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May 23, 2012 AT 9:59 am

Making an RGB LED Grid Respond to Music

Github user elmerfud posted up some code to create your own LED grid/table and have it respond to music.  Check out how it works in the video above.  The project is based off of this tutorial from Texas Instruments, which shows you how they turned the LED grid into a proper LED table.

These LED strips are fun and glowy. There are 32 RGB LEDs per meter, and you can control each LED individually! Yes, that’s right, this is the digitally-addressable type of LED strip. You can set the color of each LED’s red, green and blue component with 7-bit PWM precision (so 21-bit color per pixel). The LEDs are controlled by shift-registers that are chained up down the strip so you can shorten or lengthen the strip. Only 2 digital output pins are required to send data down. The PWM is built into each chip so once you set the color you can stop talking to the strip and it will continue to PWM all the LEDs for you

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