Today is the last day of the year for our class to be able to work on our robotic drums. They are fully functioning. There will be no more updates on progress since there will be no more progress. We are now moving on to working on a final write-up/documentation of the robotic drums.
This week Garrett, Noah, and I continued work on the robot drummer. Noah created a joke button where when you press it the drums do the badum tsss thing. I worked on writing midi to be played through the drums. Noah and I also mapped another 21 drum signals so virtually any song could be played through the robot. I am currently working on wiring the manual controls so it can be played without a midi input.
As you may have seen by the video post that was put up earlier, the drums are now fully functioning. But even though the drums work, a lot of fine tuning needs to be done in order for the drums to be perfected.
There’s no way around it, these drums are awesome. In the true definition of the word, they inspire awe. There are a few more options to add and modifications to make, but the full eight drums are playing right on time. Great work to everyone involved! More, and better, video updates to follow…
Next up: Mapping some of the 80+ drums available on MIDI drum tracks to our 8 drums so that our system can be used with more MIDI compositions from the wilds of the internet.
This week, we have been working on creating a button for the drum circuit that plays a rimshot when pressed. We also are working on getting the full drum set playing. Once out mounts for the drumsticks are finished, all eight drums will be ready to play.
The drums are drumming.
Great job to the drum team. They are working on expanding to eight drums, and hopefully will have done so by the end of April. I’m eager to see the whole thing working and performing live.
Below is the code for the midi drums we have been working on for the last few weeks.
This past week, the MIDI Drums group has been working on perfecting the design of the drum set. Also, we have been working on making a case for the drum circuit for easy transportation and storage. Continue reading MIDI Drums Update
First off, I have not posted anything on the website over the last couple of weeks, so I will do my best to catch you up on everything that we have been doing with our robotic drum project to this point. Over the past two weeks, we have been mainly working on conversion of MIDI signal into a code that can be received by a linear actuator. The linear actuator will push a drumstick, making it strike the drum. The group that is working on the drums has perfected the design for one of the drumstick mounts, but seven more need to be made for a full drum set to be present. The MIDI to Arduino programming has been a little more difficult. Continue reading Updates for Robotic Drums
The first aluminum chassis for the drums is complete and mounted. Great work Alysha Sweitzer on the machining and design work. It really looks and performs wonderfully.