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February 26, 2015

Homemade Electronic Drum Kit

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Homemade Electronic Drum Kit


If you are musically inclined a cool project would be to build some of your instruments. This Homemade Electronic Drum Kit by  is a great example of what can be developed with a bit of work. It looks great and is functional. 

“This first iteration is roughly modeled after the Roland V-drum. The main features I extracted were:

1. Piezoelectric pressure sensors for velocity-sensitive note triggering.

2. Mesh drum heads for quiet, responsive hits.

3. Dual-zone pads in which two sensors are connected to each jack. This allows for triggering two separate notes over a single cable. Usually the hits are divided as snare & rim, or cymbal & bells. This kit also features double kick pedals that transmit over a single TRS cable.

4. A drum brain that converts analog signals from the piezos into MIDI messages that a computer can recognize. Software then interprets the messages to generate musical output. In this case, I am using an Alesis Trigger I/O, which feeds into my laptop via USB.

5. Typical drum kit form-factor. Based on the number of inputs on the Trigger I/O, my kit features three dual-zone cymbals, two kick pedals, one hi-hat pedal & five dual-zone drum pads. A total of nineteen independent notes.”



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2 Responses to “Homemade Electronic Drum Kit”

  1. Simpson Strap Says:

    Simpson Strap

    Homemade Electronic Drum Kit – Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

  2. cole Says:

    what are the materials you used to make these drums

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