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DIY VU meters for any source ...
« on: February 06, 2004, 06:34:39 PM »
I built mine for the UA-5..not quite finished, but just need to test and calibrate.

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Re:DIY VU meters for any source ...
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2004, 09:37:51 PM »
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this is pretty funny...i would go nutz if i saw your meters going backwards....who put the mickey in my drink!  ;)

good job though on the meters!
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2004, 05:37:32 AM »
wait, i'm confused, how exactly did you hook it up to the ua-5?


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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2004, 07:53:38 AM »
RCA outputs on the back of the box, with the monitor volume cranked.

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2004, 08:55:53 AM »
hey Nick... all your effort has inspired me, and I'm making a simliar unit up....

I'm using a clear plastic box, mounting the meter in it, with just the RCA and power cables sticking out, and running it to m UA-5 batt pack......
actually, I just ordered all the parts, and my cousin, who rocks at soldering, is doing the assembley....
usinf a clear box to srot of protect the meters...
pix soon to follow....
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2004, 02:32:28 AM »
awesome, looks like i have a new soldering project to get started on, i wonder what i could use for a box to put it all in...guess i'm gonna have to start looking around.

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2004, 07:09:18 AM »
i was drilling out holes for my lights...where did you find a clear box?

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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2004, 12:40:37 PM »
brainstorming here .....
one is a little box my buddy has for his stuff while boating... he's tracking that down...
my grrl had the idiea of using a nics bar soap holder from bed-bath beyind... they have em in tinted clear with a hinge on the side..
also gonna check Target this afternoon when I drive by for cheap little boxes... they have a huge 'organiztion' section.....
report back later......
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2004, 12:52:41 PM »
The Container Store has a ton of little clear plastic boxes that may work for this.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2004, 02:17:01 PM »
Nick did you ever consider running power from your UA-5 battery?  Like you said the meter won't draw much and it would reduce the size of the case needed to house it, and the need to ever change a battery.
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2004, 03:03:11 PM »
I found a few options at Target for the plastic box...
the soap holder could be just right... gonna wait for the board to show up before I buy....
and I'm def gonna run mine from my UA-5 batt... throws 9.6v, should be OK...
never heard of a "Container Store" but they proly have just what we need.....
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2004, 03:59:12 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2004, 04:23:30 PM »
I think I'm going to try this too.
As far as clear boxes go, don't forget stuff like Tictac boxes (if the electronics are small enough. I think I'll order one, put it together and then see what kind of box I can find.
FYI: I emailled Nick to see if he ever found one that meters an s/pdif signal since I use an ad-20 which has no analog out. He didn't, but had a great suggestion for me: run the meter on the line out of my JB3. It even has two line outs, so I bet I could just dedicate one to the meter and keep one available for patchers. Cool!
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« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2004, 01:45:49 AM »
would using the line out on the nomad drain the battery of the nomad faster?


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Re:DIY VU meters for any source ...
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2004, 11:32:32 AM »
would using the line out on the nomad drain the battery of the nomad faster?

from what i remember it's always "active" even if you're not using it.

 

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