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Build A MIDI Drum Kit Part 2

Last month we introduced our latest MIDI instrument, the MIDI Drum Kit offering a staggering 546 drum sounds and not a stretched skin in sight! Here's all you need to know to put the control unit together - and it's not that difficult...

By John Clarke

Are you hot to trot, wanting to start playing with your new MIDI Drum Kit? Let’s get started with building it.

Following on from the circuit description of the SILICON CHIP MIDI Drum Kit in the first article last month, we shall now describe the construction of both the main unit and the different types of sensors.

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This shot clearly shows (a) how the two PC boards are piggy-backed together, and (b) the many holes in the box which will have to be drilled very accurately. The cutout for the display will differ according to the brand of display.

The unit itself is constructed using two PC boards, the main PC board (coded 01211051 and measuring 187 x 104mm) and the display PC board (coded 01211052 and measuring 140 x 100mm).

The assembled PC boards are fitted, one on top of the other, into a plastic box measuring 197 x 113 x 63mm. The box is actually used upside-down; that is, the normal lid of the box becomes the base and the display board sits in what would normally be the bottom of the box – turned upside down, it becomes the top! Confused? It will all become clearer as we proceed . . .

Before starting construction, check the PC boards for correct hole sizes and that there are no breaks in the copper or shorts between tracks or pads. Hole sizes for the corner mounts on the display PC board and for the LCD module should be 3mm diameter (~1/8").

Check that the mounting holes for the external jack socket,
the DC power socket, the DB9F serial connector and the MIDI output socket are all correct. Finally, the main board has four corner cut-outs, which you can clearly see in our photos, to enable it to fit snugly inside the box mounting pillars.

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