No Cost Reprogrammable Percussion Pad
I built this helpful percussion assistant on one Saturday morning. It is a real help, and it encompasses a $600 percussion synthesizer that you would find at a music store. This device has a lot more freedom for programming and how many pads you can have on the unit.
- An old keyboard (ps2/usb doesn’t matter)
- a music stand
- duct tape
- paper towels
Got everything together? Let’s get started!
- Designate how many pads you want. (I have 22)
- mark the keys that you want to place a pad on
- Take apart the keyboard until you see the backs of the keys.
- Pop out every other key that you didn’t mark.
- Reassemble the keyboard.
- cut pieces of cardboard to fill the regions that you marked for a pad to be.
- Take the paper towel and fold it hamburger style twice.
- cut the paper towels to fill the pads you cut and duct tape over the paper towel onto the pad.
- attatch the pad to the key that you didn’t punch out with duct tape.
- attatch down the corners, bt be sue that they aren’t too tight to where the button is always pushed down.
- download fleximusic orchestra from here: Download FlexiMusic Orchestra Mar2004
- Place a MIDI sound over each of the buttons that you designated a pad on.
- Click the drum option and pick a sound.
- Repeat this for each pad.
- Plug in your keyboard into the computer and click the on button in the top left corner of fleximusic orchestra
- Attach your drum pad to the music stand with duct tape.
And that’s it! You can play the pad as if it were another drum!