Sometime back in 2013, within the context of the eDrum and “The MPC-slab era” of the PercussioNeuron, I decided it was not enough to just use acoustic triggers on my kick and snare (to send song-specific additional sounds to the PA), but then I wanted all 4 shells to get cybernetic shadows.
So I scored a set of dDrum triggers. The big ugly bulletproof red ones with the XLR connector.
Whelp, after a year of abuse, the kick trigger stopped working.
First, we’er not dealing with the traditional piezo disk (common to Roland and other manufactureres) which can be part-ed at local Rat Shack (and hacked into acoustic pickups)
…we’re dealing with a specific match-stick piezo embedded medium density foam. Which I could only find:
$8 and 4 days later, it’s TO THE BENCH !
inspect the damage:
..amputate the piezo (destroying the foam host).
take apart the body, careful to preserve the wiring
test the new piezo for electrical spiking:
Prep the surface for the new peizo, with scraping…
thread and tailor the new wires (remember to short RED to X)
and we’re done !
Total down time: 1 week.
Total bench-time: 1 hour.