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Old 31st January 2008
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Mechanical Drums

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Old 31st January 2008
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Maybe this one will actually set up/tear down its kit by itself instead of leaving right after the set is over and talking to the girls.

Reminds me of the mechanical guitar awhile back!
Old 31st January 2008
Yeah why bother learning to play the drums anyway?
This will soon put drummers out of work!
Old 31st January 2008
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Very cool. I've sometimes wondered about how feasible that would be - it seems the answer is "very".

Imagine two sticks per drum for fast rolls ...

I could see somebody seriously setting up a drum factory where people could send midi files and get a real drum track back. A bit like professional reamping for guitars.
Old 31st January 2008
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I think something like this could go beyond
human. How about adding different mallets or mechanisms that can play patterns into audio rates? Maybe even abandon the
notion of using sticks and use a more practical smaller
strike tool that can be placed in a grid around the drum head? Since drummers never hit the same spot twice in a row, but also for getting different natural timbers out of the drums. Its all midi. They use springs for velocity.

Precise control over velocity is a challenge I'm sure.

This could be explored further without a doubt.
Old 31st January 2008
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All but one member of Captured By Robots is mechanical. And they tour!
Old 31st January 2008
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