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How can I make a vu meter from an 100ma panel meter? Answered

I want to build an vu meter from my 100ma panel meter but I don't know how to. I am a beginner and it must be cheap . Please help me whit this problem! 
I have a panel meter like this

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steveastrouk (author)2012-05-28

Take a look at the ratings of the meter, and find out what ACTUAL current its designed to measure - that critical parameter affects the components you need.

Then take a look at circuits like this one

It can be VERY easy to make a "VU" STYLE meter, if you're really concerned with it meeting the RIAA specs, then you have to spend some more effort.

There is NO need to use a microcontroller !!

Steve

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Gernerakos (author)steveastrouk2012-05-29

thanks, but what you show, there's a little problem. not everything is displayed on the first circuit, for example the capacity of the capacitor, but it is easy so no problem

thx again,
gernerakos

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steveastrouk (author)Gernerakos2012-05-29

As I SAID

Take a look at the ratings of the meter, and find out what ACTUAL current its designed to measure - that critical parameter affects the components you need.


....so the values have to be chosen by you. Basically, you are making an RC network, with a timeconstant of about 0.2 seconds - which means you need to know R,.

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mpilchfamily (author)2012-05-28

First you need to know how much voltage the meter can take. Then using that information you can design a circuit that will take the audio signal and translate it into a small voltage to move the meter. No an easy task even for many who are experienced in electronics. Chances are that you will need to use a micro controller with the meter to get the results you want.

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