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How to make VU Meter using Arduino

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Make VU Meter using Arduino

In this article, I will show you how to make VU meter using Arduino and less number of components. Before getting started you must know what is VU meter.

A VU meter is also called as “Volume Unit”. It determines the level of audio. It mostly used for audio effects and visualize the audio level.

“0 VU is equal to +4 dBu, or 1.228 volts RMS, a power of about 2.5 milliwatts when applied across a 600-ohm load. 0 VU is often referred to as “0 dB”.The meter was designed not to measure the signal, but to let users aim the signal level to a target level of 0 VU (sometimes labeled 100%)”.The analog VU meters “smooth” the measurement of the audio waveform via the mass of the needle slowing down the display of the loudness, effectively showing the perceived loudness of the signal, not necessarily the actual highest point. glancing over OP’s code, there doesn’t appear to have any sort of smoothing effect (aside from the time the code takes to execute, negligible in this case, as the Wikipedia article mentions 300 ms rise time) so OP’s device does not properly replicate an analog VU meter.

Already I have this article on Instructables. This article is improved version of that.

Components Required

components requires for vumeter

  • Arduino Uno (with Adaptor or 9V battery)
  • Resistors – 100 Ohm (x11)
  • LEDs (Different Colours) – 11
  • Hookup wire – 1.5 to 2 meters
  • 3.5 mm Audio Jack -1
  • PCB -1

VU Meter Circuit

vu meter circuit using arduino

VU Meter Code for Arduino

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