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suggestions for near-silent drum pad triggers

April 2, 2008 | 10:08 pm

Hi, all.
I performed a piece of mine for the first time today. I’m using an Alesis Control Pad in the setup right now (because it’s cheap) and stick noise is a bit of a problem.
I know there are units from Roland and Alesis that will take the 1/4" output from any MIDI drum pad (i.e. V-Drums) and convert it into generic MIDI information that can be used by Max, but the pads with mesh type heads are pretty damn expensive. Any ideas for relatively inexpensive percussion-type triggers that are also very responsive? I suppose I can probably try building something at some point, but was just curious if anyone had any suggestions.
Thanks!


April 5, 2008 | 9:42 am

I saw a DIY one, but you can’t implement velocity (so this is only useful for triggering samples or sequences).

It’s made with a piezo from RadioShack, between a sandwich of two layers. I’ve seen it a lot on google, search for piezo drum pad and you’ll find it. Good luck ;)


April 6, 2008 | 3:48 am

If you have a budget, you could get some controller, and use motion sensors for completely silent drum pad triggers.


April 6, 2008 | 1:20 pm

Not much budget, really. If I had a budget, I’d probably just go for the Vdrums pads.
Don’t most drum triggers include a velocity sensitivity?


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