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Introducing iCUE Murals (Beta)


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Today we're happy to take the wraps off of a new feature that's come to the CORSAIR iCUE Software, Murals!

iCUE Murals replaces the "Scenes" section on the iCUE home screen with a more powerful, interactive tool that enables you to turn any image, audio output, or display into dynamic RGB lighting that spans across your entire room.

First, you'll want to make sure to update to the latest version of CORSAIR iCUE (at the time of writing, that'd be iCUE 4.30.162), so swing by our Downloads page or check for updates in iCUE if you've already got an older version installed on your system.

Once you've updated to iCUE 4.30.162 or newer, you can start exploring iCUE Murals!

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New effects can be added by hitting the "+" button, and from there you can select from a variety of lighting effects.

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After a brief setup process. That effect will now be applied to all available devices that support iCUE Murals.

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To make further adjustments to an iCUE Murals effect that you've created, hover your mouse cursor over one of your effects and open the Colors and Settings menu. This will let you change the name of the effect, change the effect type, and adjust scaling.

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Further adjustments can be made in the Murals tab at the top of the iCUE window, where you can change the placement, size, and orientation of your iCUE Murals-compatible devices along a 2D plane that represents your screen or other chosen lighting effect. Note that you can stack devices on top of each other if you want them to light up at the same time with the same colors of whatever animation source you've chosen.

The devices panel on the left can be used to quickly select a device if it isn't immediately visible in a stack of other devices. You can also disable murals for individual devices if you'd rather that device use our standard lighting system.

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Devices that have been excluded from iCUE Murals (but still support the feature) are marked with a clear circle in the iCUE menus.

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And will still have access to their standard lighting features and support multiple lighting layers (if the device is capable of doing so).

Also, one last note. Murals are tied to profiles, so you can switch between profiles that you've set up with our standard layered lighting system and profiles that you've set up to use a Mural effect. Making this incredibly powerful if say you have a profile with standard lighting set up that you like for just general computing and a separate profile with the Murals "Monitor Screen" effect applied for gaming that you can switch to on the fly (or tie to a game executable) for your favorite game!

And that's it! Y'all may have noticed we've announced this feature as a Beta, and that's because this is a really new approach to lighting for us and we want our users to spend some hands on time with Murals and provide their feedback here in the forums.

Additional release notes for iCUE 4.30.162 can be found here

Let us know what you think in the comments!

 

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Murals is great for screen savers and video but that's it.
 
Need to readd the scenes and make the murals another option, don't get rid of the rainbow, rain etc scenes.
They shouldn't destroy the old good stuff for this. They should add not subtract good lighting modes. I will be uninstalling icue now and searching for an older version as the scenes had great effects that where good to use while in screensavers, or working or playing games.
 
Come on corsair just make them coexist not delete good features. I shouldn't have to reset each component by itself in lighting layers to get the old effects and not having them sync together! 
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3 hours ago, c-attack said:

Murals can be toggled on/off but it doesn't disappear from the menu.  If you want to go back to 4.29, simply uninstall 4.30 and use the downloadable installer for 4.29.  Make you DO NOT select the remove all profiles option.  Your prior profile state was saved when you updated and it will pick up where you left off.  

https://downloads.corsair.com/Files/CUE/iCUESetup_4.29.203_release.msi

Thanks for the link, me and many others will be using that.

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On 11/10/2022 at 6:00 PM, Corsair Albert said:

Hey everyone,

The feedback is sincerely appreciated! The more, the merrier. As Murals is currently in Beta, we do have improvements on the way that will address some feedback. All of this is genuinely helpful as we paint Murals into a complete piece.

I do want to quickly point out that there are additional preset lighting effects under "Video Capture". When adding a new effect to Murals (via the "+"), you may select "Video Capture" and find additional presets.

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Lighting effects previously found with Scenes (Spiral Rainbow, Color Shift, Color Wave, etc.) may also be found under "Lighting Effects" for devices. To easily synchronize a lighting effect amongst all of your iCUE devices, you may select the lighting effects under "Lighting Link".

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Would be easier to just add murals as an option to scenes than making us jump through loops to get back the good lighting effects. Much easier to delete icue and reinstall the older version and dump murals, I am sure I'd like murals for movies etc but while just browsing or doing general PC work or using it with my nanoleaf panels and secret lab RGB strips it was much better to have scenes.

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Why the hell would you guys remove Scenes from Home page? Murals should be another feature ADDED to the Home page. Absolutely pointless reason to remove Scenes option. WTH is wrong with you Corsair? You guys forcing this new feature on peeps. Did you stop and think that maybe not everyone would like it and that some may want their Scenes back where they used to be??

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Hi, why don't you put the scenes back in addition to the murals, they'll be fine together if you put them back I update immediately because now I'm at version 4.29.203 thanks.
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Hi, why don't you put the scenes back in addition to the murals, they'll be fine together if you put them back I update immediately because now I'm at version 4.29.203 thanks.
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Hi

One question, when I add the audio lighting mural, I get nothing. all other murals work. Moving my peripherals into the band below just gives static colours

 

Any suggestions please?

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Murals and Scenes are the same thing. They have added the image and video options that you may be referring to as Murals, but they did not scrap the prior system and most of the quick link Scene lighting effects are there. However, it seems like color wave, spiral rainbow, visor and other Lighting Link effects are more popular than the static effects that remain. Since the mechanic to utilize those effects is also still there, it is likely these can be added back in as presets in Murals/Scenes. 
 

In the meantime you can create a profile to do the same thing, as suggested earlier in the thread. Either create a new profile or duplicate an existing one if you have a lot of key maps, fan settings, or other customization. Then create the list scene effect from the Lighting Link section at the bottom of the drop down menu. All previous choices are there and if you keep these choices near the top of your profile tree, you can quick switch to them from the system task bar rather than needing to open the CUE app to engage or disengage the scene. 

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5 hours ago, Redphyve said:

Hi

One question, when I add the audio lighting mural, I get nothing. all other murals work. Moving my peripherals into the band below just gives static colours

 

Any suggestions please?

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Hey, hey!

You will want to move your devices around while sound is playing, to best lay out where the bars move up and down, rather than being down low on the page where the colors would remain static.

I personally feel the bar colors should be changing all the time, and perhaps be a circle or waved ring from the middle that vibrates outward to all four corners to allow for more of a visual display when audio is detected.

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28 minutes ago, PJH said:

Hey, hey!

You will want to move your devices around while sound is playing, to best lay out where the bars move up and down, rather than being down low on the page where the colors would remain static.

I personally feel the bar colors should be changing all the time, and perhaps be a circle or waved ring from the middle that vibrates outward to all four corners to allow for more of a visual display when audio is detected.

Hi PJH

thanks for the reply, though I'm not understanding what you mean when you say "move your devices around". If I move the devices into the bar I jest get the colours the device covers. And I don't have bars that move. Will attach a file to show you.

Thanks for helping me out. At 60-odd years old sometimes I feel a bit out of touch.,
 

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I came here to look for a way to get my old scenes back as the new ones are quite unpleasant... I understand the desire to add more customizable options, but to completely remove a feature that made me fall in love with my PC in the first place is very disheartening.

I'll be uninstalling and going back to 4.29 for as long as I can. I really hope this issue can be resolved for future updates, so the features that I enjoy are still available to me just as they were before.

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On 11/11/2022 at 3:40 AM, shocksim said:

Scenes is unequivocally worse than Murals and can't do anything that Lighting Link doesn't. 

ASUS motherboard/GPU support will probably come soon. (Not on the iCUE team so I can't promise) But just set them to a static color if you're animating with Murals? Or just use Lighting Link or a profile to light those parts. 

Never did see the point in scenes. they were just profiles. The color picker in ICue 3 was better

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On 11/12/2022 at 9:46 AM, Redphyve said:

Hi

One question, when I add the audio lighting mural, I get nothing. all other murals work. Moving my peripherals into the band below just gives static colours

 

Any suggestions please?

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I think audio only works with some devices, like just a few. Im trying to find that out for sure myself.

 

Bought a load of Corsair devices off the back of RGBeat, which no longer works!

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On 11/12/2022 at 9:08 AM, c-attack said:

Murals and Scenes are the same thing. They have added the image and video options that you may be referring to as Murals, but they did not scrap the prior system and most of the quick link Scene lighting effects are there. However, it seems like color wave, spiral rainbow, visor and other Lighting Link effects are more popular than the static effects that remain. Since the mechanic to utilize those effects is also still there, it is likely these can be added back in as presets in Murals/Scenes. 
 

In the meantime you can create a profile to do the same thing, as suggested earlier in the thread. Either create a new profile or duplicate an existing one if you have a lot of key maps, fan settings, or other customization. Then create the list scene effect from the Lighting Link section at the bottom of the drop down menu. All previous choices are there and if you keep these choices near the top of your profile tree, you can quick switch to them from the system task bar rather than needing to open the CUE app to engage or disengage the scene. 

This doesn't work since you added murals. The option was there at first immediately after I updated but now its disappeared. The option for Lighting Link option does not exist when I go to any icue item now. Uninstalling and going back to your less buggy previous version of icue 4.29

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5 minutes ago, Sorata said:

This doesn't work since you added murals. The option was there at first immediately after I updated but now its disappeared. The option for Lighting Link option does not exist when I go to any icue item now. Uninstalling and going back to your less buggy previous version of icue 4.29

UPDATE: After a restart and deleting and reinstalling the wrong version on accident  (the beta that's really an alpha version with Murals) lighting link now shows back up on the motherboard settings but no other item displays the option. It  can be enabled again but only after going back to the main dash and making sure to click on murals again to turn them off, then setting the lighting link such a pain!

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12 minutes ago, Sorata said:

UPDATE: After a restart and deleting and reinstalling the wrong version on accident  (the beta that's really an alpha version with Murals) lighting link now shows back up on the motherboard settings but no other item displays the option. It  can be enabled again but only after going back to the main dash and making sure to click on murals again to turn them off, then setting the lighting link such a pain!

I dont see any pain with Murals and other type of lighting.

- It you want to use Linking Link. Disable Murals, go to the Device Lighting itself and choose the Lighting you like.

- If you want to to use Murals, simply pick the one you like on Home Screen.

- Murals will overwrite other type of lighting just like Scenes before.

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Great, new softwares for us to use.....

But what if i'm happy with my original setup, this new update threw all my settings out the window, i have now had to uninstall the new update and reinstall the previous one.

I'll think about updating once i'm satisfied that these updates will work alongside each other whenever that happens in the future....

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Kinda strange that people are looking for the old Scenes when they're right there inside the device setup's Lighting LInks >.>

Just chiming in to balance other people's issues and express my HUGE thanks for this feature! I am absolutely loving it so far, and this is objectively better than Scenes no matter what angle you put it. All in all, I feel like its performant enough to not make a dent in other programs. I'm trying to get creative with it, especially with each of my complex program-linked profile setups. It felt incredible to get this interesting DJMAX setup working very very smoothly. This addition to iCUE specifically makes me really happy that I invested in a mostly-Corsair rig.

Some people might say this is already achievable with WP engine or other RGB software hubs, but I think they're underestimating the value that this is all implemented within a single ecosystem of fully supported hardware. I can fire up any game and have them show the ambient colors of my screen. I open an image/video editor and both the lights and my iCUE LCD shows me my CPU temps while I whittle away at big files. I can open a video player and all the lights turn black so I can focus on what I'm watching. All without having to debug hardware compatibility and software inconsistencies.

Leaving a bunch of suggestions here for your consideration, as well as a lot of possibly far-fetched ideas you can ignore LOL:

  • It'd be great if the screen capture code can detect letterboxing/pillarboxing and automatically crop it before mapping the frame onto the device layout. Some programs and games only support 16:9 (Valorant, DJMAX), and these games just black out the rest of ultrawide screens.
  • It'll be great if we can have multiple mural layouts and assign different layouts per profile! Also, disabling murals on certain devices should work on a per-profile basis, not globally.
  • As previously mentioned, snapping would be much appreciated! What I personally would appreciate more though, is if it was somehow possible to specify exact coordinates & sizes for each device (even just by editing JSONs or configs). Currently I can only estimate the positions, so while it does work, some color shades look different when I'm trying to target a specific screen area (since the area I selected bleeds out from the area that I want it to capture, and likely some binning logic is happening with the affected pixels).
  • Apart from rotating devices individually, maybe being able to flip them horizontally/vertically would be a nice option? Kinda feel like my front fan LEDs are moving the wrong way sometimes...
  • Not necessary, but it'd be cool to have a visual preview of the screen capture on the Murals tab while placing devices. That way, I can pinpoint exactly what part of a program/game I want to map on a specific device region.
  • Audio visualizer isn't working for me at the moment. Maybe there should be a way to select the input/output device it listens to? And maybe the generated waveforms should be a bit more creative & customizable than just rainbow bars?
  • Wild idea, but what if Murals extended into the game integration API? I can imagine a game managing a separate window where it renders a tiny (240p?) visualization of what's going on in the game, then it simply sends that video feed into the iCUE API to display as a mural... Or even an always-on music visualizer with complex shaders running in the background--listening to my audio devices, builds an OpenGL scene, then sends the output to iCUE. I don't manage a game or a program like this by any means, but if any game did that it would be a completely new level of immersion I think.

Sorry if I'm too ambitious, the addition of Murals really just excited me quite a lot!

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On 11/11/2022 at 4:42 AM, tjhess said:

My RGB Ports #2 #3 and #4 have stopped responding all together LLC 120 fans. I can't get control of them back no mater what I do!! Please advise.

 

 


i had same issue i just plugged them out and back in 

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i cant get the handle on this, how do i make a Mural wich is simple RGB and not this waterpaint excuse of RGB. i tried but i cant figure it out some help would be nice

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17 hours ago, Tokenology said:

So I can't use the rain effect anymore?

Go into the device you want to control (e.g. your cooler) and under Lighting Effects, you can select Rain or Lighting Link Rain if you want it to propagate across devices. 

There's no lost functionality going from Scenes to Murals, just as c-attack has said. 

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So far I don't like this new version. Nothing works as well as it used to. For instance my motherboard, an MSI Z690 Edge, is no longer supported whereas before it worked fine. Sometimes my Corsair RAM isn't detected and I never had that problem before either.  Also the Rainbow mural setting is not rainbow colored at all but very washed out looking. Is this how it's supposed to look?

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Well I updated my BIOS  to the latest version and I completely uninstalled iCUE then reinstalled the latest version. Still I cannot get the  Rainbow Mural to work as it basically looks white..there is no rainbow color effect. I gave up and just manually set the scene for each device to Rainbow Wave and it works fine and looks like it used to before this "Mural" beta update. I still can't figure out why Rainbow Mural doesn't work, but also none of the other new murals look good to me. They all look washed out.  The only ones that look correct are the Corsair Yellow and Blue murals. I give up.

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