What I was interested in doing for the longest of time now is to use my computer to analyze my global music (Players, browsers, games, etc..), and then send the analyzed data through the Serial port and into one of my Arduinos.
The goal here is to program my overhead Individually Addressable LED strips as well as pretty much any other LED's or even lights for that matter.
I've been searching forum after forum of people trying to do the same thing, but generally the tutorials made no sense to me and the closest that I got was to use the Arduino ADC and with the help of OP amps plot the AUX (Or similar) output within the range of 0 to 5V (2.5 Neutral middle).
However that approach seems a little bit overkill as I imagine there would be noise and not to mention having to build test and design the whole thing without having an Oscilloscope.
Ideally I want to find a way to use C# with Visual Studio 2015 to do this (As a matter of fact I found a tutorial on it, just couldn't understand the 3 step guide as the pace was jumping like crazy from 'Download this' to 'You're pretty much good now', even though I'm totally lost with the in-between).
Anyway if anyone's done something similar to this, please suggest some sort of a starting point for me.