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PARTS & RESOURCES (for the eDrum DIY’er)

All Electronics
This is a great resource for piezo elements, project boxes, potentiometers, and cables.

Sam Ash
This is a great place to get Pearl mesh heads. They carry all sizes.

UFO Drums
If you want to convert acoustic to electronic drums, these guy got the parts you’ll need.

Billy Blast Drums
Great source for drum hardware, and good prices to boot!

McMaster-Carr
Over 450,000 products says it all. (my main source for general hardware)

Fantes.com
This is a great online resource for the round aluminum cake pans that I use in some of my eDrum projects.

Harbor Freight
You’ll need tools, and there prices are hard to beat!

Musician’s Friend
Need I say more!

Drum Perfect
Having a problem finding a good price on eDrum cables, try these guys!

DrumLinks.com
Find tons of quality drum links to every drum subject you can imagine. If it’s drum related, it should be listed here!

OTHER eDrum DIY’er sites

DIY E-drums
He shows you, how he took his standard Roland TD3 KW kit and made it the pro meshhead kit he wanted.

eDrum Forum sites

eDrumForum

eDrumming.com

Vdrums.com

DTXPerience.com

Toontrack.com

edrum.info

megadrum.info

(unofficial) 2box drumit5 forum

DMdrummer.com

6 Responses

  1. Alex

    Hello,

    I didn’t see any sort of contact so I’ll ask my question in the form of a reply. Is there any real difference between a modified edrum with a mesh head (dual zone like Alesis snare or toms on the DM10 kit let’s say) and the same thing made by an expensive brand like Roland, Hart, or XM in terms of triggering capability? Also do you think that metal e-cymbals trigger any better than rubber ones.

    -Alex

  2. As far as triggering capabilities, No. Keep in mind that you can’t just change the drum heads on an Alesis pad to mesh and be done with it. You do have to change a couple things internally to the pad. You can see that here: Alesis DM10 Pad Upgrade Video!. When it come to eCymbals, its a matter of preference. Many like the look of the metal cymbal triggers, but they tend to be a little louder then the rubber cymbals. If you are in an apartment I’d go for the rubber ones. I hope that helps.

  3. Joey

    I have a question.How to convert a piezo into a trigger switch which will trigger drum samples from PC via qwerty keyboard.?

  4. You might want to try something like this: Trigger Without A Piezo!
    The only difference is, you will need to map the plates to keyboard contacts for a given key stroke. This can be done by using an old keyboard and wiring to the keyboard encoder. I hope that helps.

  5. Erick

    Hi,
    I would like to present you my project of an electronic bass drum system with amplifier and loud and tweeter peakers incorporated. You can see the clip of the development of this project here: http://youtu.be/rEdNKYXh0bQ
    Thank you.

  6. Awesome DIY edrum with integrated amp!

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