max/msp >arduino> multiplex>80 leds

Mar 31, 2012 at 11:00am

max/msp >arduino> multiplex>80 leds

hello there : )

I need max to control approx 80 leds from an arduino.
where 40 or more would need to be on/latched.

I thought perhaps to build a 9×9 multiplex circuit(giving 81 outs) on a vero board, but think perhaps there would be allot of led flicker? So at each of the 80 multiplexer outputs I thought perhaps to attach an electronic latch type circuit: 555 timer or alike, so that a short logic 1 would latch on the desired led. I would need 80x 555 timers with that idea lol. that would be allot of circuitry for my project box ,might be better to buy 4 x mega arduinos.

I just wonder if anyone here has a cool solution in this area, or perhaps direct me to an IC that might help?

thanks for help. : )

Mar 31, 2012 at 11:35am


Have a look at the lightuino (, it can control up to 70 LED (PWM) and it’s quite easy to control from Max. On of my students used it to control motors :

good luck !

Mar 31, 2012 at 5:33pm

thanks nnimar, looks great, i may be able to use under 70 leds. so it may work : )


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