Template: Sample


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The Sample sample demonstrates how to blink LEDs in the rhythm of the music that is played.


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The sample supports the following development kits:

Hardware platforms


Board name

Build target

nRF52 DK




nRF52840 DK




The sample also requires …

The sample is configured to compile and run as a non-secure application on nRF91’s Cortex-M33. Therefore, it automatically includes the Secure Partition Manager that prepares the required peripherals to be available for the application.

You can also configure it to use TF-M instead of Secure Partition Manager.


You can use this sample as a starting point to implement a disco light.

The sample uses the :ref:RST link library to control the LEDs. In addition, it uses the :ref:RST link sound sensor and hooks up to some Internet service to download cool blinking sequences.


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Some title*


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The sample repeatedly calls function ABC, which …


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Connect PIN1 to PIN2, then cut the connection again.

User interface*


Add button and LED assignments here, plus other information related to the user interface (for example, supported commands).

Button 1:

Does something.

Button 2:

Toggles something.

LED 1:

On when connected.

LED 2:

Indicates something.



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Configuration options*


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ANOTHER_CONFIG - Another configuration

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Additional configuration*


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Check and configure the following library options that are used by the sample:

Configuration files*


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The sample provides predefined configuration files for typical use cases. You can find the configuration files in the XXX directory.

The following files are available:

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Building and running


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This sample can be found under samples/XXX in the nRF Connect SDK folder structure.

See Building and programming a sample application for information about how to build and program the application.

Note that this sample enables the XXX stack. See REF for more information.

Some title*


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After programming the sample to your development kit, test it by performing the following steps:

  1. Connect the kit to the computer using a USB cable. The kit is assigned a COM port (Windows) or ttyACM device (Linux), which is visible in the Device Manager.

  2. Connect to the kit with a terminal emulator (for example, PuTTY). See How to connect with PuTTY for the required settings.

  3. Press a button on the development kit.

  4. Look at the flashing lights.

  5. And so on …


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Sample output*


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The following output is logged on RTT:



If the LEDs do not start blinking, check if the music is loud enough.

Known issues and limitations*

The sample only works with good music.


  • Music chapter in the Bluetooth Spec (-> always link)

  • Disco ball datasheet


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This sample uses the following nRF Connect SDK libraries:

It uses the following sdk-nrfxlib libraries:

It uses the following Zephyr libraries:

In addition, it uses the following samples:

The sample also uses drivers from nrfx.

Internal modules*


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