I've got an electret microphone and I understand that I need quite some amplification to get it to be read by an Arduino (0-5V input). So I seeked the web, but answers are as different as people on the street. Some use Op-Amps, some only a transistor cicruit or the like. This guy is using 2 amps before and after his filters Video, LM386 and this guy claims, that exactly this amp isn't good for the job: recommends NOT using LM386.
I really only want to have a threshold switch, so I need no filters whatsoever and not a super duper amplification. What is the simplest solution, with which I can read a voltage with the arduino? With a transistor alone (seems easiest to me so far) - how can I know how much it amplifies (or as I understand it modifies the "other voltage" to look the same)?
I found many different schematics using various op-amps, but regarding them I don't really need another tutorial, but rather a rule of thumb for a "readable" amplification. Is 100 times enough? I found circuits with 1000 times amplification, so I'm really wondering which one works fine.
However the really simple thing would be this: video at 17sec. At second 17 and 50 or so, they show an extremly basic circuit, which would be exactly what would work best for me... However the question is, if this is enough amplification for the ADC in an arduino.
If I can't get a satisfying answer I think I'll build both and see how they compare/work for me.