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ignotus
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  • ignotus
    replied to New ATV drumkit: aDrum
    Here's the link to the original design in case anyone's interested: http://www.edrum.info/hihat.html; turns out it was Admir himself who had the idea. The website article isn't dated, but I found the forum post where Admir announces his new design - it's from February 2005: http://www.edrum.info/fo...
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  • ignotus
    replied to New ATV drumkit: aDrum
    I see that challenging a patent by submitting prior art and claiming public domain costs thousands of $$$... That's how they get away with it. That, and a lazy patent office that doesn't bother to do its research... I was ready to give them the benefit of the doubt, but this really is a case of a company...
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  • ignotus
    replied to New ATV drumkit: aDrum
    Wow - I genuinely thought you couldn't patent something that was already in the public domain. And from what I see, the optical controller design is exactly the same as the one already made public: a photoresistor, a light source (LED) and a shutter in between the two. Again, wow, that's some cheek......
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  • ignotus
    replied to New ATV drumkit: aDrum
    To be fair, we don't know if ATV has/can actually apply for a patent on the concept of an optical controller - it's been in the public domain for many years. They may have come up with a different implementation of the idea and may have a patent on that, but I don't think they could stop anyone building...
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  • ignotus
    replied to New ATV drumkit: aDrum
    Optical controllers have been used for ages in the DIY edrum module community (Admir's eDrum and Megadrum) - nothing groundbreaking or new there and nothing particularly superior about them. In fact, this looks like a clear case of a company lifting an idea from the DIY community and marketing it as...
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  • ignotus
    replied to Yoga mats
    in DIY
    It's been quite some time so I wouldn't be able to point you to specific sellers, but I've bought some on ebay from a UK seller, and some on Aliexpress. The quality of the stuff from the UK seller was far superior (hard to explain - it just feels much more rugged, closer to Roland mesh).The Chinese...
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  • ignotus
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    in DIY
    I've made them with 2 and 3 layers. The best was with 3, the middle one using mesh with a lower thread count.
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  • ignotus
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    in DIY
    I haven't had any break on me yet. The oldest is about 4 years old. You need to make sure you get at least 40T, that's the thread count per inch.
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  • ignotus
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    in DIY
    Here you go; not very clear but I don't want to take the head off. I also use DIY mesh heads and they work very well - I use screen printing mesh.

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  • ignotus
    replied to Yoga mats
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    I haven't had this problem. In fact, I've found that side triggers are more tolerant of head tension variations. What I've found to be more critical is how you actually mount the piezo and how hard you press it against the head. I support it under two opposing edges, and add a small circle on top in...
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  • ignotus
    replied to Yoga mats
    in DIY
    The one on the left looks better - the other one looks too "foamy". But trial and error will tell you which one is best.
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  • ignotus
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    I agree that short of getting your hands on a sheet of the exact material -poron-, it's virtually impossible to find a readily-available material that will give you triggering on par with using commercial cones. You can get it on Amazon (search for poron sheets), but it's expensive, and shipping to...
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  • ignotus
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    You don't want it to be too stiff - Roland cones are actually quite soft. I was surprised at how soft they were when I had the chance to give one a squeeze. The material is similar in hardness to mouse mat foam; maybe just slightly harder and quicker to return to its shape. I forgot to mention, but...
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  • ignotus
    replied to Weight of stick
    You could dial in your module to sound thunderously loud playing as lightly as these people do, but I think I see what you're getting at. I think the problem is in how modules, and particularly VSTs, play low and medium velocity hits - they sound too quiet. It might be to give the impression of a wider...
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  • ignotus
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    Mmmm, I don't really understand... Maybe acoustics turned out to be louder in reality than you had anticipated, giving you the impression that you were playing them really hard? If anything, electronic drums tend to "top out", i.e. reach full velocity, with less force than what is required...
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  • ignotus
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    I disagree; given that you can adjust the dynamic range to your playing to a certain extent, there is no need to hit the pads hard or use heavy sticks - you can adjust the module so that full velocity is reached with softer or harder hits.

    I used to use 5B oak sticks on my acoustic kit...
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  • ignotus
    replied to Yoga mats
    in DIY
    You can try to carefully cut it off then with a sharp box cutter.
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  • ignotus
    replied to Yoga mats
    in DIY
    There are different types of yoga mats, but if you're talking about the most common, cheap ones, it's likely not appropriate - it doesn't spring back to its original shape fast enough. The closest cheap and easily available material I've found are foam sanding blocks:



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