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  • DIY Guy (for now)

    Greetings. Been google-lurking for ages while doing research, signed up a while back. Finally got a module, so can start trying out stuff without having to finish up an Arduino Mega trigger to midi converter first. Got a Remo practice pad set off ebay already converted to mesh with triggers for a great deal (though had to replace several broken brackets and might have to re-do a couple pads)...and just got a Roland TD-6V still to test.

    I'm more of a keyboard player but have always had an interest in drumming and for some reason this year I'm taking it up. I'm working on a little Arduino input engine for Mac, but don't know how far along I'll get with that, meaning one that intakes the Arduino trigger scanning info over USB etc, and plays .wav files, etc. I just need to figure out a little crosstalk handling algorithm then I think that will work fine. 15 trigger input + one for a pot. Getting the TD-6V has put the motivation off for that for a while though, since I can play something now (if the triggers work)

    Working on some DIY cymbals (found some cool non-flat rounded pizza pans at Big Lots) and using Harbor Freight toolbox liner per a mention I saw here or somewhere else (can't find the link).

    Wondering if anyone has ever applied microswitches to cymbal-choke applications? Seems perfectly suited since the travel is small, and pressures light. Have added some vinyl tubing edging around the circlets around the mesh pads on the Remo's to reduce the accidental whack noise and improve aesthetic blandness. Because I'm weird I might light it all up too, have parts for all that but I'm notorious for dreaming bigger than implementation these days. If going the Arduino route can use the trigger velocity to set the PWM pulse and make the brightness whack-based to some degree, otherwise, just flick it on a bit.

    I can't afford a real kit currently, otherwise would get an Alesis DM something, or ideally, a Yamaha DTX522K. I can't afford a Roland set, just their 10 year old modules. (had no idea it was that old, or would have gotten a new DTX502 for this, probably)

    But I also went with the Roland because it looked spiffy, and had more practice songs.

    And if it's not obvious, I can write a lot.

    rc
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    Remo Practice set conversion, DIY cymbals, PD-7's & PD-9's, CY-5, Sonor Hi-Hat stand, Roland TD-6V, Zoom RT-123, CB700 snare, Simmons SDMP1 Tunes: https://soundcloud.com/artly-there

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    I'm guessing you have a computer, and since money seems tight, have a look at the sample library DrumMic'a. It's free, sounds great, and will work with your td6. Should keep you much happier than the stock td6 sounds.
    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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    • #3
      Thanks, I downloaded DrumMic'a. Does that only have one kit, just super sampled all around using different microphones? (Seems so). Looking to get a PD-8 or PD-9 to add to my rack, those are rather affordable. Will probably pick up Steve Slate Drums 4 later, though I'm not sure that has as many velocity layers as the competition.
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      Remo Practice set conversion, DIY cymbals, PD-7's & PD-9's, CY-5, Sonor Hi-Hat stand, Roland TD-6V, Zoom RT-123, CB700 snare, Simmons SDMP1 Tunes: https://soundcloud.com/artly-there

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      • #4
        Wow! Awesome! Please keep us posted of the project with pics, this is what it's all about! As far as DIY cymbals with switches, talk with JMan, he's one of our resident experts on DIY cymbals.
        K ;-)
        My bands: Alter Ego, Arcanum
        E Kit = Roland TDW-20s kit // Roland SPD-S// Pearl Demon Drives//
        A Kit = Tama Swingstar 5 pc (1981) w/roto toms (orig owner!) //Zildjians
        A Kit = Natal 6 pc with Paiste 2000 & Zildjian/MidiKNights/DrumSplitters

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        • #5
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          Remo Practice set conversion, DIY cymbals, PD-7's & PD-9's, CY-5, Sonor Hi-Hat stand, Roland TD-6V, Zoom RT-123, CB700 snare, Simmons SDMP1 Tunes: https://soundcloud.com/artly-there

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          • #6
            I actually like your approach quite a lot Mesh. We all DIY for various reasons. Some, like to mod existing things, some to get more bang for the buck, and some because it's often the cheapest route. Many will appreciate your approach because it will get them up and drumming sooner rather than later. Kudos ,sir.
            Roland TD12 module / DIY Kit in progress, Gretsch Blackhawk A (soon to be E) kit.

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            • #7
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              Remo Practice set conversion, DIY cymbals, PD-7's & PD-9's, CY-5, Sonor Hi-Hat stand, Roland TD-6V, Zoom RT-123, CB700 snare, Simmons SDMP1 Tunes: https://soundcloud.com/artly-there

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              • #8
                I know nothing about electronics other than how to plug them in and turn them on and off. So to me, what you have created is nothing short of awesome! Thanks for sharing the photos and good luck with the drum lessons!
                Roland TDW-20 Frankenstein kit: TDW-20 Module, TD-12 Rack. 1 PD-125 Snare, 4 PD-105 Toms, 1 KD-120 Kick, 1 CY-12 Cymbals, 3 CY-8 Cymbals, 1 VH-12 Hi-Hat, DW-9000 Remote Hi-Hat Controller, DW-5002AD3 Double Bass Pedal, Roc N Soc Nitro Rider Throne, Homemade Drumstick Holder.

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                • #9
                  Welcome to the forum, Meshopotamia!


                  "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

                  http://www.vdrums.com/forum/core/cus...ar33631_4.jpeg

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                  • #10
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                    Remo Practice set conversion, DIY cymbals, PD-7's & PD-9's, CY-5, Sonor Hi-Hat stand, Roland TD-6V, Zoom RT-123, CB700 snare, Simmons SDMP1 Tunes: https://soundcloud.com/artly-there

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                    • #11
                      My kit is finally is finished! Mostly. I now have 4 cymbals, (hat, crash 1 and crash 2, ride), and Kick, Snare, T1,T2,T3, T4 on 7/8 inputs (will split 5/6 too.) .

                      They are 2 x CY-5, one Alesis Ion 12" single zone, and one 12" Simmons S1000CYM12DC I believe, dual zone.

                      Earlier this week I picked up a Ludwig 22" Kick and 2 toms for only $50, so can start an A2E for my next kit, G.A.S. Gone Wild.

                      Sorry the pic is not better. Gotta clean up the studio and re-arrange.

                      Note ultra-important Jack in the Box eyeball protector on Hi-Hat rod.

                      Just need a fat-boy throne and then I can practice longer.

                      r




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