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What type of sensor to use in drum controler

edited September 2014 in Hardware

Looking to build something similar in design to the drum pad pictured below. I want to be able to play it with drum sticks and each pad will be about 3 by 6 inches I am running into Abelton so it only needs to be a midi controller. I am wondering what the best type of sensor to use would be, after watching this video http://youtu.be/-4BPpfFGcIE I was thinking of going with the Piezo Element https://www.adafruit.com/products/1739 but also saw Force Sensitive Resistors like this https://www.adafruit.com/products/1075 that seem similar to what the Akai MPC uses. also since the pads are not square I was looking athttps://www.adafruit.com/products/1917 and https://www.adafruit.com/products/1361 Any incite on the best route to take would be greatly appreciated.

Comments

  • If you plan to use one of our brains, then the FSR, force sensing resistor, is the way to go for sure!

  • thanks. if the FSR is square but the pad above is odd shaped does that effect it much. also if I just wanted to use toggle buttons any ideas on who to build an on shaped button?

  • I wouldn't think it would effect it too much as long as the material covers a good part of the FSR.


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