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DIY Rock Band Drum kit 8" Mesh Head Mod Tutorial

Step 1:

I cut the 4 drum support out of a piece of paneling using the drum controller as a template and painted it black. I made sure each circle was the same size as the 8" mesh drums I'm using.

Step 2:

I drilled holes all the way through the two upper most holes in the yellow and blue drums.

Step 3:

I used the controller as a template to drill holes in the paneling shown by the arrows. I just drilled holes in these locations. Using the other holes would interfere with the drum shells.

You can see from this image how much bigger the paneling is than the drum controller, to accommodate the 8" mesh drums I will be using.

Step 4:

I used the paneling as a template to drill holes in the bottoms of the drums, shown by the white arrows. Also drilled a hole to run the wires, shown by the blue arrow.

I used this tutorial to build the drums. The only things I will do different is use a 1 1/8" tall bucket shell instead of 2", a shorter foam block, hoop and bottom for an 8" drum and not use the mounting bracket.

Step 5:

I used 3" x 1/4" and 2" x 1/4" to secure the drum bottoms to the paneling. These screws will line up with the holes in the drum controller.

Step 6:

Removed the drum pads and cut the sensor wires close to the sensors.

Step 7:

The one piece 4 drum unit that is now painted black and attached to the drum controller using the 8 perfectly aligned screws. I also pulled the sensor wires through the holes.

Step 8:

I used a nut and washer to secure the 4 drum unit to the Rock Band drum controller.

Step 9:

I have added the 1 1/8" high bucket shells, piezo sensors, terminal strip and double sided tape to the sensor. Now I will cut a foam block so it will be about 1/8" above the rim of the shell.

Step 10:

Added 2 layers of fiberglass window screen sewn on copper rim and placed a layer of tiny mesh Superscreen over the top.
I noticed you are using a XBox drum set. Will this work on a PS2 drum set as well?
It would be easy to connect the drum unit to any Rock Band controller. I Plan on building one for my Xbox 360 Rock Band 2 drum set soon.
what kind of material is being used?
This is great! I have RB2 and while the drum kit is ok, I wondered if there was something that provided more of a real 'feel' or 'bounce' when hitting the pads. Two questions: -Does it make the kit quieter than the RB2 kit? I'm sure it's better than RB1, but what about 2? -Is the 'feedback' better? Would I be able to do a drum roll on it without hitting it so hard? Thanks!
Brilliant. Finally a way to fix the horrible Rock Band drumset.
what is wrong with the rock band drum set? fyi: i am a drummer and i have never played the rock band drum set, so please excuse my curiosity.
Well it's even worse for an actual drummer. But this is pertaining to Rock Band 1 drum set. The Rock Band 2 drum set is actually much much better. RB1 set is very low sensitivity registration for hit, thus you have to hit harder, which wouldn't be hard for a real drummer. The problem is, the drums are a layer of thin rubber or vinyl over a plastic shield with the hit sensor below, if you hit too hard you break that plastic shield and the sensor is either broken or disabled, if that doesn't occur before breaking the shield anyways. They are also really loud and clacky, requiring the game to be a very loud volume just so you can actually feel like your playing the drums to an extent, which should be the point of the game. But again, the RB2 set addresses alot of these issues, and the ION Premium drum set for 300$ is tenfold better than that even.
well as a follow up on my last comment i just got Rock Band 2 for christmas and it feels nice...but not as good as a real drumset. yeah i have heard complaints about the RB1's drumset so i am happy i have number 2
I got to this instructable looking for info on quietening down the RB kit.. Interesting instructable, but why did you di it? What benefits does it bring? Also, a bit more detail on why you did each stage, why you chose the materials you did etc. Nice job though!!
Good work but you need to explain why or what the improved changes were. Not nagging but was interested in what you did. I'm not a Rock Band controller fan but I guess you wanted to enlarge the playing area for the controller. Does the mesh screen "pad" work any better for playing and how does it feel? It the response like real drums. How does the sensor work by picking up vibrations or loud sounds? Thanks.
I will add little more info for why I made this modification to the Rock Band drum kit in the next couple of days. Thanks, Mike

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