu allowing
you to choose from already loaded objects (with no loading times), or to open a new object.
The position controls allow changes to the position and rotation of the object in all 6 degrees of freedom, 3 axes and 3 angles.
The effect controls govern the overall appearance of the object/s.
- Auto - When selected Chrome will automatically go to 'Full Screen' mode when play is pressed in FL Studio.
- Fullscreen button - forces the scene display in
fullscreen mode. Right-click the button to select a display monitor on a multi-monitor system.
- Hiding the Interface - Right-click on the scene to open the 'Hide Interface' command that removes all the controls from the window,
leaving only the Scene. Right-click again on the scene display brings up the Show Interface command. NOTE: make sure to Right-click without
moving the mouse, otherwise the plugin may interpret the movement as a camera adjustment.
NOTE: While the cursor is hidden, the camera can still be adjusted by clicking and dragging on the screen. The 'Auto Fullscr' button causes the plugin to go
into 'full screen' mode whenever the project is played back.
Plugin Credits: Michael Pote