Introduction: Rock Band Drum Pad Repair

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Continuing the tradition of quick, cheap, easy repairs of Rock Band and Guitar Hero instruments, we present the repair of a drum trigger that doesn't respond (or responds only to really hard hits).

Step 1: Remove the Drum Pad

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As long as nothing is actually broken or disconnected, it's likely that the piezoelectric sensor is just not getting squeezed enough to trigger a hit.

Pull off the drum pad (four rubber pointy things hold each in place), but be careful not to pull out the wires. For more information about removing the pad, check either of the links above. It should look something like this when removed.

Step 2: Make It More Sensitive.

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To make sure the piezoelectric sensor will register a hit, cut a piece of an eraser (or similar material) and put it between the spring and the rubber that rests against the piezoelectric material.

Replace the two screws that you removed earlier, test it, and reassemble.

Comments

LeandroJ7 (author)2016-12-02

You know if the rubbers need an extra lubrication to put it back, and if needed, what material should be used? vaseline? silicon gel?

MisterHay (author)LeandroJ72016-12-02

I didn't add any lubrication, but I'm sure a little vaseline wouldn't hurt.

srussell9 (author)2011-11-05

Does this work for the GH cymbals too?

MisterHay (author)srussell92011-11-05

Probably, but it depends on how they are broken. When my GH cymbals broke it was because my kids twisted them and damaged the wires that connect them to the drums. I replaced those wires and they were fine.

I've also seen cymbals with broken boards or supports (similar to this Instructable), or faulty solder connections. Check out this other Instructable for some suggestions: https://www.instructables.com/id/Guitar-Hero-World-Tour-Non-Functional-Symbol-Repai/step2/Open-up-the-cymbal-and-inspect/

annihalationator (author)2010-03-19

Can you do the same detachment method on a Ps2 drumset, especialy the two drums in the middle that are screwed on?

I don't think I've tried this on a PS2 set, but apparently they should be the same as the PS3 set. To pull off the pad, you should be able to get your fingers into the space under the lip of the pad and pull. There are four rubber pegs that hold it in place. It should just pop out, but be careful not to rip the wires when it does.

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