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DIY Custom Rock Band Pedal, just like the Destroyer Pedal!!!

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This instructable will show you how to put together your own custom Rock Band pedal, just like the Destroyer Pedal, except you won't have to pay $70 for it!

I decided to do this because I didn't want to buy something that I know I can make myself, and since I'm an engineer I love building stuff. Oh, and the Destroyer Pedal is the biggest ripoff I've ever seen, $70 for something that only cost me $25 to build seems a little overrated, that guy is making a large profit, don't listen to him when he says he isn't, he just wants you to buy his product.

Well, enough with my whiny, cry baby opinion, lets get on with the show!

***UPDATE: I'm going to add how to make your own bass pad type thing for it, its way easier to do the quicker and also longer speedy sequences if the beater meets some resistence. I'll work on it tomorrow and monday and post what i come up with.
 
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Step 1: Gather the Goods!

Here's the BoM (Bill of Materials):
1 x Bass pedal - I got mine off ebay, $14.50 including shipping, here's a link to all listed pedals.

1 x Reed Switch/Relay - i got mine from Radio Shack, you don't really need a reed relay, because you will be using a magnet to trigger it, but Radio Shack only had the relay type and thats what i got. either way, they work the same in this application, fyi jameco has some cheap ones, just make sure that wherever you get it from you get a NO(normally open) type, not NC(normally closed). MAKE SURE YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THIS!!!

1 x Magnet(12 mm x 12 mm x 5mm is recommended) - I recommend getting a rare earth magnet, particularly a Neodymium magnet. I got a 'grab bag' of these once from a website for really cheap, so i have all different kinds. Sorry, but i forgot the site, or i would post a link. Here is a link to a good site though.

1 x 1/8 inch ""mono"" jack - I got mine from Radio Shack, and it came with prestripped wires so all i had to do was solder them to the leads from the reed switch.

*Optional* 1 x Soldering Iron/Solder - It makes a better, stronger connection, but isn't absolutely necessary.
KaiyaM2 months ago

Muchas grácias por la informacion camarada!

Tu trabajo se ve que tomo tiempo y es muy util para los que todavia tenemos la bateria de Rock Band. Éxito en tus proyectos futuros.

aivan2 years ago
Hi.

I've tried to do it but used switch without coil ( like this one http://www.chipdip.ru/product/kem2-b.aspx ). So actully this didnt work. After making some tests with ohmmetter and voltmeter and comparing with original pedal, i've realised that actually original pedal not only switching the curcuit but generate a splash of voltage (actually as peuzo sensor works - under pressure it generates some volts). So most probably your pedal works because you wired the "external" coil connectors of your relay so it generated the splash of voltage when the magnet passing by (because of appearing current with changing of magnet field in coil). Will try it later on actual relay. Can you check the connectors which you wired your relay please)
bounty10125 years ago
hehe the beatles' rockband is coming up with a bass drum cover so this will be cool.
mahzilla6 years ago
Looks like a fun project to try! I was wondering if you made the bass pad yet?
hock3ydud3 (author)  mahzilla6 years ago
no, I've been busy with work and school and it kinda slipped my mindbut ill try to see what I can come up with this weekend or next and I'll add it in when I do
hock3ydud3 (author)  hock3ydud35 years ago
i actually did make the bass pad, i used a remo practice pad and added a piezo sensor wired to the same type of wire leads and just added a beater to the current pedal so i could use it for ghwt.
Cooshinator5 years ago
I was wondering, could I wire up a mono headphone jack to a peizio sensor? Or do I have to stick to the mangnet and reed switch? I was thinking about making a bass drum pad so i could use a normal bass drum (& possibly a double bass). And if it wont work, is there any other way i could do it?
asylum1016 years ago
Aside from all aesthetic values, what is the purpose of having a pedal like this? Is it easier to play faster or anything, or is it just purely for having a realistic pedal?
Yeah, it makes it easier to do fast pedals. It is almost essential to use this type of pedal for expert songs.
Mmm, I was suspecting(and hoping) this would be an ulterior reason for this. I recently broke my pedal and fixed it myself with a piece of wood I found in my house, but it's tough to do faster beats, so I looked on here. I may give this a shot sometime soon.
trackzero6 years ago
You mention adding the bass pad...

I made one out of that foam project board...I'd gone about solving the problem a little differently, putting the switch in the bass pad and the magnet in the head, instead of putting them in the pedal.

I like the way you solved the problem...seems less likely to eventually break (either the magnet or the switch). Tho you've pre-solved any future breakage problem with the replacement reed switch...

Perhaps I'll modify my build this weekend, put my switch & magnet in the pedal, but leave the foam board assembly for my strike pad...
noobee6 years ago
Thanks so much! This was really easy with the reed relay/switch 2750232, 1/8 miniplug/stripped 4202434 (comes with the perfect length of wire attached and already stripped), a magnet, and my sons old drum pedal. About $9 for the parts. Works perfectly.
frank18186 years ago
My man I really appreciate the step by step pedal assembly for rockband, cause I was about to buy one from ole boy. My pedal works great! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
Rishnai6 years ago
So THAT'S how the rockband pedal works. I feel like an idiot now. I've been meaning to put together an actual drum pedal to use instead of the incredibly pathetic pedal it comes with. Now I need to go do this, thanks! Finally, not failing Tom Sawyer because of the pedal not working like a real one.
detritus6 years ago
This is really awesome. Nice job. I've been looking for a method to create my own pedal, so this is perfect. What size magnet would you recommend using on the pedal?
hock3ydud3 (author)  detritus6 years ago
i used a 12 mm x 12 mm x 5 mm square, so something in that range. just dont go too overboard in size, because larger magnet = larger magnetic field, and while that may sound good, if you are trying to do double bass with just this pedal by itself, you want a small magnetic field so that you dont have to let up as far between kicks
nice job. i havn't got rock band (way too expensive at the moment0 but i play drums in a band n the thing with rubber bands is a great idea...def gona chuck sum bands into my gig bag with the duct tape for repairs lol although most(if not all) pedals can be adjusted anyway with some nuts at the bottom of the springs
hock3ydud3 (author)  drummonkey926 years ago
yeah, but the pedal i got didn't come with springs lol, so i used rubber bands instead of buying some springs
ye like i said, brilliant idea i just wrote that coz in you'r ible i think you said that you thought they were better than springs coz you could adjust the tension
frazeeg6 years ago
If you've got a digital camera, it probably has a "macro" mode for taking up-close pictures like these. It's the setting that has a flower on it. That way you can make crystal closeups :-)
hock3ydud3 (author)  frazeeg6 years ago
lol, thanks for the info, my camera has that mode, but i never new what it was for...
Gjdj36 years ago
Wow, that is cool. Nice job and +1!
hock3ydud3 (author)  Gjdj36 years ago
thanks, i'm glad you like it!
How long did it take to build?
hock3ydud3 (author)  Tool Using Animal6 years ago
not too long, once i had all the parts it took maybe 30 mins, and only cuz i had to heat up my soldering iron lol