Sound Level Indicator LM3915

Posted on Dec 23, 2012

This project uses an LM3915 bar-graph IC driving two sets of ten LEDs for a 30dB range. The circuit is unique because it has an additional range of 20dB provided by an automatic gain control to allow it to be very sensitive to low sound levels but it increases its range 20dB for loud sounds. The LEDs are operating at 26mA each with the brightness control at maximum, which is very bright. The circuit has a switch to select the modes of operation: a moving dot of light, or a bar with a changing length.

Sound Level Indicator LM3915
Click here to download the full size of the above Circuit.

My prototype has a little 9V Ni-Cad rechargeable battery in it to be portable and the battery is trickle-charged when the project is powered by a 9V AC-DC adapter. 1) The electret microphone is powered by and has a load of R1 from an LM2931 5V low-dropou

Leave Comment

characters left:

New Circuits



Popular Circuits

Solar Charge Controller
Door Lock Wiring
pierce xtal oscillator circuit
Arduino Based Current Sensor Circuit
L297/298 Stepper Motor Controller
Blinker Indicator
16-bit homebuilt computer project
A circuit of a pyroelectric infrared switch application BISS0001