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#31 Cpl-Chronic

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 10:38 AM

 

 

Known issues:

- Some lillte ground noise.

 

Maybe you could try a DC-DC converter?

 

 

Nope, 5VDC come from a dedicated power supply, i pretty sure the noise does'nt come from a kind of ground loop.

The noise stop when i unplug the lineout from the arduino. I have to use a filter i think.

 

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 03:36 PM

I no longer get the forum notifications, it's boring!

 

This is the third time I've checked the parameters and everything is ok. Is gmail filtering?



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Posted 12 December 2017 - 12:23 PM

I this something that took a bunch of programming and tedious work? Or is it pretty simply the LED strip and controller connected to the radio power and audio output? I'm really curious about trying this on my beater m70 first.

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 05:27 AM

I this something that took a bunch of programming and tedious work? Or is it pretty simply the LED strip and controller connected to the radio power and audio output? I'm really curious about trying this on my beater m70 first.

 

My work is based on a code i found on youtube. You have to mod it (number of LED on each strip...) but most of the work is already done.

Concerning the hardware, all is based on an arduino board but you have to add electronics parts on a prototype board. (some soldering skills are needed)

in fact, the hardest thing I think is integration. that's easy on M70 but could be harder on an another boombox.
You have to find a switch to operate the system, and in the case of the M70 I had to modify it with a small switch placed under the plastic button because of a ground problem. https://photos.app.g...U7oetciPNNSHCk2

 

In the end, there's nothing insurmountable, but it's not Plug & Play though.

 

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 05:13 PM

Oh I see now, you used the Uno board, as well as a separate blank board the you custom built right? Hmm...

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 05:55 PM

Exactly
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Posted 17 December 2017 - 03:54 AM

Oh cool. I ended up ordering the the regular Uno for now, to kinda tinker with stuff and see if I can figure out how to use it. Possibly might try to copy your custom board for myself another time if that's okay?

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 06:05 AM

No problem 
I plan to make and share a schematic of my custom PCB, but both my computers need to be reinstalled before I install CAD software like Kicad or simply Fritzing, and put everything on GIthub.


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Posted 20 December 2017 - 01:18 AM

Hey you mad mod demon! What's crackin'?  So, if you have to modify the routines for LED addressing, IE amount of LEDs, how hard is that to do on your PC, Win7-64?  Do all the routines only work with 2 LED strips or are you free to wire it in different sections & adjust the software accordingly?   My mind is exploding with possibilities....even if it takes more than 1 module to do it, it could really be amazing...

 

I guess what I'm asking is, can this module control separate strips independently, with full RGB control or does the manipulation happen as a single channel,  I.E. no matter how many strips are connected to the output in parallel, the same sequence of LEDs are activated if connected & present in each section?  

 

Just 1 of a billion questions...sorry.  I was blown away by your mod & want to try something with your module.  Love it!!



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Posted 20 December 2017 - 09:35 AM

Most of the work on the source code has be done by a youtuber, and my code is based on a follower one.

In my case i have mod it to had a led strip for the Vu meters, and to change the button operations. (Short/long press effects)

 

So yes, you can add unlimited led strip, but the code has be created to have a stereo response. (Left/ Right speakers = Left/Right sound way)

Depending on your programming skills, you can clone the responsives strips or had new ones.

 

Arduino code looks like C++ language, you have many tuto on the web. You don't need a super-powerful computer.



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Posted 27 December 2017 - 09:49 AM

Another question, did you use the 60/m or 144/m LED strips?

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 05:33 PM

I use a 100/m led strip from aliexpress, because this one it's almost fully black.
http://s.aliexpress.com/iyInQbqm

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 04:59 PM

First post edited.

 

As I promised you, I just put the source code and diagrams on Github.
If developers want to help improve the code, it's with pleasure!

 

 

https://github.com/Dancorp/GhettoLed



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 05:31 PM

I am thinking about creating a kit with all the components except the arduino, the heavy power supply and leds strips... With it, everyone would be able to make its own installation easily.
interested?

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 10:46 PM

Possibly. I got my arduino uno in the mail a couple weeks ago. I'm waiting for my led strips to arrive.

I have no experience with LED lights though so it'll be interesting. Lol. I was wondering what exactly is your custom PCB for though? Is the arduino not enough to run the lights? Or is that for changing the light switch on the radio?

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 12:54 AM

No, depend on the led number, the arduino cannot send enough current to power them. That's why I use a dedicated power supply, also used for the Bluetooth board (that's avoid the ground loop noise issue)
The blue tuner led is also included in the system.

Capacitors on led strips ways are here to prevent current peaks on the power supply.


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 08:42 AM

https://hackaday.com...ox-hack-is-lit/

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:09 PM

Well, after careful consideration I decided I actually still like my RGB Led mods just as much as this one, truthfully.  As well, my mods do not have as many routines & yours have a more reserved stealth look than most of mine but I did make a few stealth style RGB mods.  The remote functionality of my mods lends itself to control multiple modded boxes at once which your Arduino mods do not offer this unique feature in the end.  For these reasons, I decided not to imitate your creations but continue to do my own thing, since I've been doing this since 2013 & possibly inspired you & others to build on that & continue the RGB mod movement.  I also match newer speaker drivers to vintage boomboxes to bring out their sound potential that was lacking with the original low fidelity drivers available back then.  

 

Still love your work & would like your honest opinion on these group videos.  All the boxes in the videos are daisy chained to play the same tracks & controlled by one remote which works with any or all of my MODS:

 

 

 

 

Also, using switches I installed I can gang or separate the control of each section as below:

 

 

Cheers!  :rock:  :afro:  :-D



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 02:16 PM

Your orientation is different but also very interesting. I will be curious to understand how all this works. Is your system sound responsive ?
I particularly appreciate the light pulses, which are less present in my system. What type of drivers do you use?
It's really cool to be able to chain them up too.
 
Even if I suppose that integration was at least as complex as for me, I confess that I don't like to drill holes everywhere. From my point of view, the mod should not distort the boombox and remain invisible when not in operation.


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 07:28 PM

 

Your orientation is different but also very interesting. I will be curious to understand how all this works. Is your system sound responsive ?
I particularly appreciate the light pulses, which are less present in my system. What type of drivers do you use?
It's really cool to be able to chain them up too.
 
Even if I suppose that integration was at least as complex as for me, I confess that I don't like to drill holes everywhere. From my point of view, the mod should not distort the boombox and remain invisible when not in operation.

 

You would not believe the amount of work I had to invest to get this effect.  Drilling holes exactly spaced & perfectly aligned, gluing LED strips just so behind the holes, creating meters & meters of wiring harnesses using 3 & 4 pin fan connectors, combining 2 & three separate LED controllers into some of my mods for the versatility, lifting remote sensors & sensitivity pots from the controllers & installing them on the blaster body, powering them with the original power blocks of each blaster so they're still fuse protected by the original power circuit & work on AC, DC jack or 10 D batteries with no extra connections.  Routing, routing & more routing to avoid noise interference, creating custom grounded noise shielding, using copper film tape & on & on & on.  It's the details & perfect execution that make the MOD look amazing & sound even better.   I've also created a 777 with 3 controllers that kicks the snot out of anything out there, has 2 OHM BOSE woofers to draw out the MAX 45w out of 4 channels, same as the C-100, installed bumper bars at the bottom front & both top sides, so strong you can carry the 30+ lb beast by the 2 side handles alone while protecting the entire front face from a forward fall, custom rigging C-100 LED power meters along the bottom front edge & hooking them up to the Super-Woofer channels, etc.  These mods go much farther than just 2 LED woofer rings & one module but most people only see a butchered grail which is sad really.  

 

I've had copycats try to do the same & claim originality & failed miserably to even come close to this type of attention to design, detail & functionality.  Almost anyone can run a LED strip around a woofer edge, hook it up to a controller & call it a day.  Heck, the first 777's with LED mods used sound sensitive auto & boat woofer rings, maybe a couple of LEDs to light the VU's but no one, as yet has come close to the level of intricacy or detail that goes into what I've been doing for the last almost 5 years now. 

 

That's why I really dig what you've done so far since it is an evolution of the art in a different direction, not simply a re-hash of my ideas.  I got sick of people trying to rip my work off without giving me any credit for inspiring them while the traditional collectors trashed me because I made something unique that they couldn't have.

 

Before even adding a 3 controller LED DISCO system, I replaced the woofers for better sound, used hemi-orange paint to bring out the M90's design & added bumper bars for ruggedness & protects the face, new trim, etc.

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The LED strip with LEDs firing down from the top tuner window edge was the hardest to install of all my Mods.  It had to be angled just right under the aluminum trim to allow the tuning pointer to move freely without snags.  I literally had to hold the strip in place, bit by bit while the glue epoxy cured.  Not easy to do but the holographic effect is worth every drop of sweat & determination to me...

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I use RGB Led controllers that have 16 colors & 4 modes, including 2 sound activated, Strobe & Flash to sound changes.  All modes are remote controllable & any one remote can control any boombox LED system so I can daisychain as many together as I want for sound & control them all as one.  

 

Cheers,

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 07:46 PM

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:50 PM

Yes, I discovered your hack after working on mine.
I can imagine the hard work you do on the equipment. My idea of installing the LEDs on the loudspeakers allows me to have an almost universal system, and of course easier to install most of the time. Only the tape for the VU meter can be placed where you want, according to the capabilities of the model.
I am working on a PCB in order to easily reproduce the system and install it on several models. If I can get a reliable system, I plan to sell modified boomboxes around me. In absolute terms, it is the addition of Bluetooth that is mandatory today to resell a boombox to a non-collector.
Going back to your creations, and given the number of models modified, it's normal to like some of them more than others. As you understand, I prefer those whose installation is hidden.
I like the protective bars you added to some of the models. Looks like they're versions for backpackers. On the other hand, boomboxes must be in good condition in order not to see the difference in rendering, especially on chrome. Where do you buy these protections? :)
 
The last point that is quite interesting is the management of ground issues. If the M70 is almost silent, that's not the case with the second model I'm working on. (Philips 584). I also noticed that the arduino could have a tendency to emit noise through the sound acquisition part. (line-in).
But here again, our systems are different: you managed to use the original boombox power supply, whereas I have to have an extra switched-mode power supply in my fixtures, because of the large number of leds.
What have you put in place for your noise problems? filtering? Isolated converters?
 
It's a chance to exchange ideas on such varied subjects!
 
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 05:15 AM

 

Yes, I discovered your hack after working on mine.
I can imagine the hard work you do on the equipment. My idea of installing the LEDs on the loudspeakers allows me to have an almost universal system, and of course easier to install most of the time. Only the tape for the VU meter can be placed where you want, according to the capabilities of the model.
I am working on a PCB in order to easily reproduce the system and install it on several models. If I can get a reliable system, I plan to sell modified boomboxes around me. In absolute terms, it is the addition of Bluetooth that is mandatory today to resell a boombox to a non-collector.
Going back to your creations, and given the number of models modified, it's normal to like some of them more than others. As you understand, I prefer those whose installation is hidden.
I like the protective bars you added to some of the models. Looks like they're versions for backpackers. On the other hand, boomboxes must be in good condition in order not to see the difference in rendering, especially on chrome. Where do you buy these protections? :)
 
The last point that is quite interesting is the management of ground issues. If the M70 is almost silent, that's not the case with the second model I'm working on. (Philips 584). I also noticed that the arduino could have a tendency to emit noise through the sound acquisition part. (line-in).
But here again, our systems are different: you managed to use the original boombox power supply, whereas I have to have an extra switched-mode power supply in my fixtures, because of the large number of leds.
What have you put in place for your noise problems? filtering? Isolated converters?
 
It's a chance to exchange ideas on such varied subjects!
 
Dan

 

I know a lot of enthusiasts have similar preferences as you do in keeping the blaster as original as possible while integrating the LEDs in a stealthy way so that they are not visible unitl lit up. I've done a couple of mid size boxes in that fashion too but at first I went in a different direction because I saw how these cheap original disco-lite boomboxes were selling for big bucks & really sounded & looked like crap to me.  I thought to myself I could do way better converting a GF-777, or an M70 into my own Disco box & it took off from there.  As I stated, I felt anyone can put a glow ring or a led strip around each woofer & get a good effect but the real challenge for me was making a DISCO box that went a few steps further & had a much more unique design aspect.  The best part for me about my hobby, is it isn't just a drop in, over & over again mod.  Each one I do is completely unique & a challenge, everytime.  That's why no one can really successfully copy what I've done & I've intentionally stayed away from the over-done easy to do speaker ring mods.  The real difference from your mods to other speaker ring LED systems is the programming of the arduino chip which I do love.  If I could combine the complexity of the programmed module & the design of my Mods, it would be pretty epic.  

 

As per example, as yet I've seen no one backlight the tuner dial on a GF-777, 767, 909, etc like mine since I had to hash out my own solution.  I think it looks amazing myself & doubt anyone would argue it doesn't look good like a high end tuner dial... 

 

Actually, the LEDs you & I use don't really need a lot of power to run themselves.  Don't forget that LED technology has strict current limitations as per IEEE standards & should not draw much more than 20mA per LED @ 1.5V if I remember correctly.  Even with 3 controllers I use & more than 60 RGB LEDs in some of my larger grail MODs, the power drawn was within the limits of the original power block.  At 15v on D batteries, 60 LEDs would take about 0.12 Amps to power since each LED draws that 20mA at 1.5v DC.  I'm not sure what the controller cards draw to operate alone but it can't be that much, as your modules would be very efficient too.  

 

As far as noise, the LEDs we use work on Pulse Width Modulation.  Pulse width technology uses pulses of current, in varying length & strength to render the varying colors & strobe effects.  These pulses are what creates magnetic spikes that cross sensitive signal wires in the line-in, tape & pre-amp circuits.  Thus you get buzzing noises, probably loudest when playing a tape.  I discovered the LED strips themselves were the reason my Prosonic was buzzing like a chainsaw since they were placed on the body in close range to the preamp stage so just being close together, having no electrical connection, caused the magnetic fields emitting from the LEDs to create an inductive force on the preamp circuits inside the cabinet.  I had to shield the inside of the cabinet with copper film tape & ground it to shunt any fields back to ground before reaching the preamp stage.  I doubt if your line in connection is the culprit.  I would hope your modules, if they have a line in, would already be able to isolate the audio side from the raw LED outputs or the whole point of the module would be useless from the start.

 

Also, any wires used to conduct these pulses from the module to the LEDs will also emit these annoying magnetic pusles as well & wire routing away from preamp, tape stages is mandatory for reducing the buzzing.  Try routing your wires down below the main circuit boards of your blasters, along the battery compartment to avoid this issue.   

 

If it works, please post here your successes & how you mitigated your problems.  



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 05:26 AM

I am thinking about creating a kit with all the components except the arduino, the heavy power supply and leds strips... With it, everyone would be able to make its own installation easily.
interested?

Yes I'm interested in playing with a 'kit' you would make?  PM sent.