This nifty sound level meter is a perfect one chip replacement for the standard analog meters. It is completely solid state and will never wear out. The whole circuit is based on the LM3915 audio level IC and uses only a few external components.
2.2uF 25V Electrolytic Capacitor
1K 1/4W Resistor
1N4002 Silicon Diode
Standard LED or LED Array
LM3915 Audio Level IC
Board, Wire, Socket For U1
1. V+ can be anywhere from 3V to 20V.
2. The input is designed for standard audio line voltage (1V P-P) and has a maximum input voltage of 1.3V.
3. Pin 9 can be disconnected from ground to make the circuit use a moving dot display instead of a bar graph display.
Source: Electronics Lab