SYQEL vs. Modul8: Simple Visualizer vs. Energy Draining Photoshop for VJs
Modul8 and SYQEL are both apps made to create live visuals. The difference between them: Modul8 is a live video composer and SYQEL is an automated music visualizer. Modul8 requires you to build your own visual set with an overwhelming interface, much like Photoshop. But with SYQEL, you simply download the app and press "Start" for an immersive, imaginative experience for your listeners.
Note: Modul8 only runs on macOS.
SYQEL vs. Modul8: A Very Fast and Simple Feature Comparison
|Device Compatibility||Windows/Mac||macOS 10.9.5 or later|
|Software Setup Time||5 minutes||Several hours to learn how to use the interface|
|Visual Set Design Time||0 minutes. SYQEL generates visuals in the moment.||Several hours to build a visual set|
|Livestreaming Connectivity||Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, OBS, Twitter||OBS (with NDI export)|
|Visual Quality||8K ready||Matches video output quality (screen resolution)|
|Number of Included Visuals/Transitions||50,000+||Build your own or use Syphon to get frames|
|Audio Input Source||Any||Audio comes from uploaded media files|
|Visual automation||Always||Must use MIDI mapping for visuals to sync to music|
|Price||$299 Lifetime Software License||€ 299 Lifetime Software License|
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SYQEL can be downloaded as a desktop app on Windows/Mac. There are very few system requirements to use the app. It can also act as a web-based app. SYQEL can be set up so that it receives any audio source: a desktop, a microphone, you name it. The app can be connected to your Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook accounts for livestreams using your own personal DJ URL.
Modul8 is for macOS only. You also need a fast graphics card for Modul8 to perform well. With Modul8, audio/visual inputs and quality are determined by the media you use to build your show.
Time Spent Setting Up and Using Software
Because Modul8 is geared more towards creating video projects than simply adding visuals to your audio set, you have to learn how to use an entire software interface to build a visual set. Modul8 works using a layer building interface (pictured to the right), much like one would have to do with Photoshop. For unique, detailed visuals at showtime, you have to learn how to build single frames and build on them.
With SYQEL, there is no interface you need to learn to start visualizing your music. You just download the software on your PC. Choose your audio input (laptop, microphone, whatever you choose) from your online account and open the desktop app. The app immediately starts visualizing. Modify the framerate, visual duration, and transition times. Modify your set and SYQEL will adjust automatically. It takes 5 minutes to set up and start using SYQEL.
Ease of Software Usage
SYQEL uses the power of AI to automatically react to any designated audio input and generate visuals for you in real time (like the visual pictured on the left.) The SYQEL app does all the work of creation, so it's very easy to use.
As Modul8 works using layer building and media modification tools, you have many options for customizing your visual sets. However, you must go through the tedious process of finding videos to use or creating geometrical imagery. If you want a fast-paced, interesting visual show using Modul8, then you will have to focus on building layers upon layers, modifying every single layer, adding in effects and transitions, and managing audio on top of it all. Modul8 is a great software for in-depth image and video building. But it is time-consuming if you just want to produce great visuals to go with your audio, which is supposed to be the focal point of your performance.
Visual Media Generation
SYQEL is preloaded with over 50,000 8K ready visuals and 120+ moods to choose from. Set your framerate, visual duration, and transition duration on your online account. A higher framerate creates sharper quality visuals, while a lower framerate promotes better performance on the part of your desktop. Since SYQEL's visuals are preloaded and audio-reactive, you do not need to source visuals or so any visual set up before a show. You also have complete freedom to vary your set in the moment, as SYQEL is not tied to any specific audio ordering.
Modul8 requires you to either upload media, pull media from Syphon (a macOS exclusive frame sharing site), or create your own visuals. These materials can then be modified with color, contrast, etc., but this is, again, time-consuming. Modul8 is essentially a VJing version of Photoshop, with the same level of time and energy drain for you.
Learning Curve and Fine-Tuning Visuals
Fine-tuning a visual set with Modul8 is essentially like editing a photo – except there are several of them, depending on the length of your set.
SYQEL requires no training, as machine learning has, in a sense, learned how to perfectly compose visuals for you. The only "fine-tuning" you have to do is choosing how long a visual stays on-screen, and how long it takes to change to the next. You can also choose your mood, but otherwise, you're good to go.
Pricing: What is worth paying for?
A SYQEL Lifetime Software License is a one-time purchase that is and always will be easy to use. But a Modul8 Lifetime Software License isn't worth it if it's too time-consuming to use.
50,000+ High-Quality Visuals
No Time Needed to Start
No Learning Curve
Must Build/Source Visuals
Must Create Visual Sets
It ultimately comes down to what you need.
Modul8 is a music video composer geared more towards building complex visuals to be captured than quickly generating visuals in the moment. If you are looking for software to visualize music for you, so you don't have to waste time or money doing it all yourself,
SYQEL is the VJ software that will put you on the map in your niche.
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