Evolution of a Stomp Box (Part 4)



The DM6 has its limitations. It only has 5 custom drum kits and also a fairly limited set of sound samples.

I've got an old Alesis SR-16 drum machine which has more than twice the number of drum sounds. It can also save 50 custom drum kits. Its a great little machine with good quality sounds and customisable drum patterns. It's not designed to be triggered by drum pads, but it does have a MIDI input.

There is a good MIDI kit available to provide a drum pad/switch interface for MIDI devices, but I decided to obtain the Alesis Trigger IO unit because it has a lot more flexibility for setting up drum triggers.

Once again I camped out on eBay until I bought one of these for the bargain price of £50.

The Trigger IO allows 21 kits to be defined, but because of the way the SR-16 maps drum kits to MIDI notes only 10 kits are practical.

I built this little box to keep the 2 units together. It has an attachment underneath so that it can be mounted on a cymbal stand.

I use 4 of the 10 TRS inputs on the Trigger IO which means I can control 8 drum sounds with the 4 Stomp Box switches. I've put the details here if you are interested in how the setup is connected and configured.

Here again is the modified Stomp Box for use with the SR-16 and Trigger IO. I have added additional footswitches on the left so that the 10 different drum kits can be selected. Also on the right there are footswitches to play drum patterns from the SR-16. I still retain the up-down-both switching for the 4 Pizzato footswitches. ( I went back to using toggle switches for these.)