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    Howdy. I've been digging through old threads on FSR controller builds, and I'd like to hear from those of you who continue to use such a controller, especially one that rests under the pedal.

    A bit of context - I use a VH-11 with a TD17 module, and while this particular combination is fine, the hat is less than optimal when paired with Superior Drummer 3. Here too, I've been digging through old threads and have learned that plenty of folks have wrestled with the inherent problems of the floating hat when used with a VST.

    What I'd love to know, then, is how those of you using a DIY FSR controller feel that it performs. Does it rival the better Roland pedals like the FD-7? Do you get a nice, full range of motion? How about stability - is it the sort of thing you're constantly troubleshooting?

    I'm also curious about the build for a pedal like the FD-7 attached to a hi-hat stand. I know some of you have done this as well, and I have the same questions as above. Are you happy with it?

    It seems that I could solve my problem with a fixed hat and pedal combo, but I'd rather explore one of these DIY solutions so as to maintain a moving hat. If indeed you all are happy with the performance of one of these builds and would like to make and sell me one, feel free to let me know that as well, perhaps via PM.

    Thanks!
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    I made my own controller FSR based after I saw the Sylv1co post and it worked very well, used with the VH12 configuration on my TD12. IMO using it directly below the cymbal with a hole in it is a better option than adding stuff below the pedal. I saw recently someone posting a DIY project with a 3dprinted controller made that way. I heard about a FSR model, maybe the Interlink 404 made with a hole in it but I have no idea if it works well as the 406.
    Currently I'm not using it anymore because another project I'm following, but I think I'll go back on FSR in future for an idea I have.
    Can't say anything about commercial stuff, I have only my own DIY kit.
    Roland TD-12 module, MegaDrum Trigger module, DIY DareStone CLDRUMWH A2E drum conversion, DIY rack using Dixon clamps, Pearl P-932 double pedal, DIY A2E Chang dual zone cymbals.

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    • #3
      That was me that printed the hi hat controller. It works flawlessly so far. Even though I mangled the fsr a bit while drilling a hole in it. Does anyone know how to get a clean hole?

      I also like the in between the hat much more than under the pedal. It is much more responsive and quick when doing splashed and foot splashed are much more realistic and easy to achieve. I could never get the foot splash right with the under the pedal controller.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Aka Wayne View Post
        I mangled the fsr a bit while drilling a hole in it. Does anyone know how to get a clean hole?
        Me too, but I suppose a good way should be to sandwich it between 2 rigid blocks, say of some flat wood blocked with a pair of tongs.
        This is the one I used, protected with a shrinkable tube and pins soldered for easy connections.

        Roland TD-12 module, MegaDrum Trigger module, DIY DareStone CLDRUMWH A2E drum conversion, DIY rack using Dixon clamps, Pearl P-932 double pedal, DIY A2E Chang dual zone cymbals.

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        • #5
          Interesting stuff. Thanks for the info!
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