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    Hey everyone. Does anyone know how to build a nice sensitive diy hi hat controller? I haven't found any links on it yet. I'm sort of new to the drum trigger world. I've dabbled on a few kits here and there and used select triggers but was never quite happy with them. I recently began building my own home made kit out of older drum parts I have laying around. Also feel free to leave any other awesome tips.

  • #2
    Hmm.. Actually I haven't seen any homemade hi-hat controllers, don't know if it's who hasn't looked enough or if it's not really comon that people try to make their own.
    What module are you using? The Yamaha RHH 130 or RHH135 are good controllers that works with most modules and are not too expensive either.

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    • #3
      People have done it... somewhere in this DIY section. Not sure if they were lost in one of the server crashes long ago. I may be looking for one as well for use on a normal hi hat stand.

      I think Hart makes a good one, and Yamaha as mentioned, but I don't want to buy a whole new stand. I want something I can attach to my current Tama stand.
      Yamaha DTX-502 / (3) PCY155 Cymbals / HH65 HH Pedal
      Roland KD-9 Kick / DIY Snare (1 zone with DTX...)

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      • #4
        There are plenty of DIY stand options: Here is one of many: http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...edal-mount-diy
        But without the important info from the OP ..... like what module is being used there is no way to answer really.
        I could tell you where to stick that piezo! ;)
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        • #5
          FSR gets my vote as there are no moving parts besides the actual pedal.

          But, as JMW mentioned, we have to know which module is involved, and then there are plenty of threads about DIY HH controller in the DIY section.
          DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
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          • #6
            In my case, a TD-9, the FSR just gets mounted under the pedal, with a stack of foam that compresses and puts increasing pressure on the FSR? This then will allow the TD9 to produce the proper HH MIDI Data for something like Superior Drummer?

            1) Can a Roland FD8 be taken apart and retrofitted somehow on a regular HH stand pedal? Not sure what is in one of those things...
            2) Are there no rods to sense pedal movement, like the data acquisition units used on motorcycle suspensions?

            EDIT: A linear potentiometer, like this:
            http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/...aE7yPaV1kjg%3d

            A mere $226.... but maybe there is something cheaper.
            Last edited by ohlarikd; 01-27-14, 04:15 PM.
            Yamaha DTX-502 / (3) PCY155 Cymbals / HH65 HH Pedal
            Roland KD-9 Kick / DIY Snare (1 zone with DTX...)

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            • #7
              I don't have a FD7 or FD8, but it LOOKS like you could retrofit that to a real Hi Hat stand. Just attach the plate to the HH pedal. I am not sure how it would FIT under the pedal, or if you'd need to hack it up a bit. The FD8 looks smaller. I hear people prefer FD7 over FD8, but not clear why. As for 'feel', I think it would feel no different than the normal HH stand action.

              Anyone try this?
              Yamaha DTX-502 / (3) PCY155 Cymbals / HH65 HH Pedal
              Roland KD-9 Kick / DIY Snare (1 zone with DTX...)

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              • #8

                Originally posted by ohlarikd View Post
                I don't have a FD7 or FD8, but it LOOKS like you could retrofit that to a real Hi Hat stand. Just attach the plate to the HH pedal. I am not sure how it would FIT under the pedal, or if you'd need to hack it up a bit. The FD8 looks smaller. I hear people prefer FD7 over FD8, but not clear why. As for 'feel', I think it would feel no different than the normal HH stand action.

                Anyone try this?
                There are lots of DIY HH stand builds with both the FD-8 and FD-7. I have an FD-7 conversion here on my website:
                http://stealthdrums.com/Misc.html I used a conversion like that only with a Pearl Eliminator HH stand with my TD-20X for years with an adapter and full VH-12 functionality. My Eliminator-FD conversion: http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...as-roliminator
                My FD-8 stand conversion using a cheap Tama HH stand:
                http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...atible?t=59391
                Another FD-8 stand conversion with additional links within the thread to other FD-8 stand conversions:
                http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...and+conversion
                And there are more .... so yeah it has been done. J
                I could tell you where to stick that piezo! ;)
                Stealthdrums.com Mega Kit: Pearl Mimic Pro ,2Box modules,drums and cymbals too many to count. VST quality sounds directly from the Mimic and custom sounds loaded into and played directly from the 2Box modules. Visit me anytime at: http://stealthdrums.com/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JmanWord View Post

                  There are lots of DIY HH stand builds with both the FD-8 and FD-7. I have an FD-7 conversion here on my website:
                  http://stealthdrums.com/Misc.html I used a conversion like that only with a Pearl Eliminator HH stand with my TD-20X for years with an adapter and full VH-12 functionality. My Eliminator-FD conversion: http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...as-roliminator
                  My FD-8 stand conversion using a cheap Tama HH stand:
                  http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...atible?t=59391
                  Another FD-8 stand conversion with additional links within the thread to other FD-8 stand conversions:
                  http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...and+conversion
                  And there are more .... so yeah it has been done. J
                  Thanks JMAN! My searches were coming up a little empty, but I assumed this had been done. I'll give them all a read a see what I can learn...
                  Yamaha DTX-502 / (3) PCY155 Cymbals / HH65 HH Pedal
                  Roland KD-9 Kick / DIY Snare (1 zone with DTX...)

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                  • #10
                    JMAN - links are great! I have a pretty higher end Tama stand, so a little unsure about cutting it all up. Maybe I can work out a non-destructive way.

                    Can I ask the eternal age-old question - for this purpose, do you think the FD7 or FD8 is better? I don't think 'feel' will come into play since th HH stand action will most likely be what I 'feel'. The FD8 looks to be smaller and maybe easier to integrate?
                    Yamaha DTX-502 / (3) PCY155 Cymbals / HH65 HH Pedal
                    Roland KD-9 Kick / DIY Snare (1 zone with DTX...)

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