After playing a while with my 3d printed drum-kit, I started feeling a bit unsatisfied. I figured I needed a snare with a rim shot sound and a bigger pad area. Also, the hi-hats do not feel like a real hi-hat as it doesn't open or close. Very often I always miss the tempo when opening and closing the hi-hats with just a foot switch. I also figured i am going to upgrade this Kit, I would need a new Midi Trigger interface because I cannot just attach those new pads to my current very cheam Medeli drum module. I also expect the look would be alot better with bigger cymbal pads. In other words, I'm gonna need an upgrade. So, here's what I did.
I bought a Millenium Mesh Pad just before they discontinued the product Millenium PD-1012 12" Mesh Head Pad for just 66EUR. It's a cheap mesh pad. But I did not mind, because I was only interested in the 12-inch shell. Then I replaced the head with a Roland V-Drum Powerply (it's a 3-ply). I got all of them from Thomann online. Then I re-positioned the piezo sensor in a way that a foam is pushing it a bit harder to the mesh head.. Then I bought a $32 snare stand from Swee Lee.
I bought an Alesis Pro-X Hi-hat for 80 EUR and a Millenium hi-hat stand for 40EUR. Assembled the wiring and voila! I was a bit disappointed by the quality though. But what would you expect for a $100.
While looking for the famous Alesis Trigger I/O product online. I quickly learned that the product was discontinued by Alesis and that they sold it to DDRUM. The same product is now known as DDRUM DDTi. I got mine from Thomann as well for 150 EUR. It's a bit expensive, I didn't have a choice because the only other product that does the same is MegaDrum and is more expensive. I also designed and 3D-printed a mounting plate so I could mount the trigger interface to the frame.
Having a bigger Snare and a bigger hi-hat (12"), I needed bigger cymbals. Luckily I found a pair of Yamaha cymbals being sold in Carousell by some guy for just $100 SGD for the pair. It was a bit dirty and scratchy so I cleaned it up with a leather wipes. I also opened it up 'coz I had to re-wrire the sensors. Yamaha cymbals are not wire like in a standard way where the bell, the rim are independently outputed. There is a resistor you need to remove in the Yamaha cymbals to make it work with Roland modules or in this case the DDRUM DDTI trigger interface.
The last thing I upgraded was the pedals, I wanted a double pedal so I could play Metal. Duh!!t! I found a cheap Millenium pedals again from Thomann. It arrived in a box together with the trigger interface. It felt like Christmas.
And finally after putting everything together, here's how it looks now. Isn't it cool? This electronic drum kit cost less than your iPhone. All the toms are 3D-printed.
Then to make it sound good I bought a basic license of ToonTrack Superior Drummer 2. This is the software instrument that is being controlled by the trigger interface and here's how it sounds in my test.