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    I'm planning on making some electric drum pads out of a 10" tom that I bought on eBay and I have a couple of questions 1. What size piezo sensors are good to use for dual zone pads 2. And what type of foam is best to use

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    I personally use 35mm piezos. I use very firm foam used in sanding blocks and works really well.

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      Thanks I'm planning on making a snare that Is going to be dual zone any advice as far as that's concerned?

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        Thanks! I'm planning on making a snare that Is going to be dual zone any advice as far as that's concerned?

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          I read your intro post in the Foyer and noticed that you're using the Alesis DM-6 module. Don't get discouraged if it's difficult to get DIY pads to work well with the DM-6. That module has few adjustable parameters, which can make the process difficult. Basically, you will have to tailor the pad to the module rather than adjust the module to the pad. I'd strongly suggest building a reflection plate style pad with multiple layers. I'd also suggest layering materials of differing densities that you can arrange in various combinations to see what produces the best results with the DM-6. Try things like, poly foam, polyester fiber fill batting, even fleece. I've used all those materials with my Alesis DM-8 and enjoyed good success. However, the DM-8 had many more adjustable parameters to help me in the process.
          Roland TD12 module / DIY Kit in progress, Gretsch Blackhawk A (soon to be E) kit.

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            Originally posted by Hohner1896 View Post
            Thanks I'm planning on making a snare that Is going to be dual zone any advice as far as that's concerned?
            +1 KennyinDundee. I would go with crossbar design. Attach 27mm or 35mm piezo to crossbar (no isolation) for the rim. Attach another piezo for the head, but this you need to isolate. Just my thoughts. good luck...
            Sonor S-classix birch
            Paiste Dark energy and 2002; Sabian Artisans, Evolutions.
            Mapex ProM ->Edrumin - Mesh - DIY internal triggers;‚Äč Gen16/L80s cymbals

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