Massive thank you to Mr Peter Oakes. I'm pretty certain we all owe him a massive thank you for his sportsmanship in this competition. If it wasn't for him i would never have completed this roadtest at all and so I am extremely grateful and honoured.
Now, although I did state that my microphone situation wasn't exactly going to plan, I instead took Peter's advice to use my phone(or any other mp3 device) to play music that I would then hook up to the analog input of the arduino. After realising that cutting up a pair if earphones was harder than I thought, I decided that it would be much easier to hook up some wires to an aux cable...and it worked!
I then set about using this input to control the led strip. Thankfully I had the Infineon library handy and so cooked up a couple of if else statements to check an average volatage out of every 100.
Now in terms of review...
I have no real negatives about the arduinos. They've proven to be extremely useful and versatile time and time again, and are extremely resilient so even newbies will find it hard to break them(I found that out after putting 5v through my yun...). However i do have a bone or two to pick with the shield.
First of all, what's up with the lack of pins! This may not be such a big problem but the fact that i had to buy my own arduino pins off of ebay set my project back by possibly weeks, and to be honest it will hardly affect the cost of the board itself. I'm not too fussed about them not being soldered on, it can just be a pain to find them.
Secondly, as many of you know, there are very little "Hello World" programs out there for this shield(before this roadtest anyways). I would really like to see at least some guidance or simple examples on Infineons website as if it wasn't for the Infineon library this project would have been a lot more complicated for everyone.
Thank you for this amazing oppurtunity, and your time, and I will (hopefully) see you all soon!