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Bongos for stepmania/simon game

This is an input device for games such as stepmania but for people who are unable to stand/use their feet. They're not strickly a musical instrument, they only detect hits and not pressure.

In the future I plan to incorporate stand alone simon hardware such as makezine's pcb and put el-wire in to the drum face
 
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Step 1: Drum base

Picture of Drum base
I'm not sure what the proper name is for these parts, I found them in the pvc piping area of the hardware store. The smaller part fits perfectly inside the larger part, allowing me to present the switch near the face of the drum.

Step 2: Drum face

Contact cemented a 1/4" thick circle piece of plastic/mdf which is cut slightly larger than the inner pvc part holding the switch. The idea being that the switch sit just a little taller than the inner pvc. When the drum is hit it comes down on the switch which makes contact, but then the inner pvc part stops the drum face comeing down any further, preventing wear/damage to the switch.

Step 3: Attaching the face to the base

Step 4: Wire drums together

Picture of Wire drums together

this is a good idea, but the instructable is lacking a lot of detail, there are no measurements...
anakuron6 years ago
For controller like this I think you choose the wrong switches, piezos would be really cool, also you could use this for drum rhythmgames also, but the cons are that you need to do a lot of (extra) work to make your controller to undestand them. Anyway It would be wise to use microswitches, same kind what are used in pop'n music controller, altough they make awfull noise, maybe you could just build your own swiches similar to dancepad... But In the end this project was really actually successful, I got lot of ideas what kind of controller I want to make for stepmania, thanks.
Tomunist6 years ago
I've been wishing I had something like this for Stepmania for a very long time. I wish there was more detail on the pieces used, including the electronic components. This would be really fun to make if I knew more about what you did.
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