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Drum machine

by Varvara S

Published on September 26, 2017

We designed a gadget for everyone who wants to create drum-machine from Bits!
All you need are some Bits and cardboard parts. You can cut them by yourself or with lasercutter, vector file is availiable to download.
Using this gadget you can make beats by your own by assembling vanes different ways. Feel free to experiment with vanes shapes to get different sounds! You can also adjust light sensor settings to make it react to light instead of darkness or to increase or decrease sensitivity. And of course you can control BPM of your beat by regulating the slide dimmer.
You can use it to make your music or as a metronome.
To make it you need one 3D-printed detail - 3d model is available to download.

Duration: 1 hour

How To Make It


Print out DC motor mount The DC motor mount is made out of three parts. You can download the models in .STL format here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9es54CkHBZnWHowd0N6M1NheFk/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9es54CkHBZnT3llRE1EWjNSX2s/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9es54CkHBZnOFVvUng5MERuQ2s/view?usp=sharing
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Laser cut or just cut with scissors the body of the drum machine out of cardboard and build the ciruit. The file with the model is attached. Build the circuit with the Bits, using a mounting board and a DC motor mount. Close the cardboard body of the drum machine and start to play!
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