Here is a collection of web pages of VU Meter projects that helps a newbie getting into the Electronics DIY Hobby Land.
A Hobby now in your School days or College can help you build a strong profession later. It is Edutainment that will make productive use of your spare time. Friends can do it as a group, during holidays. Parents should encourage healthy hobbies, as the children will grow in a positive and creative atmosphere.
Stereo led level meter – This is it. It’s a STEREO LED LEVEL METER. It’s the cheapest and best bar graph display available and best of all, it uses readily available components.
VU-meter by Archy – Then it hit me. A VU meter, big, beautiful, professional! From that moment started my thoughts flowing. Those VU-meter ICs that are sold in every electronics shop?
LM3914 dot-bar display driver – The LM3914 is a monolithic integrated circuit that senses analog voltage levels and drives 10 LEDs, providing a linear analog display.
Knight Rider Display Project – This project started out as a VU meter. I reused parts and pieces to improve the VU meter and give it additional functionality. It is amazing how much time it takes to create a small thing like this.
40 Watts Hi-Fi Music System
Stereo Music player with Tuner, 1986, LED VU meter and Analog VU meter.
This was done as repairing home electronics was my hobby in school days, I learnt by building Amplifiers based only on transistors from the Old Philips Circuits and Books.
Home Made Circuits
The above one is TDA2020 20 Watts Per Channel, with LED input level meter and moving-coil output meters. It would have a 5 pin din input and RCA speaker output, input for phono, tape, etc. The Speakers had a woofer, tweeter and midrange with passive crossover network.
Stereo Adapter for Portable Music Player
Low Cost Stereo Adapter 20 Watts for Portable Music Player 1984, Bass Treble and Presence.
This was a TB810 based 10+10 Watts Stereo Amplifier with LM381 or 2 Preamplifier, The portable player docks in a wooden cabinet. There was no IR, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in those days, so the device would interface with amp thru a stereo ear-phone socket-jack system with a shielded cable. Bass, treble and Presence as per an old phillps audio amp book.
This site is offered in the hope that readers will better understand electric guitar technology, leading to creative use of your musical tools. Of course, only practice will improve your musical vocabulary and articulation….
GM Arts – Music Guitar Science
“Hello World! I live in Adelaide, South Australia, and my interests are electric guitar, playing live music, writing MIDI sequences, programming in Visual Basic, dabbling in electronics, with a casual interest in popular science. I have some years of experience in these fields, and use these Web pages to share my knowledge freely. ..”
Most musical instruments and their amplification systems, such as those used for public address (PA), recording and hi-fi are designed to reproduce sound as accurately as possible. Electric guitar and its amplification is completely different: every item in the guitar signal chain is designed to modify the raw guitar signal in some way.
- Guitar Amplifiers – valves vs transistors, some overdrive circuit ideas.
- Guitar Pickups – get the most out of them alone and in combination,
- MIDI Music – A guide on MIDI messages, circuit for a PC-MIDI interface.
Related Resources –
- Pickup Winder Web Page
- Overdrive schematics – partial designs
- Pickup wiring and switching ideas
There is a very wide range of power amplifiers, preamps, guitar/ bass amplifiers, studio equipment, effects, and other projects to build, including loudspeakers, subwoofers, and many others
Elliott Sound Products – The Audio Pages
- Projects – Complete listing of ESP’s free project and design articles
- Articles – Informative articles about audio, building projects, and electronics in general
- Buy PCBs for ESP Projects – boards supplied have very comprehensive documentation.
ESP Resource of Rod Elliott – The above pages has many useful ideas and practical tips – delabs
It is by Hobby and DIY – Do it Yourself, Education Starts even without books. Then you need to read to enhance your abilities to Design your own.
In order to compensate or enhance your education, you need to work at a small shop as an apprentice even as a student, not for the sake of project work alone. An Evening job at a factory or a home mini workshop-lab is very essential for obtaining the skills – Solderman 1702
Dual Polarity Power Supply
Two versions of a dual polarity power supply with printed circuit board artwork. The supplies are built around the popular LM317 & 337 complementary voltage regulators which offer very high ripple rejection as well as short-circuit and thermal protection.
A battery-powered microphone preamplifier and microphone wand for acoustic tests and recording. The preamplifier features 20dB of switchable gain and a clipping indicator,
Jason Neals DIY Audio and Electronics
An interesting website with many photos of electronic projects. There are not many projects but the description and photos and documentation are very useful for learning the art of circuit design.
Danish Audio ConnecT. High quality audio parts. High-End Audio Parts for Hi-Fi, A/V and Pro-Audio. DACT products are used by audio and A/V audio equipment manufacturers and by DIY audiophiles throughout the world.
Danish Audio ConnecT – Denmark
Back in 1995, the first DACT product was the well-know CT1 and later CT2 stepped attenuator, which still today remain the single most recognized state-of-the-art audio volume control.
The CT100 is a two-channel phono preamplifier module with very accurate RIAA equalization and many features. It is realized with the best semiconductors available and non-inductive, low noise, SMD metal film resistors. The circuit is designed to accept both moving coil (MC) and moving magnet (MM) transducers/cartridges directly in order to eliminate the need for an external MC step-up transformer or amplifier. MC/MM input loading and input nominal level values are easy to select with high resolution by DIP-switches.
Danish Audio ConnecT A/S
Skannerupvej 14, DK-6980 Tim, Denmark.
An RCA connector, sometimes called a phono connector or cinch connector, is a type of electrical connector commonly used to carry audio and video signals. The connectors are also sometimes casually referred to as A/V jacks.
The name “RCA” derives from the Radio Corporation of America, which introduced the design by the early 1940s for internal connection of the pickup to the chassis in home radio-phonograph consoles. It was originally a low-cost, simple design, intended only for mating and disconnection when servicing the console. Refinement came with later designs, although they remained compatible.