Breadboard VU meter

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Breadboard VU meter


Here’s an Instructable on building a breadboard VU meter around the LM3916 (or LM3915/LM3914) dot/bar display driver chip. We even get treated to the pounded out volume units of that ’80s Siouxsie & the Banshees classic “Peek-a-Boo.”

LM3915/LM3916 VU Meter

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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