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Making DIY Electronic Drum Pads #MusicMonday

via Voltage Control Lab

About 16 or 17 years ago, I was living in Boston, playing in a fusion band and looking for ways to expand the palette of sounds available in my acoustic drum set. I took a fantastic electronic percussion course at Berklee with Steve Wilkes, which made use of the incredible DrumKat, and I pined for a set of Roland V-Drums. But for a college student, these were unobtainably expensive.

A friend introduced me to piezo transducers as drum triggers, and I started making my own, buying the parts and cables at Radio Shack and teaching myself to solder using them. Thankfully, this is a hard project to mess up, so I was able to create a number of cheap, durable drum triggers for extremely cheap, which then ran into an old Alesis DM-5 drum brain.

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