Audio Frequency Meter Using 555 IC

This audio frequency meter uses 555 IC as a monostable multivibrator (one-shoot trigger). A monostable multivibrator can act as a frequency-to-voltage converter because it produce a fixed pulse width, with the repetition rate/density is proportional to the triggering input frequency. Here is the circuit’s schematic diagram:

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