I had this idea a while ago, but there were a number of challenges, such as getting solenoids strong enough to do the work, the mechanics of the drum swing, and, importantly, constructing the taiko.
Since I’m on an DIY kick now, I figured I’d put together a mini drumbot with things I had lying around already (including a discarded tambourine), as a baby step toward this goal.
It’s actually all fairly straightforward. The MIDI Breakout is also from Sparkfun, and my arduino code is ridiculously simple (download here if you’re interested). I’m sending out MIDI notes from my computer (in Logic), and the Arduino translates middle C (note number 60) into the vibration, and C# (note number 61) as the mini solenoid.
So here’s how it sounds.
Of course this little guy likely won’t be getting up on stage any time soon, but… baby steps.
The next step is perhaps to figure out how to get these big old solenoids the 36 volts that they need.