Adjustable Rhythm Microphone Sensitivity

Started by PaulFriedman


Are we not getting away from the fact that the Rhythm module is not sensitive enough and we need a software update to rectify this. This problem was highlighted (this thread) over a year ago…….. NANOLEAF - do you scan these forums?????


I don't have this issue at all. I was just putting forth solutions for people. Try starting the scene with the music off and then turn it on. Are you using a sound system or just laptop speakers? Could also be the quality of your speakers. I noticed they work much better when i'm using my stereo system than when i'm using a small portable Bluetooth speaker.


Indeed, there does need to be a way to adjust the sensitivity. I'm using my big ol' Logitech Z5500 system in my office. It's plenty loud, but unless I'm pointing a speaker at the sensor it just doesn't pick up enough.

In the mean time I've started using something on github instead. The dev implemented their own visualizer with Spotify and even have sensitivity adjustment. Works much better then the Nanoleaf one.


Hey mcahneriii,

It was a test- so I returned the mic anyhow :-) I didn't want to get into adding an amp- it was bad enough having something on my wall which is white, with the Nanoleaf which is also white, with something that's not white (the mic), it kind of cheapens the experience. If I have to add an amp to fix the hardware that technically isn't broken because it clearly can capture the audio, that's too much of a fix…

I'm using a Sonos Beam. At 30% volume from across the room, the Nano leaf doesn't pick up. It starts to pick up at 50% volume- which is pretty loud.

Thanks for the recommendations, however!


@Rowak Good timing, just recommended it yesterday as well, on the Hue subreddit of all places, for someone wanting to sync their display to their Nanoleaf. Great work on the app, love the effect for gaming.

Aliakbar Eski

Seems like there is a lot of demand for adjustable sensitivity. We will look into it and keep you posted on this thread!

At the outset, we would want the product to be a plug and play device, where you don't have to worry about the details. But there are many many factors that will affect the performance in the real world, unfortunately.


Just got my nanoleaf and this was my SAME complaint. The mic does not pick up the music unless I'm waking up the neighborhood.


Easy mod cable

wmikega I made a custom 100% analog input wire that could change intensity of the sensitivity to the music and the response of the music. You need to play your music through a 3.5mm cable split to the rhythm module and your speaker system.

Amplitude Response

1- The panels have 3 derivations of responses. The first is the amplitude response (loudness). This is usually mapped to a brightness function meaning the louder your music is the brighter your panels are. You can modulate this setting by using a variable resistor series connected on the common ground of your 3.5mm cable.

Frequency Response

2- The second derivation is the frequency response. This setting will still have dependency on amplitude but it also introduces variation in gain based on frequency or tone. These values are usually mapped to a color changing function meaning the high notes and low notes will be different colors. This can be physically altered by introducing variable complex resistance such as capacitors and inductors. Essentially a high, low, band pass.

Rhythm Reconition

3- The third derivation I kind of made up but is usable in the nanoleaf creation sdk is a rhythm recognition. This will cycle through changes based on a pattern in the music or the beat or rhythm. This can be physically changed by adding an attack, diminish , or echo function circuit on your 3.5mm cable augmenting the signal.

Other Physical Wave Properties I Have Not Used With the Rhythm

4- I haven't tried to change any digital or analog settings beyond thus like waveform type or functions of wave variation. This seems like it would kill the memory on the controller.

Easy Brightness Response with a Knob

Materials needed

  • 2x 3.5mm AUX Cables
  • 3.5mm 1 male to 2 female splitter
  • 10k Potentiometer
  • (Optional} solder
  • (Optional} electrical tape
  • (Optional} shrink wrap


  • 1.) Cut cable where you want to install the knob.
  • 2.) Strip the wires you should have a R+, L+, and G. Re-connect the R+ and L+ cables.
  • 3.) Solder one of the common grounds to the 1st pin of the knob potentiometer and solder the second common ground to the 2nd middle pin on the pot. Leave the third one blank
  • 4.) Cleanup with tape or heat shrink as desired.


Adjust the resistance to dim or brighten the music response


I have 15 panels vertically aligned in a zig-zag fashion, basically a straight line.
With the soundbar mode selected, 9 of the 15 panels get lit - in a silent room xD

Some modes are less sensitive which leads me to believe the lights a lit based on a pre-programmed sensitivity. Some light up mostly on kicks/bass, while some light up with the treble tones. (snares etc)'s not fully dynamic.

The fix for a slider bar would be great! If you check out cololights, they have a touch bar that's a touch screen but it's plastic..It's only on the main light and it's only used to switch effects or turn on/off. It's one of the best styled buttons I have seen on a LED light. It would be seriously awesome on these babies!


Is it possible to attach Nanoleaf Aurora Rhytm module onto Nanoleaf Canvas? I know, tough luck, but … I am fine with aux as long as I can use it in canvas

Also… they replied to this thread a year ago and no up-to-dates(