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Jean-Francois Vachon
Radial Audio Spectrum
on Mar 28, 2014 at 2:09:19 am

Hai there everyone!

Just a little question, pretty new to after effects.

You see, I have a circle with a transparent gardient in it. Picture related.

But I want to have a Radial outer glow to react to an audio track

It you would be kind enough to help, I would really appreciate.
Thanks in advance friends!

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John Cuevas
Re: Radial Audio Spectrum
on Mar 28, 2014 at 1:34:39 pm

Not exactly sure how you created your circle, so I built one in a precomp, a shape with a radial gradient(TRANSPARENT CIRCLE). Duplicated that layer and set the lower one to luma matte to create the transparency(LUMA MATTE). Duplicated again, and turned off the fill and added a 30px stroke(GLOW LAYER). Duplicated the radial gradient layer, placed it above the shape layer and changed the transfer mode to Silhouette Alpha, so that the stroke layer would only glow outwards(Glow Silhouette). Did all this just to isolate the glow layer.

Added audio, selected it, and used Animation > Keyframe Assistant > Convert Audio to Keyframes.

To the stroke layer, I added a layer style glow. And then adjusted the scale of the Glow Layer & Silhouette layer, and glow size to determine my max glow size. Then on the glow layer style layar I added this expression:

myAudio = thisComp.layer("Audio Amplitude").effect("Both Channels")("Slider");
minGlow = 10;
maxGlow = 100;

ease(myAudio, 10, 30, minGlow, maxGlow)

The 10 and 30 are the the audio lows and peaks. So when the audio is at 10, my glow is at 10, when the audio reaches 30, my glow goes to 100. You would need to adjust these numbers for you audio. Anyway that's one way you could do something like this. Check out my example file, if anything is unclear.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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