Vary LED brightness based on sound level ..#2

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Dalton Napier

Joined Sep 11, 2022
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Have a look in this unlikely titled thread
https://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/threads/looking-for-circuit-designer-to-do-business-with.179315/
and my circuit in post #14.
There will probably be some other useful points in there too.
Hello @Ian0 …I have no idea about how this ‘Forum' thing works… I’ve tried to DM you , but I’ll try to contact you this way… I like your attitude and I think you might be able to assist me in a quite unique thing I’m making… It’s a guitar amp that I’ve built into a Kids Wooden Stove , he he…
I'm going to send a picture here…
What I want to achieve is putting Blue LED's around each of the hobs, and having them barely on when the Amp is powered up… and for them to brighten up ( if possible to glow more intensely when as the Audio Level increses ) the Amp has a spare 240V socket already inside…Elegance is more important than cost or circuit complexity
Thanks for looking
Dalton Napier.
 

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Reloadron

Joined Jan 15, 2015
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What you are describing is similar to a color organ of years gone by. In a color organ different color incandescent lamps responded to sound frequency and amplitude. Today LEDs intensity is best controlled using what is called PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). There are a few ways to do this using a discreet components building a circuit or using a simple uC (micro-controller) circuit. What we are doing is converting the amplitude of an audio signal to a PWM output signal to drive your LEDs be they blue or whatever color you choose. The process is simple. Analog in and PWM out. Personally I would do this using a uC but it can also be done using discrete components. Any number of uC can be used but using a uC requires some minor programming. The PWM out drives a single MOSFET (Transistor Switch) which in turn drives your blue LEDs. This just being a simple overview of where you are and where you want to be. :)

Ron
 

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Dalton Napier

Joined Sep 11, 2022
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Thanks for getting back to me Ron… I’m pretty good at constructing electronic things… but I’m pretty much pure trial and error when it comes to figuring out / designing unfortunately ☹
Any help will be really appreciated
I was thinking I could get the Audio In from either the Amp Out or a little mic and somehow use that to get a bunch of LED's to intensify with the Output of the Amp?
as I said any help will be great
Thanks
Dalton Napier
 

Ya’akov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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This kit (which seems a bit dear in the UK, unfortunately) is the sort of thing. It is deigned with three channels: treble, mids, and bass. It is only designed for 4 LEDs per channel but a MOSFET could be used to make it switch a larger load.

You could take advantage of the three channels and make the flame change color with the varying spectrum, if you wanted to.
 

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Dalton Napier

Joined Sep 11, 2022
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Hello.

On maker pro there is a thread about the color organ @Ya’akov mentioned:
https://maker.pro/forums/threads/color-organ.268022/

Bertus
Hey there… what I’m wanting it to do is to have the LED’s ‘just on’ like a real hob would look with the Gas just turned ‘ON’, and then to glow brighter and track the sound level as the volume increases
Will that kit do that… r is it purely like an on/off switch plz
Ta
Dalton
 

Ian0

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Hello @Ian0 …I have no idea about how this ‘Forum' thing works… I’ve tried to DM you , but I’ll try to contact you this way… I like your attitude and I think you might be able to assist me in a quite unique thing I’m making… It’s a guitar amp that I’ve built into a Kids Wooden Stove , he he…
I'm going to send a picture here…
What I want to achieve is putting Blue LED's around each of the hobs, and having them barely on when the Amp is powered up… and for them to brighten up ( if possible to glow more intensely when as the Audio Level increses ) the Amp has a spare 240V socket already inside…Elegance is more important than cost or circuit complexity
Thanks for looking
Dalton Napier.
Yes - it should work fine. But use the circuit from post #17 not post #14, because I drew one transistor back-to-front in the post #14 diagram.
 

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Dalton Napier

Joined Sep 11, 2022
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Yes - it should work fine. But use the circuit from post #17 not post #14, because I drew one transistor back-to-front in the post #14 diagram.
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way hay! I’m so happy you got back to me So will that circuit do what I’m trying to do with the Guitar Amp ?
I’ll have a look now at that design
Thanks again
Dalton
 

bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
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Hello,

Looking at the schematic in the thead on maker pro, the bottom channel uses blue leds.
Copy that to the other channels and you will be fine.

Bertus
 

Reloadron

Joined Jan 15, 2015
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hi again… will this design be able to control a string of BLUE LITTLE LEDs ?
Ta
Dalton
What you may need depending on LED current is possibly a MOSFET driver. That or you can string your LEDs is series. A simple NPN transistor like the 2N2222 will easily get you 500 mA. The color organ linked gives you 3 channels responding to the audio frequencies. While today most folks like driving LED intensity using the PWM I mentioned earlier the color organ circuit should also work fine. Just a matter of playing around to get the exact desired effect you want. I would take the audio from the speaker leads. The color organ circuit offsets the op amps + inputs, that's what the small lower left U2 is about. There is a few ways to get where you want to go. :)

Ron
 
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