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EL wire, Xbee, Midi help? Answered

We are trying to make EL wire dance suits for a project. Does anybody know how to make a midi file, run it through an arduino, transmit it through xbee and have it sequence on a El sequencer all in time with music?


We are trying to make 1 suits like the dance team I Luminate. 

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Downunder35m (author)2017-10-19

Do you know how EL wire works?
They require a high voltage in the alternating form...
Most EL drivers only provide on, off, flashing but no power/brightness control.
Sequencing EL wire, which lights up at a small lenght on low power and at long length at full power is very hard to find find at very costly, so I hope you want standard...

First order of business is finding or making a controller that allows for power control, best through an external PWM signal.
From there you only need to use a simple circuit to filter your audio input to different frequencies and to get a corresponding DC value in return.
This DC can then be used to generate the PWM signal by simple means of mapping the input to the output of the Arduino or whatever microcontroller you want to use.

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rickharris (author)2017-10-19

Search for Arduino sound to light circuit.


This gives you a good start. You now nee to work out how to get the EL wire to replace the LEDs.

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iceng (author)2017-10-19

Do you know how to program the Arduino ?

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