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Digital Electronics for Musicians by Alexandros Drymonitis

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CHAPTER 7

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An Interactive Drum Set

In this chapter, we’re going to build an interactive drum set. We’re not going to build the actual drum set, of course, but we’re going to enhance a drum set by placing a few sensors on some of the drums, which will give us input on each drum hit. We’ll use that input to trigger some samples in various ways. We’re also going to use a few foot switches to change between various types of sample playback, but also to activate/deactivate each sensor separately.

The sensors we’re going to use are simple and inexpensive piezo elements, the ones used for contact microphones. We’re going to build four of these in such ...

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