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Graphic equalizer in a 5.25" front bay?

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I hope this is the correct place to post this, apologies in advance if it isn't. I did search for results and answers to my question but found nothing.

So, I've got a Corsair C70 case that I am using for my first build, and I'm going to have a spare 5.25" bay by the time everything is installed.

My idea is I want to install an LCD screen in one of the 5.25" bays that will visually display a graphic representation of all audio being processed/played through the system, that includes any movies, games, etc etc. Concerns are whether this product (LCD that displays audio graphically) exists/if it's possible to install into a PC, and how this will work as I will be using a Creative PCI soundcard in the new build, and I wonder if this would make it more difficult to do.


My level of expertise is basic, not superb rolleyes.gif I am simply wondering at this point if it's possible to do it without a huge headache, or maybe if something like I am describing already exists? I know the feature is sort of useless but I think it would be a neat thing to do. I would prefer that the readout/ frequency monitor was coloured, but I could settle for a black and white or single-colour display in a pinch. As far as it fitting the drive bay, I'm confident I can figure that bit out as I have access to a small shop in my apartment building and I've managed to make mounts for fans etc in the past just fine. Just to clarify my objective, I've sketched this out really quick to show visually what I want to achieve:






In summary, is this possible? If so, can anyone recommend me the steps to take? I've searched long and high about methods, closest thing I found was about programming LCD's, but it's beyond me and I'm not sure how it would work, plus I didn't see anything about programming dynamic LCD layouts etc for the type of thing I want to do here. I figured I would ask for second opinions and whether or not it's been done before first.

Thanks in advance if anyone can help me out, this is also my first post so hopefully I did everything right. thumb.gif
post #2 of 7
A graphic equalizer controls frequencies, you just want to display them.

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There are others.
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Ah, great thanks. Maybe I just wasn't trying enough of a variety of keywords. That's bare-bones what I was looking for, any clue as to what sort of process would go into getting it to work for a pc or is that what these are intended for? Appreciate the response this could suffice if I can't find anything "shinier".

And yeah my bad, that would be correct it's not an equalizer I need but something that displays a frequency band. So a graphic display is what I'm trying to find. In the least I'm on the right track now.
post #4 of 7
isn't a car stereo din mount also 5,25" ?

thats where i'ld look... i had something like that in my car a long long long time ago.. it was a 4x50 W amp with graph bars display
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I had a similar idea, great suggestion. I can't imagine how I'd hook that up but I can't see it being impossible. I'm just doing a bit of reading and so far something like billbartuska seems the most accurate to what I'm looking for, although I haven't found anything quite matching my needs. Might have to make do with trying my hand at programming a matrix display somehow, but I'll check more into seeing about using a car stereoplate or something, maybe it can work. I wish I knew more about electronics and I would maybe be aware of some way to wire it up. Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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Might have to make do with trying my hand at programming a matrix display somehow

One of the manufacturers of that type of device had a program that you could download that would emulate their device on your computer so you could play around with the programing. Don't know if it was full featured, but, as I recall the programming was very easy, tedious, but easy.
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Well, it seems the products I've found can be programmed but the extent to which you can "animate" things is pretty limited as I suspected given that the resolution of most of the ones I have seen now are small and pretty limited, at least I assume that is why. I could make do with that but I'm going to wait and do some more reading.

I'll keep digging around for a while, but I think in the end it's one of those ideas I may have to throw on the back-burner among many others.

Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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