led metronome circuit

Posted on Feb 4, 2014

The LED Metronome is a modern interpretation of a classic device which is a staple of music teachers, students and composers everywhere. This circuit uses 12 LEDs to simulate the sweeping motion of the pendulum and a speaker with a simple amplifier to generate a tick as the LEDs at the end of the arc are struck. It is adjustable from about 40 BPM

led metronome circuit
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to just over 200 BPM. When made in a Lexan or Plexiglass case it can add a fun ultra-modern touch to music practice (though most music teachers agree that you should never rely on a metronome to keep your beat). The circuit will reliably run from 6 to 12V. A typical 9V battery will be drained in several days by the LEDs with constant use. A 6V pack made from AA, C or D cells will last much longer. The circuit will need some calibration before use. Calibration is fairly easy and accomplished by using a stopwatch to count the number of beats. You`ll want to calibrate for 60 BPM (one per second), 120 BPM (two per second) and 180 BPM (3 per second). Just use your stopwatch to find the points of R2 that correspond to those beat rates and the mark the dial appropriately. Next find 90, 150 and 210 BPM. By that time you should then be able to evenly mark the remaining positions on the scale.

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