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  • FSR Hi Hat controller help needed

    Hi. Iv built an FSR hi hat controller. It works but I need help in tweaking it to make it more playable. At the moment I have it mounted exactly like this one http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/d...al2000/fsr.jpg

    The problem is the foam Im using is the sanding block type. When I tried it under the footplate of the hi hat pedal the consistency of the foam was spot on.
    However because there are now 2 blocks of foam, one either side of the rod, its effectively doubling the rigidity of the foam. This means that when I press the pedal it doesnt compress much at all, and all the stages between open and closed happen within a about a cm. Thats obviously no good as I want the pedal to well open by the time I get an open sound.

    The best solution iv seen was a forum member on here who drilled a hole in the exact same type of FSR as I have so that it could be mounted dead centre on the hi hat saddle with the rod going though it, the same as the Vh-11 or Jobeky controllers. He has a video of youtube with a link to the post on here. Unfortunately the link is now dead. I would be interested in hearing from that guy or indeed anyone else who has drilled a hole in a their FSR to see if it presented any problems and how long it lasted after. This does seem to be the perfect solution.


  • #2
    Hi,
    I'm your guy !
    check here my original thread : http://www.vdrums.com/forum/advanced...ntroller/page2
    Check also this recent thread : http://www.vdrums.com/forum/advanced...hat-controller


    My FSR is still in perfect working condition after about 3 years of use.

    What module do you use ?

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    • #3
      i have since moved my FSR under the HH pedal, for ease of use. Cleaner with one less cable going to the HH, and triggers amazing too. Being an e-drum, I couldn't see the advantages of copying an exact HH setup. That's the point of e-drums...

      If you wish to stay up there, maybe try different foam densities? Right now, I have 3 layers of foam under my HH pedal to simulate a real HH pedal and it works pretty well.

      Also, if you look at my picture you posted, that orange foam is the same as the sponge used by workers laying tiles. It is a lot softer than sanding blocks.

      Or you could go Sylv1co's way.... all good ways to get the FSR to trigger flawlessly.
      DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
      Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

      My new venture, HiEnd Speakers. : voglosounds.com

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      • #4
        Cheers for the reply. I just like the idea of having it mounted near to the trigger, I suppose its because I used to have a TD-12 and just like the neatness of it. I use a trigger IO with a mix od custom triggers and standard 8" Alesis pads. I dont have a module as such, I just trigger addictive drums on my laptop.

        Il try some different foam anyway. I think your right, it needs to be a lot softer. I might also experiment with a spring set up if I end up drilling the centre of the FSR out.

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        • #5
          Almost forgot to ask. Is there any harm in cutting the leads down to size on the FSR? Im on about the rigid attached ribbon cable. The areas which you solder to on the cable are almost like a staple into the plastic making a contact with the metal strip inside the plastic. Would it be possible to make a solder connection if you cut this back?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by peacock_suit View Post
            Almost forgot to ask. Is there any harm in cutting the leads down to size on the FSR? Im on about the rigid attached ribbon cable. The areas which you solder to on the cable are almost like a staple into the plastic making a contact with the metal strip inside the plastic. Would it be possible to make a solder connection if you cut this back?
            Almost impossible,to my humble opinion.

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            • #7
              just fold or roll the tab.
              DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
              Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

              My new venture, HiEnd Speakers. : voglosounds.com

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