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    Hey guys I am currently helping a member out in the megadrum forums with his build, and thought I would share my own build with anyone interested putting one together. It is pretty much a step by step process on how to build a megadrum and you can get all the details here. Keep in mind this is an "outdated" version, however it is working great with my drop in cake pan a to e conversion so far, and you can get all the latest firmware updates. I plan to post all the settings, gear and pics of the drum build as well when all that is wrapped up. Have 3 more drums to go and 2 already done. It's been a slow but fun project.

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    Look forward to seeing the settings, gear and maybe even videos. I expect to get my megadrum in a month ...
    My Drum Kit

    My kit: 6 DIY pads, CY5, PCY135, Hall sensor hihat, krigg - kick pedal trigger, megadrum

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    • #3
      Thanks for the link, russ15.

      Make sure you post it in the
      'MegaDrum Compatibility/Mods/Links' thread aswell! It is here:

      http://vdrums.com/forum/showthread.p...light=Megadrum
      .
      .
      Greetings from Switzerland,
      - Dänoh



      "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

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      • #4
        Hey Russ...just linked your thread to the MegaDrum Gear Compatibility and links thread....

        http://vdrums.com/forum/showthread.p...Pads-and-Links

        Great info BTW...thanks! This will help alot of folks.

        Do you have any plans to upgrade your chip? I am thinking of doing it. Have any thoughts on this?
        8 Piece Smokey Chrome/Acrylic w/DIY Pans http://quartzpercussions.com/home_en.html 2BoxDrumIt5x2, DIY Acrylic Spl/Ch, Gen16 Hats/Rides/Ch/Spl, Assorted Gen16 Conversion Cymbals http://www.stealthdrums.com/,DW Remote,SleishmanTwin/QuadSteele Conversion, http://www.drumagination.com/drum-pe...com/mk_pro.php Gibraltar & DrumFrame rack systems
        www.airbrushartists.org/dreamscapeairbrushrealm

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        • #5
          Hey guys thanks for the compliments and for the link Daniel. No, as of now no plans to upgrade at the moment since everything is working fine for now. I am planning on finishing my other two toms today, so when those are done I will mess around with the settings. Once I get those dialed in I'll post my findings. What will be helpful is that all the components I purchased you can get online and I am using the drop in cake pan method as well as Racer52's no bolt cake pan design so everything is repeatable. I will also be using solar screen for the heads so everything is definitely at a DIY point of view here to be more user friendly for everyone else.

          For those out there worried about having "hot" pads or who struggle with it now, I am using voltage dividers built in using a 100k pot as well and will provide that schematic when posting the build process. I have found however that with the current piezo's I am using (21mm) the pots don't even need to be adjusted and the pads are not too hot using a 21mm piezo ( I have messed with the pads briefly). However for the sake of safety I am using them on all the drums.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Russ15 View Post
            For those out there worried about having "hot" pads or who struggle with it now, I am using voltage dividers built in using a 100k pot as well and will provide that schematic when posting the build process. I have found however that with the current piezo's I am using (21mm) the pots don't even need to be adjusted and the pads are not too hot using a 21mm piezo ( I have messed with the pads briefly). However for the sake of safety I am using them on all the drums.
            I have an older Megadrum module that I'm sending back to Dmitri to have programmed so I can use the encrypted firmware. Kind of a pain, but I understand the need to protect his IP. I used it with DIY Roland style pads that were a little 'hot', which made it difficult to dial them in.

            My current project is converting an acoustic set and I had been wondering if smaller piezo's would help so I was very interested to hear that it does. I will also be very interested to see your voltage dividers as I think I'd like to make some as well just to have that little bit of added flexibility.

            Thanks for sharing your build so far.
            I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.
            Jack

            Sabre's Album

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            • #7
              Anybody tried to mount a voltage divider / pot on the shell, so it can be adjusted when needed (changing the module / testing / ... )?
              My Drum Kit

              My kit: 6 DIY pads, CY5, PCY135, Hall sensor hihat, krigg - kick pedal trigger, megadrum

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Russ15 View Post
                Hey guys thanks for the compliments and for the link Daniel. No, as of now no plans to upgrade at the moment since everything is working fine for now. I am planning on finishing my other two toms today, so when those are done I will mess around with the settings. Once I get those dialed in I'll post my findings. What will be helpful is that all the components I purchased you can get online and I am using the drop in cake pan method as well as Racer52's no bolt cake pan design so everything is repeatable. I will also be using solar screen for the heads so everything is definitely at a DIY point of view here to be more user friendly for everyone else.

                For those out there worried about having "hot" pads or who struggle with it now, I am using voltage dividers built in using a 100k pot as well and will provide that schematic when posting the build process. I have found however that with the current piezo's I am using (21mm) the pots don't even need to be adjusted and the pads are not too hot using a 21mm piezo ( I have messed with the pads briefly). However for the sake of safety I am using them on all the drums.
                Originally posted by everson View Post
                Anybody tried to mount a voltage divider / pot on the shell, so it can be adjusted when needed (changing the module / testing / ... )?
                Just a couple of posts previous.
                8 Piece Smokey Chrome/Acrylic w/DIY Pans http://quartzpercussions.com/home_en.html 2BoxDrumIt5x2, DIY Acrylic Spl/Ch, Gen16 Hats/Rides/Ch/Spl, Assorted Gen16 Conversion Cymbals http://www.stealthdrums.com/,DW Remote,SleishmanTwin/QuadSteele Conversion, http://www.drumagination.com/drum-pe...com/mk_pro.php Gibraltar & DrumFrame rack systems
                www.airbrushartists.org/dreamscapeairbrushrealm

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                • #9
                  Hey fellas I have attached the schematic for voltage dividers for megadrum users. 3b420976eee725a63726ff941b25a117.jpg I also included a picture (for everson and others) of how they look in my setup. Basically the pot is wired and placed upside down through the pan and tightnend with a nut on the bottom. This way you can adjust the voltage from under the drum and it looks pretty stealthy. 607dbc206282fc8b43190a9ba83bef23.jpg

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the diagram, Russ.
                    So, that`s what I thought - it`s not on the shell. I plan to mount it on the shell, don`t care for stealthiness ...
                    My Drum Kit

                    My kit: 6 DIY pads, CY5, PCY135, Hall sensor hihat, krigg - kick pedal trigger, megadrum

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                    • #11
                      Oh I see, ya it is mounted in the pan. You could easily do it through a hole you would drill through the shell. As long as you have a nut to tighten down the pot you are in good shape.

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