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mckay garner drumkat video

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Uploaded on Apr 30, 2009

Hi. This is a product demo video for the drumkat that I did some years ago :-) Greeeat device!

Here is a video demoing my much loved Drumkat from Alternate Mode (from my hybrid drumbot kit) and some apps/plug-ins/libraries from FXpansion (BFD 2), Puremagnetik (Live packs), and the fantastic software/host for these, Ableton Live. I'm using Roland CV pedals for pitch bend and a hatkat pedal for sustain and hi hat open/close. I set up Ableton Live to send program changes to my drumkat so the pertinent saved presets would change for drum and keyboard sounds as those parts come up in this little piece of music. All this running through an Alesis USB mixer for monitoring.

I get asked a lot about the little DIY pads above the drumkat so here is some info. For those pads above the drumkat, I used pvc pipe covers made of rubber. They are covering pvc caps made of plastic. Inside those are piezos (buzzers) from radio shack wired to 1/4 inch connectors. Actually, I wired most of them to a db25 connector for easy setup at gigs. Tney are connected to the trigger inputs on the drumkat. I use them for turning fx or loops on and off. They don't need to be very "drum feel responsive" since they are basically just one hit buttons for on/off. Their small size makes them easy to cart around and position. I have them mounted on a piece of angled aluminum from the hardware store. I drilled holes on the plastic pvc caps (bottom) and used bolts through that to mount them to the angled aluminum "rack." If you don't have a drumkat and need a cheap trigger interface, you could try the Roland TMC or the Alesis Trigger I/O. An old Yamaha DTX 2.0 brain works great for cheap and will also allow you to do some of the melodic and chord stuff seen here.

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