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  • #31
    SilentSeraph,

    I've been a little busy and sick lately, so please forgive my slow answer...

    Ok, as Sylv1co mentioned, I used the diagram you can see from post #2 on the 1st page.

    I changed my design so it is very easy to access and fiddle with. I mount the plate under the pedal and placed the electronics inside a business card box! The whole setup slides in and out from under the pedal. Easy!
    Sorry for the "ghetto" look, but I will paint the whole thing black which should help a bit!

    Pic1 is the mounting plate that slides under the HH pedal, made it fit the contour of the bottom and at first I thought I would have to glue/ziptie this thing down, but since the pedal is pushing forward, the plate never moves and always stays in the same spot.

    Pic2 is the foam mounted over the FSR. I used 2 double-sided pieces of tape on each side of the FSR, so no tape covers the FSR plus the foam doesn't touch the FSR meaning no pressure on it unless I step on the pedal. I get clean close / chicks / etc...

    Pic3 is the plate mounted under the pedal. If I had been a little smarter, I would have placed the 1/4" jack at the bottom of the box!

    Good luck with your build.





    DTX700, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH Kit Pix

    My new venture: voglosounds.com

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    • #32
      Thats an easy "plug-in/out" solution! Might try that as soon as I get my hihat pedal back.

      Good job
      Making my way into diy edrums and failing to resist GAS!
      Kit: Alesis Trigger IO + DIY Acrilic Cymbals + FSR Hihat Controller
      Kit Pics here!

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      • #33
        Hi I'm getting ready to order parts to build one of these but I have a few questions.

        Are the resistors and capacitor in the schematic in post #12 considered the voltage divider?
        Does the voltage divider that comes with the FSR from the robot store make these parts unnecessary?

        Thanks.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by nm999 View Post
          Hi I'm getting ready to order parts to build one of these but I have a few questions.

          Are the resistors and capacitor in the schematic in post #12 considered the voltage divider?
          Does the voltage divider that comes with the FSR from the robot store make these parts unnecessary?

          Thanks.
          Hi,
          this product (http://www.robotshop.com/eu/producti...-03&lang=fr-CA) is sent without voltage divider. Anyway, a pre-made circuit should not work since the yamaha style HH circuit uses 3 pins (tip, ring and sleeve).

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          • #35
            Thanks for the reply.
            I guess I should have said that this is going to be used with a Roland TD-8 module.
            Is the voltage divider only needed with a Yamaha module?
            I think I'm confused because the original post says there is no other component other than the FSR, but then goes on to include a schematic showing the resistors and capacitor.

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            • #36
              The schema is, as stated in the post, for Yamaha modules.

              For Roland, just wire the 2 tabs of the FSR to your TRS plug and you should be good to go!
              DTX700, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH Kit Pix

              My new venture: voglosounds.com

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              • #37
                And I believe the same applies for the Trigger IO, but I have totest it more since I've only tried to connect it and saw CC messages ^^
                Making my way into diy edrums and failing to resist GAS!
                Kit: Alesis Trigger IO + DIY Acrilic Cymbals + FSR Hihat Controller
                Kit Pics here!

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                • #38
                  Yes, on the TD-10, the FSR don't need any other component. But a 20kOhm resistor wired in parallel with the FSR can prevent some problems on other modules, it's very simple so I recommend to add one.

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                  • #39
                    I'd like to know what the best type of foam to use for this is? I use sanding foam in my DIY trigger pads, and it works fine, but would it be too dense for this?
                    My kit: Yamaha DTX500, Yamaha RHH135, Yamaha PCY135, Yamaha PCY150s, Alesis DMPad 14" Ride, Alesis 8" Realhead mesh converted, two DIY 13" mesh pads with Ddrum Red Shot triggers, Yamaha KP65, mounted on an Ion Pro Session rack.
                    Bands:
                    A Dying God: https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Dyi...06965945988018
                    Morvidus: https://www.facebook.com/MorvidusBlackMetal
                    My Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nattye
                    My YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/WhingyTeen

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                    • #40
                      You will have to experiment.
                      I tried a few different foam pieces, like a sponge for doing tile work, and in the end, I picked a piece that came as packaging in a box for something I had ordered! It has a little more density than a soft sponge, but not so hard as a sanding pad.

                      Also, I know that my DTX700 module calibrates the HH pedal every time I turn it on, I don't know if it is the same for other modules. So if you swap pieces of foam, turn off and on again your module before trying it out.
                      DTX700, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH Kit Pix

                      My new venture: voglosounds.com

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                      • #41
                        Thanks, I have a few different types of foam in my room, so I'll experiment. Won't be able to post results till after christmas, seeing as santa is hopefully bringing me the DTX500. Thanks a lot for the help though, great forum this!
                        My kit: Yamaha DTX500, Yamaha RHH135, Yamaha PCY135, Yamaha PCY150s, Alesis DMPad 14" Ride, Alesis 8" Realhead mesh converted, two DIY 13" mesh pads with Ddrum Red Shot triggers, Yamaha KP65, mounted on an Ion Pro Session rack.
                        Bands:
                        A Dying God: https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Dyi...06965945988018
                        Morvidus: https://www.facebook.com/MorvidusBlackMetal
                        My Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nattye
                        My YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/WhingyTeen

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                        • #42
                          Finished the controller build, my Hi Hat stand is hopefully arriving tomorrow for proper testing, but here's pictures of the circuit and the case for it (a cheap Maplin project box). Didn't have a 151k resistor, so I had to... Improvise.

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                          My kit: Yamaha DTX500, Yamaha RHH135, Yamaha PCY135, Yamaha PCY150s, Alesis DMPad 14" Ride, Alesis 8" Realhead mesh converted, two DIY 13" mesh pads with Ddrum Red Shot triggers, Yamaha KP65, mounted on an Ion Pro Session rack.
                          Bands:
                          A Dying God: https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Dyi...06965945988018
                          Morvidus: https://www.facebook.com/MorvidusBlackMetal
                          My Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nattye
                          My YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/WhingyTeen

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                          • #43
                            hmmm.. where will you put that box?
                            It might be a bit tall to fit under the pedal.
                            Or you have something else in mind?
                            DTX700, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH Kit Pix

                            My new venture: voglosounds.com

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                            • #44
                              I had my hi hat stand arrive today, and am going to put it under the pedal, but use a thinner bit of foam. I tested it earlier and it works surprisingly well!
                              My kit: Yamaha DTX500, Yamaha RHH135, Yamaha PCY135, Yamaha PCY150s, Alesis DMPad 14" Ride, Alesis 8" Realhead mesh converted, two DIY 13" mesh pads with Ddrum Red Shot triggers, Yamaha KP65, mounted on an Ion Pro Session rack.
                              Bands:
                              A Dying God: https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Dyi...06965945988018
                              Morvidus: https://www.facebook.com/MorvidusBlackMetal
                              My Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nattye
                              My YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/WhingyTeen

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                              • #45
                                Do you think this will work with a Roland TD-6? I just finished 2 single zone chokable cymbals and dual zone ride. Now I need my hi- hats and a controller.

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