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MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer for BADASS Display

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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Nice chip
Max The Magnificent   7/8/2014 6:19:55 PM
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@David: I would have preferred a  few more frequency bands but  really for a display that would probably be overkill

I agree -- the more the merrier -- even just one more would have been ideal for my purposes, but we're engineers -- we have to make do with what's available LOL

David Ashton
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David Ashton   7/8/2014 6:10:38 PM
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@Rcurl....nice idea.  I saw a similar thing done recently with the good old LM3915 LED level meter chips to give 1dB increments instead of the usual 3dB.    And I got some chips that generate and provide a notch filter for 2600Hz tones used in Radio keying systems, I was going to underclock them to get the notch down to 1000Hz.  However in this case, according to Max's diagrams, the bands are fairly wide anyway, so I don't know if you'd really gain much here?

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Rcurl   7/8/2014 5:48:59 PM
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@David: "However that leads me to my question...with only 7 frequency bands and 2 channels will your BADASS display now only have 14 channels instead of the 16 in the diagram?"

I notice that you can set the oscillator frequency of the chip externally. I wonder if you could intentionally skew the oscillator frequency of a second chip being fed the same audio input to get some extra bands in between the intended ones? 

David Ashton
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Nice chip
David Ashton   7/8/2014 5:01:43 PM
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That is certainly a neat little chip Max.  I would have preferred a  few more frequency bands but  really for a display that would probably be overkill.

However that leads me to my question...with only 7 frequency bands and 2 channels will your BADASS display now only have 14 channels instead of the 16 in the diagram?

I guess having sampled all 7 bands you could interpolate between adjacent values to get more "Pseudo" channels....?

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