This DIY Arduino-based visualizer grooves to music playing around you

Love music? Like tinkering with hardware? This nifty Arduino project combines both interests by taking you through the process of building a visualizer that reacts to any song playing in your surroundings.

It’s a cool little gizmo to have on your desk to show off your mad DIY skills. Simply set it next to a speaker and watch the lights begin to dance in time to the beat.

You’ll need an Arduino board, the project code base from GitHub, a microphone amplifier, an LED pixel matrix, and a couple of other parts to put this together.

If you want to take things a step further and create a pocket-sized version, you can follow Adafruit’s advanced instructions to build one that’s only a little larger than a 9V battery.

Tiny Arduino Music Visualizer [Adafruit via Lifehacker]

Published October 26, 2015 — 06:28 UTC