max/msp >arduino> multiplex>80 leds

    Mar 31 2012 | 11:00 am
    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 9x9 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. : )