First off, newb alert! I apologize ahead of time if this causes you to lose brain cells. Just an RGB LED junkie looking for some help to get my fix. ;]
I started finishing my basement 4 years ago and just now getting to the final stage. I started knowning nothing about construction and have researched, watched youtube videos, read books, etc and did every single part of it on my own. Anyway, part of the final stage is hooking up a final solution for LEDs. Woo hoo!!!
First, I am using Sportify as my source of music. I have Phillips Hue bridge, but most of their apps suck and are limited. So, scratch that one off the list… I also found Visual Vibes LED controller that can separate the music light synchronization on the fly based on frequency, very very very cool. One for bass, one for mids, and one for highs, but its $350 and doesn’t have the ability to have multiple devices/controllers synced together. I need multiple separate controllers because I plan to have lights in the tray ceiling above the pool table, lights under the bar top, lights under a half wall, lights behind a TV in the pool table room, and lights in others areas, which would make it extremely difficult to fish wires all the way to just one unit. Then I found that the LED strip lights from Amazon with the connection to the Magic Home app produces a good music reactive light show and I can have multiple led controllers synced (although still slightly out of sync, it works.) There are two things still missing in the Magic Home solution, I do not want to rely on the mic of my phone or laptop to translate the music to the led controller, I want to use an audio port to eliminate ambient noises and conversations from affecting the accuracy of the music/lights synchronization. I am sure I could find out how to open up the controller, desolder the internal mic and solder an audio port/jack, but thats still kinda janky in my opinion and I have faith there is a better way to accomplish this. Second issue is they are all based on non addressable led strips, so no cool light shows like what the Visual Vibes product would offer. I also searched facebook groups (as I usually do when Im trying to learn something new, like plumbing, electrical, framing etc, 3d printing, programming, lawn tips, etc…) but I couldn’t find a group related to a project quite like this one… And then FINALLY, I somehow stumbled upon Pixel Blaze and was blown away with the progress, current features, and community!
So, with that said, can someone here point me in the right direction? Maybe help me design a plan, compile a parts list, and a little guidance one how to sync multiple led controllers together? I’ll put in the time and effort to purchase, connect and program it. I just need someone to tell me where to go, what to read, etc…
Thanks in advance!