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  • ignotus
    replied to DIY 3 Zone cymbal v2
    in DIY
    Hi, as I keep getting asked the same questions about the wiring, I'm attaching a couple of pics that show where everything goes. The signal from the top cymbal copper (ground) is passed down by contact with another strip on the bottom cymbal. There are four copper strips that converge at a small hole....
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  • ignotus
    replied to DIY 3 Zone cymbal v2
    in DIY
    Yes, there are switches made between the top and bottom cymbals, one for the edge and one for the bell. They both go to ring on the jack, so in order for the module to tell which one was hit, the edge switch has a 10k resistor in series, and thus the module can know which one it is due to the difference...
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  • ignotus
    replied to DIY 3 Zone cymbal v2
    in DIY
    Yes, more or less your second explanation. When the bell or edge switches are activated by a hit, the module detects which one was hit, and uses the piezos to determine the velocity of the hit. The three piezos are all linked to each other and are spread out in order to provide even sensitivity around...
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  • ignotus
    replied to The Physics of Drum Trigger Design
    in DIY
    I think you'll find that the R-Drums triggers don't have the piezo placed flat on a metal plate - there's a thin foam disc between the plate and the piezo, probably the same diameter of the ceramic part on top. Any trigger design has to allow the piezo to flex; some more than others, but that's a basic...
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  • ignotus
    replied to The Physics of Drum Trigger Design
    in DIY
    Hi, good post.

    I wouldn't say the problem is as much a lack of understanding of the physics involved as the fact that each person has and uses different materials and approaches in their builds. You can buy foam cones and piezos, e.g. from Quartz, and the results will be fairly repeatable....
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  • ignotus
    replied to Looking for advice for an upgrade
    Here's a thread where I describe how I make my side mounted triggers: http://www.megadrum.info/forums/view...php?f=3&t=3122, just scroll through it - you might have to register to see the pics. I know I've described them on this forum somewhere but I can't remember where... I use 27 mm piezos, I...
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  • ignotus
    replied to Looking for advice for an upgrade
    Hi alensiljak,

    You can find a few settings for a number of pads here:https://powerhell.wordpress.com/abou...m-pad-library/, made by member Angr77. They may or may not work right off the bat but they would sure be a helpful starting point.

    I have no idea whether that controller...
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  • ignotus
    replied to Looking for advice for an upgrade
    The Mimic Pro will come loaded with Steven Slate Drums 5, which is basically a VST, and there will likely be expansion packs for it in the future, and possibly (not yet confirmed) the ability to load your own multi-layer sampled instruments. As far as sound quality and ease of use is concerned, in my...
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  • ignotus
    replied to Looking for advice for an upgrade
    It's definitely possible to match the performance of a Roland pad, for both snare and toms. Look up the cake pan build method (fairly involved), crossbar mounted triggers or side mounted triggers, which allow you to avoid hot spots. If your module doesn't support positional sensing a side mounted trigger...
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  • ignotus
    replied to Looking for advice for an upgrade
    You might want to give VSTs a try before you take the leap of dropping cash on a hardware upgrade - granted, the feel of the pads will still be the same but you might find that the improved sounds more than compensate for it. That said, DIYing your own mesh pads is quite easy (have a gander around the...
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  • If the spring is hard it will press the cone into the head too much, if it's soft it will bounce and cause double triggering. That's my prediction anyway.
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