Hardware has headroom to increase sensitivity?


#1

I’m more interested in economizing on the physical energy used while playing than in achieving a realistic drum-playing feel. I guess I’m in the minority here judging from the response to my thread about playing Freedrum without sticks:

For example, I play Zendrums (zendrum.com) with the triggers set at their hottest so that I trigger and get a full range of dynamics with finger taps that range from super light to light. But a Zendrum isn’t nearly as portable as Freedrum.

My question is: can the Freedrum sensors be made hotter so that they play well with a lot less physical energy to actuate them, or are they already optimized to be both sensitive and provide a decent dynamic range? I understand that things like sensitivity and response curves aren’t available via the app (yet?), but before I get into messing with a dev kit, I’d like to get some idea regarding how much flexibility the hardware has to provide a good response when playing with much less movement and energy, which would only vaguely mimic real drumming style.


#2

Yes sure, there are parameters for setting threshold and sensitivity in the sensors, accessible via MIDI. There’s a “MIDI commands” reference for Freedrum here that you could have a look at: Freedrum midi commands


#3

I wish we had an app to control those parameters in a structured way.


#4

Yep, I’m told it’s coming in the Freedrum app but you need to ask @Fredrik when.