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any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 27th, 2011, 3:46 pm

RyBay you out there?



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any news on the decibel meter?

Post by lcrasmus » October 27th, 2011, 4:20 pm

It was up and looking pretty, but didn't actually function for the scrimmage. We await it's potential unveiling still.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 27th, 2011, 4:21 pm

It does function then? Oh I can't wait for that unveiling!



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by Mr. Sneelock » October 27th, 2011, 5:05 pm

hipsterdoofus21 wrote:It does function then? Oh I can't wait for that unveiling!
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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by NVAggie » October 27th, 2011, 5:33 pm

Keep it in your pants hipster. No more unveilings for you.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by isrred » October 27th, 2011, 6:28 pm

From what I understood talking to Ry yesterday they still need to fix some sort of "box" up in the roof of the Spectrum to make the connections fit properly again. Something like that. We're closer to having them back than ever before!



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by treesap32 » October 27th, 2011, 6:30 pm

isrred wrote:From what I understood talking to Ry yesterday they still need to fix some sort of "box" up in the roof of the Spectrum to make the connections fit properly again. Something like that. We're closer to having them back than ever before!
Thanks for the update isrred. Tell Ry Bay that I will personally buy him dinner when in town if he gets that thing running.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 27th, 2011, 6:47 pm

Wow, I walked right into that one! Nicely done Snee!



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Post by UtahStizzle » October 27th, 2011, 6:56 pm

Well they can't even get our scoreboard to work ...so I'm not too optimistic.


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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by MetsJetsAggies » October 28th, 2011, 2:00 am

It's sitting in the Sig Ep house currently, although the guy who is trying to fix it didn't sound too optimistic but he is working hard on it. I'll keep you guys updated if I hear anything



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 28th, 2011, 6:36 am

Dang....thanks for the update MJA, but this news upsets me. What is going on with the electronics in the Spectrum? Disappointing.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by NVAggie » October 28th, 2011, 6:47 am

Must be rat infestation.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 28th, 2011, 6:49 am

What are you doing up so early NVAggie?



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by NVAggie » October 28th, 2011, 7:11 am

I've been up for over two hours my Aggie brother.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 28th, 2011, 9:14 am

Are you a dairy farmer NVAggie?



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by NVAggie » October 28th, 2011, 9:15 am

No, I'm just awesome.

or maybe I'm a weightlifter like that one guy in the other thread.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 28th, 2011, 9:18 am

JasonJensen. And he ain't kidding. I googled him and found this:

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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by BigBlueDart » October 28th, 2011, 9:20 am

Is it just me, or do the colors of the weights, coupled with the colors of the t-shirts, make that gym look a little like a daycare?



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 28th, 2011, 9:22 am

Great observation, I think Jasonjensen runs a daycare actually.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by NVAggie » October 28th, 2011, 9:28 am

Yeah, anyone can lift little kids up in the air like that. Is Jason a midget?



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 28th, 2011, 9:41 am

I believe so. But from what I hear they go by "dwarves" now.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by JasonJensen » October 28th, 2011, 11:26 am

I just finished my competition. Here's the PIC

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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 28th, 2011, 11:44 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: Love it Jason!

I see you've increased to the 10 lb weights. Nice!



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by NVAggie » October 28th, 2011, 12:04 pm

I'm just going to say it, there are som proportion issues with your pic Jason.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by ProvoAggie » October 28th, 2011, 12:07 pm

NVAggie wrote:I'm just going to say it, there are som proportion issues with your pic Jason.
I'll be honest. I probably could have done a better job putting the scoreboard in. I didn't want to spend more than 5 minutes on it though...and what's wrong with having an overly large video screen?



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by NVAggie » October 28th, 2011, 12:11 pm

UMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, I think you are in the wrong thread....................



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by cameraman » October 28th, 2011, 10:02 pm

Sorry gang. still working on it. Its ridiculous. We've made it farther than anyone so far. We're pretty sure we know how it works now we just have to figure out where the controller box is. I'm working on it more next week.



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Post by hipsterdoofus21 » October 28th, 2011, 10:16 pm

We believe that you will win!!!



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by NVAggie » October 28th, 2011, 11:14 pm

Once you're done with that, will you take care of the scoreboard as well.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by cameraman » November 3rd, 2011, 11:06 am

I wish that was my call. I'll pass along any info I get though. They told me that the new board will go in sometime either in april or june.



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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by jpswensen » November 3rd, 2011, 11:53 am

I don't know if the person working on this has a background in electronics (so excuse my ignorance), but as a graduate of USU electrical engineering, here is my $0.02:
1) Contact a professor in ECE and ask if they could get students to fix it as a class project. Almost all of the higher level classes have a final project and this would fit. Any group of students could easily do this, even if they have to reverse engineer the control signals to the display portion. They would probably replace whatever runs the display now with a Arduino or other cheap/easy to use microcontroller with an area for completing a audio decibal meter circuit.

2) The circuit for a audio decibal meter really is not complicated. It is basically a microphone and a series of amplifiers. The hard part to have a "very accurate" meter is a calibration. The thing is that the meter doesn't have to be exactly correct. As long as the numbers go up the louder the crowd gets, it will serve its purpose. The effect is more psychological than scientific. That being said, to be able to accurately say "I was there the day the decibal meter hit 165", it would be nice to know it is accurate.

3) Even building a new one from scratch (assuming students do it and don't get paid) would probably be under $300.
$150 - three 12 inch 7 segment displays
$50 - a microcontroller board and other circuitry
$50 - an enclosure

As an end note, I really think that the decibal meter has the desired psychological effect and me and my friends used to work hard to drive it as high as possible.


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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by Roy McAvoy » November 3rd, 2011, 12:04 pm

Sounds like a heck of an idea to me. What are the chances of the decibel meter being up and running for the BYU game? I couldn't agree more that that thing will drive up the noise even more to insane amounts. I'm already counting down the days for that game, not only the excitement of the game but for the environment of the spectrum as well!



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Post by jpswensen » November 3rd, 2011, 4:04 pm

I just emailed two professors I keep in touch with to see if they know of any upper-classmen (or women) who might be willing to spend some time in the lab with the meter, either for a class or out of the goodness of their hearts. On of the professors actually does a lot of work with audio and music analysis, so he probably already has the appropriate equipment to calibrate the decibel meter properly.


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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by travelingagg » November 3rd, 2011, 5:36 pm

Why can't we have a student intern sit down with the press on the west side close to the floor with one of these. ]

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/EXTECH ... vc=IDPBBZ2

All she or he would have to do is manually enter the changing levels until we get something figured out.

http://computech.com/index.php?main_pag ... 6341580f49

It's quite a ghetto solutions, but who cares.


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Re: any news on the decibel meter?

Post by cameraman » November 3rd, 2011, 5:57 pm

The problem isn't the sign its that there's a controller somewhere and we don't know where it is. We've made more progress than anyone. I'm not giving up and we've got some brilliant kids helping out so I'm almost certain we can get it fixed.



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