LaserCube: Quick Start guide



Basics

Autoplay

Animations, Beam Show, Images, Visualizers, and Clock apps use the same interface.

  1. Click to turn the laser on and off. ESQ-key will disable laser.
  2. Choose an app.
  3. Scroll or use up/down keys to change selection.
  4. Scroll or use left/right keys to select visual effect filter. Multiple effects can be layered.

Control Panel

Pro-tip: Hold Shift to add sliders from other apps to this area.

  1. Audio input is used to generate musically reactive visuals. Use digital system audio source
    (bypass audio) for best results.
  2. Show levels when audio input is detected.
  3. Auto detects BPM, double-click for more options.
  4. Adjusts the laser output power of the LaserCube.
  5. Adjust color theme of laser. Disable slider by dragging slider all the way left.
    Pro Tip: Double-click to sync to BPM.
  6. Adjusts the color balance of the laser. Disable slider by dragging slider all the way left.
  7. Adjusts the angle of the laser projection.
    Pro Tip: To cover a wide area, use max zoom. For best image quality, use mid zoom or less.
  8. Rotates the laser projection.

Options

  1. Click to cycle through autoplay options:
    Sequential, Shuffle, Off.
  2. Set autoplay duration in seconds or beats.
  3. Add your favorites to a playlist.
  4. Assign a keyboard/midi hotkey.
  5. Toggle to enable Effects autoplay.
  6. Adjust effect intensity.
    Pro-tip: Double-click slider to link with the BPM.
  7. Open laser settings menu.

Apps

Abstracts app

  1. Select from 3 abstract types.
  2. Locked sections will not be randomized.
  3. Change slider drawer.
  4. Experiment by dragging some sliders. Double-click to lock slider from randomization.
  5. Randomizes all values, use up/down arrows or autoplay. Save your favorites.
  6. Goto Saved to access saved abstracts.

Draw app

  1. Change brush mode or view saved drawings.
  2. Pick a color or rainbow brush.
  3. Draw here! Stylus input recommended.
  4. Select a specific layer.
  5. Customise layer effects, great for projection mapping.

Burn app

  1. Burn raster lines or dots instead of vector.
  2. Use Ctrl-B hotkey to Burn any 'screenshot' from other apps.
  3. Import a SVG, PNG, JPG, BMP file.
  4. Used to calibrate laser speed.
  5. Select from a list of complex detailed images for engraving.
  6. Burn speed is how fast the laser engraves. Use a slower speed for thicker materials. If you are unsure, start by trying a higher burn speed. Optional accessory Engraving Lens is recommended. Use 15cm distance if using the lens.
  7. Shows the progress of the engraving process.

Harp app

  1. Choose a visual style for the LaserHarp.
  2. Connect a midi output to use LaserHarp as a midi controller.
  3. Turn on preview to display the 13 dots.
  4. Point your camera at the 13 dots, click to enable.
  5. Adjust gamma threshold to help camera recognize the 13 dots.

Midi app

  1. Select appearance of Midi mode.
  2. Connect a midi instrument, MiGic app can be used with electric guitars.
  3. Play using your keyboard or mouse.

Cast App

  1. Toggle between casting webcam or desktop.
  2. Enable casting of desktop.
  3. Use these sliders to specify the area of desktop to cast.
  4. Cast entire desktop.

Text app

  1. Select Text mode.
  2. Select text font and color style.
  3. Adjust speed/size/spacing parameters.

Settings

Image

  1. Choose square to calibrate your laser.
  2. Adjust Swivel, Tilt until square accurately matches desired projection area.

Color

  1. Choose Color Circle test
  2. Choose your laser model here. Choose manual if using a 3rd party laser.
  3. Choose balanced for more accurate whites, or max power for maximum brightness.
  4. Select if your 3rd party laser only supports TTL.

Zones

  1. Enable safety zones.
  2. Projecting an outline of the safety zones.
  3. 100% means all laser output is blocked in the safety zone.
  4. Adjust the area of the safety zone.
  5. More than one safety zone can be added.

Audio

  1. Sets minimum level for audio input.
  2. Laser is off when sound is below threshold.
  3. Adds latency to sync laser to wireless speakers.
    Pro tip: Useful when using higher-latency
    Bluetooth speakers.
  4. Experimental utility to calculate speaker latency.

Advanced

Sound Siphon

Mac users only. After installing Sound Siphon, select Sound Siphon as the audio output. Sound Siphon will use the system audio source for the audio input which is more accurate than microphone. Useful for Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, etc...

Hotkey options

  1. Assign the duration in seconds or beats.
  2. Assign an effect to trigger with the hotkey.
  3. Connect a Midi controller, assign midi button color, and blinking status.

Adding sliders

Hold keyboard Shift-key to drag and drop sliders from any app onto your control panel.

Duration options

  1. Makes the selected duration apply for all apps.
  2. Only Effects autoplay with this enabled.

Custom effects

Drag & drop to the right side in order to create a custom effect. Order is important, effects are layered sequentially from the top. Once saved, your custom effect will be added to the bottom of the effects list.

Slider options

Double-click any slider to open slider options.

  1. Links the value of the slider to the BPM value in real time. Useful for adding more audio
    reactivity to your visuals.
  2. Sets the amount of beats it takes to go from the min and max values of the slider.
  3. Sets the direction of movement for the BPM-linked slider movement.
  4. Links slider to a midi knob or fader.

BPM options

  1. Tap to sync. Manual BPM must be enabled.
  2. Restarts the beat.
  3. Clears the BPM link on all sliders.