RecordShelf – vinyl selection lightshow spectacular

Mike Smith wanted to be able to locate specific records in his collection with ease, so he turned to a Raspberry Pi for assistance.

A web server running on the Pi catalogues his vast vinyl collection. Upon selecting a specific record, the appropriate shelf lights up, followed by a single NeoPixel highlighting the record’s location.

The lights are controlled with Adafruit’s FadeCandy, a dithering USB controller driver with its own software that allows for easier direction of a NeoPixel. It also puts on a pretty nifty light show.

Records can be selected via artist, title, record label, a unique index number, or even vinyl colour. This also allowed for Mike to select all records in a specific category and highlight them at once; how many records by a specific artist or label, for example.

RecordShelf

Further down the line, Mike is also planning on RFID support, allowing him to scan a record and have the appropriate shelf light up to indicate where it should be stored. Keep up to date with the build via the project’s Hackaday.io page.

14 comments

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Very nice! I love the article, too! This is amazing work and inspires me as a programmer.

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good idea :) I will try it in my projects

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Yeah! Disco is making a comeback!

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Why didnt he just sort them alphabetically?

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With my librarian hat on, there are a ton of classification methods that are more useful than alphabetic arrangement. It’s better than sorting your books/vinyl by colour, though, I guess :)

Alex Bate

You may want to sort them by genre, band, live/studio, purchase order, ownership, themes etc, etc…

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Adding to the other methods of classification, club DJs sort by BPM (beats per minute)

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Hey thanks for posting about this! If anyone wants to lend a hand I’d be super receptive to suggestions/feedback with my code. https://github.com/whoismikesmith/recordShelf

Alex Bate

It’s a great build, Mike. Thanks for sharing it out in the first place!

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I did a very same (minus colors) dissertation in high school, with a full GUI for MC/CD/LP. In Turbo Pascal+Assembly, through printer port, in 97. Good ideas does not get old :)

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he needs to get Hue lights

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What happens to the locating of records when you add more records to a cube (forcing other records to shift to a new cube)?

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Nice.
It could be cool if the lights will start on and while you search they would turn off according to the results displayed

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