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Light Up Drum Kit

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As a drummer, I love drums. I love how they look; I love how they sound. As a electronics dork, I love building and designing circuits. It was only a mater of time before these two loves would come together. With this kit you will be able to install RGB lighting inside each of your drums that reacts to the vibrations when you hit your drum. Not only will you be able to adjust the sensitivity, but the duration that the lights are on as well.
 
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Step 1: Parts Needed

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Parts needed:
  • Drum Set
  • 12VDC Transformer (Plug Size M)
  • Size M Panel-mount Coaxial DC Power Jack (Radio Shack SKU: 274-1563)
  • Printed Circuit Board (Radio Shack SKU: 276-149)
  • Project Enclosure (Radio Shack SKU: 270-1801)
  • PC Board Terminals (Radio Shack SKU: 276-1388)
  • LED Light Strip (I got mine here)
  • 1uF Electrolytic Capacitor (x2)
  • 555 Timer
  • 2N2222 NPN Transistor
  • TIP31 NPN Transistor
  • 1N4007 Diode
  • 100K Ohm Trimmer (x2)
  • Piezo Element as the drum trigger (I got mine here because it had a self adhesive foam to attach to the drum head). If you would like it to look more professional you can actually use a real drum trigger as found here.
  • 150 Ohm Resistor
  • 470 Ohm Resistor
  • 1K Ohm Resistor
  • 10K Ohm Resistor
  • Braket
  • Wire
  • Heat Shrink Tubing
  • Solder
  • Gorilla Glue
Tools Needed:
  • Drill
  • Drill Bits
  • Dremel Tool
  • Heat Gun
  • Screwdrivers

Step 2: Project Enclosure & Circuit Board

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We need to cut down the circuit board with our Dremel tool so that it will fit inside our project enclosure. Cut the corners off and size to the enclosure.

Step 3: Create The Circuit

I started out designing my circuit on a breadboard. If you feel confidant, you can go straight to soldering your parts together. You can find a video of the circuit on the breadboard here.

I was reading the blueprint and looking over you actually component and noticed that 555 timer 4 does not go to the power but actually connects to 10k ohms Transistor. Is that true?

Erchan2 months ago

would you mean to share any video link while playing this drum?

LukaR3 months ago
I've found a neat RGB LED strip IR remote controller online (looks kinda like this):

http://shadowfaxled.com/images/source/44key-RGB-LED-Controller.jpg

What modifications to the circuit (if any) would I have to make to use this with the drums?
LukaR LukaR3 months ago
Also, what should I change if I was to use a one-coloured LED strip?
wkennedy5 months ago
Ayeeee I don't know what i did wrong, but I've tried breadboarding this twice and I just put the circuit to strip board, and nothing seems to work. The only difference between what I am doing and the schematic is that I am just using a white led strip, not a rgb one, but I just bypassed the switches and I figured that should do the trick..riiiighttt? I hooked up the negative from the strip to the collector of tip31 and the positive from the led strivto the positive rail....if any body could help I would be sosososo happy! ^-^

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jman 319 months ago
When you use someone else's work you should at least give credit and not portray it as your own design. Nice instructable though.
Chewe3d jman 317 months ago
Congratulations Jman31! from my point of view, this instructables popularity is clearly your merit! I've also designed this project using arduino on May, but your design i clearly a superior class!
tomatoskins (author)  jman 319 months ago
I know that I found the schematic online quite some time ago and I had saved it on my computer. When I was making the instructable I tried to find it to link back to but I could not find it. If you know where it is please link it here in the comments.
It's no problem, just wanted to mention it. It's an open source project that I shared so you are free to use it. Here is a link to it anyways:
http://vdrums.com/forum/showthread.php?67000-LED-Trigger-Lights-(Schematic-Layout-and-Bill-of-Materials)&highlight=Trigger+led+schematic
TheGreatO8 months ago
Hi, thanks for the fantastic instructable, I've been looking for something like this for ages. Do the LED's gradually after the drum is hit or are they triggered straight on and off like a standard monostable? I'm guessing you could add a capacitor to make a more gradual dim if so? Thanks :)
tomatoskins (author)  TheGreatO8 months ago
Remember that there are the two potentiometers in there, one changes the sensitivity and the other changes the duration. If you wanted it to be even longer than what this circuit is limited to then you would just need to mess with the resistance value of your pot and the capacitance value going from pin 7 to ground. Hope this helps.
jeanj8 months ago
Any chance you could post a picture showing how everything sits on the outside of the drum?
sebsch8 months ago
Is there a way to use just one circuit for all drum heads?
tomatoskins (author)  sebsch8 months ago
You can just multiply the circuit for the amount of pieces you have in your kit. The only thing to keep in mind would be the amperage rating of your power supply. I have not measured to see how many amps is needed at a time. The power supply I am using is rated at 3.33 Amps which is more than enough for one drum.
Ed0nG9 months ago
Does this make the drums sound different?
tomatoskins (author)  Ed0nG9 months ago
I have not noticed much change in the sound at all. All that it would do is dampen the sound slightly. Which if you look at my set you can see that I use Evans E-Rings to do that anyways.
weres the video?
tomatoskins (author)  kyle brinkerhoff9 months ago
If you click on the highlighted links it will take you to YouTube where the videos are located.
KGuy9 months ago
I have a drum set, and I love to use it. It's nice to know there's a way to make it even better. I might try this sometime! Great Project!
brosky9 months ago
I can now fulfil my life long dream of joining the blue man group =D
Ironsloth19939 months ago
I had seen something like this in a science fiction novel. Very cool from a drummer.
gtr_stitch9 months ago
Very cool! I did something very similar. I used an op amp to turn a strum on my guitar into light. It never left the prototyping stage, but it was a very fun project. You may have inspired me to revisit the project :)
cptbingo20009 months ago
Awesome Instructable!! The video of the circuit is showing up as "private", any way to get that opened up to view? Thanks!!
tomatoskins (author)  cptbingo20009 months ago
This should be resolved now. Let me know if you have any issues.
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